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Shipper demand speeding drop-and-hook ‘evolution’

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 9, 2022, 12:56 PM EST

Ryder System is joining the race to deploy more drop-and-hook trailer pools for shippers that need greater flexibility to reduce costs and counter supply chain disruption.

US LTL volumes drop, but pricing proves resilient

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 8, 2022, 3:01 PM EST

Less-than-truckload shipping volumes in the US are falling in the fourth quarter from all-time highs, but rates are slower to drop as carriers push back on absorbing higher costs.

High stock levels, weak demand put CNY import rush in doubt

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 6, 2022, 10:54 AM EST

The traditional increase in bookings for December and January shipments out of Asia is nowhere to be seen as importers in destination markets struggle with surplus stock levels and weakening demand.
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Major US freight brokers unveil appointment scheduling standards

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 5, 2022, 10:47 AM EST

J.B. Hunt, Uber Freight, and Convoy are partnering to develop and drive broad industry adoption of a standard process for truckload appointment scheduling.
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Transportation hiring surge falls short in November

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 2, 2022, 4:58 PM EST

Hiring expectations fell short across many transportation sectors in November, with real trucking employment dropping while warehousing firms and couriers added workers.
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Trailer makers boosting production as orders soar

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 2, 2022, 1:34 PM EST

Stubbornly strong industrial output and pent-up demand are expected to keep pressure on trailer manufacturers to increase supply, even during a US economic slowdown.
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US truckload spot rates sag in November in atypical move

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 1, 2022, 12:48 PM EST

Several US truckload shippers say they are leery of using the spot market because they wish to maintain strong relationships with their trucking partners rather than be seen as transactional when the market flips in favor of carriers.

US truckload pricing index falls, but LTL goes flat

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 15, 2022, 3:40 PM EST

The US producer price indexes for long-distance truckload and less-than-truckload took separate routes in October, with LTL pricing essentially unchanged and the truckload index falling.

Truckload volatility prompts fresh investment in pricing startup

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 15, 2022, 11:13 AM EST has seen its roster of truckload broker customers grow to 70 this year, with previous investor Tiger Global putting another $5 million in the Florida-based software vendor.
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US freight volumes still higher than 2021: Cass

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 14, 2022, 5:14 PM EST

Freight volumes are dropping month to month but remain higher than a year ago, buoyed by inventory repositioning and easing supply constraints for manufacturers, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Marine chassis manufacturer being probed by US authorities in duty case

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 10, 2022, 12:41 PM EST

The investigation by US authorities into whether Pitts Enterprises evaded duties on chassis may have serious ramifications for the South Carolina Ports Authority, which ordered 11,000 chassis from a Pitts subsidiary to launch its own pool next March.

M&A in US trucking, logistics cross ‘asset lines’

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 8, 2022, 1:37 PM EST

US transportation companies with cash on hand are acquiring asset-based truckers and non-asset freight brokers alike to add services and shipper customers and build network density.
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JOC Truckload Capacity Index dipped in Q3, but demand remains robust

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 7, 2022, 4:54 PM EST

After rising strongly from the third quarter of 2021 through the second quarter of this year, the JOC Truckload Capacity Index dropped slightly last quarter, but demand for equipment is still high.

Werner buys truckload brokerage ReedTMS

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 7, 2022, 2:18 PM EST

The acquisition of ReedTMS Logistics not only expands Werner’s brokerage reach, it also delivers shipper customers in the staple food and beverage industries.
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US truck capacity shifting as spot rates drop

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 4, 2022, 5:11 PM EDT

US truckload capacity isn’t so much declining as it is shifting, according to data, and that will pose challenges to shippers and carriers trying to access trucks, trailers, and drivers.
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US trucking jobs rebounded to all-time high in October

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 4, 2022, 3:45 PM EDT

For-hire trucking companies added almost 20,000 jobs last month, erasing September’s payroll cut as capacity shifts between trucking sectors.
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Weakening freight demand puts C.H. Robinson, Werner in cost-control mode

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 3, 2022, 2:46 PM EDT

Two of the United States’ biggest logistics providers say they are focused on controlling costs amid growing concern about the direction of the US economy.

US 3PL Echo extends global forwarding reach

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 3, 2022, 2:37 PM EDT

The acquisition of Fastmore Logistics will give Echo Global Logistics more access to international freight forwarders, linking domestic and international cargo networks.
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LTL demand now rising at standalone XPO

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 2, 2022, 3:25 PM EDT

Tonnage began increasing year over year at XPO late in the third quarter and continued to rise in October as the less-than-truckload carrier expands capacity.

MyCarrier offers lifeline to shippers affected by Kuebix closure

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 2, 2022, 8:30 AM EDT

Shippers affected by the closure of a free less-than-truckload transportation management system in October have been given a pathway to migrate to another system connected to 15 LTL carriers.
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