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The Latest Trucking News & Analysis

US transport providers lose fewer jobs than expected in January

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 2:44 PM EST

Courier, trucking, and warehousing firms lost workers last month, but the seasonal surge and purge was more muted than expected, reflecting broader labor market resilience.
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US ‘freight recession’ putting motor carrier financing tools to the test

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 9:03 AM EST

Smaller US truckload carriers and the companies that provide them with access to working capital are under increasing pressure as cargo demand slows.
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C.H. Robinson reaffirms commitment to global forwarding business

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 2, 2023, 3:25 PM EST

The largest US logistics provider claims “compelling results” from cross-selling surface transportation and air and ocean services, despite weak market conditions.
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US LTL freight volumes starting to improve ahead of spring: ODFL

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 1, 2023, 4:09 PM EST

Old Dominion Freight Line “has its fingers crossed” that the decline in less-than-truckload volumes is turning and an increase in freight demand will be seen in March or the second quarter.

UPS to sharpen focus on ‘smart’ technology in ‘bumpy’ 2023

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 31, 2023, 4:31 PM EST

Technology that connects and automates packages, trucks, and sorting facilities will come to the fore at UPS this year as the largest US logistics provider positions itself for an economic rebound.
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Pitt Ohio, Daylight to expedite LTL freight from eastern US to West Coast

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 30, 2023, 4:54 PM EST

An expedited linehaul service using team drivers will cut transit times connecting Pitt Ohio’s eastern territory with California within three days. 

US LTL carriers look past downturn by expanding for next rebound

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 3:51 PM EST

The promise of economic improvement in the second half of this year and 2024 has LTL trucking companies adding terminals, doors, and services despite the current slowdown.

Investors fuel drayage software provider PortPro with $12 million in funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 2:49 PM EST

Investors see drayage as an area rife for technological improvement, with software provider PortPro the latest startup to secure funding to empower port truckers.
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FourKites aims to turbocharge shipper analytics efforts

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 2:18 PM EST

The need for shippers to contextualize freight status data led visibility provider FourKites to build a data connectivity tool for enterprise shippers.
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US spot flatbed capacity rising as housing starts, manufacturing decline

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 12:46 PM EST

Demand for flatbed trucks on DAT Freight & Analytics’ spot load boards is at a seven-year low for January, creating excess capacity that is keeping pressure on rates. 

US House bill includes $755 million in truck parking grants

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 24, 2023, 4:01 PM EST

The expansion of truck parking along US highways is a primary objective of the "SHIP IT" act, along with providing incentives to attract and retain more drivers.

US truck freight recession is here, but not to stay: SMC3 

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 23, 2023, 5:13 PM EST

Truckload and LTL freight volumes have dropped, but a turn will come sometime in mid-2023, industry executives said at the SMC3 Jumpstart conference in Atlanta.

Excess US truckload capacity to bring contract rates back down to earth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 10:39 AM EST

Lower rates and abundant capacity should promote stability in the truckload market in 2023, but any semblance of normality is conditional, at best, until the broader US economy is on a more stable footing.

US truckload spot market nearing its floor: analysts

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 2:52 AM EST

US dry-van spot rates appear to be stabilizing, but contract rates are dropping by double-digit percentages as new pricing and service agreements take effect.

US shippers still facing LTL rate pressure: Cowen/AFS study

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 12:08 PM EST

Less-than-truckload rates are rising despite economic headwinds as accessorials, general rate increases, and a trend toward higher freight rate classes support a high pricing floor.

RoadOne looks to tap Houston freight growth with deal for Texas drayage carrier

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 10:59 AM EST

The sharp increase in freight activity seen at the Port of Houston over the past year has prompted national drayage provider RoadOne IntermodaLogistics to acquire a Texas motor carrier.
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Estes Express plans near-port expansion as new generation takes charge

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 13, 2023, 1:50 PM EST

The largest US family owned LTL trucking company is adding terminals, including one in Southern California, as Webb Estes moves into the president’s office. 

Forward expands air-ground network, aiming for high-value freight

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 10, 2023, 4:24 PM EST

The acquisition of competitor Land Air Express expands Forward Air’s nationwide ground airport-to-airport network and capacity, Forward’s CEO says.

‘Pricing discipline’ to temper US LTL rate relief in 2023

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 10, 2023, 2:07 PM EST

Shippers can expect some rate relief and improved LTL service in 2023 as demand softens and shipping patterns normalize, which for carriers will take some of the shine off the sector’s recent golden glow.

Roadrunner expedites West Coast-to-Chicago service to meet inland demand

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 9, 2023, 5:41 PM EST

The largest US point-to-point LTL carrier is speeding service from Southern California to Chicago, reducing the transit time to one to three business days as demand for velocity remains high.