Trucking

By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2017
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR dropped from July to August, with the firm explaining that the August reading “is not wholly reflective of the current environment for truckers.”
By LM Staff · October 4, 2017
Data issued this week by freight transportation forecasting firm FTR and publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market ACT Research shows continued gains in Class 8 net orders.
By LM Staff · October 2, 2017
For July, the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI reading was -0.1, which was in range and slightly below June’s -0.7 reading. The firm said these levels reflect “the dominance” of contract pricing, coupled with capacity continuing to significantly tighten and subsequently increasing spot market activity, especially in the form of increasing spot market rates.
By LM Staff · September 21, 2017
FTR said that the July reading reflects a tight capacity environment, increasing spot market rates, as well as an impact on the market this fall and winter as a result of the pending ELD (electronic logging device) regulation for motor carriers.
By Jeff Berman · September 19, 2017
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage at 149 (2000=100) was up 7.1% over July, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index saw a 10.5% increase from July to August, coming in at 156.4.
By Patrick Burnson · September 13, 2017
Although it may be too early to collect any data from this second major hurricane in three weeks, Noel Perry, Partner at FTR and Senior Economist for Truckstop.com says the impact will be significant.
By LM Staff · September 8, 2017
The merger of two Phoenix, Az.-based truckload giants, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation, was approved late yesterday by Swift stockholders, Swift officials announced yesterday. Swift said it expects to the merger to close today.
By Jeff Berman · September 7, 2017
A late push for a legislative delay for implementing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for motor carriers, which is set to take effect on December 18, was turned down by the United States House of Representatives this week. This stemmed from a proposal by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) that was part of a Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill and called for more time for motor carriers to be in compliance with the ELD mandate.
By Jeff Berman · August 30, 2017
Recent data from FTR and the American Trucking Associations provide in-depth insight on motor carrier and shipper market outlooks.
By Jeff Berman · August 30, 2017
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device mandate deadline remains intact for December 18, it comes with a caveat based on an announcement issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance earlier this week.
SPECIAL REPORT
By LM Staff · August 28, 2017
Understanding the challenges of Motor Freight and managing for the future
By Patrick Burnson · August 23, 2017
Descartes Systems Group, a global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it had acquired MacroPoint, LLC, earlier this month, LM learned that there would be implications for shippers reliant upon the cold chain chain.
By Jeff Berman · August 14, 2017
Trucking industry revenues for 2016 came in at $676.2 billion, which equates into 79.8%, or basically four-fifths of total U.S. freight spend.
By John Schulz · August 11, 2017
With the Dec. 18 deadline for mandatory electronic logging devices (ELDs) quickly approaching, there is concern that a majority of the 3.5 million affected trucks have yet to procure or install the required devices.
By Jeff Berman · August 2, 2017
Intermodal volume headed up for the third straight quarter, which was immediately preceded by annual declines during the second and third quarters of 2016 and 25 consecutive quarters of growth prior to that.

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