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ATRI research examines how non-preventable crashes affect CSA scores

Posted 11/12 · 10:01 AM · LM Editorial
In recently issued CSA research, entitled “Assessing the Impact of Non-Preventable Crashes on CSA Scores the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) took a deep dive into the impact that non-preventable crashes would have on motor carrier CSA Crash Indicator BASIC measures.

Analyst report says final ELD rule may be issued by mid-November

Posted 11/05 · 08:28 AM · LM Editorial
In mid-September, the much anticipated final rule for electronic logging devices was pushed back one month from September 30 to October 30, according to the Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings issued by the United States Department of Transportation. But while October has now come and gone, the situation regarding the final ELD rule remains the same in that nothing has been issued. But according to a research note issued by Jason Seidl, transportation analyst at Cowen and Company, the ELD…

XPO officially competes acquisition of Con-way

Posted 10/30 · 08:49 AM · LM Editorial
Following an announcement made on September 9, when it said it planned to acquire Con-way, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based provider of transportation and logistics services, including its flagship less-than-truckload group Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload, and its global 3PL unit Menlo Logistics, for $3 billion, non asset-based 3PL XPO Logistics said today the deal has officially been completed.

SMC3 expands offerings with acquisition of Transportation Costing Group

Posted 10/19 · 10:30 AM · LM Editorial
Less-than-truckload and transit technology services provider SMC3 said it has acquired Transportation Costing Group (TCG), a provider of activity-based cost modeling software and other profitability management tools for LTL and truckload shippers.

DAT’s Montague offers up deep dive on state of spot market

Posted 10/13 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
There are so many ways to analyze the state of truckload capacity, and on top of that there is, perhaps, no other facet of freight transportation that is so directly impacted by myriad moving parts, whether it be driver availability, rates, demand, weather, the economy, and, of course, federal regulations, among others.

Proposed draconian cuts to Teamsters’ pensions draws fire from retirees, who vow action

Posted 10/13 · 08:10 AM · LM Editorial
If you want to meet some of the most ticked-off people on the planet, talk to any trucking industry retiree who received that letter from the Teamsters’ Central States pension plan notifying them of their potential financial haircut coming in retirement.

Trucking Regulations: Caught in a web

Posted 10/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Our top trucking correspondent examines the daunting regulatory hurdles facing trucking—and gives shippers a clearer picture of what they can expect in terms of rates and capacity based on the cumulative effects.

Ocean cargo rates continue to fall…is that a good thing?

Posted 09/29 · 08:03 AM · LM Editorial
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year

Shippers need to step up on rates to help solve driver shortage, top trucking official predicts

Posted 09/28 · 09:24 AM · LM Editorial
The long-running truck driver shortage is getting worse and is limiting carriers’ expansion plans at a time when economic growth is beginning to constrain surface transportation capacity. Finding and retaining enough complaint truck drivers “is the biggest single challenge for us as an industry,” a top trucking industry executive says.

New Armstrong report addresses carrier/freight broker mix

Posted 09/22 · 01:57 PM · LM Editorial
Ever-evolving logistics management business models have driven significant change in the Domestic Transportation Management (DTM)/Freight Brokerage landscape

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