Current news, information and trends in the commercial motor freight industry covering trucking, freight lines and carriers, logistics and classification.

GE Capital Transportation Finance survey portends favorable outlook for trucking market

Posted 04/28 · 09:13 AM · LM Editorial
At a time when trucking market conditions are experiencing tight capacity, increasing fuel costs, and slow and somewhat steady volume gains, one of the survey’s main takeaways was that 71 percent of respondents believe that business conditions will improve in 2011 compared to 2010, with 22 percent expecting things to remain the same and 3 percent expecting them to get worse.

Q&A: Werner’s Leathers shares insights on industry issues

Posted 04/28 · 07:44 AM · LM Editorial
At last week’s NASSTRAC Logistics Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman had an opportunity to speak with Leathers about myriad industry-related topics, including energy prices, modal shifts, and government regulation, among others.

Diesel prices slip but remain over the $4 per gallon mark

Posted 04/26 · 08:46 AM · LM Editorial
Diesel prices remained above the $4 per gallon mark for the third straight week despite dropping $0.7 cents to $4.098 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

YRCW cites progress on the restructuring front

Posted 04/25 · 12:01 PM · LM Editorial
YRC Worldwide recently announced it is making “significant progress” in steps it is taking to meet the agreements required in its effort to achieve its financial restructuring objectives by the end of July.

Looking back at NASSTRAC

Posted 04/22 · 11:31 AM · LM Editorial
As I expected, NASSTRAC 2011 was replete with terrific content and information. The fact is, had it not been I would have been shocked.

ATA data points to increased driving turnover and hiring numbers

Posted 04/22 · 09:37 AM · LM Editorial
The ATA reported that during the fourth quarter of 2010, truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers bumped up their payrolls, with small truckload carriers boosting employment by 0.8 percent within their driver pool and large TL carriers adding 0.3 percent to payroll by adding linehaul drivers and reducing local driver pools.

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.

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