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By Jeff Berman · July 29, 2016
Quarterly revenue was up 3.8 percent annually at $14.6 billion, with earnings per share up 6 percent at $1.43 for the sixth straight month and matching Wall Street expectations.
By LM Staff · July 27, 2016
Known as a pioneer in the less-than-truckload (LTL) sector, Cochrane founded Overnite Transportation in 1935 when he was 22, leading the company for decades.
By Jeff Berman · July 26, 2016
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Abtin Hamidi, chief vice president and co-founder of Mountain View, Calif.-based CargoChief.
By Jeff Berman · July 25, 2016
Total June volume total volume was off 4.0 percent at 1,521,276 and for the first six months of the year total volume was down 2.3 percent at 8,622,625.
By Jeff Berman · July 25, 2016
Declines remained intact in June, based on data in the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which was released last week.
By Jeff Berman · July 22, 2016
In a world filled with uncertainties, there are at least two certainties in the world of freight transportation, supply chain management, and logistics as it relates to federal policy: the federal gasoline tax will never see an increase and national transportation infrastructure that is badly needed will never receive the requisite amounts needed.
By Jeff Berman · July 20, 2016
Niles, Illinois-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider AFN Logistics said today it has acquired HA Advantage, the Transportation Management System (TMS) and less-than-truckload (LTL) division of HA Logistics Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based provider of transportation and logistics services for small- and medium-sized companies.
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By LM Staff · July 20, 2016
In this special edition, the editors of Logistics Management focus on the elements forcing the current shift in the shipper/carrier dynamic and how one carrier in particular, Saia LTL Freight, has taken a 21st century approach to re-engineer its customer communications to build more open, collaborative relationships with the shipper community. Less than Truckload Services Article, Freight Forwarders and Shipping Dynamics
By LM Staff · July 20, 2016
June shipments were up 1.7 percent at 1.11 compared to May on the heels of a 1.3 percent increase from April to May, and freight expenditures expenditures were up 3.9 percent over May at 2.37, which Cass said represents the second largest increase in 2016.
By Jeff Berman · July 20, 2016
The ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 142.2 in June, which topped May’s 139.1 by 2.2 percent.
By LM Staff · July 15, 2016
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.2 percent from April to May. This marks the second straight month of growth, following a 1.3 percent March to April increase, which represented the largest increase since March 2014.
By John D. Schulz · July 14, 2016
The trucking industry is fighting back against a lawsuit by owner-operators attempting to delay a mandate that would eliminate paper log books by some 3.5 million long-haul truck drivers.
By Jeff Berman · July 14, 2016
As negotiations continue between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is still monitoring a possible work disruption affecting Canada Post, noted a USPS customer alert issued on July 11.
By Jeff Berman · July 13, 2016
A new low, reflecting ongoing challenges in the trucking sector, was reached in the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation consulting firm FTR.
By John Schulz · July 12, 2016
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is applauding a two-year Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pilot program that would allow carriers to have non-preventable crashes stricken from their record.

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From the July 2016 Issue
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.
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