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

Drayage companies owe Port of LA money

Posted 06/07 · 11:12 AM · LM Editorial
Port of Los Angeles spokesmen said that half a dozen motor carriers are now being investigated for not honoring contracts providing cash incentives for the operation of “clean trucks.”
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ACT and FTR report April Class 8 orders are down but still healthy overall

Posted 06/06 · 12:51 PM · LM Editorial
Data published by ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles, and freight transportation forecasting firm and consultancy FTR Associates indicated that preliminary data for Class 8 trucks in May is down from a very strong April.

Cass Freight Index shows further signs of economic moderation

Posted 06/06 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
In continuing the theme from its previous report, today’s release of the Cass Information Systems Freight Index showed that a moderation in freight volumes is still intact.

Trucking towards a double-dip? Batter up!

Posted 06/03 · 01:26 PM · LM Editorial
I don’t know what is harder: figuring out what the economy is doing or hitting a curve ball? While I was a decent enough hitter growing up, I did not see too many breaking balls. But given all the noise about which way the economy is moving, I may be heading back to the batting cages.

2011 Logistics Management Best Practices Award: ParknPool’s LTL cost plunge

Posted 06/01 · 11:37 AM · LM Editorial
Before developing its web-based carrier rating tool, this niche vendor of outdoor furniture was spending 17 percent of its sales on transportation. This year, those costs are going to be about 5 percent of sales—a turnaround that earned the company our 2011 Best Practices Award.

Roadrunner Transportation Services acquires Bruenger Trucking

Posted 06/01 · 10:27 AM · LM Editorial
Non asset-based third-party logistics services provider Roadrunner Transportation Services (RRTS) said this week it has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Wichita, Kansas-based truckload services provider Bruenger Trucking Company. The sale price, according to Roadrunner officials, was roughly $10.6 million, coupled with an earn-out capped at $3 million.

CSA 2010 A FIELD GUIDE: Untangling the BEAST

Posted 06/01 · 10:15 AM · LM Editorial
Our esteemed panel of transportation analysts offer shippers, carriers, and private-fleet operators the ultimate field guide for understanding and managing the complexities surrounding the implementation of CSA 2010, the biggest regulatory change to hit trucking since deregulation.

Diesel prices drop nearly 5 cents per gallon, says EIA

Posted 06/01 · 09:03 AM · LM Editorial
One week after its single largest weekly drop—of 6.4 cents—in a year, diesel prices headed south for the fourth consecutive week, falling another 4.9 cents to $3.948 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Trucking HOS rule date pushed back to late October by FMCSA

Posted 05/31 · 01:06 PM · LM Editorial
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it will not meet its initial goal of publishing a new hours-of-service (HOS) rule—based on changes to the rule it proposed late last year—by its initial deadline of July 26. The primary reason for the delay of the final HOS rule, which has now been pushed back to October 28, is because of four studies issued by FMCSA introduced during the HOS rule comment period that focus on the relationship…

BTS reports surface trade with NAFTA partners is up 15.6 percent in March, breaks $80 billion

Posted 05/31 · 11:22 AM · LM Editorial
The United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was up 15.6 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010 increasing to $80.8 billion.

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