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

While no panacea, specter of driverless trucks offers hope for truck driver crisis

Posted 07/20 · 09:33 AM · LM Editorial
The era of driverless trucks – or autonomous vehicles, as they are known euphemistically – may be a lot closer to reality than many people think.

Truckload and intermodal rates still in opposite directions, says Avondale and Cass report

Posted 07/16 · 09:19 AM · LM Editorial
For the month of June, the state of truckload and intermodal freight rates was again mixed, according to the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.

Q1 driver turnover rate declines but challenges and uncertainty remain

Posted 07/15 · 10:26 AM · LM Editorial
Even with some declines, data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) still makes it clear that the annualized turnover rates for truck drivers still remains high.
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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index drops to a three-year low

Posted 07/13 · 09:39 AM · LM Editorial
For May, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI was 4.91, which was off 25 percent compared to April’s 6.7 and stands as a three-year low for the TCI. The March TCI was 7.3.

2015 State of Logistics Truckload: Demand growth flat, but tightening capacity means higher rates

Posted 07/01 · 09:50 PM · LM Editorial
The $337 billion truckload sector—the largest single piece of the trucking market—now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S. According to industry analysts, the truckload industry has done a “credible job” in recent years of diversifying their offerings and moving away from the idea that 53-foot dry van truckload should be treated as a commodity rather than a customized service.

Trucking-related provisions of House T-HUD bill welcomed by American Trucking Associations

Posted 06/10 · 10:16 AM · LM Editorial
In passing a Transportation and House and Urban Appropriations Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill yesterday, the United States House of Representatives received plaudits from the trucking sector for two provisions included in the bill’s language that the American Trucking Associations said “are critical for improving the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry.”

Logistics Management launches Supply Chain Job Board

Posted 05/18 · 06:56 AM · LM Editorial
New service helps employees explore opportunities and employers scan resumes or post open positions to 135,000+ monthly visitors.

Greater use of longer combination vehicles top trucking’s legislative wish list

Posted 05/15 · 10:07 AM · LM Editorial
The trucking industry would like to see greater use of longer combination vehicles, specifically 33-foot twin trailers instead of the currently legal 28-foot “pups” that dot the major interstates right now.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index leaves room for improvement in coming months

Posted 05/12 · 08:25 AM · LM Editorial
A combination of market factors contributed to sustained level of market softness in the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.

ATA reports trucking industry revenue tops $700 billion in 2014

Posted 05/11 · 11:27 AM · LM Editorial
According to the ATA, total 2014 trucking industry revenue was $700.4 billion, which alone is a staggering number, but making it all the more impressive is that it represents the first time annual industry revenue has topped $700 billion.

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