Trucking Logistics

E-commerce opportunities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are helping TransForce compensate for loss of energy, less-than-truckload volumes.

A round of belt tightening has begun at LTL and truckload carriers as U.S. trucking companies start to shift from cautious optimism about the year ahead to outright caution as the U.S. economy slows to a crawl. Although trucking executives generally expect a stronger second half of the year, “uncertain” at best describes their outlook.

South Carolina-based Southeastern Freight Lines is revamping its business in Canada, replacing an interline partnership with a direct cross-border offering that gives the company more control over door-to-door service.

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Mentions of a recession-like environment from top transportation executives and lackluster growth in domestic and international freight volumes are sparking fears that a U.S. freight recession is upon us that could be a harbinger of something even worse: an outright economic recession.

Chassis provider TRAC Intermodal and a technology provider have unveiled cloud-based software designed to allow intermodal equipment providers and motor carriers to automate billing and reconcile invoices.

Truck turn times at the Middle Harbor container terminal in Long Beach will improve greatly when the automated facility receives its first vessel April 7 because truck traffic will be completely separated from vessel operations, the company’s top executive said.

Jack Holmes, the career UPS executive who became president of UPS Freight in 2007, will retire in June. Rich McArdle, another UPS veteran, will take his place.

A Feb. 1 change in dimensional weight pricing will benefit Forward Air Corp., the CEO of the ground-air expedited transportation company told Wall Street analysts this week.

Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — and they won’t be seeing any relief any time soon.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems is adding less-than-truckload network capacity in Texas and Memphis and offering a guaranteed delivery service to expand business with industrial shippers.