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By Jeff Berman · January 15, 2014
After YRC's Teamsters shoot down management's proposal for further wage and benefits cuts, stakeholders wonder if and when customer defections could begin.
By Jeff Berman · January 14, 2014
Commerce reported that December retail sales at $431.9 billion were up 0.2 percent compared to November and up 4.1 percent compared to December 2012, and NRF reported that December retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.4 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from November and were up 4.6 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By LM Staff · January 14, 2014
Falling 2.4 cents to $3.866 per gallon, this decline follows three weeks of gains for a cumulative 3.9 cents.
By John D. Schulz · January 13, 2014
UPS Freight, the nation’s fourth-largest LTL carrier, has secured five years of labor pace with ratification of a new five-year labor agreement by its 13,000 Teamsters.
By Jeff Berman · January 13, 2014
Optimism appears to be the operative term in describing growth prospects at U.S.-based retail container ports in 2014, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · January 13, 2014
Carload volume—at 14,608,403 million—was down 0.5 percent compared to 2012, and intermodal volumes reached an all-time high at 12,831,692 trailers and containers, which topped 2012’s 12,282,221 by 4.6 percent annually.
By Jeff Berman · January 10, 2014
Keeping an eye on over-the-road capacity at its current levels and speculating on what its future levels may be has become more than a passing interest for freight transportation and supply chain stakeholders.
By John D. Schulz · January 10, 2014
For YRC Worldwide, it’s onto Plan B in the wake of the stunning rejection of a five-year deal to continue 15 percent wage and benefit cuts by its 26,000 Teamsters workers.
By LM Staff · January 9, 2014
BTS said that the November Freight TSI at 116.5 is 22.8 percent higher than April 2009’s low point of 94.8 during the recession and represents an all-time high, topping September 2013’s 115.4.
By Jeff Berman · January 9, 2014
Ocean shipping giant Maersk Line, a subsidiary of A.P. Moller Maersk Group, said this week it has established SeaLand, a regional, containerized shipping company focused on the intra-Americas market.
By Jeff Berman · January 8, 2014
UP said this service will focus on growing transportation needs for the automotive manufacturing and intermodal markets, as the automotive industry continues to rebound and shift production to North America.
By John D. Schulz · January 8, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will make a major push this election year to push Congress to pass multi-year surface transportation funding programs that are due to expire at the end of the September, the nation’s top business lobbyist vowed Wednesday.
By Jeff Berman · January 8, 2014
December freight shipments—at 1.037—were down 6.2 percent compared to November, which represents the third straight decline as well as the steepest monthly decline for all of 2013.
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By Charlie Tanner · January 8, 2014
Most companies acknowledge packaging and packaging operations as significant components of their supply chains. Managers see a focus here as a means to maintain customer service levels, which continues to be a high priority. But the benefit of packaging to the supply chain predictably and literally comes at a cost. Where are shippers incurring the greatest expense?
By LM Staff · January 8, 2014
In an effort to restore its financial footing and refinance its debt load, less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider YRC Worldwide is looking to collect $1.15 billion in loans, according to a Bloomberg report published yesterday.

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