Trucking Logistics

Trucking companies of all types are being driven to take new and sometimes rough routes, as the growth of e-commerce, shifting consumer spending patterns, new regulations and technology create new challenges.

Higher-than-normal inventories continue to drag on U.S. trucking demand.
U.S. for-hire truck tonnage in July rose at the slowest pace of 2016 on a year-over-year basis.

Although as a less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line is somewhat less exposed to the driver shortage than truckload companies, the North Carolina-based trucker is paying close attention to the issue.
The long-anticipated, much-discussed truck driver shortage could surface again as a major problem as early as next year.

Cheaper production and material costs and sagging demand have contributed to the decline.

Terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have scrapped a proposed fee on chassis entering their facilities after a regulatory challenge from chassis lessors.
LA-LB terminal operators decide to individually negotiate hosting arrangements with chassis-leasing companies.

Shippers say changes to the motor carrier bill of lading have shifted the burden of proof for negligence from motor carriers to shippers.
Two shipper groups are protesting changes to the uniform bill of lading, but does the U.S. Surface Transportation Board have the authority to intervene?

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's new funding will be used to fund road upgrades that will help address truck bottlenecks that can weigh on productivity at India's leading port.
JNPT is the first major, or public, port to take advantage of a new policy under the Sagar Mala infrastructure development program.

Target is just one of the many retailers and manufacturers grappling with the issue of inventory placement as e-commerce growth challenges logistics professionals.
Retailer tightens control over delivery times, flow of inventory from warehouses as e-commerce grows.

Terminal operators and chassis providers spar over cause of equipment shortages in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey are scrutinizing trucks bought under a program that awards grants to replace older, polluting drayage vehicles.