Friday, March 01, 2013
Our annual survey finds the industry steadying for a new, slower pace of growth following the release of pent-up demand after the downturn. Yet even as planned spending inside the four walls drops off, facility activity is the highest since 2007—signaling that “doing more with less” has stuck.
Truckload carriers are increasing their fleet capacity to provide more dedicated truck options to solve complex shipper operations and eliminate volatility—and everybody seems to be happy.
Our technology correspondent examines the current state of the warehouse management systems (WMS) market, explores key trends driving the industry, and highlights the new, smarter capabilities that are just around the corner for both vendors and users.
Freight intermediaries are no longer happy waiting in the wings, and that’s great news for shippers who want deeper engagement as extra emphasis is placed on U.S. exports over the coming years.
While logistics managers wait to see how the American/US Airways merger shakes out, analysts say deals like this recent blockbuster may be a blessing in the long run for shippers.
The following paper will discuss the regulatory and logistical hurdles that a U.S. business must be aware of when shipping across the U.S./Canadian border. Each of these challenges must be understood and addressed as part of the cross-border experience.
Earlier today, the National Industrial Transportation League submitted its comments on the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Ex Parte 711, its July 2011 request to the STB that it adopt new rules regarding reciprocal switching between Class I railroad carriers, formally known as Petition for Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules, Ex Parte 711.
Posted on 03/01 at 01:39 PM
The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure manufacturing activity, was 54.2 in February, which was 1.1 percent better than February and stands as the single highest PMI level since June 2011.
Posted on 03/01 at 01:37 PM
YRC Freight, the largest subsidiary of less-than-truckload transportation services provider YRC Worldwide, said this week that it completed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. in which it will buy four liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used in Southern California.
Posted on 03/01 at 01:35 PM
YRC Worldwide •
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Carload volume—at 278,059—was down 1.2 percent annually, and intermodal volume—at 238,083 containers and trailers—was up 11 percent.
Posted on 03/01 at 01:20 PM
Rail Freight •