Freight

By Jeff Berman · March 14, 2012
The SCI dropped 0.2 points in January, the most recent month for which data is available, to -4.8, said FTR. The firm describes the SCI as an indicator that sums up all market influences that affect shippers
By Jeff Berman · February 9, 2012
January shipments at 1.046 were down .95 percent compared to December and up 3.6 percent compared to January 2010. This marked the 20th consecutive month shipments were above the 1.0 mark since May 2010
By LM Staff · January 11, 2012
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.1 percent from October to November.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2011
A watchful eye on inventory levels by retailers kept freight shipments and expenditures down on a sequential basis for the second straight month, with mixed results annually, according to the November 2011 edition of the Cass Freight Index.
By George Kokoris · November 30, 2011
Pricing across the transportation modes
By LM Staff · November 10, 2011
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported on Wednesday that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.9 percent from in September from August.
By Jeff Berman · November 4, 2011
The October 2011 edition of the Cass Freight Index showed signs of mixed messages, when it comes to figuring out freight trends. While freight shipments and expenditures were up annually, they were both down from September in another sign that the economic recovery is both gradual and unpredictable.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2011
Big shippers and the world’s top carriers vow to work collectively towards leveraging technology to improve business processes and relationships. Will they make good on the promise or slip back to business as usual?
By Jeff Berman · September 6, 2011
In its August report, Cass data indicated that shipments at 1.143 were down 3.7 percent compared to July, with shipments topping the 1.0 mark for the 15th straight month since May 2010, when shipments moved above the 1.0 mark for the first time since November 2008.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2011

By George Kokoris · July 1, 2011

By Patrick Burnson · June 23, 2011
In its fourth quarter earnings report, Fedex explained its 6 percent y-t-d improvement on strong yield improvement in all transportation segments, as well as volume growth of ground and international express shipments.
By Patrick Burnson · June 10, 2011
Despite recent signs of a slackening pace of global economic growth, California exporters turned in another impressive performance in April with shipments totaling $12.88 billion, a gain of 14.4 percent over the same month last year, according to an analysis by Beacon Economics of foreign trade data released this week by the U.S. Commerce Department.
By LM Staff · June 8, 2011
The BTS said that the April Freight TSI at 107.5 is up 14.0 percent from the recent low of 94.3 in April 2009, which was its lowest level since July 1997. April’s Freight TSI is down 5.1 percent from its historic peak of 113.3 in January 2005.
By Jeff Berman · June 3, 2011
I don’t know what is harder: figuring out what the economy is doing or hitting a curve ball? While I was a decent enough hitter growing up, I did not see too many breaking balls. But given all the noise about which way the economy is moving, I may be heading back to the batting cages.

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