Trucking

By Jeff Berman · July 21, 2014
Amid the talk and coverage about things negatively impacting the trucking industry like increasing regulations, tight capacity, and equipment-related issues and challenges, there is one thing to always remember about the sector: it moves a lot of freight, make that more than a lot, actually.
By Jeff Berman · July 14, 2014
While overall market conditions are not dire, there is a confluence of factors working together that need to be monitored in the trucking sector, according to the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
By John D. Schulz · July 10, 2014
Teamsters retirees from the trucking industry currently enjoy some of the most generous pensions in America—up to $3,500 a month for 30 years of service from any unionized trucking company that contributed to multiemployer pension plans that once covered the industry like a warm fuzzy financial security blanket. But those pension plans, once thought to be the “Cadillac” of all retirement plans, are in deep financial trouble. And there doesn’t appear to be any bailout coming from Washington.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
The $35 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) market, benefitting from a rebound in the U.S. industrial sector, is enjoying a renaissance after five lean years. And leading LTL executives say it’s about time.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
The $300 billion for-hire truckload (TL) sector is enjoying a fairly busy 2014, with most carriers reporting a balanced picture of tighter-than-average capacity against decent if not spectacular demand levels.
By Mary C. Holcomb, Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Joseph M. Tillman, TSquared Logistics · July 1, 2014
Varying estimates from positive to pragmatic existed before the new rule became effective in July 2013. However, the grim reality is that trucking stakeholders are now experiencing substantial losses in productivity due to the change—and in many cases it’s much worse than was predicted.
By John Schulz · July 1, 2014
ATA said it supports laws and regulations mandating the installation and use of electronic logging devices for recording drivers’ hours of service. And ATA added that it advocated for the MAP -21 provision mandating a rulemaking to require ELDs as it maintains these devices will improve HOS compliance as well as safety.
By Jeff Berman · June 19, 2014
Since the new motor carrier driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations took effect in July 2013, there has been more than a little bit of subsequent criticism aimed at these revised regulations, specifically its restart provision.
By Jeff Berman · June 4, 2014
Nearly a year after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new motor carrier Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations took effect, one thing remains clear: the rules are not being embraced by the trucking industry, even just a little bit.
By Jeff Berman · May 12, 2014
Despite what it is happening in the economy, one thing has remained constant over the years: the steady hold, and gains, in freight transportation market share held by the trucking sector.
By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2014
Best-in-class private fleets are utilizing a blend of technologies and services that are tailored to mitigate costs. Here’s how some of the most modern private fleets are being managed in the new era of tightening capacity and tougher regulation.
By Peter Moore · May 1, 2014
Private fleet operations are faced with more challenges than ever as the three major external cost drivers—hours of service, equipment modernization, and fuel cost—are clamoring for attention.
By Patrick Burnson · April 29, 2014
BSR recently launched “Transitioning to Low-Carbon Fuel: A Business Guide for Sustainable Trucking in North America.”
By Jeff Berman · April 4, 2014
High-ranking leadership for the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee is calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to evaluate two studies that were used to justify changes for the motor carrier Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that went into effect last July.

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