Trucking Logistics

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Trucking is the dominant mode of domestic freight transportation in the United States. It is divided between for-hire trucking, composed of long-haul and regional truckload carriers and less-than-truckload carriers, and private, shipper-owned fleets. Smaller, niche operators include drayage truckers that haul intermodal containers from rail yards and seaports, and flatbed companies that handle heavy freight.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up for July 12, 2014
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
Person moving pallet of goods
27 Jun 2014
Expedited transportation companies increasingly are focusing on detailed, custom levels of service to the pharmaceutical business. But speed isn’t necessarily the most important thing they deliver for drug shippers.
Boxes on pallets
26 Jun 2014
NAPLES, Fla. — Expanded use of dimensional pricing in ground package shipping will push more less-than-truckload carriers to test or offer dimensional pricing as an option to shippers, according to speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2014 conference here June 23-25.
26 Jun 2014
After years of contraction, YRC Freight is planning expansion, seeking to upgrade several terminals amid strong second quarter demand and eyeing the fall peak shipping season.
Augmented reality
26 Jun 2014
Driverless trucks and completely automated warehousing systems may seem like futuristic gimmicks, but some technological advances could have a big impact on the shipping industry’s efficiency and reliability in the coming years, and they don’t involve robots and flying cars.
CNG sign
26 Jun 2014
The next big thing in transportation isn’t drones, or driverless trucks, but natural gas-powered trucks, according to trucking and energy officials. But it could be many years before compressed or liquefied natural gas bumps diesel at the pumps.
24 Jun 2014
An industry group seeking ways to improve performance of the Port of New York and New Jersey has issued 23 recommendations covering chassis, trucking, communication, performance indicators, and more.
LTL shipment at warehouse
24 Jun 2014
Freight is flowing more quickly through LTL terminals nationwide — a sign, carriers hope, of a steadier economic recovery.
24 Jun 2014
The “Uberization” of trucking appears to be gaining momentum.
23 Jun 2014
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy talks with Steve Gast about his move from New Penn Motor Express to Wilson Trucking.
23 Jun 2014
The Port of Virginia has launched its Navis N4 terminal operating system at Norfolk International Terminals two weeks ahead of the scheduled July 4 start date.

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Commentary

Last winter’s supply chain disruptions were simply glimpses into what could become the new normal.