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William B. Cassidy

Senior editor William B. Cassidy covers trucking for The Journal of Commerce. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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A truck travels on a US road.
Most shippers say they can’t remember a US transportation market with capacity as tight and pricing as extreme. And shippers say securing capacity is still their priority, despite rates rising by double digits.

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An Old Dominion Freight Line truck.
Finding capacity for shippers and increasing Old Dominion’s less-than-truckload (LTL) market share to 15 percent are key goals for Greg C. Gantt, the company’s new CEO. The LTL trucking company is...
A truck travels on a US road.
Technology came under the spotlight at the Transplace Shipper Symposium this week, as did the truck driver shortage (as expected). Other topics that may help shippers address their freight...
Trucks travel on a highway in Tennessee, United States.
As industry professionals put it, the US truck freight market has turned with a vengeance; even so, as outlined at the Transplace Shipper Symposium in Texas there are still tactics shippers can...
A truck travels on a US road.
Logistics executives came to the Transplace Shipper Symposium this week hungry for solutions to what seem to be intractable problems of tight capacity and rising prices. They received more than a few...
US Xpress Enterprises.
As freight demand and the need for capital rises, the fifth-largest US truckload operator plans a route back to Wall Street to fund growth.
A truck travels in Wyoming, United States.
An aging workforce and strong competition from lateral sectors means the US trucking sector will have to boost apprenticeship programs, as well as deploy smart, creative recruitment strategies to...
Trucks traveling in Florida.
It was President John F. Kennedy who said, “I appreciate candor, almost as much as I appreciate good news.” Place this point in the category of utmost candor: if you thought it was difficult to find...
A truck travels on a US road.
Trucking companies at the NASSTRAC Shippers Conference say they aren’t having an easy time finding capacity either, citing rising labor costs and a shrinking labor pool. And there are other sector...
A truck on a US road.
Shippers were surprised by the severity of price increases demanded by US truckers in the first quarter. Logistics executives at the NASSTRAC Shipper Conference said they’re going beyond being “...
A truck travels in Arizona, United States.
US truckload contract rate increases came in hot in the first quarter, rising by low, double-digit percentages at the largest carriers, squeezing shipper operating margins, and challenging logistics...