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By John D. Schulz · May 20, 2019
A December 2019 deadline for adopting new systems for carriers to record truck drivers’ hours of service could cause a short-term blip in capacity as truckers convert to the new system. At issue is a Department of Transportation regulation that makes Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) stricter. Come Dec. 16, carriers no longer will be allowed to deploy the Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) that were grandfathered in for the first two years of the ELD mandate.
<p>Getty Images</p> By John Schulz · May 20, 2019
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a “potential” pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18 to 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
By LM Staff · May 17, 2019
For March, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI came in at -1.18, which FTR said reflects a softening environment for carriers as freight rates see continued easing, coupled with a sluggish, but positive, demand outlook.
By LM Staff · May 17, 2019
While headlines trumpet startups that promise to fix one of freight shipping’s biggest inefficiencies, it’s too early to declare victory. Shippers must look at how can DFM help with strategic transportation challenges, not just individual shipments.
By Jeff Berman · May 16, 2019
Freight transportation and logistics services provider Hub Group announced today that it has rolled out enhanced end-to-end visibility with real-time shipment-level ETA (estimated time of arrivals).
By Jeff Berman · May 15, 2019
Data issued this week by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, continued the ongoing themes of strong volumes and healthy capacity levels for spot market truckload freight, according to the DAT Truckload Volume Index.
By Jeff Berman · May 14, 2019
Fr8Hub said that the focus of its digital freight marketplace is on directly matching cross-border shippers throughout Mexico and the U.S.—to and from border cities—with available carriers and drivers for their loads. And it added that through a pairing of tracking and visibility for shipments in and out of Mexico, the company’s flagship offering is a streamlined, cross-border freight marketplace.
By LM Staff · May 13, 2019
Truckload rates, which measure linehaul rates, headed up 2.7% annually to 138.4 (January 2005=100), extending a stretch of gains going back to November 2017). This reading is in close range of the 144.2 set in December 2018. On the intermodal side, the report said that on the heels of hitting an all-time high of 151.9 in March, April’s reading dipped 1.4% to 149.8 while still growing 5.6% annually.
By Bridget McCrea · May 9, 2019
The truck-as-a-service market is set to hit $52 billion by 2025. Here’s what shippers need to know about this innovative, digital transportation strategy.
By John D. Schulz · May 8, 2019
YRC reported consolidated operating revenue for first quarter of $1.182 billion and a consolidated operating loss of $31.7 million, which included a $1.6 million net loss on property disposals. By comparison in the year-ago quarter, YRC posted operating revenue of $1.215 billion and consolidated operating loss of $4.3 million. That loss included a $3.2 million net loss on property disposals.
By LM Staff · May 7, 2019
The driver shortage is causing serious concerns across the industry. But the solution is not just to add more drivers.
By LM Staff · May 6, 2019
The Teamsters said that this contract raises wages, restores a week of vacation, and protects benefits. This contract covers roughly 25,000 YRC Freight workers at its YRC Freight Holland, and New Penn subsidiaries and was approved by a 60% to 40% margin. While the votes are in, the contract will not go into effect until the YRC Freight Teamsters Joint Council 40, who rejected the contract, has the required votes.
By Jeff Berman · May 2, 2019
Company officials said this initiative geared towards helping businesses address challenging freight-related problems by bringing together shippers with Convoy’s engineers, data scientists, and product designers.
By Jeff Berman · May 2, 2019
EBITDA, at $343 million, was up 3.9% annually for a first quarter record, and adjusted earnings per share, at $0.51, topped Wall Street estimates of $0.39. Free cash flow for the quarter came in at $96 million.
By Jeff Berman · May 1, 2019
The key elements of this partnership include the addition of the Emerge marketplace to the Kuebix Community Load Match, which is a single source offering focused on attractive rates and capacity opportunities through the Kuebix carrier base. The companies said that through this partnership shippers using Kuebix can obtain additional truckload capacity through the Emerge marketplace, coupled with shippers gaining access to contracted rates and the spot market through the same system interface.

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