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By John D. Schulz · July 22, 2019
It’s become a favorite parlor game wherever shippers, carriers and logisticians meet. It could be called “How long can this fantastic economy last?” Or more accurately, “When is the next recession coming? Nobody knows, of course. And the joke among some transport veterans is that economists have forecast 20 of the last three recessions. In fact, there’s some truth to that.
By LM Staff · July 18, 2019
Company officials said that the driver for this new location was to provide the company with the opportunity to be closer to its shipper customers in Maine and northern New Hampshire. And they added that Pyle will offer customized less-than-truckload (LTL) and Custom Dedicated operations out of the facility, which it said will provide greater flexibility and higher service levels for shippers in this region.
By LM Staff · July 18, 2019
Truckload pricing, which measure linehaul rates, increased 0.9% annually, to 135.9, in June, and intermodal pricing was up 3.9% in June, to 142.0.
By Jeff Berman · July 17, 2019
The first quarter turnover rate for large fleets with more than $30 million in revenue increased 5% to 83%, which was lower than the 2018 average rate of 89% and down 11% compared to the first quarter of 2018. For small fleets, the ATA said the turnover rate fell 4% to 73%, from the first quarter to the second quarter.
By LM Staff · July 16, 2019
June shipments, at 1.181, decreased 5.3% annually, marking the seventh consecutive month of shipments declines.
By LM Staff · July 16, 2019
For May, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI was -2.3, a retreat from March’s -1.18. March represented the first time the TCI turned in a negative reading for the first time “in several” years,” according to FTR.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2019
Roseville, Minnesota-based LME Inc., a Midwestern regional less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, has shuttered its operations. A notice on LME’s website that was posted yesterday, July 11, stated that: “Effective immediately LME will no longer be accepting any pickups,” and the link to its social media channels was no longer operable.
By John Schulz · July 12, 2019
Tight capacity, high rates, rapid e-commerce growth and a booming economy fueled an 11.45% rise in U.S. logistics costs over the course of 2018. However, new freight management innovations abound, and now nimbleness and efficiency are keys to good service as we roll through 2019.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2019
Chicago-based transportation management services provider Coyote Logistics, a subsidiary of freight transportation and logistics services bellwether UPS, this week introduced a new program and digital freight platform upgrades to better meet the needs and challenges shippers and carriers are facing.
By John Schulz · July 11, 2019
Truckload market grappling with excess capacity, lagging rates
By John Schulz · July 11, 2019
Rates up as carrier costs “go through the roof”
By Peter Moore · July 11, 2019
We have so far seen three waves of technology making an impact on people and processes in logistics execution.
By Jeff Berman · July 11, 2019
Three prominent freight transportation experts put this quickly evolving market into perspective in an effort to help shippers keep pace with one of the most dynamic sectors of logistics.
By Jeff Berman · July 11, 2019
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based GlobalTranz, a full-service 3PL focused on freight brokerage and technology, announced today it has rolled out a new digital freight matching (DFM) offering, entitled GTZamp (Automated Movement Planning) for enterprise shipper customers that meshes the speed and ease of DFM with enhanced, multi-movement planning capabilities.
By John D. Schulz · July 10, 2019
YRC Worldwide, still struggling to find its financial footing in one of the best freight environments in a generation, is trying to cut its way back to prosperity. The less-than-truckload giant is shuttering the Lebanon, Pa., administrative headquarters of regional LTL subsidiary New Penn and consolidating those operations at its Overland Park, Kan., corporate headquarters.

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