Friday, May 27, 2011
Carload volume—at 295,148—was up 2.3 percent compared to the same timeframe last year and slightly ahead of the week ending May 14 at 294,271. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.
Proposed changes to truck driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December have created a potential situation in which the amount of time carriers have to move freight could be significantly curtailed, as well as hinder available trucking capacity.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee have been working on draft legislation focusing on reauthorizing the country’s surface transportation programs.
Following a December announcement in which Netherlands-based TNT N.V., a provider of mail and courier services and the fourth largest global parcel operator announced its intentions to “de-merge” operations by separating its Express and Mail operations into two separate companies, the company’s shareholders yesterday signed off on the move.
Earlier this week, UPS marked the one-year anniversary of its Shenzhen Asia Pacific hub, which serves the company’s entire intra-Asian network. UPS also announced that in June it is rolling out a new direct weekly flight from Guam to Hong Kong, which connects Guam to the rest of the world.
While supply chain velocity is always a shipper concern, cargo security remains one of the highest priorities for seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Truck tonnage is continuing its ride on an up and down road, with a slight decline in March, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The ATA’s advance seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage index dropped 0.7 percent in April after increasing a revised 1.9 percent (from1.7 percent) gain in March. This index was down 2.7 percent in February and was up 3.8 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, in January and December.
Even with some signs of economic improvement apparent, capacity in the trucking market remains tight and is likely to remain that way for a while. This is especially true when looking at the possible impact on capacity that may be caused by CSA 2010 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
With freight volumes moderating in recent weeks and demand seeing a mild decline, the United States Department of Commerce reported today that new orders for manufactured durable goods in April dipped 3.6 percent—or $7.1 billion—to $189.9 billion.
According to the Talent Shortage Survey, employers are already using a range of strategies to overcome the difficulties they face in finding the right talent, at the right time, in the right place.