Trucking Logistics

The coming "data explosion" could help make transportation networks much more efficient — if we can agree on what information to share and with whom to share it.

Con-way Freight today said it will raise non-contract tariff rates 4.9 percent this month, following rate hikes announced by FedEx Freight in the U.S. and DHL Freight in Europe.

To own or not to own assets: that is the question facing third-party logistics and transport operators in a world where the supply and cost of shipping capacity, on land at least, is increasingly uncertain. XPO Logistics believes it has an answer: Do both.

After collecting thousands of days' worth of data from more than 220 truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is starting the final analysis stage of its study of the safety impact of its new 34-hour restart rules, which were suspended in December. The agency hopes to complete its study this year.

Lower fuel prices and lower fuel surcharges are slowing the increase of freight shipping costs on both sides of the U.S. border or even reducing them, despite higher contract trucking rates.

The great swell in U.S. transportation, warehousing and utility jobs receded in July after hitting historic heights in April and May, but demand for workers remains strong in a complex employment market. Hiring numbers, and separations, continue to rise.

Total U.S. freight movement dropped in August, and new orders also declined, setting the stage for flat growth for the rest of the year, forecasts an organization representing supply chain logistics professionals. The message builds on the ominous signs for freight growth seen through high inventories and high sales-to-inventory ratios.

Although most of the factors behind the drop in full-year earnings guidance by Swift Transportation last week were unique to Swift, trucking companies do face some broad challenges this fall.

Former Con-way executive joins USA Truck as the truckload carrier continues to build profitability.

XPO Logistics’ pending purchase of less-than-truckload carrier Con-way is the latest sign that the lines between asset-light third-party logistics providers and asset-based motor carriers are blurring, XPO Chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said Monday.