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C.H. Robinson searching for new CEO — and new course for growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 3, 2023, 4:31 PM EST

The change in leadership is likely to accelerate strategic changes in planning and capital spending at C.H. Robinson that have been under way since last March at the urging of investors.
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UP looks to boost ag exports through new Oregon intermodal ramp

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 3, 2023, 3:23 PM EST

A new Oregon intermodal ramp linked to Union Pacific’s network should ease ag shipper frustrations over rising transportation costs and limited container availability.
Container shippingNorth-American rail

Norfolk Southern to shut container spillover lot near Memphis

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 3:48 PM EST

Norfolk Southern Railway will shut one of two container spillover lots outside Memphis this week after a significant reduction in rail boxes coming into the inland hub from Savannah.
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Hapag-Lloyd hit with FMC rail demurrage complaint

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

The filing is just the latest in a barrage of complaints made against various container lines with the FMC in recent months, a flurry accelerated by major reform of US shipping law that went into effect in June.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingRailContainer linesNorth-American railDrayageIntermodal providers

Roadrunner launches new driver app as part of broader tech overhaul

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 27, 2022, 8:12 AM EST

US less-than-truckload carrier Roadrunner is arming drivers in its network with a booking application that feeds into its new internal operational systems.
Logistics technologyTruckingLTL

South China barge, trucking costs to rise on pre-Lunar New Year disruption

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Dec 23, 2022, 12:21 PM EST

Carriers are suspending feeder services between Hong Kong and Shenzhen and second-tier ports in southern China from mid-January due to COVID-19 quarantine rules for barge crews heading home for the Lunar New Year holidays.
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Forwarding tech providers push into US trucking market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 21, 2022, 1:53 PM EST

The need for forwarders to tether quoting and tracking in international freight modes to US surface modes has been highlighted by new offerings from ECU Worldwide and Freightos.
ForwardingLogistics technologyTruckingLTLAir cargo forwardingTruckloadIntermodal providers

Decline in US for-hire truck tonnage gains speed

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 20, 2022, 1:35 PM EST

Truck freight demand is falling closer to 2021 levels as 2022 draws toward its close, putting more pressure on truckload and LTL rates.
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Calmer supply chain waters beckon in 2023

Bill Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 19, 2022, 3:55 PM EST

As the US economy slows, logistics managers are searching not just for lower supply chain costs but a normalization of freight flows and networks, a level of stability and predictability that remains elusive.
ForwardingContainer shippingTruckingNorth-American rail

Intermodal volumes falling fast, rates to follow in 2023

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 19, 2022, 3:28 PM EST

Domestic intermodal volume suffered its worst November in seven years, which will put additional pressure on intermodal providers to provide concessions to shippers on contracts for 2023.
North-American railIntermodal providers

US truckload costs to fall until late 2023: 3PLs

William B. Cassidy and Ari Ashe, Senior Editors | Dec 13, 2022, 5:03 PM EST

Falling spot truckload rates may hit bottom in the first quarter of 2023, followed by contract rates later in the year, if forecasts from third-party brokers hold true.
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US intermodal shippers weigh spot vs. contract option heading into 2023

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 13, 2022, 1:56 PM EST

Domestic intermodal shippers are paying less on the spot market than under contracts in several key outbound West Coast lanes, but riding the spot market deep into 2023 is a gamble that may or may not pay off.
North-American railIntermodal providers

US IPI needs fresh approach to recovering market share: analyst

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting; and JOC analyst | Dec 12, 2022, 3:11 PM EST

A more complex — and agile — approach will be required to help inland point intermodal grab a larger share of the freight that is arriving at US ports, writes JOC analyst Larry Gross.
North-American railIntermodal providers

Latest US truckload, LTL PPIs surprise on the upside

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 9, 2022, 5:18 PM EST

Total US trucking costs rose in November, with revised US producer price index figures for truckload and LTL services indicating at least a temporary reversal in a months-long decline.
LTL

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.
LTLTruckload

Loss of Russia rail volume offset by rising Central Asia trade

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 9, 2022, 10:24 AM EST

A broad shift in China-Europe rail from the northern route through Russia to the middle corridor transiting Central Asia is unlocking new and largely untapped containerized markets for service providers.
International rail

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.
LTL

Norfolk Southern acknowledges need to restore shipper confidence in rail

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 7, 2022, 2:27 PM EST

Norfolk Southern furloughed thousands of employees during the early days of the pandemic and struggled to rehire the workforce necessary to handle the surge in intermodal volumes.
North-American rail

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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Meeting Europe’s modal shift to rail will top $500 billion: study

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 5, 2022, 12:40 PM EST

Moving a significant share of Europe’s inland cargo from road to rail will be costly and challenging, but it is achievable through better utilization of door-to-door combined transport, a new report has found.
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