Transportation

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.
By John D. Schulz · April 19, 2011
Schneider National, the nation’s second-largest truckload carrier which traditionally has been a major player in long-haul intermodal traffic, is increasingly marketing shorter-haul freight options in a major shift that is sure to impact shippers’ choices and rates.
By Jeff Berman · April 14, 2011
As various factors such as increasing diesel prices, tight capacity, and rate pressure continue to take hold in the freight transportation market, they appear to be taking a toll on shippers, according to the April edition of the Shippers’ Condition Index (SCI) released this week by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · April 14, 2011
Trucking and intermodal services bellwether J.B. Hunt (JBH) kicked off the first quarter earnings season in style with record net earnings of $50.1 million or $0.40 per share compared to net earnings of $37.5 million and $.029 per share a year ago.
By Jeff Berman · April 13, 2011
This increase marks the third time the PCI has been up in the last eight months and the 16th consecutive month it has been up on an annual basis.
By Jeff Berman · April 13, 2011
Pent-up demand based on various factors continue to point to an upcycle in buying activity for commercial vehicles, according to data from ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.
By Jeff Berman · April 12, 2011
A 10.2 cent weekly hike brings the current price to $4.078 per gallon, following a 4.4 cent increase last week and a 2.5 cent gain the week before. Diesel prices have been up 18 of the last 19 weeks. And on an annual basis, the price per gallon for diesel is up $1.009 per gallon.
By John D. Schulz · April 12, 2011
The trucking industry is giving itself a pat on the back after government figures show the rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009—making it the trucking industry’s safest year since the federal government began keeping track in 1975.
By Jeff Berman · April 11, 2011
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled the details relating to an agreement made in early March regarding the cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico.
By Jeff Berman · April 6, 2011
March shipments at 1.108 were up 13.8 percent annually and 6.5 percent compared to February’s 1.036, with shipments above for the 1.0 mark for the tenth 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 · April 6, 2011
ACT reported that a preliminary reading of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicle net orders for North American markets increased to 29,200 units in March, representing the largest monthly order intake since May 2006.

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