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By Jeff Berman · July 13, 2018
Chicago-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider SEKO Logistics recently announced it is investing in a new flagship airfreight and omni-parcel services facility in close proximity to London Heathrow airport. The company said that this investment is a reflection of its confidence in the “continued cross-border growth of British bands globally,” adding that revenues in the UK are expected to surpass $100 million for the first time and that the Heathrow expansion received government approval in June, as part of the UK’s objective to double its export business to $1 trillion by 2020.
By John Schulz · July 13, 2018
It’s been a summer of labor success at United Parcel Service. Besides scoring a “handshake agreement” covering 275,000 Teamsters at its small parcel unit, UPS also has a tentative deal for a new five-year Master UPS Freight Agreement that covers about 11,000 Teamsters-represented UPS Freight (formerly Overnite Transportation).
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2018
Recent spot market data issued by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, reinforces the current strength of the trucking sector, with June having the highest spot market rates on record. DAT said that the national averages for van, flatbed, and refrigerated (reefer) were the highest ever recorded in its DAT Trendlines readings, with spot market averages on the flatbed and reefer side higher than average shipper contract rates for each segment and the average spot van rate equal to the average contract van rate.
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By Zambeta Tsapos · July 12, 2018
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By Zambeta Tsapos · July 11, 2018
According to the State of the North American Supply Chain survey, truck capacity is the industry’s primary hurdle this year.
By LM Staff · July 10, 2018
With a 0.7-cent increase, the national diesel average now stands at $3.243. This follows a 2.0-cent increase from last week.
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By LM Staff · July 9, 2018
As if higher rates and capacity shortages weren’t enough to worry about, shippers must now deal with a pending trade war, import/export uncertainties and increasing scrutiny from C-suite executives. Shippers now face a steep climb to keep budgets and service levels intact.
By John D. Schulz · July 6, 2018
Is allowing 18-to-20 year-olds to drive an 80,000-pound truck in interstate commerce the solution to the driver shortage? The Trump administration thinks so. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, joined Sen. Deb Fischer, R- Neb., and Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., to announce that the Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-to-20 year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.
By Jeff Berman · July 5, 2018
A combination of strong demand, favorable economic conditions and technological innovation is paying off in the truckload brokerage space—and savvy shippers are leveraging this dynamic market to gain advantage.
By Peter Moore · July 5, 2018
While tactically scrambling for coverage, shippers need to begin now to strategically build relationships that will sustain competitive cost and service metrics over many years.
By LM Staff · July 2, 2018
Tight capacity, coupled with ongoing rate pressures, continue to be major themes in shipping circles, based on the findings in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · June 28, 2018
With all the moving parts in the trucking sector these days, in the form of things like carrier pricing power, tight capacity, and the secular driver shortage, things like trucking regulations can get overlooked. But at this week’s SMC3 Connections event at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, that was far from the case in a session that featured Larry Minor, associate administrator for policy at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Dan Horvath, director of safety policy for the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
By LM Staff · June 27, 2018
Falling 2.8 cents, the national diesel average is now $3.216. This follows declines of 2.2 cents, 1.9 cents, and 0.3 cents, respectively, over the previous three weeks.
By Jeff Berman · June 27, 2018
When looking at the last three-to-four years in the logistics and freight transportation sectors, it is clear that there has been an “unusual and high level of activity” occurring. That was a key theme of a keynote speech at this week’s SMC3 Connections conference held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia by John Wiehoff, CEO of global logistics services provider and freight forwarder C.H. Robinson. In a wide-ranging speech, Wiehoff categorized some of the bigger picture things he sees happening in the industry, as well as a look at longer-term trends.
By Jeff Berman · June 22, 2018
FTR said that motor carriers can expect these favorable conditions to remain intact into the third quarter and further on into 2019. And it added that the tight labor market, as well as the driver shortage, is holding carriers back from taking full advantage of the strong pricing outlook, even though it leads to higher labor costs.

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