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Carrier execs focus on capacity, regulations, and safety in NASSTRAC panel

Posted 04/21 · 11:48 AM · LM Editorial
While the economy continues its gradual recovery, it has become more important than ever for carriers to manage multiple obstacles while re-growing networks and getting back to full strength. That was the main message of three leading trucking and supply chain executives during a panel discussion at this week’s NASSTRAC Logistics Conference and Expo.

Schneider eyes shorter-haul, Mexican freight for intermodal shift

Posted 04/19 · 02:35 AM · LM Editorial
Schneider National, the nation’s second-largest truckload carrier which traditionally has been a major player in long-haul intermodal traffic, is increasingly marketing shorter-haul freight options in a major shift that is sure to impact shippers’ choices and rates.

March truckload spot market sets another record month, according to TransCore

Posted 04/14 · 11:37 AM · LM Editorial
According to TransCore, March load volume was up 23 percent from February and 40 percent annually.

FTR Shippers’ Condition Index at lowest level since 2004

Posted 04/14 · 10:47 AM · LM Editorial
As various factors such as increasing diesel prices, tight capacity, and rate pressure continue to take hold in the freight transportation market, they appear to be taking a toll on shippers, according to the April edition of the Shippers’ Condition Index (SCI) released this week by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.

J.B. Hunt reports record first quarter earnings

Posted 04/14 · 09:16 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking and intermodal services bellwether J.B. Hunt (JBH) kicked off the first quarter earnings season in style with record net earnings of $50.1 million or $0.40 per share compared to net earnings of $37.5 million and $.029 per share a year ago.

BTS Freight Transportation Services Index down 1.5 percent in February

Posted 04/13 · 12:11 PM · LM Editorial
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 1.5 percent in February, following 0.9 percent and 1.5 percent gains in January and December, respectively.

Increase in truck buying activity remains intact, says ACT Research

Posted 04/13 · 08:04 AM · LM Editorial
Pent-up demand based on various factors continue to point to an upcycle in buying activity for commercial vehicles, according to data from ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Diesel prices crack the $4 per gallon mark, according to EIA

Posted 04/12 · 12:05 PM · LM Editorial
A 10.2 cent weekly hike brings the current price to $4.078 per gallon, following a 4.4 cent increase last week and a 2.5 cent gain the week before. Diesel prices have been up 18 of the last 19 weeks. And on an annual basis, the price per gallon for diesel is up $1.009 per gallon.

Trucking industry says 2009 was safest year on record for heavy trucks

Posted 04/12 · 07:39 AM · LM Editorial
The trucking industry is giving itself a pat on the back after government figures show the rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009—making it the trucking industry’s safest year since the federal government began keeping track in 1975.

DOT introduces proposed U.S.-Mexico cross border trucking deal with a safety focus

Posted 04/11 · 10:35 AM · LM Editorial
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled the details relating to an agreement made in early March regarding the cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico.

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