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Diesel prices drop below $4 per gallon

Posted 05/24 · 09:57 AM · LM Editorial
Diesel prices dropped 6.4 cents this week to $3.997 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). This represents the single largest weekly decline since a 7.3 cent dip from the week of May 24, 2010.

Oil and diesel fuel situation has logistics managers focused on adjusting budgets to cover costs

Posted 05/23 · 10:22 AM · LM Editorial
While the current fuel situation may not be as dire as it was during the summer of 2008, when prices hit nearly $5 per gallon and $150 per barrel, shippers are bracing for prolonged pain at the pump, according to the results of a recent Logistics Management reader survey of roughly 250 logistics, supply chain, and transportation executives.
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ATA report points to bright future for trucking (and some other modes, too)

Posted 05/20 · 11:53 AM · LM Editorial
Earlier today, my inbox pointed me to an e-mail from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), which highlighted the fact that the United States freight economy—especially trucking—is poised for liftoff following the depths of the Great Recession. This information is gleaned from the ATA’s U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2022, which was put together by the ATA, IHS Global Insight, and Martin Labbe Associates.

Pickens points to natural gas as a boost for the trucking industry and to cut down on OPEC imports

Posted 05/18 · 11:18 AM · SCMR Editorial
With gas prices making everyone uncomfortable, again, those same old fears about energy prices are back in the forefront. But it does not have to be these way. In fact, it should not be this way—period. That is how T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, sees it.

Trucking news: ACT reports April Class 8 net orders hit a 55-month high

Posted 05/18 · 09:36 AM · LM Editorial
ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles, said this week that net orders for North American Class 8 vehicles checked in at 38,100 units on a non-seasonally adjusted basis in April.
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Trucking news: TransCore says April spot market is down from March, up year-over-year

Posted 05/18 · 08:37 AM · LM Editorial
The truckload spot market in April was down 14 percent from April but showed a 12 percent annual gain compared to April 2010, said TransCore officials. They added that freight volumes in the South and Midwest regions of the U.S. were impacted most by the weather.

Intermodal shipping: IANA reports strong first quarter intermodal volumes

Posted 05/17 · 10:26 AM · LM Editorial
First quarter intermodal loadings—3,292,291—were up 9.0 percent annually, as were the four major intermodal equipment categories tracked by IANA.

Freight interests gear up for ‘combat service’ on Capitol Hill in rush to fund bill

Posted 05/17 · 07:29 AM · LM Editorial
Freight movement needs a coordinated national freight strategic plan and dedicated source of funds in the next surface transportation bill, and major industry players need to be aggressive in selling that message to legislators obsessed with cutting federal transportation spending. That’s the word from the annual conference of Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, a ten-year-old Washington coalition of freight interests that includes shippers, builders, ports, intermodal interests, and other stakeholders.

YRCW remains focused on debt-swap, company restructuring

Posted 05/17 · 06:56 AM · LM Editorial
During its first quarter earnings call, YRC stated the terms of its latest debt swap plan, and has engaged Morgan Stanley to arrange a new $400 million asset-based loan facility that CEO Bill Zollars says will “enhance our liquidity and strengthen our balance sheet.”

Decline in FTR index reflects challenging times for shippers

Posted 05/16 · 10:40 AM · LM Editorial
Despite data points that indicate the economy is firming, it may not always feel that way for shippers, especially these days. That was especially true with the recent release of the Shippers’ Condition Index (SCI) from FTR Associates.

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