LTL rates seen zooming in excess of 5 percent this year, veteran truckers say

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers are facing what top trucking executives are calling a “new era” in LTL pricing because of a combination of pent-up demand, surging e-commerce deliveries and a tightening capacity due to increased government regulations and a shortage of qualified drives. That means if you are an LTL shipper, you should brace for some […]

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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down for week ending January 6, reports AAR

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that United States rail carload and intermodal traffic was down annually for the week ending January 6. Carloads dropped 5.2% to 208,646. And only one of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR, petroleum and petroleum products, was up, rising 741 carloads, to 9,640. […]

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Experts say ‘IoT’ will alter the freight transportation landscape in myriad ways

Bananas ripening perfectly in a truck trailer outfitted with sensors controlling the ripening gases that turn the fruit that rich canary yellow color that appeals most to consumers. That is one of thousands of potential uses for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) line of innovative thinking that enterprises will be connecting assets and leveraging predictive […]

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Food Logistics: Diverse partners play key roles in domestic distribution

For a temperature-controlled supply chain to remain unbroken and uninterrupted, U.S. food shippers have long relied chiefly upon traditional transportation partners for guidance and execution. However, surging domestic demand has raised the ante, bringing the celebrated food cold chain enterprise of Amazon and Whole Foods into the picture. Virtually every food company that comprises the […]

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Top 25 Freight Forwarders 2017: Digitization & E-Commerce continue to reshape the marketplace

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor · August 29, 2017 Over the course of 2016, real revenue and volume growth in the air and sea freight forwarding markets was remarkably similar globally, but this disguises significant differences across important countries and regions, say analysts who keep a close eye on the market. For example, airfreight forwarding […]

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