Motor Freight

Current news, information and trends in the commercial motor freight industry covering trucking, freight lines and carriers, logistics and classification.


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2016 State of Logistics: Truckload
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By Patrick Burnson · April 5, 2016
The Port of Oakland today introduced two smart phone applications that could transform containerized cargo handling at seaports.
By Dagmar Trepins · April 1, 2016
Our European correspondent examines how the region’s ongoing migration issue has affected freight transportation and logistics and how shippers and service providers are responding to overcome the bottlenecks.
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By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2016
What do the Top 50 Trucking companies have in common? Seasoned management teams backed up by solid operations—and they’re not afraid to spend on staff and technology to stay on top.
By John D. Schulz · March 17, 2016
A law of unintended consequences is alive and well. Just ask trucking lobbyists and those inside the Department of Transportation working feverishly to fix what they describe as a “technical glitch” that threatens to scrap the entire law covering truck drivers’ hours of service.
By Patrick Burnson · March 10, 2016
Express Freight Finance, an independent factoring company specializing in transportation clients, has recently launched its freight-bill factoring services for truck fleets, owner-operators, and freight brokers nation-wide.
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By C3 Solutions · March 10, 2016
With increasing traffic congestion and the predominance of trucking as the main means of freight transportation in our consumer goods-oriented economy, it's no wonder that scrutiny of the trucking industry has gained in both scope and intensity.
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By LM Staff · March 2, 2016
Inbound freight costs are rising. What are your logistics peers doing to manage them?
By Jeff Berman · February 25, 2016
The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners showed that truckload and intermodal rates for the month of January were mixed.
By Jeff Berman · February 23, 2016
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in January at 132.8 (2000=100) dropped 1.4 percent from December’s 134.7, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 127.1 in January, trailing December by 5.2 percent and ahead of 2015 by 0.2 percent.
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By Ben Camiel · February 23, 2016
Knowing your options can yield significant savings.
By LM Staff · February 18, 2016
FTR explained that it expects 2016 to “be a year of placid conditions, with little or no change in the current trend of tight, but adequate capacity.”
By Jeff Berman · February 10, 2016
In an 8-K filing with the Securities Exchange Commission this week, third-party logistics and freight transportation services provider XPO Logistics said it plans to retain the truckload business it acquired through its $3 billion October 2015 acquisition of freight transportation and logistics services provider Con-way Inc.
By Jeff Berman · February 8, 2016
A recent Wall Street Journal report stated that third-party logistics and freight transportation services provider XPO Logistics shut down seven freight terminals that were part of the Con-way Inc. less-than-truckload (LTL) network, Con-way Freight. Con-way was acquired by XPO for $3 billion last year.
By Jeff Berman · February 5, 2016
In an effort to help buyers of freight transportation and logistics services to better understand the required best practices in order to be a shipper of choice for their carrier partners, non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Transplace said this week it has rolled out a Preferred Shipper Checklist.
By Jeff Berman · February 1, 2016
Third-party logistics and freight transportation services provider XPO Logistics said late last week that it has commenced a workforce reduction for its less-than-truckload (LTL) unit, which it acquired from Con-way, when XPO acquired Con-way last year.

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