Making the Case For: An Automated Dimensioning Solution

By LM Staff · January 16, 2018 Rising warehousing costs are forcing shippers to find new ways to maximize valuable real estate. At the same time, dimensional weight (DIM) pricing is pressuring the same companies to reduce box sizes and the cost to ship their orders. Felt both on the shipping and receiving sides of […]

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project44 rolls out multimodal integration with MercuryGate TMS

Earlier today, Chicago-based project44, a technology services provider offering standardized, secure Web service API (application programming interfaces) integrations enabling 3PLs and shippers to connect with carriers in real time, said it kicked off what it called an expanded integration into cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) provider MercuryGate International Inc.’s TMS. One of the main benefits of this integration, […]

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Panjiva says U.S.-bound waterborne shipments see gains in December and for 2017

Data recently issued by global trade intelligence firm Panjiva highlighted a strong December and full-year 2017, over all, for United States-bound waterborne shipments. December shipments––at 965,917––were up 3.8% annually and down 2.0 percent compared to November’s 979,797. The busiest month of 2017 was August, which came in at 1,068,521 for an all-time record. December also […]

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Retail sales finish 2017 with momentum, says Commerce and NRF

Retail sales finished 2017 with strong momentum in December, according to data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Commerce reported that December retail sales saw a 0.4% increase from November to December at $495.4 billion along with a 5.4% annual gain. And from October through December, […]

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BTS reports a new record reading for Freight TSI

By LM Staff · January 12, 2018 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased in November for the second month in a row, following two months of sequential declines. According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight […]

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2018 Rate Outlook: Economic Expansion, Pushing

The best global growth rate in seven years—3.2% in 2017—is based on firm foundations, contend leading economists. They add that, barring a significant shock, this current expansion has plenty of “staying power” and should continue to push rates up and keep capacity constrained around the globe. According to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Markit, […]

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Newsroom Notes: Amazon’s Seller Flex will change the way it does business with FedEx, UPS

Seller Flex, a new delivery service offering from Amazon, received a lot of attention when reports were published in October proclaiming that it could prove to be a major competitive advantage for the e-commerce bellwether in terms of how it negotiates rates with FedEx and UPS. That’s the thesis developed by James Thomson, a former […]

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Port Tracker report is bullish about 2017 U.S. retail container import growth

A solid holiday season and decent economic momentum, among other factors served as drivers for another strong month of import growth, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates. The ports surveyed in the report include: Los Angeles/Long Beach, […]

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CSX top exec provides STB with update on PSR implementation progress

In a letter to leadership at the United States Surface Transportation Board, CSX CEO James Foote outlined the progress the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Class I freight railroad carrier has made in its ongoing implementation of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR). PSR created by the late CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison, whom passed away in December. […]

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DOT Secretary Chao rings bell for Positive Train Control implementation

Late last month, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao penned a letter to Class I railroads, as well as passenger railroads and state and local transportation agencies, regarding the federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) mandate, which is slated to be fully implemented by December 31, 2018. The December deadline is past the original […]

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2017 U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes post annual gains

United States rail carload and intermodal volumes both saw rebounds in 2017 compared to 2016, according to data issued this week by the Association for American Railroads (AAR). 2017 U.S. carloads increased 2.9%, or 381,266 carloads, annually to 13,478,126, compared to 2016’s 13,096,860. Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.9%, or 521,121 units, annually to […]

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Harsh weather adds different strategies to motor carriers’ playbooks

With winter weather conditions harsh and another big storm hitting today in various pockets of the Northeastern  and Mid-Atlantic United States, myriad motor carriers are gearing up for the most recent batch of bad weather. While the year may be new, it stands to reason that approaches to handling freight and keeping operations on schedule […]

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ISM reports strong finish for manufacturing in 2017

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported today that manufacturing finished 2017 in solid shape. The report’s key metric, known as the PMI, was 59.7 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth) in December, which was 1.5% ahead of November’s 58.2. This marks the 16th straight month that the PMI has grown, with the […]

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