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US truck drivers racking up speeding violations

[caption caption="The number of violations issued to truckers for driving 15 mph or more above limits rose 10.3 percent last year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Commerce moves fast across the United States, sometimes too fast. The number of speeding violations issued to US truck drivers increased 7.8 percent in 2018, climbing to...

Challenge to ELD rule resurfaces at FMCSA

[caption caption="Petitioner SBTC claims the ELD rule is contributing to an increase in truck driver speeding. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With the deadline for the second and final phase of the United States electronic logging device (ELD) mandate looming in December, US regulators are giving a second hearing to a petition that...

3PLs forecast truck softness through mid-2020

[caption caption="CEO Bob Biesterfeld said C.H. Robinson will focus on the fundamentals to capitalize when the market rebounds, which he doesn"][/caption]Top United States freight brokers are giving a bearish outlook on the truckload spot market, saying overcapacity and low rates will persist through the first half of 2020.While there have...

US trucking market flashes a turn signal

[caption caption="Pricing power could swing back to truckers next year, if the US economy continues to grow. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]There’s a change in the air at truck stops and freight docks across the United States, and not just the arrival of fall breezes. After months of decline, spot truck rates...

Trucker Tools rolls out automated booking for brokers

[caption caption="The Buy it Now system leverages data from the 750,000 individual drivers and 130,000 unique carriers that have downloaded the Trucker Tools app. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The freight broker and carrier software provider Trucker Tools has gone live with a new feature that allows brokers to automate the process of...

Driver problems top latest list of trucking woes

[caption caption="Driver pay is a problem that won’t go away this year or next, according to ATRI. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Trucking faces challenges old and new as it rolls toward a new decade, but most of them revolve around one of the industry’s oldest problems: finding and keeping truck drivers. And...

Convoy targets small shippers with free TMS

[caption caption="Convoy's new transportation management software will provide another option to small shippers relying on spreadsheets and email who also want access to digital brokerage. Photo credit: Convoy"][/caption]Convoy has unveiled a free transportation management system (TMS) for small shippers currently relying upon spreadsheets and email to secure trucking capacity, joining...

Uber Freight moving headquarters to Chicago

[caption caption="Uber Freight, one of a handful of providers at the forefront of providing drivers with apps to digitally match capacity with available loads, said it will be investing $200 million annually in the Chicago region. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption] The digital freight broker Uber Freight said Monday it is creating a...

Despite bankruptcies, more US truckers rolling

[caption caption="The number of US trucking companies is rising, not falling, even in a soft freight market. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Amid a series of trucking bankruptcies, the overall number of trucking companies and drivers in the US continues to rise. More than 21,000 new trucking companies hit US highways between June...

2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies

[caption caption="The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North American shippers and third-party logistics providers on nearly 180 select trucking companies in the United States and Canada. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North...

3PLs uncertain when US truckload market will turn

[caption caption="Landstar earnings and loads dropped in the second quarter and CEO Jim Gattoni warned that sluggish conditions may persist through the remainder of 2019. Photo credit: Ari Ashe."][/caption]Third-party logistics providers are unclear about when the freight market will recover after a disappointing first half of 2019, citing trade uncertainty...

US truckload carriers see market shift, higher rates ahead

[caption caption="A surprising 20 percent of truckload carriers surveyed said they expect contract rates to rise 5 percent in the next six months, even though only 5 percent said they have won such an increase in the last month. Photo: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Some truckload carriers apparently haven’t received the message the freight...

Trans-Logistics Group expands, opens Chattanooga office

[caption caption="Uncertain, complex freight markets are spurring freight contract innovation, Trans-Logistics Group says. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group, which works with a variety of US freight shippers, is expanding its advisory services and opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.The company, founded by trucking veteran Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis Jr.,...

Trans-Logistics Group expands, opens Chattanooga office

[caption caption="Uncertain, complex freight markets are spurring freight contract innovation, Trans-Logistics Group says. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group, which works with a variety of US freight shippers, is expanding its advisory services and opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.The company, founded by trucking veteran Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis Jr.,...

Softening US truck market resets battle for domestic freight

[caption caption="Spot truckload rates have declined about 20 percent year over year so far in 2019, bringing pricing back to 2017 levels, according to DAT Solutions. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A price fight is brewing that may prompt US shippers to re-examine the value proposition of domestic intermodal rail in their supply...

US spot truck pricing seen near inflection point

[caption caption="US shippers have pricing power over truckers now, but their advantage may slip away by the end of 2019, Coyote Logistics warns. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]With spot truckload pricing close to 20 percent lower than a year ago, and contract rates either rising slightly or falling, US truck shippers might...

How wary should truck brokers be of Amazon?

[caption caption="Amazon's foray into domestic truck brokerage might not be a threat to established brokers, but the largest publicly traded company in the world entering the market is bound to turn heads. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]After years of rumors about the company’s eventual logistics aims, Amazon is moving openly into the...

Uber-SAP pact brings instant truck pricing to TMS

[caption caption="After initially focusing on building supply for its trucking marketplace, Uber Freight is turning its attention to building demand, particularly from enterprise shippers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Uber Freight’s new direct integration with SAP shows the digital broker is eager to build up the demand side of its marketplace by tapping...

Truckers seek safe harbor at larger US carriers

[caption caption="A sudden drop in driver numbers at small US motor carriers hints at a market shift that would benefit larger shippers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A shift of US truck drivers from small to large motor carriers could make it easier for large shippers to find capacity and keep downward pressure...

Private equity to fuel Truckstop.com expansion

The wave of private equity investment aimed at transportation technology has hit the truckload spot market, with ICONIQ Capital buying a majority stake in Truckstop.com for an undisclosed amount. Truckstop.com said Wednesday the investment will fuel technology research and expand the spot-market services it offers to freight brokers and trucking...

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