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Trucking spot market seeing gains from tight capacity

Posted 03/14 · 12:08 PM · LM Editorial
As truck tonnage levels show decent annual growth levels with capacity remaining tight, it does not come as a surprise to see the trucking spot market continue running along at a swift level. That is the consensus from TransCore which said in a recent release that truckload freight availability increased by 12 percent for the week ending March 5, according to traffic in its TransCore TrendLines report.

ACT Research says fundamentals for increased Class 8 orders remain intact

Posted 03/14 · 09:17 AM · LM Editorial
Despite an 11 percent decline in net orders for Class 8 vehicles from January to February, the fundamentals that support demand in the heavy-duty commercial vehicle market remain strong, according to ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Diesel prices rise another 15.5 cents to $3.871 per gallon, says EIA

Posted 03/08 · 09:41 AM · LM Editorial
On the heels of a 14.3 cent weekly gain, diesel prices saw their single highest weekly increase since May 2008, with a 15.5 cent bump to $3.871 per gallon, according to data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

ABF extends west coast reach with service expansion

Posted 03/08 · 08:12 AM · LM Editorial
Freight transportation services provider ABF said this week it has rolled out its RPM service to the western one-third of the United States.

Bright outlook for a Beige Book

Posted 03/04 · 12:04 PM · LM Editorial
Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve released the most recent edition of its “Beige Book,” which tracks economic activity. This edition covers the period from January 3-February 18. A look at the results seems to be in line with many other economic indices, many of which have the same theme. That theme being something like this: “things are moving at a slow and steady pace, with cautious signs of improvement.”

U.S., Mexico focus on cross-border trucking compromise

Posted 03/04 · 06:43 AM · LM Editorial
In a political battle that has seen more than its fair share of tension, the United States and Mexico have finally hammered out an agreement to resolve the issues surrounding the countries cross-border trucking program.

ACT preliminary data indicates strong February Class 8 net orders

Posted 03/02 · 02:40 PM · LM Editorial
Net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles continue to maintain a strong growth rate, according to data from ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles. In a preliminary reading of net orders for February, ACT reported that there were 24,300 units ordered in February, which is 3,000 less than January, which came in at 27,300 units and was up 320 percent from January 2010.

FTR Associates cites improving trucking market based on January data

Posted 03/02 · 11:51 AM · LM Editorial
An improving market in the trucking sector is apparent, according to the most recent edition of the Trucking Update from FTR Associates, a freight transportation forecasting firm. FTR said that its Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), which is a compilation of factors affecting trucking, ticked up to 9.1 in January from December’s 7.1, adding that the TCI has seen steady gains since last October.

YRCW releases update on company’s restructuring plan

Posted 03/01 · 01:57 PM · LM Editorial
Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider YRC Worldwide (YRCW) said yesterday that it has reached an agreement in principle with key stakeholders for a comprehensive restructuring plan.

Are private fleets about to hit a wall?

Posted 03/01 · 01:44 PM · LM Editorial
What are the nation’s private fleet managers doing to help mitigate the costs of two new expensive regulatory initiatives? We found some of the best private fleet operators and most knowledgeable industry insiders to discover how they’re preparing their operations for this ongoing one-two regulatory punch.

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