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Sunday, April 01, 2012
After more than 35 years in the industry, I thought I had seen it all. However, I spent a few days last month with some University of Tennessee (UT) colleagues as well as industry and government leaders discussing the evolution of strategic sourcing and collaborative contracting.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The top 25 truckload carriers enjoyed a 13.2 percent year-over-year increase in revenue in 2011, according to statistics compiled for LM by SJ Consulting. About half that increased revenue was due to rising fuel surcharges, but not all the increase can be attributed to just that.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
In what its authors described as “the possible reversal of a very long trend,” the February edition of the Cass Freight Index Report showed that the change in shipments from January to February exceeded the monthly change in expenditures.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
As has been the case in recent months, truckload pricing remains solid for carriers, according to the most recent edition of The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Now that we are officially into 2012, it is a good time to assess just how things stand in regards to what is ahead of us. Compared to recent years, the dismal 2009 comes to mind, it stands to reason that things could truly be much worse. But at the same time we have many things to be concerned about.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Faced with a tight domestic transport market that includes labor and fuel pressure on carriers, shippers are inclined to leverage volume and go for extensions of past rate agreements. I would like to encourage shippers to start thinking outside the box.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The $26.5 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) is a tiny share of the nation’s $700 billion total freight transportation pie, but it increasingly is seen as a vital component in shippers’ supply chains.
Posted on 12/19 at 11:43 AM
Friday, November 11, 2011
A new indicator for truckload pricing, which was recently introduced by Cass Information Systems, the largest payer of freight bills with more than $17 billion in annual freight spend, and investment firm Avondale Partners, disclosed this week that per-mile truckload pricing saw significant gains in October.
Friday, November 04, 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.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
it’s a safe bet that few of you can name a famous demographer alive today. I certainly can’t, and I studied the subject as a graduate and post-graduate student. Yet demography—the statistical study of the size, structure, and distribution of population over time—provides an essential foundation for those wishing to understand oil economics and the development of oil and fuel markets.
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