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By Jeff Berman · June 16, 2016
Although they successfully fended off the first attempt by government and officials from Central States Pension Fund to impose draconian cuts in their pension benefits, Teamsters union retirees say they are not resting on their laurels. Instead, they are preparing a long-term fix to the fund’s fiscal problems.
By Jeff Berman · June 10, 2016
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 1.3 percent from March to April, following two months of decreases.
By Jeff Berman · June 8, 2016
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR is very much in line with its predecessor reports from recent months in that it points to a trucking sector that is feeling the pain of various market takeaways like loose capacity and slow demand, among other things.
By Jeff Berman · June 6, 2016
Despite an annual gain in total brokered freight transportation shipments, total revenue and invoice amount per shipment saw declines, according to the “First Quarter 2016 TIA 3PL Benchmarking Report,” which was recently issued by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).
By Jeff Berman · May 24, 2016
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in April at 134.8 (2000=100) fell 2.1 percent from March and on the heels of a 4.4 percent February to March decrease.
By Jeff Berman · May 18, 2016
With an eye on meeting the needs of its Chicago-area shipper customers, asset-light transportation and logistics services provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. (RRTS) said this week that it has expanded its LTL (less-than-truckload) service in Chicago.
By Jeff Berman · May 16, 2016
Numbers issued in the most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems appear to be in lockstep with signs and themes related to an economic slowdown in the United States.
By LM Staff · May 16, 2016
For March, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI fell nearly 50 percent from February’s 8.27 to 4.22, marking its lowest level since 2011, according to FTR.
By Jeff Berman · May 11, 2016
Spot market freight volume saw a 3.4 percent decline from March to April, DAT said.
By Jeff Berman · May 10, 2016
In a wide ranging, presentation at the recent NASSTRAC (National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council) Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando, Fla., Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, provided both a general assessment of the over all economic outlook, as well as an outlook specifically focused on the freight, or, trucking economy.
By Jeff Berman · May 4, 2016
Regardless of capacity, pricing, or the economy, trucking industry regulations are never far from the freight transportation limelight. That is especially evident when it comes to the federally mandated hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. As usual, the current state of HOS remains somewhat fluid. And the reason for that has to do with legislation coming from the Senate Transportation Appropriations legislation that is currently being considered by the Senate.
By Jeff Berman · May 4, 2016
At last week’s NASSTRAC Conference in Orlando, Fla., LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman caught up with Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload subsidiary of UPS. On June 30, Holmes will retire from UPS after a 37-year career with Big Brown that saw him rise from the overnight docks in Philadelphia to the executive suite in Richmond, Va.
By John D. Schulz · May 2, 2016
Some 22 centuries after the original Silk Road smoothed the path of Chinese silk merchants to Europe, a new effort is beginning to build a new 21st century highway between Europe and the burgeoning economy of China, now the world’s fastest-growing market.
By Jeff Berman · May 2, 2016
The most recent edition of the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from FTR showed solid gains for the fourth straight month, with market trends remaining favorable for shippers.
By John D. Schulz · April 29, 2016
The first quarter is typically the slowest period of freight demand for LTL carriers. With a few notable exceptions, that was reflected in first quarter earnings reports of the major publicly held LTL carriers.

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