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2014 State of Logistics: Truckload—capacity tight and drivers needed

Posted 07/01 · 08:50 PM · LM Editorial
The $300 billion for-hire truckload (TL) sector is enjoying a fairly busy 2014, with most carriers reporting a balanced picture of tighter-than-average capacity against decent if not spectacular demand levels.

Exclusive Transportation Study: The HOS rule change and trucking operations

Posted 07/01 · 08:00 PM · LM Editorial
Varying estimates from positive to pragmatic existed before the new rule became effective in July 2013. However, the grim reality is that trucking stakeholders are now experiencing substantial losses in productivity due to the change—and in many cases it’s much worse than was predicted.

ATA pleads its case for timely plan to issue ELD regulations

Posted 07/01 · 11:37 AM · LM Editorial
ATA said it supports laws and regulations mandating the installation and use of electronic logging devices for recording drivers’ hours of service. And ATA added that it advocated for the MAP -21 provision mandating a rulemaking to require ELDs as it maintains these devices will improve HOS compliance as well as safety.

Shippers caution against “Hunger Games of the Sea”

Posted 06/23 · 08:13 AM · LM Editorial
While U.S. shippers may have been surprised by China’s decision to oppose the P3 Network, there had been rumblings of discontent voiced by their counterparts in Hong Kong for some time.

HOS restart amendments are front and center in a never-ending debate

Posted 06/19 · 10:11 AM · LM Editorial
Since the new motor carrier driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations took effect in July 2013, there has been more than a little bit of subsequent criticism aimed at these revised regulations, specifically its restart provision.

Supply Chain Managers See Little Change in Trucking Spot Market Rates

Posted 06/16 · 04:02 PM · SCMR Editorial
While the reasons for high spot market activity can vary, DAT cited many reasons for why it continues to be hectic going back to July 2013, including last winter’s weather, the regulatory environment, and the ongoing driver shortage.

Letter to Senators from trucking stakeholders makes case for fresh approach to HOS 34-hour restart

Posted 06/04 · 10:32 AM · LM Editorial
Nearly a year after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new motor carrier Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations took effect, one thing remains clear: the rules are not being embraced by the trucking industry, even just a little bit.

ATA’s American Trucking Trends reports an increase in trucking’s percentage of all domestic freight

Posted 05/12 · 09:53 AM · LM Editorial
Despite what it is happening in the economy, one thing has remained constant over the years: the steady hold, and gains, in freight transportation market share held by the trucking sector.

Transportation Best Practices: Private Fleet Management—Tailored for success

Posted 05/01 · 08:00 PM · LM Editorial
Best-in-class private fleets are utilizing a blend of technologies and services that are tailored to mitigate costs. Here’s how some of the most modern private fleets are being managed in the new era of tightening capacity and tougher regulation.

Weather impacts Q1 earnings for Con-way

Posted 05/01 · 09:02 AM · LM Editorial
Even though the impact of the difficult winter weather could not be overlooked, transportation and logistics services provider Con-way said in its first quarter earnings release today that things are heading in the right direction.
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