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Too Many Drivers, Not Enough Freight

The current trucking market may be making some nostalgic for 2018. 

Last year, shippers had to fight to secure sufficient truck capacity. This year, the tables have turned, and brokers and carriers are the ones calling around to find freight.…

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Effects of New HOS Rules on the Trucking Industry

On August 14, the DOT officially announced proposed changes to federal hours of service regulations for truck operators. The rule seeks to enhance safety and give commercial drivers more flexibility in managing their driving time. But amid indicators that indicate …

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Cannabis Supply Chain Needs Logistics Help

These days, you don’t have to inhale to get a lift from the marijuana industry. With a market cap that is estimated to be as high as $77 billion by 2022, legalized cannabis has the potential to be …

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New York Adopts “Congestion Pricing” and Truckers Wince

Moving freight through the world’s biggest cities is about to become even more expensive. Beginning in 2021, New York will be the first American city to implement “congestion pricing,” and will charge a toll to vehicles entering Manhattan

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Mexico Border Congestion Has Supply Chains in a Chokehold

In the famous nursery rhyme, “for want of a nail, the kingdom was lost.” At the US-Mexico border, a similar story is playing out: for want of a mere 750 customs officers, supply chains are in crisis, in industries …

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NEMF’s Bankruptcy is a Harsh Wake-Up Call for the LTL/FTL Market

When longtime LTL titan New England Motor Freight (NEMF) announced it was filing for bankruptcy in February, the news was greeted with shock, sadness, and plenty of blame. For its part, NEMF largely blamed its employees’ union for refusing to …

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Why “Uber for Trucks” Will Never Destroy Traditional Freight Brokers

When Silicon Valley startups set their sights on trucking and freight brokerage, they promised to “disrupt” the industry, employing the familiar, utopian condescension with which tech companies have promised to solve all the world’s problems. (The heading of Convoy’s website

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Is Green Trucking Just An (Exhaust) Pipe Dream?

In today’s polarized America, it’s difficult to have a productive conversation about environmentally sustainable trucking. When people hear the word “green,” they retreat to their corners, disregarding any information that conflicts with their established position. This state of affairs is …

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What is Platooning and is it Safe?

In June 2018, Volvo and FedEx executives held a joint press conference on the shoulder of North Carolina’s Triangle Expressway. They announced that the road had been federally designated as a “proving ground” for truck platooning. They offered a demonstration …

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Can Trucking Meet Capacity Challenges in Time?

The long-awaited capacity crunch is here, with the national load-to-truck ratio hovering well above normal levels for this time of year, and shippers grudgingly accepting higher rates.

 

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Fortunately, the trucking industry is racing to add capacity, …

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