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Integration of 3PL, software systems comes to forefront

[caption caption="Shippers might soon come to expect tools like in-transit visibility and access to instant freight quotes will be provided within a 3PL"][/caption]System integrations between 3PLs and niche software providers are moving from the background to become clear, shipper-facing functions, with two notable examples in the last week highlighting the...

Infographic: US-bound truckload growth test border crossings

[caption caption="Click to enlarge"][/caption]US trade disputes with Mexico haven't slowed the pace of trade across the US-Mexico border. Northbound truck traffic at the border rose in early 2019 and is set to surge now that the threat of US tariffs has been removed. Mexican shippers and US importers are moving...

Soaring US truck registrations add to excess capacity

[caption caption="New heavy truck registrations climbed 29.1 percent in the first five months of 2019, according to IHS Markit data. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]If you want a measure of how hard US trucking companies are working to manage capacity amid a sea of available trucks and a soft freight market, watch...

Big brokers flex scale in digital freight matching

[caption caption="Large incumbent brokers believe they have the historical data and scale in shipper volume to build freight matching technology that counteracts innovations by startups such as Convoy, Transfix, and Uber Freight. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Start-up technology-based freight brokers have made the idea of digitally matching loads and capacity a topic...

US shippers retain pricing power amid truck surplus

[caption caption="US trucking employment is rising, not falling, a sign that capacity is not quite exiting the market. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US shippers have their choice of carriers and trucks as the third quarter begins, but how long will that last? There’s more excess truckload capacity on US highways this July...

Freight ‘funnel’ narrowing at US-Mexican border

[caption caption="With US-bound truck freight volumes rising, shippers and importers brace for more congestion at the Mexican border. Photo credit: BDP International."][/caption]Moving northbound freight across the US-Mexico border is increasingly like threading a needle, owing to rising volumes, insufficient infrastructure, and trade tensions stemming from the migration crisis. Shippers trying...

US spring trucking surge arrives late

[caption caption="Spot market truckload pricing last month hit its highest point since January but was still depressed compared with 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Truckload dry-van spot rates in the United States in June hit their highest point since January, rising to $1.89 per mile on average, DAT Solutions said Tuesday.But those...

Rising US-Mexico trade squeezes Laredo truck capacity

[caption caption="US Customs agents in Laredo handled more than 2.3 million northbound trucks last year, a 6 percent increase from 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A lack of available capacity is making it more difficult for Mexican exporters to find trucks to bring shipments across the US border. Moving freight through the border...

Schneider expands intermodal as truck competition heats up

[caption caption="With its new Indianapolis service, Schneider is promising two- to three-day intermodal transit times between Indiana and New Jersey and Massachusetts. Photo credit: Schneider National."][/caption]Transportation and logistics company Schneider is accelerating intermodal rail shipments from the US Midwest to the Northeast, launching a service from the CSX intermodal ramp...

‘Painfully slow’ growth predicted for US freight market

[caption caption="US manufacturing growth has dropped since the beginning of 2019, constricting freight flow and threatening imports and exports. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The US economy isn’t headed for a recession this year, but for freight shippers and many transportation providers, it may seem like one, speakers at...

US truckload carriers see market shift, higher rates ahead

[caption caption="A surprising 20 percent of truckload carriers surveyed said they expect contract rates to rise 5 percent in the next six months, even though only 5 percent said they have won such an increase in the last month. Photo: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Some truckload carriers apparently haven’t received the message the freight...

US economy nears crossroads as shipping costs, volumes drop

[caption caption="A sharp decline in shipper spending and freight volumes causes some to sound recession alarm, but others still see slower growth, not steep decline, amid tariff threats."][/caption]TThe US economic scene is replete with mixed signals, but fewer and fewer of them are favorable to shippers and freight carriers. The...

Tech firm sees long haul ahead for autonomous trucks

[caption caption="Ike is limiting over-the-road tests of autonomous truck prototypes while focusing on long-term development of a long-haul system. Photo credit: Ike Robotics."][/caption]Autonomous trucks may be “inevitable,” but that doesn’t mean they’ll be rolling down the highway anytime soon. Alden Woodrow, co-founder and CEO of Ike Robotics, doesn’t expect driverless...

US heavy-haul truckers build revenue, but face big challenges

[caption caption="Demand for wind turbines will provide more business and revenue for heavy-haul trucking companies, as companies rush to claim tax credits. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The largest US heavy-haul trucking companies carried an oversized amount of revenue last year as the US energy boom ratcheted up demand for oil field equipment,...

Chassis ‘utility’ model proposed for ports, hubs

[caption caption="Chassis models vary widely at ports such as Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Norfolk, and at inland hubs such as Chicago and Memphis. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]TACOMA  The inability to ensure the availability and roadability of chassis has prompted a former carrier executive to propose a “utility” arrangement in...

ELD mandate a ‘game changer’ for Canadian shippers

[caption caption="Truck freight lanes such as the Montreal-Toronto run could become weak supply chain links when electronic logging takes effect in Canada. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will pose a “major challenge” to shippers unless they prepare well in advance for delays, longer transit times, and higher...

Uber Freight: Shipper metric priorities need reboot

[caption caption="An executive for Uber Freight said the company is taking a long approach to building its business, based on the capital it has at its disposal as a venture-backed business. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Uber Freight wants to change the metrics shippers consider important when weighing which truck carrier and broker...

Brief capacity crunch boosts US truckload spot rates

[caption caption="Spot truck rates jumped 9.5 percent on average last week as freight surged, but prices could moderate again as early as this week. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A sudden tightening of US truckload capacity sent spot market rates up sharply last week. The contraction in capacity was likely associated with an...

Trans-Logistics Group expands, opens Chattanooga office

[caption caption="Uncertain, complex freight markets are spurring freight contract innovation, Trans-Logistics Group says. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group, which works with a variety of US freight shippers, is expanding its advisory services and opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.The company, founded by trucking veteran Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis Jr.,...

Trans-Logistics Group expands, opens Chattanooga office

[caption caption="Uncertain, complex freight markets are spurring freight contract innovation, Trans-Logistics Group says. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group, which works with a variety of US freight shippers, is expanding its advisory services and opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.The company, founded by trucking veteran Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis Jr.,...

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