Motor Freight

By John Schulz · April 12, 2017
Old Dominion Freight Line, which a generation ago made a company-changing decision to embark on a diversification growth path away from its roots as merely a Southeast regional LTL carrier, is now poised for even more profitable growth as a national trucking leader.
By John D. Schulz · January 9, 2017
Changes considered by some as “absolutely inevitable” are coming to freight payment services as shippers seek to leverage data for more efficiency. While innovative and data-driven companies insist there’s a better way, skeptics push back with plenty of experience under their belts.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2016
It stands to reason that with the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, effective next month, interesting times are certainly heading our way.
By Jeff Berman · February 18, 2011
On the heels of President Obama’s recently released proposed fiscal year 2012 budget request, there have been no shortages of opinions regarding the transportation components of the budget, most notably the proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal.
By Jeff Berman · February 14, 2011
From a supply chain and logistics perspective, the most interesting part of this budget is the proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation and reauthorization proposal.
By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2010
Showing that there is still positive momentum in the trucking sector, freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates said this week that June Class 8 truck total net orders were up significantly compared to May.
By John D. Schulz · July 8, 2010
When it comes to electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs), independent truck driver owner-operators have one message to the government: stay out of my business.
<p>May’s freight expenditures and shipments both increased from the previous month’s activity. This is the fourth month in a row that both indices have increased over the previous month’s activity. This is also the first time shipments are above 1.0 since November of 2008.</p> By Jeff Berman · July 2, 2010
While some economic indices have taken a hit in the last week, one that keeps making forward progress is the Cass Information Systems Freight Index.
<p>Averitt Express, Inc.: Think Red Instead - Transportation and logistics company based in Cookeville, offering trucking and supply chain services throughout North America.</p> By Jeff Berman · June 30, 2010
Customer demand is the driver for flatbed expansion, says company officials.
By Jeff Berman · June 28, 2010
The market for Class 8 vehicle equipment continues to resonate with good news for orders and production. The most recent news comes from ACT Research Co., a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles, whom reported that commercial trailer net orders in May were up 59 percent year-over-year.
By Jeff Berman · June 25, 2010
Trucking tonnage saw its first decline since February, with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reporting today that its advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.6 percent in May.
By Jeff Berman · June 25, 2010
Third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Evans announced this week it s rolled out a freight brokerage division, entitled Evans Freight Services (EFS).
By Jeff Berman · June 24, 2010
A looming truck driver shortage, driven to a large degree by a piece of unpopular legislation, appears to be a matter of “when” rather than “if,” according to trucking and 3PL executives speaking at this week’s eyefortransport 3PL Summit in Atlanta.
By Jeff Berman · June 21, 2010
The resurgence in truck orders and production got more good news, with net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles going up 84 percent in May year-over-year, according to data from ACT Research, a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2010
Many trucking executives believe that we’re on the cusp of a steady, prolonged recovery with solid price increases to match. Analysts aren’t so sure. But nearly all agree that shippers should expect rate increases when their contracts expire, some in the 3-percent to 5-percent range. Here are the four issues that are now in the driver’s seat.

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