LTL

By John D. Schulz · August 22, 2012
Abandoning its longstanding commitment to a collective approach in bargaining with the Teamsters, financially ailing ABF Freight System has informed the union it is pulling out of the National Master Freight Agreement and will negotiate a separate contract.
By Jeff Berman · August 3, 2012
Based on today’s second quarter earnings announcement from less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider YRC Worldwide, business conditions are continuing to gradually improve for the Overland Park, Kan.-based carrier.
By Jeff Berman · August 2, 2012
A U.S. District Court this week elected to dismiss a lawsuit by less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier ABF Freight System Inc. against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, YRC Inc. and other related entities.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2012
While the recession left the national less-than-truck (LTL) carriers reeling, we’re happy to report that this sector is more “in balance” than in past years, with capacity now aligning with demand. For the first time in at least five years, the sector is showing positive operating margins—albeit scant—while rates have started to clearly reflect that equilibrium.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2012
Being nimble, quick, and responsive to constantly changing customer demands has kept many of the nation’s top regional LTL’s alive over the past four years. But this year’s story revolves around the improved scores cross the entire regional category, signaling that this year’s Quest for Quality winners have come out of the Great Recession with a full head of steam.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · August 1, 2012
With pricing power back in the hands of the rejuvenated LTL sector, carriers are now laser focused on margins while concentrating on profitable freight.
By Jeff Berman · August 1, 2012
Net income of $41.8 million—or $0.74 per share—was up 30 percent annually. And operating income—at $80.1 million—saw a 33.2 percent annual improvement, with revenue—at $1.45 billion—seeing a 7.2 percent improvement.
By Peter Moore · August 1, 2012
Shippers are increasingly telling me that the number of options in the less-than-500-pound shipment market confuses them. The one thing that many can understand is that costs continue to climb despite the deregulation of rates. However, enormous savings can be achieved by knowing your shipment weight and distance, direction, and cube as well as the capabilities of your carrier.
By Jeff Berman · July 31, 2012
Much has been written and said about the less-than-truckload (LTL) sector on this Web site and in the pages of this magazine. Make no mistake, though, the sector these days is in a much better place than where it was not all that long ago.
By Jeff Berman · July 24, 2012
Effective August 6, ODFL said its base rates will increase 4.9 percent.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2012
Company officials said the eight-door, five-acre facility will serve as a gateway to the Great Lakes shipping area in northern Minnesota and northwestern Minnesota.
By Jeff Berman · July 3, 2012
Multiregional less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier Saia said this week it has acquired truckload and brokerage services provider Robart Transportation Inc. and its subsidiary The RL Services Group LLC.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2012
The logistics industry has yet to climb back to the profitability it hit in 2007–the precipice from which it dropped during the recession. According to the report’s author and industry analysts, it may be a while until the overall industry hits full stride again.
By John D. Schulz · June 29, 2012
Thanks to a transformational organizational change led by Stotlar, he says Con-way is on its way back to its familiar leadership perch atop the LTL industry. Its largest unit, the $3.2 billion Con-way Freight LTL unit, has rebounded from its low point during the 2008-2010 recession to again one of the most profitable carriers in the sector.
By Jeff Berman · June 27, 2012
Company officials said this GRI, which takes effect on July 9, will cover non-contractual shipments in United States, Canada and Mexico, with rates increasing by an average of 6.9 percent, varying by lane and shipment type.

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