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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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By LM Staff · January 25, 2016
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By LM Staff · January 18, 2016
In November 2015, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI saw a sizable 3.58 percent jump to 8.64, following 3.4 percent drop off from September to October while halting a sequence of declines in recent months, too.
By LM Staff · January 12, 2016
Both truckload and intermodal pricing finished 2015 with lesser gains, according to 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 · January 5, 2016
Even through improvements in rule's language from its introduction are apparent, questions remain about how it will be specifically enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
By Patrick Burnson · January 1, 2016
Trade and transport analysts see a negative market outlook worsen, though some contend that this trend could be reversed later in the year. Meanwhile, logistics managers should brace for a volatile period of rate fluctuation.
By Jeff Berman · December 22, 2015
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in November at 134.3 (2000=100) was off 0.9 percent compared to October, and ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 129.0 in November and 7.6 percent below October’s 139.6.
By Jeff Berman · December 16, 2015
Staying true to seasonal patterns, November spot market volumes saw a 15 percent decline, according to data recently issued by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, in its DAT North American Freight Index.
By Jeff Berman · December 10, 2015
The objective of the rule, according to FMCSA, is to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that combat fatigue. The rule will take full effect on December 10, 2017, two years after the date of the final rule being issued.
By Jeff Berman · December 7, 2015
Upon the signing of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law late last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced changes it made to its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program, as per the FAST Act that called for changes to improve transparency in the FMCSA’s oversight activity.
By Jeff Berman · November 30, 2015
The rule, which will take effect on January 29, 2016, adopts regulations that prohibit motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
By Jeff Berman · November 24, 2015
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in October at 135.7 (2000=100) was up 1.9 percent compared to September’s 133.1, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 139.8 in October, which was 0.9 percent ahead of September.
By Jeff Berman · November 12, 2015
In recently issued CSA research, entitled “Assessing the Impact of Non-Preventable Crashes on CSA Scores the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) took a deep dive into the impact that non-preventable crashes would have on motor carrier CSA Crash Indicator BASIC measures.
By Jeff Berman · November 5, 2015
In mid-September, the much anticipated final rule for electronic logging devices was pushed back one month from September 30 to October 30, according to the Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings issued by the United States Department of Transportation. But while October has now come and gone, the situation regarding the final ELD rule remains the same in that nothing has been issued. But according to a research note issued by Jason Seidl, transportation analyst at Cowen and Company, the ELD implementation rule may be issued by mid-November.

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