Friday, February 28, 2014
Panjiva reported that U.S.-bound waterborne shipments in January—at 1,169,741—were up 9 percent year-over-year and up 7 percent from December to January. And the number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S in January—at 165,531—was up 3 percent annually and up 1 percent from December to January,
Posted on 02/28 at 11:19 AM
Global Trade •
With January behind us, we’re only one month into the new year. Yet, it seems as if so much has changed since last fall. The industry is a little topsy-turvy and much of that is the result of the 2013 holiday season, which was marked by inadequate planning and a failure of order fulfillment processes to deliver on customer service promises.
Three months of mediocre growth regarding the market environment for shippers came to a halt in December, based on the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR.
Posted on 02/28 at 09:20 AM
FTR Associates •
Carloads—at 281,678—were up 3.1 percent compared to the same week a year ago, and intermodal was up 6.4 percent annually at 253,358 containers and trailers.
Posted on 02/28 at 01:47 AM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
New thinking, new regulations and new technology are re-defining pickup and delivery based on optimizing customer service and satisfaction.
Until now, pickup and delivery technology could be described as: "scan-on, scan-off." The new generation of technology has come a long way, and the industry and its customers are benefiting greatly.
In a year that was replete with labor-related and financing issues, less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider YRC Worldwide reported relatively solid earnings for the fourth quarter and 2013 year-end.
Posted on 02/27 at 12:00 PM
YRC Worldwide •
YRC Freight •
In a speech at the Union Depot train station in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday, President Barack Obama again called for increased investment in transportation infrastructure as a way to spur job creation and repairing and modernizing the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and transit systems.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Department of Transportation said today that its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program will make $600 million available to fund United States-based transportation projects.
Posted on 02/26 at 01:48 PM
With a sharp eye on safety in the wake of tragic accidents from crude by rail (CBR) operations, major U.S.-based Class I railroads and United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently rolled out what they described as a rail operations safety initiative comprised of new voluntary operating standards for moving crude by rail.
The federal board that oversees labor relations is proposing a sweeping change to the way union elections are held, much to the chagrin of non-union trucking companies who say their ability to fight back will be compromised.
Posted on 02/26 at 09:12 AM