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By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2015
There are so many ways to analyze the state of truckload capacity, and on top of that there is, perhaps, no other facet of freight transportation that is so directly impacted by myriad moving parts, whether it be driver availability, rates, demand, weather, the economy, and, of course, federal regulations, among others.
By John D. Schulz · October 13, 2015
If you want to meet some of the most ticked-off people on the planet, talk to any trucking industry retiree who received that letter from the Teamsters’ Central States pension plan notifying them of their potential financial haircut coming in retirement.
By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2015
Our top trucking correspondent examines the daunting regulatory hurdles facing trucking—and gives shippers a clearer picture of what they can expect in terms of rates and capacity based on the cumulative effects.
By Jeff Berman · September 17, 2015
The much anticipated final rule for electronic logging devices (ELD) has been pushed back one month from September 30 to October 30, according to the most recent Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
By Jeff Berman · September 15, 2015
For more than a long time, there has been heavy debate and discussion over truck size and weight-related issues. One argument that has been consistently made over time in an effort to allow heavier and longer trucks on the road, with the objective of increasing highway productivity, has been to reform Interstate vehicle weight limits for six-axle trucks. This topic again came to light last week, with Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis..) introducing the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act.
By Jeff Berman · September 2, 2015
Putting the renewed strength in the truckload market into a very positive perspective is a report issued by Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton, which was released yesterday. Entitled, “Q2’15 Trucking Capacity; Goldilocks Era Continues,” Broughton explained that in the second quarter only 70 truckload fleets failed, or exited the business. That number may seem high to some, but it is not, especially when you consider that the second quarter of 2014 saw more than five times as many truckload carriers, 375 to be exact, exit the business.
By Jeff Berman · August 19, 2015
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 July were mixed.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2015
According to the reporting of our veteran trucking correspondent John Schulz, the truckload sector now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S.—and is by far the largest single piece of the trucking market.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · August 1, 2015
While there’s adequate capacity in what’s viewed as a less chaotic market than last year, carriers have regained a position of strength as the supply/demand equation rests comfortably in their favor. As a result, truckers are seeking “shippers of choice” as looming capacity worries continue to mount.
By John D. Schulz · July 31, 2015
A new Government Accountability Office report on the effects of changes to truck driver hours of service rules has sparked a war of words between the American Trucking Associations and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the arm of the Transportation Department that is in charge of making those rules.
By Jeff Berman · July 31, 2015
Rumors of transportation and logistics titan UPS acquiring Chicago-based transportation management services provider Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion have become a reality, with UPS announcing today that the deal is now official.
By Jeff Berman · July 27, 2015
The report, entitled “U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026, which is drafted by ATA and IHS Global Insight, calls for a 28.6 percent hike in annual freight tonnage, as well as a 74.5 percent gain in freight revenues to $152 trillion in 2026.
By John D. Schulz · July 20, 2015
The era of driverless trucks – or autonomous vehicles, as they are known euphemistically – may be a lot closer to reality than many people think.
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By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2015
In the wake of the recent acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle by XPO Logistics, the logistics community is bracing for even more major consolidation deals. The third-party logistics provider (3PL) community is loving it, especially as their margins continue to widen—particularly throughout North America.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Charlie Tanner · November 6, 2014
Read the latest special report for a better understanding of the current parcel shipping environment and learn how savvy SMBs can leverage the power of cloud computing to put analytics to work to gain better visibility over their parcel shipping spend.

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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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