Transportation

By Jeff Berman · May 16, 2011
With gas prices making everyone uncomfortable, again, those same old fears about energy prices are back in the forefront. But it does not have to be these way. In fact, it should not be this way—period. That is how T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, sees it.
By Jeff Berman · May 13, 2011
On the heels on a 2.7 percent gain in March, following a cumulative 2.8 percent decline in January and February, the April edition of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI) was down 0.5 percent. The PCI has been down on a sequential basis in six of the last nine months, but it was up 3.5 percent compared to April 2010 and has been up annually for 17 consecutive months.
By Jeff Berman · May 6, 2011
While the legislative draft, entitled the “Transportation Opportunities Act,” is reported to have been written by the White House, Administration officials have not definitely said it originated there, according to media reports.
By Jeff Berman · May 6, 2011
While the Cass data showed growth in February and March following three months of decreases, April was relatively flat on a sequential basis. April shipments at 1.113 were up 12.3 percent annually and 0.45 percent compared to March’s 1.108, with shipments above for the 1.0 mark for the 11th straight month going back to May 2010’s 1.014 breaking the 1.0 level for the first time since November 20008.
By Jeff Berman · May 6, 2011
Earlier today, less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider YRC Worldwide (YRCW) reported a $102 million net loss in the first quarter and a $2.14 loss per share. Despite the losses, company officials said this represented an improvement over the first quarter of 2011, which saw a net loss of $274 million and $13.15 per share.
By Jeff Berman · May 5, 2011
ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles, said this week that a preliminary reading of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles net orders for North American markets hit 32,800 units in April.
By John Schulz · May 2, 2011
YRC Worldwide, the financially ailing second-largest less-than-truckload (LTL) company which has lost in excess of $2.7 billion the last four years, says it has reached another “milestone” in its long-awaited restructuring plan now scheduled for completion in July.
<p>Oakland was ranked 7th on Zepol’s Top 20 list for the first quarter of 2011. Like Los Angeles and Long Beach to the south, the California ports are constantly seeking new ways to maintain existing “connectivity” and build for the future.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2011
Creative funding for expansion and infrastructure improvement is critical for the top U.S. ports, especially as shippers are slowly reconfiguring their supply chains to become less dependent on the West Coast.
By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2011
The red-hot intermodal sector is “in fashion” these days as shippers opt for lower rates at near-truck service levels. Our intrepid trucking correspondent examines the factors driving this impressive growth as well as how logistics professionals are using the option as part of their 2011 transportation tool kit.
By Jeff Berman · April 29, 2011
Commercial trailer net orders and shipments in March saw significant gains compared to February, according to data from ACT Research Co., a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.
By Jeff Berman · April 28, 2011
At a time when trucking market conditions are experiencing tight capacity, increasing fuel costs, and slow and somewhat steady volume gains, one of the survey’s main takeaways was that 71 percent of respondents believe that business conditions will improve in 2011 compared to 2010, with 22 percent expecting things to remain the same and 3 percent expecting them to get worse.
By Jeff Berman · April 28, 2011
At last week’s NASSTRAC Logistics Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman had an opportunity to speak with Leathers about myriad industry-related topics, including energy prices, modal shifts, and government regulation, among others.
By Jeff Berman · April 26, 2011
Diesel prices remained above the $4 per gallon mark for the third straight week despite dropping $0.7 cents to $4.098 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
By Jeff Berman · April 22, 2011
As I expected, NASSTRAC 2011 was replete with terrific content and information. The fact is, had it not been I would have been shocked.
By Jeff Berman · April 22, 2011
The ATA reported that during the fourth quarter of 2010, truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers bumped up their payrolls, with small truckload carriers boosting employment by 0.8 percent within their driver pool and large TL carriers adding 0.3 percent to payroll by adding linehaul drivers and reducing local driver pools.

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