In his Nov. 16 tweet promoting the rollout of Tesla’s new electric semi-truck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised, “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.”
Shipping news, analysis and rankings of U.S. truckload companies such as Swift Transportation, Landstar System and J.B. Hunt Transport Services.
News & Analysis
18 Apr 2018
By load volume, J.B. Hunt now hauls more dedicated freight than intermodal containers, as e-commerce is adding to dedicated trucking revenue.
12 Apr 2018
Higher demand and pricing has shifted the Top 50 US trucking operators to the fast lane, and more growth is ahead.
09 Apr 2018
Full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate began April 1, but inspectors issued a slew of violations in early 2018, federal data show.
06 Apr 2018
DAT and Truckstop.com report that dry van rates have spiked as the new "spring peak" season picks up pace. Furthermore, truckers expect pricing and volumes to stay on an upward track through autumn.
03 Apr 2018
By partnering with digital marketplace NEXT Trucking, MOL Consolidation Services looks to link Asian vendors with scarce US truck capacity.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers should be aware that there are anecdotal reports that questionable forms of co-brokering or double brokering are on the rise in 2018, as the supply of US trucks tightens and some brokers look to make a quick buck. During these instances, shippers essentially fund a double commission and could be exposed to financial damages, delays or lawsuits when things go wrong.
27 Mar 2018
As the electronic logging device mandate enforcement deadline looms, Trucker Path and Convoy have introduced new features to help truckers and shippers manage driver time in the digital era.
26 Mar 2018
Activity-based pay made possible by electronic logging devices and other technology may lead to trucking firms offering drivers more incentives and shippers a more transparent view of costs.
22 Mar 2018
Shippers are moving so much freight that there are not enough US trucks to move it, causing them to pay rates and surcharges in February not seen in more than 3.5 years for truckload, container drayage, and intermodal rail.
21 Mar 2018
A reporter’s notebook from this week’s Transportation & Logistics Council meeting shows shippers and their suppliers grappling with big trends and fine details, from e-commerce to freight claims.
19 Mar 2018
After two years in an economic rut, US trucking accelerated in 2017, led by less-than-truckload carriers before truckload carriers merged into the same fast lane later in the year.
16 Mar 2018
Abilene Motor Express, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates about 450 trucks with most of its business in the dry van and refrigerated space.
14 Mar 2018
Agricultural shippers, especially livestock owners, and truckers will get some relief this produce season via an extension of a temporary waiver of the ELD mandate. Other groups are pressing for longer waivers, as the rollout of the ELD mandate throws supply chains out of whack.
13 Mar 2018
Trucks are being hijacked at a rate of more than one per hour in the Brazilian city and its hinterland, according to reliable sources, and this has boosted insurance and security costs.
13 Mar 2018
Shippers saw very little pricing relief last month that, although down from January, was 20 to 35 percent higher than February 2017. With produce season appearing to have begun earlier, rates on the spot and contract markets are likely to be up double digits on some lanes for the foreseeable future.
12 Mar 2018
In what is typically the slow season for US truckload shipping, carriers are levying surcharges and rejecting shipments.
12 Mar 2018
A surge in trucking traffic combined with a truck driver shortage is taxing European shippers.
08 Mar 2018
For years, North American shippers were warned a truck capacity crunch was coming, but that crunch never materialized. This year, with the accelerating US economy, that crunch finally arrived. That is pushing up inland supply chain costs and transport rates across the board, and shippers should not expect relief soon.
02 Mar 2018
Drivers who complete 8,750 miles in a month will get a penny more. An additional cent is tacked onto the bonus for each 750 miles beyond that point.
28 Feb 2018
Hub Group is levying surcharges on some shippers in Chicago, LA, Seattle, Dallas, and Atlanta on excess freight. Shippers said the fees range from $150 to $600. J.B. Hunt is also limiting the amount of excess freight accepted from shippers in certain markets but has not instituted surcharges.
23 Feb 2018
An end-to-end protective service for perishable, refrigerated goods and seafood in natural-water-environment containers is the cold chain railroad model, and its deployers argue they can grab reefer market share from other transport modes.
21 Feb 2018
Despite a big surge in net truck orders, shippers should not expect near-term relief from the US truck capacity crunch. Registration numbers have also increased, but have not erased shortages.
13 Feb 2018
US trucking capacity is tightening faster than anticipated in the electronic logging era, and some shippers say that is making it tougher and costlier to move freight as they navigate between higher costs and increasingly constrictive customer demands.
06 Feb 2018
US surface transportation rates are rising, sometimes by double digits, and shippers find themselves caught between paying for higher transportation costs or imperiling customer service.
30 Jan 2018
US shippers and other e-commerce parties take note: freight demand, still strong in January, will raise contract rates in the coming quarters, truckload carrier Werner Enterprises has warned.
29 Jan 2018
Expected and unexpected challenges have marked the start of the electronic logging device mandate era — magnifying shipper concerns about inadequate truck capacity and rising rates.
23 Jan 2018
US freight rates are set to rise not just this year, but into the near future, analysts predict. However, there is an upside for shippers to the strengthening US/global economies that are pushing up freight rates.
16 Jan 2018
The acquisition of Direct Right Cartage, which occurs as Canadian demand for intermodal climbs, helps expand Manitoulin Transport's links between Western and Central Canada.
28 Dec 2017
Tesla is touting with considerable fanfare its new, electric truck — the Semi. But which haul mission will the new truck perform best at?
27 Dec 2017
Capacity, not price, is king once again.
20 Dec 2017
Despite the dip, the freight market is strong, as are the sectors that feed into freight — factory output, construction, and business investment.
20 Dec 2017
With its heavy-duty Semi, Tesla is one of several companies hoping to electrify trucking, and it is attracting orders from shippers as well as carriers.
18 Dec 2017
This is certain regarding the trucking industry in 2018: it will be the year of time management, as the electronic logging mandate makes supply chains less and less flexible while freight demand rises.
15 Dec 2017
Spot rates for truckload, intermodal services keep rising, putting pressure on contract rates that may last well into 2018.
11 Dec 2017
Even as demand for truck-transported cargo rises, truck companies are struggling to add drivers, due to competition from better-paying jobs in other sectors.
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