Trucking Logistics

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 23, 2014
In the latest instance of drayage-related disruption, violence flared at Ningbo’s Beilun Container Port as thousands of striking truck drivers clashed with riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks crossing a picket line. The past week’s protests brought the world’s sixth-largest container port to a standstill, with carriers reportedly diverting ships.

After five years with Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Donald R. Foust returned to YRC Worldwide as president of New Penn, the $4.9 billion trucking operator’s Northeastern subsidiary.

Waberer's ordered 600 tractors from Paccar subsidiary DAF in December 2013
Truck driver fatigue and the truck driver shortage aren’t just North American concerns. European trucking company Waberer’s International — one of the largest trucking operators in Europe — plans to hire 400 truck drivers and give its drivers more rest time as it expands.

The Ningbo container truck driver strike is escalating with trucks clogging the terminal gates and forwarders warning customers to expect missed sailings and a shortage of boxes as carriers divert some calls to Shanghai.

A freight market that hasn’t “ramped down” this summer spells opportunity for Launch Logistics, the new third-party logistics subsidiary of shipping reseller Unishippers.

North American truckload and intermodal freight rates trended higher in July, when truck tonnage rose more sharply than expected, buoyed by industrial output, imports and automotive shipping.

Venice, California-based Cargomatic is testing its “Uber”-like truck and shipment matching technology in the tri-state trucking market of New York, northern New Jersey and Connecticut.

Strong gains in factory output, especially automotive manufacturing, helped drive U.S. truck tonnage up in July, the American Trucking Associations said. The ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3 percent in July from June, and 3.6 percent year-over-year.

Changing supply chains demand changing technology, and a more multimodal, integrated supply chain require a blend of asset- and non-asset-based transportation systems.

The DAT national average dry van rate climbed 10.3 percent from $1.95 per mile in early May to $2.15 per mile in the week of July 5, though it has dropped since then.
Supply chain disruptions caused by extreme winter weather set the stage for truck rate hikes that pushed transportation costs higher in the first half of 2014, and on through July.