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By Jeff Berman · December 11, 2015
Commerce reported that November retail sales at $448.1 billion were up 0.2 percent compared to November-for its best showing since July-and up 1.4 percent annually, on the heels of 1.7 percent, 0.1 percent, and 0.2 percent, in October, September, and August, respectively.
By Jeff Berman · December 11, 2015
Railroad service issues and rates remain front and center, as has been the case in previous incarnations of this legislation. The bill is focused on addressing inefficiencies within the STB, which serves as the federal regulatory body responsible for economic oversight of the U.S. rail system, with regulatory jurisdiction over railroad rate reasonableness, mergers, line acquisitions, new rail-line construction, line abandonment, and other issues.
By LM Staff · December 11, 2015
Carloads were down 12.9 percent annually at 271,774 and ahead of the week ending November 28 at 230,919 and November 21 at 267,830.
By John D. Schulz · December 11, 2015
The man behind the serial acquisitions that have made XPO Logistics the third-largest provider of multi-platform freight services in North America (after UPS and FedEx) says integration of its recent $3 billion purchase of the former Con-way Inc. is ahead of schedule and going better than planned.
By MMH Staff · December 10, 2015
Frost & Sullivan research indicates increased modernization, standardization and collaboration.
By Jeff Berman · December 10, 2015
The objective of the rule, according to FMCSA, is to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that combat fatigue. The rule will take full effect on December 10, 2017, two years after the date of the final rule being issued.
By LM Staff · December 10, 2015
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR showed a decline from September to October, the most recent month for which data is available, but the firm said it was not unexpected, as market conditions are poised to improve in 2016 in tandem with potentially tight capacity in the second half of next year.
By MMH Staff · December 10, 2015
Shipments up 3.8% when compared to October 2014 sales.
By LM Staff · December 10, 2015
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.4 percent from September to October. The October Freight TSI, at 123.2, was slightly behind the all-time high of 123.5 reached in November 2014 and is 0.5 percent ahead of September’s 122.7.
By John D. Schulz · December 10, 2015
The $305 billion, five-year highway spending bill passed in a rare bipartisan show of cooperation and signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 3 is kind of like an old Clint Eastwood film. It contains the good, the bad and the ugly.
By Patrick Burnson · December 9, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo volumes rose just 0.5% in October compared to a year ago.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2015
The December 2015 Semiannual Economic Forecast issued yesterday by the Institute for Supply Management took on two items that have been prevalent in addressing current trends in the form of: sharply lower oil prices the strength of the U.S. dollar. Each question was presented to the ISM’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing member respondents.
By MMH Staff · December 9, 2015
Conference includes a track devoted to the use of robotics in manufacturing and logistics.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2015
The theme for the 2015 holiday season in terms of holiday season import cargo volumes could well be “holding steady,” according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By MMH Staff · December 9, 2015
Forecast suggests domestic strength will offset global headwinds; materials handling equipment investment growth to remain weak over the next three to six months.

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