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08/21/2014Spot Market Freight Volume Gets 6.1% Boost: Reefer Rates Add 2 Cents
 Week of August 10 - 16 - A 6.1% increase in spot market freight availability was accompanied by a 2¢ recovery in the national average reefer rateVan rates were unchanged at $2.00 per mile, and flatbed rates remained strong at $2.45 per mile.
08/21/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 21, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 16, 2014 with 304,276 total carloads, up 2.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
08/20/2014FTR Reports Slight Improvement In Shipper Conditions But Capacity Tightness Still An Issue
 The most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR showed a slight improvement compared to its previous two editions.
08/19/2014Top 10 Reasons Companies are Near-Shoring
 
Companies are increasingly embracing "near-shoring" -- returning their operations to bordering or neighboring countries -- in order to leverage the benefits of proximity and the increased control that goes with it. These are the top reasons why organizations are near-shoring.
08/14/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 9, 2014 with 301,755 total carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
08/14/2014Freight Rates Slide in First Week of August: Load Volume Still Strong
 Week of August 3 - 9 - Spot market freight volume remained stable last week, down just 1% overall; volume was up for both vans and reefers. However, reefer rates swung 9¢ lower nationally as slowing volume out of central California made an impact. Van rates also dropped 6¢ as prices eased with lower fuel prices and some slack in demand.
08/14/2014Truckload carriers are taking steps to recruit and retain drivers through increased compensation
 At a time when over-the-road capacity is ostensibly as tight as it has ever been, perhaps the biggest underlying challenge for motor carriers is how to best fill its trucks seats with drivers.
08/13/2014Cass Freight Index: July 2014
 The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9 percent from the previous month. This drop was consistent with previous summers' drops, so should not be seen as the start of a decline in freight for the second half of 2014.
08/12/2014How Transportation Management Systems Reduce Costs and Improve Operations
 Organizations are focused on reducing freight spend, and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) are proven to do just that.  More than likely, you already know this.  What you may not know is where and how a TMS can help you meet your spend reduction objectives.
08/08/2014Freight Volume Rises, Rates Remain Stable
 Spot market freight volume rose 7.5%, and load-to-truck ratios increased for all three equipment types in the last week of July. Rates were relatively stable as a national average, masking big changes in individual markets and lanes.
08/08/2014Diesel prices head down for fifth straight week, reports EIA
 

The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline fell for the fifth straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

08/07/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for July and for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for July 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with July 2013
08/06/2014International Growth Paces Q2 Intermodal Volumes, Reports IANA
 Intermodal volumes in the second quarter improved with the weather in the second quarter, according to the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report released by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
08/04/2014The Winter of Their Discontent
 Bad weather, tight capacity made for soaring costs and tense times in the first quarter. Was this an anomaly or the shape of things to come?
08/01/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 26, 2014 with 306,988 total carloads, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 264,809 units, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 571,797 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.8 percent compared with the same week last year.

08/01/2014Union Pacific Railroad banks on a new terminal near the Mexico border to drive up intermodal business
 Diverting freight from trucks is a big part of Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal strategy. If a $400 million investment in a southern New Mexico facility pays off in the near term, the Class I might add a million or so truck conversions to its “win” column.
08/01/2014Spot Market Continues Seasonal Slump: DAT Solutions Rate Trend of the Week - 7/20 to 7/26
 Week of July 20 - 26 - A seasonal slump in demand and rates is typical from early July through mid-August. Last week's average rates slipped another 3¢ per mile for vans, 4¢ for reefers, and 3¢ for flatbeds, compared to the previous week.
08/01/2014June Truck Volumes Are Modest, Reports ATA
 Even with annual gains, June truck tonnage data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) took a step back compared to previous months.
07/30/2014FTR Shippers Conditions Index Remains in a Holding Pattern
 Following a slight improvement in its previous edition, the most recent edition of the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR shows that current market conditions for shippers appear to be in a holding pattern.
07/29/2014Diesel prices are down for the fourth straight week, reports EIA
 The average price per gallon for diesel gasoline dropped for the fourth straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
07/25/2014Diesel Prices Fall for Third Week in a Row
 Diesel prices dropped for the third straight week, with the average price per gallon seeing a 2.5 percent decline to $3.869 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
07/25/2014U.S Freight Tonnage, Revenue Growing
 Freight tonnage shipped in the U.S. will grow about 2 percent a year through 2025 while freight revenues will expand at more than three times that rate, 6 percent, according to a new American Trucking Associations (ATA) forecast.
07/24/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 19, 2014 with 299,256 total carloads, up 7.6 percent compared with the same week last year.
07/24/201425th Annual State of Logistics: It’s complicated
 Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.
07/23/2014Demand and Rates Continue Seasonal Slide: DAT Solutions Rate Trend of the Week - 7/13 to 7/19
 Demand remains strong, and rates are high on the spot market, despite a seasonal decline. Freight availability and rates typically peak in June. Last week's average rates declined 3¢ per mile for vans and 4¢ for reefers. Rates were unchanged for flatbeds, compared to the previous week.
07/17/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 17, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 12, 2014 with 290,607 total carloads, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 256,256 units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 546,863 carloads and intermodal units, up 4 percent compared with the same week last year.

07/17/20143PLs Taking Larger Share of U.S. Transport, Logistics Spend, Study Finds
 Armstrong data says third-party logistics gross revenue will exceed 11 percent of U.S. logistics costs by year-end, growth to exceed GDP for years to come.
07/17/2014L.A Port Container Volumes Surged in June to Highest Monthly Levels Since September 2012
 The Port of Los Angeles, the country's busiest seaport, said today that its June containerized volumes hit their highest monthly level since September 2012, with a nearly 14-percent year-over-year increase from June 2013 totals.
07/16/2014Demand and Rates Slip in First Full Week of July: DAT Solutions Rate Trend of the Week - 7/6 to 7/12
 Week of July 6 - 12 - Spot market capacity rebounded fully from the July 4th holiday week, but load availability rose only 8.7%, a typical seasonal pattern for early July. Rates declined 2¢ per mile for vans, 5¢ for reefers, and 7¢  for flatbeds, compared to extraordinary highs of the previous week.
07/16/2014Diesel prices fall for the second straight week, EIA reports
 The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline declined for the second straight week, falling 1.9 cents to $3.894 per gallon, according to data issued by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
07/11/2014Van and Reefer Rates Rise 7 Cents: DAT Solutions Rate Trend of the Week - 6/29 to 7/5
 Spot market activity declined 21% last week, due to the short work week that included the 4th of July. Rates soared 7¢ per mile for both vans and reefers, while flatbed rates rose 10¢, as shippers rushed to close the fiscal quarter on a high note.
07/11/2014Hours-of-Service (HOS) Study Indicates Substantial Losses in Trucking Productivity
 The grim reality is that since the new HOS rule became effective, trucking stakeholders are experiencing losses between 3 percent and 9 percent, with many more shippers anticipating that the deficit to be in the upper end of that range.
07/10/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 5, 2014 with 270,731 total carloads, up 9.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
07/09/2014AAR Reports Decent Carload and Intermodal Grains for June
 Carload and intermodal volumes for the month of June both showed annual gains, according to data recently issued by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
07/08/2014Getting Religion
 Thirty years since double-stack trains changed the game, intermodal folk step up their efforts to convert truck users.
07/08/2014Cass Freight Index - June 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 The freight logistics sector continued to strengthen in June, with both shipment volumes and expenditures rising once again. Both indexes have increased every month since January. Although some measures of the overall economy indicate weakness, the freight sector has gained momentum throughout 2014.
07/03/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for June and for the Week
 
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for June 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with June 2013.
07/03/2014Spot Freight Market Volume Rises: DAT Solutions Rate Trend of the Week - 6/22 to 6/28
 Spot market load volume increased last week, at the close of the quarter, but national average rates remained stable. Locally, rates rose for vans and reefers in Dallas, and reefer rates spiked in Atlanta but dipped in California.
07/02/2014Rail & Intermodal Providers Continue Their Service Promises to Shippers
 Through record-high investments and a keen focus on service, rail and intermodal providers are still delivering on their service promise to shippers - and doing it with improved efficiency.
07/02/2014Navigating Intermodal for the Best Truckload Performance
 While intermodal and truckload are similar services, each has strengths that complement one another for a stronger 53' capacity solution. Shippers not looking at these strengths are leaving money and capacity on the table.
06/30/2014Integrated Distribution Services, Inc. (IDS) Announces Acquisition of Aspen Logistics, Inc.
 PRNewswire/ July 1, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN - Integrated Distribution Services, Inc. (IDS) announced the acquisition of Aspen Logistics, Inc., a Salt Lake City, Utah third party logistics company that has been providing supply chain services in the areas of warehousing, fulfillment and transportation services for Fortune 500 Companies for over 30 years.   
06/27/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 21, 2014 with 291,142 total carloads, up 0.9 percent compared with the same week last year.
06/25/2014FTR’s Shipper Conditions Index shows slight improvement as capacity remains tight
 

While over-the-road capacity availability remains tight, the outlook is not quite as dire as it was earlier this year. That was a major theme in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) released this week by freight transportation consultancy FTR.

06/25/2014Freight Market Sends Mixed Signals: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Week of June 15 - 21 - Spot market freight trends were mixed last week, as load volume slipped but national average rates are at all-time highs. Van rates remain elevated in the Southeast, and Texas rates are rising, amid uncertainty about a West Coast port strike.
06/24/2014Diesel prices increase for first time in eight weeks, reports EIA
 After seven straight weekly declines, the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline finally went in the other direction, rising 3.7 cents to $3.919 per gallon, according to data issued by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
06/24/2014Keeping Intermodal In Your Sites
 Eyeing a new location for your plant or DC? Make sure it's rail/intermodal accessible, and served by progressive transportation providers.
06/19/2014Van Rates Approach All-Time High: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Van and reefer rates continued to climb last week, but flatbed rates slipped 2¢. The national average rate for vans is approaching an all-time high, despite a declining fuel surcharge.
06/19/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 14, 2014 with 295,132 total carloads, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
06/18/2014DAT reports strong annual spot market volume gains for May
 
While the months on the calendar continue to change, the situation when it comes to spot market activity remains consistent in terms of annual gains.
06/18/2014ATA reports 3.4 percent annual gain in seasonally-adjusted tonnage
 Truck tonnage took steady and measured steps in the right direction in May, according to data issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
06/17/2014Logistics costs rise 2.3 percent in 2013 as industry is “ready for a new route”
 The highly anticipated 2013 "State of Logistics" report, compiled by analyst Rosalyn Wilson and presented by Penske and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), describes last year’s logistics environment as uneven. After a slow start to 2013, mid-year shipments were strong before a very deep dive at the end of the year with not much movement in freight rates across the modes.
06/17/2014Import Volume to Grow 7.5% in June
 The fear of a West Coast port strike is causing retailers to bring products in for the summer season.
06/13/2014Truck Freight Rates Soar in Early June: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Week of June 1 - 7 - Van and reefer rates soared 6¢ last week, and flatbed rates added 8¢, as June began with a boom in load availability.
06/13/2014Market conditions continue to favor motor carriers, according to FTR data
 Strong industry fundamentals for the trucking sector appear to be intact, based on the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) recently issued by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
06/12/2014Volumes see gains as West Coast port labor talks continue, reports Port Tracker
 With the June 30 deadline for contract talks for West Coast dockworkers between the between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) approaching, import activity at United States-based retail container ports is expected to see earlier than usual gains for this time of year, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
06/12/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic - June 12, 2014
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 7, 2014 with 292,924 total carloads, up 5.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
06/12/2014New Tech Could 'Change The Face' of Indiana Logistics
 Many Indiana logistics industry leaders say the key to the sector's growth will be identifying customer priorities in a rapidly-changing business climate and implementing technological advancements designed to make operations more efficient and less expensive. As companies look to the future, automation technology is taking center stage.
06/05/2014Van Rates, Volume Dip in May, as Reefers Rise: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Week of May 25 - 31 - Load board activity paused for Memorial Day, so weekly postings declined during the holiday week even though daily activity increased. Van freight was plentiful in L.A. and Atlanta, and outbound rates rose in those markets.
06/05/2014AAR Reports 2014 First Quarter Crude Oil Carloads, Increased Traffic for May and for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reports U.S. Class I railroads originated 110,164 carloads of crude oil in the first quarter of 2014, 1.4 percent more than in the fourth quarter of 2013 and, by 1,559 carloads, the most ever in any quarter.  In the first quarter of 2014, crude oil accounted for 1.6 percent of total originated carloads for U.S. rail traffic.
06/05/2014AAR Reports Annual Carload and Intermodal Gains for April 2014
 
Both carload and intermodal volumes headed up on an annual basis in April, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
06/05/2014Cass Freight Index - May 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 North American freight shipments and expenditures continued to buck the historic trend and increased again in May. The first five months of 2014 were the strongest since the end of the great recession. While this seems counter to the dismal GDP reading for the first quarter, which shows a one percent drop or a contraction in the economy, much of the decrease in GDP can be attributed to declining inventories, slowing exports ans weather-related issues. Many other economic signs, especially growth in the manufacturing sector, point to an uptick in the five-year recovery and a continued increase in freight movements.
06/03/2014When it Comes to Trucking Stats, Appearances Can Be Deceiving
 The American Trucking Associations (ATA) measures the health of motor freight industry using its monthly for-hire truck tonnage index. Based on that benchmark, things are generally going well. The index in 2013 increased 6.2 percent over 2012 results, making 2013 the best year since 1998.
06/03/2014Shift to Dimensional Pricing Gains Momentum
 The move toward dimensional pricing continues. FedEx Corp. recently made headlines by announcing that starting Jan. 1, 2015, it would price ground parcel shipments measuring less than three cubic feet by size rather than weight.
06/02/2014US Top 10 Supply Chain Schools
 Supply chain talent acquisition continues to be a pain point for many companies in the U.S.  As noted in “Ask the Experts, ’Talent Shortage’ or ‘Lower-Wage Employee Shortage,” Ron Giuntini expresses how times have changed since he graduated with an MBA in Logistics, with regard to the talent pool of logistics professionals.
06/02/2014Business Depends on Integrated Purchasing and Logistics
 Study finds that purchasing and logistics collaboration results in greater efficiency, reduced complexity and lower operating expenses.
06/02/2014May Domestic Truck, Intermodal and Rail Trends: BAIRD
 Spot freight trends normalizing in 2Q following a robust 1Q marked by weather-related capacity disruptions.
05/29/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 24, 2014 with 300,936 total carloads, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
05/28/2014Tight capacity remains intact for now and likely into the future, reports FTR
 
Tight capacity in the freight transportation market continues to be the norm, and that theme was no exception in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from FTR.
05/28/2014Rates Heat Up in Southeastern States: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Spot market trends were mixed last week, as load availability increased for vans and reefers, capacity loosened, and rates edged up for all three equipment types.
05/28/2014ALL of Gartner’s Supply Chain Magic Quadrants
 
Of the vendors represented in the Leaders quadrants of Gartner’s Transportation Management Systems, Warehouse Management Systems and Supply Chain Planning Systems of Record Magic Quadrants, ONLY JDA Software is named a Leader in all 3.
05/28/2014Limits on truck drivers' hours roil industry
 Trucking companies say new rules that limit drivers' hours are hobbling productivity, shaving wages and delaying deliveries.
05/22/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 17, 2014 with 298,932 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
05/21/2014ATA reports gains in April truck tonnage
 Truck tonnage saw gains for the third straight month in April, according to data issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) earlier today.
05/21/2014Reefer Rates Continue Seasonal Climb: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Load availability increased for all three equipment types last week. Rates were unchanged for vans and flatbeds as a national average, but reefer rates rose 2¢.
05/21/2014April spot market data from DAT shows gradual return to seasonal conditions
 Spot market activity appears to be returning to a more seasonal pattern after a difficult winter, according to data issued this week by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT.
05/19/2014As U.S. trucks revved up amid train traffic jam, a capacity crisis revealed
 As a polar vortex snarled North America's railroads and upended freight flows this winter, everyone from agricultural giant Cargill to Dow Chemical rushed to secure the next-best form of hauling goods: trucks.
05/19/2014Logistics News: Q1 2014 Truckload Carrier Review
 Results are Lackluster, as Growing Demand Thwarted by Bad Weather; A More Serious Tone to Warnings about the Driver Shortage
05/15/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 10, 2014 with 296,813 total U.S. carloads, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year.
05/15/2014Possible West Coast Port Disruption Cause of Concern For Supply Chain Managers
 Ahead of negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which began this week in San Francisco, a letter to ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna pleaded the case for the sides to come to an agreement ahead of the June 30 contract deadline for West Coast dockworkers.
05/14/2014UPS Freight making move to density-based pricing, chief says
 
UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload (LTL) unit of UPS Inc., has rolled out a pricing program based on the density of a customer shipment rather than the traditional formula where rates are determined by the characteristics of commodity classes, or "classification."
05/14/2014Moore on Pricing: Your 2014 truckload pricing checklist
 Shippers who are facing pricing pressure from driver shortages, new regulations, and rising fuel and equipment costs frequently ask me: “How can we get the carriers to be more efficient?” I interpret more as: “How can I save money without suffering from poor service?”
05/14/2014Reefer Rates Start Seasonal Climb: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Last week's load availability declined for flatbeds and vans and remained steady for refrigerated ("reefer") equipment. Reefer rates began their seasonal climb with a 3¢ increase, due to seasonal demand in the Southeast and South Central regions.
05/13/2014April retail sales are largely flat sequentially but show annual growth, report Commerce and NRF
 Retail sales growth in April were largely flattish sequentially while showing annual gains, according to data released by the National Retail Federation and the United States Department of Commerce today.
05/08/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for April, Increased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for April 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with April 2013. Intermodal traffic in April totaled 1,316,176 containers and trailers, up 9 percent (108,485 units) compared with April 2013, and the 53rd-consecutive year-over-year monthly increase for intermodal volume.
05/08/2014FedEx to shift to dimensional pricing on many ground parcel shipments Jan. 1
 Move seen as most significant parcel pricing change in decades.
05/07/2014Trailer growth spurs first quarter intermodal volumes, reports IANA
 First quarter intermodal volumes showed growth in spite of challenging winter weather conditions, according to the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report released by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
05/07/2014Van Rates Decline to Seasonal Norms: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Load availability rose for flatbeds and vans last week, but declined for reefers. Rates rose for flatbeds, but van rates continued to slip from the atypical highs of Q1, as they trend toward seasonal norms.
05/07/2014Cass Freight Index - April 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 Freight expenditures moved up again in April, with our expenditures index hitting its highest point in 15 years. At the same time, North American shipment volumes rose to their highest level since June 2011. Although the performance of the economy overall was very weak, freight has continued to gain momentum, indicating that the second quarter should be stronger.
04/30/2014Truckload Rates Reveal Mixed Trends: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Load availability and rates continued to decline for vans and reefers last week, compared to atypical highs in Q1. Some outbound lane rates rose in Texas and California, however. Flatbed rates were also mixed.
04/29/2014US Manufacturing Only 5 Percent More Costly Than China, Strengthens Case for Reshoring
 This study by the Boston Consulting Group supports a previous report on why large US manufacturers are reshoring production back to the US from these previous low cost manufacturers.
04/29/2014Reshoring Likely to Radically Reshape U.S. Economy in the Next 12 Months
 Grant Thornton survey finds U.S. companies will bring production, customer service and IT infrastructure back to the United States. 
04/24/2014Transportation Best Practices: Truckload fights the tide
 While truckload shippers can brace for modest rate increases in the 2 percent to 4 percent range in 2014, carrier executives and analysts say that the boost will only offset the consistently rising costs that continue to hamper the sector.
04/23/2014Navigating Intermodal for the Best Truckload Performance
 While intermodal and truckload are similar services, each has strengths that complement one another for a stronger 53' capacity solution. Shippers not looking at these strengths are leaving money and capacity on the table.
04/23/2014Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Price Indices Hit New Highs
 Truckload linehaul rates spiked in March, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index surpassing the 120 mark, showing a 6% year-over-year increase, the largest in 35 months, and setting a new high, according to a newly released report.
04/23/2014Key Reefer Markets Pricing Up: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Reefer load volume in major markets was strong last week, despite a 5.8% drop in reefer loads nationally. The national average rate was up 3¢ to $2.28 per mile.
04/17/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 12, 2014 with 295,294 total U.S. carloads, up 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
04/16/20145 Shipper Demands Shaping the TMS Landscape
 A TMS technology solution that helps companies efficiently, reliably, and cost effectively move freight from origin to destination, most transportation management systems includes both planning and execution solutions.
04/16/2014Global Transportation Management Development, Visibility, and Sophistication
 The annual benchmark report “Global Transportation Management Benchmark Study: Climbing the Visibility Sophistication Ladder” surveys practitioners from a variety of industries as well as a cross section from a diverse organizational scale.
04/16/2014What do shippers want? Custom IT solutions
 Study finds shippers are no longer satisfied with standard-issue IT offerings from their logistics service providers.
04/16/2014Can You Take the Risk?
 In 2013, 80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just one. The average company had  three. Yet, in a study that we just completed, when asked about business pain, supply chain risk rates low. How come?
04/16/2014Pressure on Van and Reefer Capacity Eases: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 
Overall load volume was down 7% last week, and van load volume dropped 13%. Available van equipment also expanded 16%, helping ease capacity constraints.
04/16/2014Analyst says truckload contract rate hikes could easily exceed 4 to 6 percent in 2014
 Firmer demand, tight supply colliding to benefit asset-based carriers, Broughton says.
04/16/2014Control Towers Made Easy
 Companies seeking supply chain visibility can set up a control tower on their own. But there's also an alternate route.
04/10/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 5, 2014 with 296,039 total U.S. carloads, up 5.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
04/09/2014Van and Reefer Load Volume Slows: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Overall load volume dropped 3.9% last week as van and reefer activity begins to normalize under improved weather conditions. Flatbed load volume also dipped, but capacity tightened in that segment, boosting rates another 9¢.
04/08/2014Evidence Builds to Support Capacity Crunch in Trucking Industry
 
Supply squeeze has arrived, with higher rates likely to follow, experts say.
04/08/2014Cass Freight Index: March 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 Shipment volume and total freight payments continued to climb in March, ending the first quarter of the year on a high note. Bad weather continued to plague many parts of the country, but transportation seemed to be less affected than in January and February.
04/07/2014Recent Study Indicates New Trucker Rest Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs
 UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute study identifies ways companies could mitigate those costs. She noted that many of those businesses are incorporating some new initiatives.
04/07/2014FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints
 FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) reading of 7.54 for February, while down slightly from the previous month, continues to reflect good news for trucking fleets as well as a warning to shippers seeking carriers to move their goods.
04/07/2014UT’s Hours of Service (HOS) Study
 The UT study surveyed 417 companies and found that 58 percent of them expected an increase in their carrier rates. They anticipated passing on the costs to their customers in the long term.
04/03/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for March, Increased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for March 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with March 2013
04/03/2014U.S.—Mexico Trade: Two-Way Traffic
 Integrated third-party logistics solutions, expanded and improved intermodal service offerings, and creative collaborations to optimize transport resources are making cross-border shipping easier than ever.
04/03/2014Transportation Management Systems: Meeting the Challenges and Obtaining Results
 The findings are based on information collected among 386 top logistics managers employed with medium and large market companies defined as spending $5 million plus on transportation and freight solutions.
04/02/2014Flatbed Volume and Rates Move Even Higher: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Flatbed rates jumped 15¢ last week as load volume was up another 7.2%. Overall load volume for all equipment types was unchanged over the prior week, however.
03/27/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 22, 2014 with 291,525 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
03/26/2014Flatbed Activity on the Rise: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Overall load volume tapered off last week, dropping 3.9%, as capacity recovered 4.6%. Spring has sprung for flatbeds, however, as load volume in that segment added 1% on top of a 16% gain in the prior week, and the national average rate rose 5¢ to $2.15 per mile.
03/26/2014AAR Reports Carload and Intermodal Gains for Week Ending March 15
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending March 15, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
03/26/2014Network Analysis – The Lynchpin of Successful Transportation Bid Preparation
 Network alignment is the true power behind a successful transportation procurement event and getting the right carrier assigned to the right lane is the goal.
03/21/2014Rail-Truck Volume Rises After Winter Slowdown: EcoPulse
 
The rail-truck industry is poised for a second-quarter rebound after harsh weather caused a decline in shipments.
03/19/2014FTR Reports Market Conditions Remain Strong for Motor Carriers
 Tight capacity appears to be paving the way for strong market conditions for motor carriers, according to the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) recently released by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
03/19/2014Van Rates Rise Again, to $2.09: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 The national average rate for vans added 2¢ last week, on top of an 8¢ gain the prior week - hitting $2.09, a new peak.
03/18/2014Transportation Best Practices: Collaborative LTL Contracting
 New systems and management techniques are providing the infrastructure needed to revolutionize the LTL market. Now, shippers and carriers need to sit down and re-engineer their relationships from scratch to improve margins for both. Here’s how it’s done.
03/18/2014The Real Impact of High Transportation Costs
 High transportation costs are driving three main shifts in supply chain strategies. These changes are having a beneficial impact not just on transportation budgets but also on broader supply chain and financial performance.
03/18/2014Rail Intermodal Keeps America Moving
 Rail intermodal — transporting shipping containers and truck trailers on railroad flat cars — has been growing rapidly for many years. Intermodal represents a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to excessive reliance on highways to transport freight.
03/14/2014Van Freight Rates Hit New Peak... Again: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 The national average rate for vans hit a new peak last week, rising 8¢ to $2.07 per mile with fuel. Overall load volume sustained last week's peak, while truckload capacity shrank 7.2%, putting further pressure on rates as shippers continue to work through a backlog of freight from weather delays.
03/14/2014AAR Reports Crude Oil Traffic up for 2013, Week 10 Traffic Remains Mixed
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that  U.S. Class I railroads originated 108,590 carloads of crude oil in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing total Class I crude oil originations for the year to 407,642 carloads. This is a 74 percent increase over the 233,819 carloads originated in 2012. In 2013, crude oil accounted for 1.4 percent of total U.S. Class I originations.
03/14/2014ATA, Shippers Applaud FMCSA Proposal for Electronic Logging Devices in Trucks
 
Representatives of nearly 1 million owner-operators say they have concerns over costs, privacy and how the data will be stored and whether it could be used to harass truck drivers.
03/14/2014Railroad Investment Levels Continue to Impress
 The capital expenditure outlay freight railroads make on their networks is a number that seems to grow on an annual basis. Scratch that, it does not seem to grow, it definitely does.
03/11/2014Drewry: Most U.S. East Coast Ports Not Ready for Big Ships in 2014
 Drewry says the changes that are coming for the Trans-Atlantic trades in the second quarter of 2014 might mean big trouble for the U.S. East Coast ports that are not quite deep enough for fully laden New Panamax ships and already have strained truck and rail capacities.
03/11/2014Logistically Speaking: Feds Tighten the Screws on the Supply Chain
 Have you ever looked at the label on a package of prepared food and thought, “I would gladly pay more for this product if they would report the minimum daily value stats on the left side of the label rather than on the right side?” If so, you’re about to get your wish because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—having apparently too much time on its hands—has decided that consumers aren’t getting the type of vital information they ought to be getting from the nutrition facts labels.
03/11/2014Weather Boosts Freight Rates, Except in Intermodal-Competitive Lanes
 Harsh winter weather continues to disrupt freight patterns. The American Trucking Associations cited the recurring ice and snowstorms for a decline in its tonnage index in January, and a slew of financial analysts are also blaming extreme winter weather for lackluster numbers in employment and consumer demand.
03/11/20143 Important Trends Affecting Railroads in 2014
 North America's leading railroads performed well in 2013, and investors were justly rewarded. The Dow Jones U.S. Railroads Index climbed 36% last year. But as investors, we are more interested in the future, than in the past.
03/11/2014 5 Reasons Why You Need to Join Me at the Operations Summit
 Next month hundreds of operations and fulfillment people will flock to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend Multichannel Merchant’s Operations Summit. We don’t like to toot our own horns, but the Operations Summit conference is the only show in town when it comes to covering operations and fulfillment.
03/06/2014Want to Innovate your Supply Chain? Break the Rules
 By clearly understanding the nature of the rules and the details of your supply chain, you can better determine where and when rule-breaking makes sense.
03/06/2014AAR Reports Mixed Traffic for February, Increased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the month of February 2014, with carload volume decreasing and intermodal volume increasing compared with February 2013.
03/06/2014Weather Adds to Demand and Rate Pressures
 Unyielding winter weather continues to push more freight into the spot market as shippers search for available capacity.
03/06/2014A Winter Like No Other
 The impact of this once in a lifetime winter simply cannot be understated when viewing how it has impacted myriad facets of daily life and freight transportation operations, too, of course.
03/06/2014Three reasons carrier rates will rise in 2014
 At the recent 2014 Stifel Transportation and Logistics Conference, and the Food Shippers Annual Transportation Conference, I had some great discussions with industry experts.
03/05/2014Hang together or hang separately?
 The ports of Seattle and Tacoma want to pool information to address "unprecedented" pressures. Will they be just the first ports to go this route, or the only ones?
02/28/2014Elevated Volume and Rates Persist: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Load volume increased 13% across all equipment types last week, including a 12% bump for vans. The national average rate hit a new peak of $1.98 per mile as unusual demand in the spot market persists due to extreme weather.
02/27/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 22, 2014 with 281,678 total U.S. carloads, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/26/2014January truck tonnage takes a weather-influenced step back, reports ATA
 Difficult winter weather conditions played a significant role in January truck tonnage, according to data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) today.
02/25/2014Trimming Your Transportation Spend
 Transportation costs run high, but cutting your spend might be more feasible than you think.
02/24/20145 Steps to Improving Your 3PL Relationships
 Members of the University of Tennessee's center for Executive Education share their five steps and a series of tips to improve your outsourcing relationship right from the start.
02/21/20148 Trends that are Driving Double-Digit TMS Adoption
 The fastest growing enterprise application market is on track to continue its double-digit growth trend over the next 12 months. Here are eight key trends that supply chain software analysts say are shaping the TMS landscape­.
02/21/20142014 State of TMS - Cost Reductions & ROI Continue to Soar
 Top supply chain software analysts assess growth in the transportation management systems (TMS) market, highlight emerging trends in adoption, and predict the future of this highly beneficial, yet consistently underused application.
02/21/2014Transportation Management Systems: Meeting the Challenges and Obtaining Results
 The findings are based on information collected among 386 top logistics managers employed with medium and large market companies defined as spending $5 million plus on transportation and freight solutions.
02/20/2014AAR Reports Decreased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 15, 2014 with 270,632 total U.S. carloads, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/19/2014The Fed’s “Primary Freight Network” Needs More Intermodal, Says IANA
 Although intermodal connectors make best use of each transportation mode, they account for less than one percent of national highway system mileage.
02/19/2014Robert Voltmann's Observations from Attending the Stifel and BB&T Conferences
 Robert Voltmann, President & CEO of TIA, recently attended the Stifel Transportation & Logistics Conference as well as the BB&T Capital Markets Conference. Here are his ten observations.
02/19/2014Tough Winter Caused 24% spike in January Spot Market Freight
 Year-over-year freight volumes were up 45% to a level not seen since October 2005.
02/19/2014Snow and Ice Add to Pressure on Rates: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Even after last week's 3.9% decline, spot market freight volume has achieved record highs for much of this winter. Atypical demand, due largely to extreme weather conditions, drove van rates to an average of $1.97 per mile for the past two weeks.
02/13/2014Intermodal Volumes Finish Q4 and 2013 Strong, Reports IANA
 New white paper sponsored by IANA and AAR points to future success for the mode.
02/13/2014AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 8, 2014 with 261,254 total U.S. carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/12/2014Weather Delays Add to Freight Backlog: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Winter weather continued to add to a backlog of freight last week. Van loads increased 16% and the national average rate for vans increased 3¢ to $1.97 per mile, which includes a 1¢ increase in the average fuel surcharge. Reefer rates also jumped 10¢ to $2.16 per mile, as demand for temp-controlled equipment rose 13.4%.
02/11/2014Intermodal Shipping Grew 4.6 percent in 2013
 Midwest-Southwest corridor was biggest regional gainer, expanding 12.9 percent.
02/10/2014Cass Freight Index: January 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 North American shipment volumes and freight expenditures both continued the decline that began in December after the economy abruptly reversed direction near the end of last year. Although GDP figures for the second half of 2013 indicate that the economy is strengthening, this has not yet translated to the transportation sector. In January, weather hampered production as well as deliveries.
02/06/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for January, Decreased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased total U.S. rail traffic for January 2014, with intermodal and carload volume increasing overall compared with January 2013. Intermodal traffic in January 2014 totaled 1,183,285 containers and trailers, up 1.3 percent (14,682 units) compared with January 2013.
02/05/2014U.S. Manufacturing Slows in January
 U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in January after the biggest drop in new orders in 33 years, indicating a loss of momentum in the recovering economy.
02/05/2014Recurring Storms Sustain High Rates: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 Van loads were up 5.9% in the final week of January but the national average rate was unchanged at $1.94 per mile.
01/30/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 25, 2014 with 280,761 total U.S. carloads, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/30/2014Move: Intermodal - No Longer Truckload's Sidekick
 Rail's improved service levels and availability make it the main event for many transportation managers.
01/29/2014ATA Reports Sharp Gain in Seasonally-Adjusted Truck Tonnage in December
 With the economy continuing to show modest signs of progress, truck tonnage volumes ended 2013 on a positive note, according to data issued today by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
01/29/2014December Spot Market Activity Turns in Record-Setting Performance, Reports DAT
 December spot market availability saw a 10 percent gain over November and a 45 percent annual hike, according to data recently released by DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore, in its DAT North American Freight Index.
01/28/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 18, 2014 with 289,825 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/28/2014New Competitors will Shake Up Transportation Industry
 With freight levels coming back, a competitive gulf may form between carriers returning to bad habits and those that are evolving.
01/22/2014Cass Truckload Linehaul Index: December 2013
 Our truckload linehaul index set a new high in December at 117.7 (compared to our baseline of 100.0 in January 2005). Truckload shipping costs simply continue to climb, following an almost identical pattern in each of the last four years. In December 2013, shippers paid 1.5% more in linehaul charges than the year before.
01/22/2014Cass Intermodal Price Index: December 2013
 Intermodal costs (linehaul, accessorials and fuel) in December were 1.0% lower than a year earlier. North American intermodal volumes remain high.

Avondale Partners’ December report predicted that intermodal shipping costs will remain relatively flat in the near term, with fluctuations influenced primarily by fuel costs. For now, they say, “the pricing dynamic in intermodal remains very competitive."
01/21/20142014 Rate Outlook: Ready to corral costs?
 With the exception of parcel, freight transportation rates will only make incremental gains in 2014. However, our top market analysts tell us that controlling total landed costs by using a variety of modes is now imperative.
01/16/2014Transportation Best Practices: Truckload fights the tide
 While truckload shippers can brace for modest rate increases in the 2 percent to 4 percent range in 2014, carrier executives and analysts say that the boost will only offset the consistently rising costs that continue to hamper the sector.
01/16/2014AAR Reports Decreased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 11, 2014 with 256,849 total U.S. carloads, down 8.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/15/20142013 intermodal volumes set new record and carload is down slightly, reports AAR
 United States railroad and intermodal volumes were again mixed in 2013, according to data issued by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
01/15/2014Truckload capacity trends in 2014 are worth watching, say industry stakeholders
 

Keeping an eye on over-the-road capacity at its current levels and speculating on what its future levels may be has become more than a passing interest for freight transportation and supply chain stakeholders.

01/14/2014Make LTL Pay as Part of a Multi-Modal Strategy
 By formulating your total transportation spend, you can find ways to make less-than-truckload less of a cost burden.
01/13/2014The Road Ahead in 2014: Cheaper Fuel, More Rules
 After completing a recap of 2013 in freight transportation, I looked to economists, analysts and other industry experts who offered forecasts for 2014. The consensus is that positive and negative factors will pull in opposite directions.
01/10/2014Optimizing 3PL Relationships: A Big Step Toward More Value
 In today’s dynamic global marketplace, increasing logistics flexibility is critical as shippers look for greater collaboration with their third-party providers on the way to seamless integration of supply chain activities.
01/09/2014Freight Rail Traffic for 2013 Saw Record Intermodal Growth, Slight Dip in Carloads
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that U.S. rail traffic for 2013 saw record intermodal growth with a slight full year decrease in carloadings.
01/07/2014Reshoring Likely to Radically Reshape U.S. Economy in the Next 12 Months
 Grant Thornton survey finds U.S. companies will bring production, customer service and IT infrastructure back to the United States.
01/07/2014"Siding" up to Intermodal
 As intermodal traffic grows, more companies look to plant their DC site flags alongside rail facilities.
01/07/2014Nearly 40 percent of U.S. brokers have licenses pulled after noncompliance with new surety bond rules
 About 8,200 brokers impacted by new law, according to FMCSA website.
01/07/2014Cass Freight Index: December 2013: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 
Freight shipment activity ends down in 2013, but average shipment size continues to grow.
01/02/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013 with 230,933 total U.S. carloads, up 8.1 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/27/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 21, 2013 with 289,528 total U.S. carloads, down 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/23/2013LTL and Intermodal Overshadow TL in Third Quarter
 Intermodal volume achieved a six quarter high.
12/19/2013Cass Intermodal Price Index: November 2013
 Total intermodal costs remained below 2012 levels for the third month in a row, partially due to lower year-over-year diesel prices. In November, all-in intermodal costs were 1.5% below November 2012. Rail data has shown weekly intermodal volumes remaining near the all-time record highs set in October.
12/19/2013Cass Truckload Linehaul Index: November 2013
 Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% higher than in November of last year. Coincidentally, linehaul rates for the first 11 months of 2013, on average, are up  1.8 as compared to 2012. Truckload volumes continue to grow, posting a three-month moving average of 7.2% over last year, spawned by strength in energy, housing and the automotive markets.
12/17/20133% Growth Expected for 2014 Economy
 Strong housing and car markets will lead the fastest growth rate since the recession.
12/17/2013How to Manage Hours-of-Service Regulations Compliance
 Now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules have entered into force, trucking companies and shippers need to account for these regulatory changes. Any company that is working in a fast-paced, time-definite shipping environment is especially vulnerable.
12/16/2013Move: Intermodal - No Longer Truckload's Sidekick
 Rail's improved service levels and availability make it the main event for many transportation managers.
12/16/2013What Happened to Collaboration?
 Yesterday, when I walked through the shopping square, I heard caroling and the ringing of bells. My feet crunched through the snow. The holiday spirit was in the air. In the spirit of holiday giving, I want to raise the question, “What has happened to supply chain collaboration?” Based on my research, I think that we are going backwards, not forwards.
12/13/20132014 Global (Supply Chain) Economy Outlook
 Supply Chain Managers are advised in this year’s “outlook” to align their shipping and sourcing strategies to broader business goals and build competencies around each stage of the product lifecycle to achieve greater customer centricity.
12/13/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 7, 2013 with 279,213 total U.S. carloads, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 262,765 units, up 9.4 percent compared with the same week last year.  Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 541,978 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/10/2013AAR Reports Annual Gains in November for Carload and Intermodal Volumes
 Both United States carload and intermodal volumes saw gains in November, according to data released this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
12/10/2013Cass Freight Report Tells Ongoing Story of Mixed Economic Signals
 The trend of bumpy end-of-the-year economic activity remained intact in November, according to the most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report.
12/06/2013Cass Freight Index: November 2013: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 North American shipment volume continued on a downward path in November - not unexpected, as this is the same week year-end movement we have observed for the last three years. Stronger-than-expected manufacturing activity and shipments of seasonal goods offset a general slowing of freight movements to temper the drop in shipment levels. Expenditures rose just slightly, largely because of a surge in spot market rates the last week of the month.
12/06/2013Rail Week Ending 30 November 2103: Again Non-Comparable Data
 Econintersect: Week 48 of 2013 ending 30 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was down, and intermodal count was down. Weekly overall data is down, and down even more ignoring coal and grain.
12/06/2013How to Take Advantage of Intermodal Transportation
 Looming truck driver and capacity shortages, freight rate increases, Hours-of-Service and CSA regulations, and sustainability mandates are compelling many shippers to consider domestic intermodal solutions for the long haul.
12/04/2013Vendor Compliance: Setting Them Straight
 Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
12/04/2013Railroads Have Record Year for Capital Investment
 
Another record year for capital investment appears to be shaping up as railroads head for improved revenues and profits in 2014.
12/03/2013Rail Week Ending 23 November 2013: Non-Comparable Data
 Econintersect: Week 46 of 2013 ending 23 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/22/2013Trucking Tonnage Falls October 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index declined 2.8% in October. The level of the index has declined to April 2013's level
11/22/2013 Rail Week Ending 16 November 2013: Growth Keeps on Coming
 Econintersect: Week 46 of 2013 ending 09 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/21/2013In Mexico, Rail is On a Roll
 Increasing demand from manufacturers, improved infrastructure and service, and a campaign to grab more market share promise further growth for rail service within Mexico and across the U.S. border.
11/21/2013Resilient…Responsive…Determined: Rails Focus on the Future
 Despite economic headwinds, rails are investing heavily for future growth. Inbound Logistics gets the full story at the annual RailTrends conference.
11/20/2013CSX and GE Transportation to Team Up on LNG-Powered Locomotive Pilot Program
 The ongoing emergence of the role of natural gas in freight transportation is making its latest stop on railroad tracks in the form of an agreement between Class I railroad carrier CSX and GE Transportation that will focus on exploring emissions-cutting and efficiency advancements through the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology for locomotives.
11/19/2013Supply Chain Network Design: Embrace the culture of modeling
 In order to manage through the new complexities of the global economy, our consulting team suggests that shippers need to establish new processes that consistently reassess supply chain and transportation networks. Here’s how to get it done.
11/19/201310 Rules for Supply Chain & Logistics Optimization
 Few companies today know how well their supply chain and logistics optimization is actually performing and how to determine their most significant opportunities for improvement.
11/14/2013Rail Week Ending 09 November 2013: Accelerating Growth Rate Continues
 Econintersect: Week 45 of 2013 ending 09 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/13/2013Out-going IWLA Chief Shares Advice for 3PL Customers at CSCMP
 The International Warehouse Logistics Association President & CEO Joel D. Anderson spoke on “pesky regulations” at the recently-concluded Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference in Denver. Now that he’s announced his pending retirement, Anderson wishes to share this “check list” for shippers wising to vet 3PLs promising “optimization.”
11/12/2013Industrial Insights Special Edition: BAIRD 2013 Conference Highlights
 This special edition of Baird’s Industrial Insights publication highlights key takeaways following Baird’s 43rd annual Industrial Conference held this week, focused on current industrial observations/trends and common themes as we exit 2013 and look ahead to 2014 and beyond.
11/12/2013Transportation/Logistics October Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by BAIRD
 Domestic freight demand firming in October after soft start to month, but outlook remains guarded.
11/12/2013North American Developments Impacting the Global Supply Chain
 Third-party logistics organizations reduce landed transport costs and thereby enrich the wealth of trading partners, says a new report from the World Trade Organization.
11/12/2013Transportation/Logistics October International Airfreight and Ocean Freight Trends by BAIRD
 September international trends stable, with airfreight peak taking shape in October.
11/08/2013Rail Week Ending 02 November 2013: Take A Look At Rails Growing Rate of Growth!
 Econintersect: Week 44 of 2013 ending 02 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/07/2013Less-than-truckload update: Stability achieved, rates to rise
 LTL executives are looking to drive relentless cost increases out of their operations—and they’re telling shippers to prepare for rate increases in the 3 percent to 5 percent range. Here’s why rates are rising and what shippers should expect in 2014.
11/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes for October 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index includes all domestic freight modes and is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of hundreds of large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
11/05/2013Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: 8 Trends Driving TMS Adoption
 The fastest growing enterprise application market is on track to continue its double-digit growth trend over the next 12 months. Here are eight key trends that supply chain software analysts say are shaping the TMS landscape­—­and pushing more logistics managers to finally put it to work.
11/04/2013Third-Quarter Intermodal Growth Spans All Markets
 Seasonally adjusted domestic shipments exceeded international shipments for the first time.
11/04/2013Keeping America’s Supply Chains Moving
 Refrigerated & Frozen Foods taps into today’s rail and intermodal trends to find out what technological advancements are in place, and how they keep America’s supply chains moving.
11/04/2013Not Enough Trucks, Not Enough Truckers
 One of the unheralded benefits of the government shutdown and the looming debt default is that every other crisis looks a little bit less, well, crisis-ish in comparison. Take, for instance, the latest Shippers Conditions Index, a monthly score compiled by transportation analyst firm FTR Associates, that measures the relative health of U.S. logistics. Two months ago, the index stood at -7.5; last month the index had dropped to -8.1. The current reading has the index dipping even lower, down to -8.3.
11/04/2013Lessons in Liability
 Two recent court cases should prompt all companies, and especially small and medium-sized importers and exporters, to review their business practices with an eye toward reducing potential liability.
11/01/2013 Rail Week Ending 26 October 2013: Solid Growth Continues
 

Econintersect: Week 43 of 2013 ending 26 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/25/2013Vantage Point: How Driver Hours Affect Warehouse Service
 The new Hours-of-Service ruling threatens to take a toll beyond trucks.
10/25/2013AAR Reports Annual Carload and Intermodal Gains for Week Ending October 19
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending October 19, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/24/2013Intermodal Efficiencies
 How shippers save money without sacrificing service by letting railroads handle the long hauls.
10/24/2013Guest Commentary: The Tougher Challenge for a TMS is Execution
 As a follow-up to my previous commentary, which focused on setting the playing field for transportation routing algorithms and the fact that these are not really “optimizations” but heuristic algorithms, as well as the fact that modeling the constraints is at least as important as getting a lower cost, I want to now shift the focus to the tougher challenge for a transportation management system (TMS) – execution of the recommendations.
10/23/2013For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index Jumps
 The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index increased 1.4 percent month-over-month in September, which matched August’s gain.
10/22/2013“Modal Agnostic” - Seeking Capacity When and Where it Makes the Most Economic Sense
 New state of logistics translates into new opportunities for shrewd managers who can leverage their solid transportation relationships into value for their companies.
10/22/2013AAR Reports Gains in Carload and Intermodal Volumes for Week Ending October 12
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending October 12, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/18/2013Rail Week Ending 12 October 2013: Continued Growth Even with Government Shutdown
 

Econintersect: Week 41 of 2013 ending 12 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/17/2013More freight, but fewer trucks to move it?
 There's good news and bad news about trucking these days. The good news is traffic is up! A good sign for the economy! (OK, there's a caveat, but more on that in a minute).
10/16/2013Spot Market Truckload Volumes Fall Sequentially, Rise Annually, Reports DAT
 DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore, recently reported that spot market truckload volume dropped 5.3 percent from August to September, based on its DAT North American Freight Index. Company officials said that this decline is seasonal.
10/16/2013Railroad Sector is Stable With Room for Growth, Says FTR
 Looking at the current state of the United States railroad carload market, the overall take from FTR Senior Consultant Larry Gross is that things have been relatively quiet in terms of year-over-year performance, with signs of improvement going forward.
10/15/2013Intermodal: Getting serious about multi-modal optimization
 Intermodal is becoming increasingly more viable as logistics managers find themselves under pressure to keep costs down and improve supply chain operations. But how can shippers wring out its full value?
10/15/2013State of Cloud Computing: Sky’s the Limit
 Cloud-based applications continue to penetrate the supply chain management (SCM) software space as more operations are eager to embrace the advantages it maintains over traditional options. We explore how far shippers have gone into the Cloud and reveal several limitations that could hinder the flight.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics September Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight demand improved seasonally into September; pricing remains stable.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics September International Airfreight and Ocean Freight Trends
 International trends stable in August, with industry AF volumes flat at weak levels and OF volume growth improved from 1H. Encouragingly, August AF trends were above seasonal and some forwarders similarly noted improved August volumes (EXPD, UTIW), though intermediate-term expectations generally remain muted. Contacts note demand trends remained stable in September and expectations for a peak persist, but the length and intensity of the peak remain uncertain. And, potential for a short-term AF demand spike around product launches exists.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics October Freight Flows: No Signs of Reaccelerating Growth
 Favor asset-based transports with industrial end-market exposure into 2014. Peak season trends mixed, with industrial end-markets firmer than retail. That said, growth continues to decelerate despite August's upward move in the US ISM PMI and New Orders components, and we see little evidence of reaccelerating growth in 2014. Though trends remain muted, take advantage of typical transport seasonal outperformance in 4Q/1Q to add to exposure in selective transports.
10/10/2013Rail Week Ending 05 October 2013: Growth Spurt Continues
 Econintersect: Week 40 of 2013 ending 05 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was down, but intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
10/08/2013Regulation & Legislation: Truckers Get the Message
 Shippers and carriers express concern over new regulations and highway funding initiatives.
10/08/20138 Elements of Successful Supplier Control Towers
 The organization’s expectation is that the Control Tower is in operation when in reality you are really still designing it.
10/08/20133PL Growth Outpacing GDP
 A shrinking talent pool and growing international trade are primary reasons.
10/08/2013Avoiding the 7 Myths of Supply Chain Management
 “What drives operations and supply chain strategies?” The research reported in this book shows that the customer value proposition, channels to market, and product characteristics are the key drivers of an appropriate operations strategy.
10/07/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes for September 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index includes all domestic freight modes and is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of hundreds of large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
10/07/2013September Carloads and Intermodal Units Post Annual Gains, Says AAR
 Both United States carload and intermodal volumes in September were up annually, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
10/03/2013Rail Week Ending 28 September 2013: September Total Shipments Are Up
 

Econintersect: Week 39 of 2013 ending 28 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/03/2013IDS Transportation Services, LLC Transitions to New Office Space in Plainfield, Indiana to Keep Up with Continued Growth
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IDS Transportation Services, LLC announced today it will be expanding into a larger office in Plainfield, Indiana.
10/02/2013FTR Transportation Conference Trucking Panel Offers Up Insights About Trucking Market
 The current state of the truckload market is currently being viewed as mostly normal with bits of fluctuation mixed in as well, according to panelists on a trucking panel at last week’s FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis.
10/01/2013Freight Stayed Strong through Summer
 The demand for truckload freight rose 0.4% in August and is exhibiting a robust market extending into September.
10/01/2013Trip of a Lifetime: An Intermodal Story (VIDEO | INTERMODAL 101)
 Trip of a Lifetime: An Intermodal Story (VIDEO | INTERMODAL 101) by CSX - Excellent video on how intermodal transportation works!
09/27/2013Five Trends That Will Dominate Supply Chain Software Spending in 2013
 Gartner Says Worldwide Software-as-a-Service (Cloud) Revenue to Reach $14.5 Billion.
09/27/2013Bridging the Procurement-Supply Chain Divide: Six Factors That Make a Difference
 At many companies, there is a divide between procurement and supply chain operations that robs the organization of vital efficiencies, companies that have recognized that gap and worked hard to close it now see sizeable financial benefits.
09/26/2013Rail Week Ending 21 September 2013: Improved but Softer Growth
 Econintersect: Week 38 of 2013 ending 21 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved slightly according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is also up ignoring coal and grain.
09/25/2013Trucking Tonnage Up in August 2013 But Not Indicative of Economic Growth
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.4% in July. It should be noted that there has been little growth in trucking jobs for August 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
09/24/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] Truck Drivers By the Numbers
 The number of truck drivers remains below its peak, as driver pay lags U.S. average wages. In the infographic below, Senior Editor William B. Cassidy explains the driver shortage.
09/23/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] Nations With the Best Infrastructure, 2012-13
 The World Economic Forum has released its yearly Global Competitiveness Report, which includes a ranking of the world’s best (and worst) nations in terms of infrastructure.
09/23/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] The World’s Worst Infrastructure, 2012-13
 The ranking of 148 nations by the World Economic Forum reflects how critical infrastructure is for ensuring the effective functioning of an economy.
09/20/2013Rail Week Ending 14 September 2013: Another Strong Week
 

Econintersect: Week 37 of 2013 ending 14 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

09/19/2013Solid Import Numbers at West Coast Ports Could Pave Way for a Decent Peak Season
 While August volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were mixed, they could serve as a precursor to a solid holiday shopping season.
09/17/2013 Supply Chain Managers May Soon Be Watching Their (Container) Weight | Call for Ocean Cargo Weight Control
 Four global shipping industry organizations are calling on the International Maritime Organization to approve a “carefully negotiated and crafted compromise” this fall that aims to address the problem of misdeclared cargo container weights.
09/17/2013Transportation Best Practices: Savvy Logistics Managers are Rethinking 3PL Contracts
 In this new era of collaboration, some third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are working with enlightened shippers on a new approach rooted in recognition that better logistics management can have a direct impact on the bottom line for both parties. Here’s one example of how it’s being done.
09/16/2013U.S. Intermodal Traffic Sees Highest Jump in 27 Weeks
 U.S. intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 7 climbed 6.7 percent year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads. This was the tenth straight year-over-year increase, and the steepest rise since the week of March 2.
09/13/2013Progressive Railroading Rising Star: Shelli Austin
 Shelli Austin has spent most of her career in transportation logistics, a field she says she just "fell into." But she didn't know much about railroading until after 2004, when she went to work for IDS Transportation and was asked to develop an intermodal service for the company.
09/13/2013Rail Week Ending 07 September 2013: Rail Continues Coming on Strong
 Econintersect: Week 36 of 2013 ending 07 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
09/12/2013Transportation/Logistics August Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 August volume trends in the US improved from seasonally slow July levels, but September and October’s trajectory remain the primary focal points.  Similarly, International AF/OF trends were mixed in July, but airfreight trends in particular have improved in August. 
09/12/2013Climbing Aboard the TMS Bandwagon
 Big companies and 3PLs are expected to drive a new wave of sales of transportation management systems.
09/11/201322nd Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Masters Co-Create Value
 The Masters of Logistics have developed strategic partnerships with carriers that enable them to keep costs low while providing innovative service to their customers—and our data show that this value-added perspective is leading to performance that is significantly better than their competitors.
09/11/2013Record Month for Intermodal Paces AAR August Volumes
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that total rail carload and intermodal volumes in August increased on an annual basis.
09/09/2013Two Forces for the Future
 The growing adoption of supply chain applications in the cloud and of those offered by the big ERP vendors will have a significant impact on supply chain technology over the next three years.
09/09/2013Keeping a Lid on Cost Pressures
 By using technology and collaborating with their carriers, shippers can mitigate the impact of economic and regulatory trends that are driving up truckers' costs.
09/06/2013From Tactical Execution to Strategic Enablement
 Technology that's making true network optimization and supply chain visibility feasible could (and should) lead shippers to rethink how they work with rail carriers.
09/06/2013Site Selection: The Rise of Intermodal
 Intermodal plays an essential role in today's site selection process. Superior rail intermodal sites and services put your company on the right track.
09/06/2013Stable Outlook for Pricing
 With crude oil prices continuing to hold steady, diesel prices are expected to do the same. But the risk that an unforeseen event could spark volatility remains.
09/06/2013 Rail Week Ending 31 August 2013: Rail Come on Strong After Last Week's Soft Data
 Econintersect: Week 35 of 2013 ending 31 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
09/05/2013Cass Freight Index is Mixed but Calls for Slow Growth Ahead
 The August edition of the Cass Freight Index report showed mixed results in terms of freight expenditures and shipment volume, respectively.
09/04/2013How will the "Trucking Renaissance" Impact Shippers?
 JOC Senior Editor Bill Cassidy discusses the trucking industry's increased focus on sustainable profitability, tightening of capacity and other factors contributing to a trucking renaissance.
09/04/2013Shippers Conditions Fail to Improve, but Hey, It Could Be Worse
 Offsetting this removal of 3% capacity due to new Hours of Service rules is the currently weak freight environment due to a sluggish economy, notes FTR Associates' Lawrence Gross. "The net effect is to postpone significant tightening of capacity into later this year or even next year, depending on what happens with the economy.”
09/04/20133PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates
 Report shows 86% of domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions.
08/30/2013Shippers Must Rethink Modal Choices, Transport Analyst Says
 Shippers face “significant” rate increases in the U.S. over the next few years unless they build more multimodal supply chains for domestic and inbound shipments, an investment analyst warns.
08/30/2013FMCSA Prepares for 'Unified' Registration System
 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a long-awaited final rule last week to establish a Unified Registration System for trucking companies, freight brokers and forwarders and others required to register with the agency. The final rule consolidates and automates a paper-based registration system and expands the number and type of companies or operations that must register with the FMCSA.
08/30/2013Rail Week Ending 24 August 2013: Improvement in Growth Rate Weakens
 Econintersect: Week 34 of 2013 ending 24 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
08/28/2013Drones – The Birth of a New Transportation Mode
 "I believe we’re witnessing the birth of a new transportation mode, one that will take many years to develop and mature (but will probably happen sooner than we think)."
08/28/2013U.S. Report: Record Global Consumption of Petroleum in 2012
 Global consumption of petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and heating oil, reached a record high of 88.9 million barrels per day in 2012. Even though consumption fell in North America and Europe, it was replaced and exceeded by growth in Asia and other regions, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
08/22/2013Trucking Tonnage Soft in July 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index fell 0.4% in July after rising marginally 0.1% in June. Compared with July 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 4.7%. Truck tonnage year-to-date is up 4.7% over 2012.
08/22/2013Rail Week Ending 17 August 2013: Continued Improvement in Growth Rate
 Econintersect: Week 33 of 2013 ending 17 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was stronger according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
08/20/2013Transportation Best Practices/LTL Strategy: Edward Don serves up savings
 Foodservice equipment and supply company leverages its technology partnership to secure capacity, simplify rates, and cut 12 percent from its transportation spending. Here’s how they did it.      
08/20/2013Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: 8 trends taking us closer to visibility
 Top industry analysts define the leading wireless and mobility trends that are helping logistics professionals work smarter and faster in an increasingly competitive business environment.
08/19/2013U.S. LOGISTICS - Slow Growth Is Good Growth in the Era of the New Normal
 Time to ratchet down your expectations for a 20th Century-style economic boom. What we're seeing now might be as good as it gets.
08/16/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending August 10, 2013, with total U.S. weekly carloads of 288,803 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 257,969 units, up 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year.  Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 546,772 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 2.7 percent compared with the same week last year.
08/16/2013Mixed Report on Freight Services
 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) dropped 0.2 percent from May to June, following a 1.2 percent gain from April to May.
08/15/2013 Stores: The Weak Link in Omnichannel Distribution
 For retailers, omnichannel commerce beckons brightly. But our exclusive study shows that most have yet to master a key part of the equation.
08/14/2013Moore on Pricing: Shippers and Carriers Need to Get Smart on LTL Costs
 In the past months, ABF Freight System and UPS Freight announced 5.9 percent general rate increases, effective May 28 and June 10, respectively. Con-way Freight will raise its LTL rates 5.9 percent on June 24. On June 10, FedEx Freight announced a 4.5 percent GRI in non-contract base rates effective July 1, and other large carriers are expected to follow suit over the next several weeks.
08/13/2013A TMS is for Sharing
 Transportation management software makes it possible for shippers to share freight deliveries and cut expenses. So why aren't more doing it?
08/13/2013Global Expansion Driving TMS Growth
 Established Tier 1 U.S. companies as well as multi-nationals in Latin America are expanding their markets and see transportation management systems as an enabler.
08/12/2013Rail Week Ending 03 August 2013: Dynamics Continue to Improve
 Econintersect: Week 31 of 2013 ending 3 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
08/09/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For July 2013
 While North American shipment volume fell in July, freight expenditures continued to increase, although at a much slower pace than in June. Truck freight rates bucked the traditional seasonal slump in July and can be held largely accountable for the 0.9 percent increase in U.S. freight spending. The number of shipments, on the other hand, dropped off 2.3 percent in July, in line with seasonal trends.
08/07/2013Retailers Drove 9% Domestic Intermodal Growth in 2nd Quarter
 However International volume fell 6% from year ago.
08/07/2013Appeals Court Upholds Virtually All of Government's Driver Hours of Service Rules
 Decision may finally end decade-long legal fight, court says.
08/07/2013IANA Reports a 2.4 Percent Gain in Total Q2 Intermodal Volumes
 The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) reported this week in its Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report that total second quarter intermodal container and trailer movements showed annual growth, albeit not at the levels seen in the first quarter, with total movements—at 3,885,581 trailers and containers—up 2.4 percent annually.
08/07/2013Freight Broker Population Declining
 Registrations are down sharply in 2013. Further decline is expected as broker bond increases.
08/07/2013Take This Load and... Follow the Rules!
 Last year's transport funding law remade the $300 billion world of property brokerage. Starting Oct. 1, the rubber hits the road.
08/06/2013Transportation Spot Market Volume Up 10% at July's End
 Fuel prices were down slightly for the month but up 2.4% year over year.
08/05/2013Supply Chain & Logistics: Hours of Service Changes Add to Summer of Logistics Discontent
 Transportation rates are going to be on the rise as it gets tougher to find available capacity.
08/02/2013Rail Week Ending 27 July 2013: Dynamics Reverse In Strong Week
 Econintersect: Week 30 of 2013 ending 27 July shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) grew according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
08/01/2013Transportation/Logistics July Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight demand following typical pattern of softening in July following a below-seasonal June.
08/01/2013June Freight Flows: Defensive Positioning into Summer Months by BAIRD
 Position defensively in transports given two near-term headwinds: continued growth deceleration in both industrial and retail end-markets; and historically challenging 3Q relative stock performance. Continue to emphasize transports with company-specific catalysts: elevating CNW to a Focus Idea, replacing R and RRTS following strong YTD outperformance; remain interested in FDX at/below $95; and more interested in Truckload and International Airfreight exposure on pullbacks and clarity to reaccelerating growth.
08/01/2013July Freight Flows: Remain Defensive into 2Q13 Reporting by BAIRD
 Remain defensively positioned into 2Q13 reporting. Domestic US freight trends in June were mixed, with TL/IM volumes off the US coasts described as soft given muted retail end-market demand; while Midwest/Southeast US trends were firm, supported by ongoing recovery in housing/auto markets. Given mixed demand trends and absent conviction in reaccelerated volume growth into 2014, we continue to prefer transports with company-specific margin catalysts. CNW remains our top pick.
07/29/20132013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report
 The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.  These specific measures include: manufacturing and logistics industry, health, human capital, cost of worker, benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, tax climate, and global reach.
07/28/201310 Rules for Supply Chain & Logistics Optimization
 Few companies today know how well their supply chain and logistics optimization is actually performing and how to determine their most significant opportunities for improvement.
07/26/2013North American Intermodal Volume at 42-Week High
 North American intermodal volume for the week ending July 20 grew year-over-year for the third consecutive week, totaling 320,488 trailers and containers, the highest weekly volume since Sept. 29, 2012, according to the Association of American Railroads.
07/25/2013Rail Week Ending 20 July 2013: Dynamics Clearly Less Good
 Week 29 of 2013 ending 20 July shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, but intermodal count is up.
07/24/2013Trucking Tonnage Grows Marginally in June 2013
 The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index rose 0.1% in June after rising 2.1% in May. Compared with June 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 5.9%. Truck tonnage year-to-date is up 4.7% over 2012.
07/23/2013Conditions Stabilize with the Meter Stuck on “Lousy”
 

Conditions for shippers right now, the consensus goes, are pretty lousy, but for those of you who will grasp at any straw, it’s perhaps the first wee sign of hope that things haven’t gotten significantly lousier over the past month. At least, not according to the monthly Shippers Conditions Index, monitored by FTR Associates.

07/19/2013Mark DeFabis, President/CEO of IDS, Secretary of IWLA, Selected to Provide Testimony on 'How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System'
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., July 19, 2013  /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mark DeFabis, the President and CEO of Integrated Distribution Services, Inc. (IDS) who also serves as the Secretary of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), was asked to provide testimony on 'How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System' in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. 
07/17/2013More Truck Drivers Needed as Consumer Demand Rises
 Turnover at truckload carriers is on the rise while consumer confidence rose to its highest level in five years.
07/16/2013IDS Transportation Services, LLC Welcomes Rich Hoffman as Vice President of Business Development
 IDS Transportation Services, LLC is pleased to introduce our new VP of Business Development, Richard Hoffman.
07/15/2013Truckload and LTL Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter of 2013
 In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers.
07/12/2013U.S. Carloads and Intermodal Loads Climbed in July's First Week, AAR Says
 U.S. railroads got off to a good traffic start in July. In the week ending July 6, their carloads increased 2 percent to 247,896 and their intermodal volume rose 1.1 percent to 205,597 units compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.
07/11/2013Move: How Inland Ports Cut Transport Costs
 As seaports deal with congestion problems, inland ports are giving shippers more options in selecting shipping routes and warehouse locations.
07/10/2013Intermodal Traffic Reaches Record in June
 U.S. intermodal traffic set a new record for average weekly volume in June, the Association of American Railroads said.
07/10/2013Intermodal Leads the Way for June 2013 Volumes, Says AAR
 The theme of mixed volumes remains intact based on data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) for the month of June.
07/09/2013Five Trends That Will Dominate Supply Chain Software Spending in 2013
 Gartner Says Worldwide Software-as-a-Service (Cloud) Revenue to Reach $14.5 Billion.
07/08/2013State of Transportation: Industrial Research for June 2013 by BAIRD
 An Economy and an Industry at an Inflection Point...
07/08/2013Warehousing Ops: Don't Forget the Data
 Warehousing is changing as the supply chain becomes more distributed and flexible. Specialized service providers prove helpful in the effort, but can add layers to the route that products take from manufacturer to consumer.
07/08/2013Seven Signs your Supply Chain Needs a Redesign
 Because supply chain redesigns are expensive and time-consuming, they often get deferred. But if your company shows any of these warning signs, you probably can't afford to put it off any longer.
07/08/2013Transportation/Logistics June Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 June freight trends have been generally characterized as "soft" following a solid May.
07/05/2013Week Ending 29 June 2013: Rail Traffic Mixed
 Econintersect: Week 26 of 2013 ending 29 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined marginally according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal is down.
07/05/2013Plenty of Truckin' Ahead
 ATA: Trucks to account for almost 71% of total primary tonnage by 2024 .
07/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For June 2013
 
The Cass Freight Index for June shows an increase in freight expenditures over May, while the number of shipments remained virtually flat. The transportation sector continues to follow the up and down track it’s been on for the last two and half years. The economy in general has exhibited more favorable trends in the last month, which should boost activity for the transportation industry over the next several months. Economic drives such as construction spending, factory orders (especially for durable goods), and consumer confidence all gained strength in May and June.
07/03/2013Open Throttle for Rail
 Despite predictions of growth in the rail sector moderating, those in the industry and their supply chain partners continue to make bold moves, and are changing the way goods move around the country and halfway around the world.
07/01/2013Hours of Service, Years of Debate: 1935-2013
 The bitter and seemingly endless debate over truck driver hours of service has taken several turns over the past decade, but its origins stretch back to the 1930s.
07/01/2013How to Negotiate Rates and Services with Carriers
 By conducting regular business reviews with parcel or freight carriers, shippers can determine whether agreements need amending so both parties can benefit.
06/28/2013U.S. Carloads Flat, Intermodal Traffic Up a Tad in Week No. 25, AAR Says
 For the week ending June 22, U.S. carloads were essentially flat at 288,224 while U.S. intermodal traffic rose 2.7 percent to 252,807 units compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.
06/26/2013Study: Return to Rails Key for Cutting Shipping Emissions
 The nation’s truck-centric freight industry can modestly trim energy use through such tactics as lower speeds, less idling and more efficient packing. However, substantial cuts in the fuel used to transport the nation’s goods will require a fundamental rethinking of the way products are moved to market, with a likely shift away from trucks and towards trains.
06/25/2013Rail & Intermodal Continue to Improve Service and Create Value for Shippers
 Our panel of top analysts maintains that the railroads are only looking at extending their lead.
06/25/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up.
06/25/2013Transportation Simulation: Who Needs It?
 If you have a lawn mower, why would you need a lawn service? If you have an iPod nano and a cell phone, why would you also need an iPhone? If you have a transportation management system (TMS) and a network design tool, why would you need a transportation simulation solution?
06/25/2013North American Intermodal Traffic Reaches Seven-Month High
 North American carload and intermodal volume saw moderate year-over-year increases in the week ending June 15, according to the Association of American Railroads. North American intermodal volume hit its highest level since October 2012.
06/25/2013Report Identifies Innovations That Will Change Transportation
 World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group research looks at technology's impact on transportation, travel.
06/21/2013Week Ending 15 Jun 2013: Rail Traffic Improving Trend Continues
 Econintersect: Week 24 of 2013 ending 15 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Both railcar count and intermodal is up.
06/20/2013Mixed Month for Sea Container Counts in May 2013
 For the third month in a row, export container counts are contracting year-over-year – comparing same months in 2012 and 2013, but imports did cross into expansion territory.
06/18/2013Quarterly Freight Transportation Market Update: Truckload’s Volatile Nature
 While top truckload carrier executives are doing their best to manage the elements currently battering their returns, we set our sites on three areas that carriers say will make the biggest impact on their ongoing relations with shippers-capacity, regulations, and fuel.
06/18/2013LTLs Take Mid-Year Rate Hikes as Carriers Fight Skyrocketing Costs
 It’s the season for general rate increases in the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry—those annual hikes for non-contract shipments that hardly any shipper in the nation pays.
06/18/20132013 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Staying Ahead of the Pack
 Rail and intermodal continue to improve service and create value for shippers despite an uneven economy engulfed in an atmosphere of political uncertainty. Our panel of top analysts maintains that the railroads are only looking at extending their lead.
06/18/2013Container Volume Plunges at Los Angeles
 The Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest container port, reported a 12.9 percent decline in cargo volume for May compared with a year earlier.
06/14/2013Week Ending 08 June 2013: Rail Traffic Improving Trend Continues
 Econintersect: Week 23 of 2013 ending 08 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined slightly according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down this week but intermodal is up - but overall slightly negative overall growth.
06/11/2013Moore on Pricing: Intermodal Pricing Signals Mixed
 Shippers and third party logistics providers (3PLs) need to pay attention to domestic and major trade lane transportation prices now as the U.S. economy tries to find a higher gear. As was recently reported, there were 3 percent increases—or more—in some key trade lanes (lanes to and from ports) last month amid a softening market. I suggest we look at the long-term and short-term capacity and infrastructure trends that will undoubtedly be affecting prices.
06/11/20135 Steps to Improving Your 3PL Relationships
 Members of the University of Tennessee's center for Executive Education share their five steps and a series of tips to improve your outsourcing relationship right from the start.
06/11/2013Report: Import Volume at US Retail Ports to Remain Weak
 Major U.S. retail container ports are expected to see a 1.1 percent year-over-year increase in import volume in June, reflecting “modest growth expectations” as retailers head the back-to-school and holiday seasons, according to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker report, released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
06/10/2013Week Ending 01 June 2013: Rail Traffic Continues Its Improving Trend
 Econintersect: Week 22 of 2013 ending 01 June shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Rail for the last month has been showing positive growth dynamics - but the previous week's bad data has caused decline in short term rolling averages.
06/07/2013Inbound Freight Management: 5 Roadblocks (and How to Get Around Them)
 Managing inbound freight effectively can be challenging, but the obstacles don't have to deter you from the benefits. Our experts map out detours to help you reach your goal.
06/07/2013Domestic Intermodal Container Traffic Up Double-Digits for Sixth Straight Quarter
 Domestic rail intermodal container volumes grew in the first quarter by 10.2 percent over the 2012 level, the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digit gains for domestic container services, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) reported yesterday.
06/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For May 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
06/04/2013LTL Rates Jump Nearly 6 Percent
 Three of the nation’s leading haulers of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight have announced rate hikes, of the exact same amount. ABF, YRC and UPS Freight have all announced a general rate increase of 5.9%.
06/03/2013Move: Get Your Money's Worth When Going for Brokers
 Many benefits can be delivered through a transportation intermediary—as long as they match your job description.
05/30/2013Week Ending 25 May 2013: Rail Traffic Has a Bad Week
 Econintersect: Week 21 of 2013 ending 25 May shows same week total rail traffic declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Rail for the last month has been showing very positive growth dynamics - but this was a "bad hair" week.
05/28/2013Transportation/Logistics May Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight trends improving into May following a sluggish April.
05/24/2013Top 30 U.S. Ports: Economies of Scale in Play
 While ranking ports on size and container throughput is both valid and traditional, analysts contend that domestic ocean cargo gateways might also be compared by volume and value of trade as well as value-added services.
05/24/2013Port Tracker Report Points to Late Summer Slowdown
 As per the usual in recent years, there are lots of variables when gauging future economic growth prospects. Those variables were front and center in this month’s edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
05/24/2013AAR: U.S. Rail Traffic Remained on Uptick in Week No. 20
 U.S. rail traffic maintained momentum in the week ending May 18, when carloads increased 1.9 percent to 285,679 units and intermodal loads rose 3.5 percent to 250,156 units compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total U.S. traffic ratcheted up 2.6 percent to 535,835 units.
05/23/2013IDS Transportation Services VP, Shelli Austin, Selected as Progressive Railroading's Top 20 'Rising Stars' of Railroading
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Progressive Railroading announced 20 individuals selected by the magazine's editorial staff as the 'Rising Stars' of North America's railroad industry.
05/23/2013DAT Freight Index Sees Steep Drop in April
 The DAT North American Freight Index fell 16.5 percent year-over-year in April 2013, down to 1488, compared with a record April high in 2012, according to the latest release from DAT. This is the third straight month of declines.
05/23/201310 Things You Need to Know About Domestic Intermodal Services | IWLA's 3PL America's Magazine
 Intermodal continues to be the fastest-growing segment of domestic transportation, and industry experts do not expect that to change anytime soon. A recent study from Morgan Stanley and FTR Associates indicates that 46 percent of the companies surveyed will begin to move some of their truckload lanes over to intermodal in 2013.
05/23/2013IDS | Servicing the E-Commerce Market - IWLA's 3PL America's Member Profile
 Being flexible is certainly a selling feature for 3PLs, and it’s something IDS has proven itself good at. Jumping in fast after a panicked call from a large international company on a Saturday morning, IDS took over shipping about a third of the company’s orders to two or three of its big-box clients while the company worked to recover from the crash of its new warehouse management system. Within a few days, IDS was covering all of the outbound orders for several of the company’s key clients out of a facility of about 100,000 square feet that IDS had quickly acquired for just this purpose.
05/21/2013DAT Reports April Spot Market Activity is Down
 Spot market patterns were mixed to a degree in April, according to according to recent data released by DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore.
05/20/2013Retail Import Growth Expected to Slow This Summer
 Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent in May over the same month last year but growth could trickle to a standstill by the end of the summer.
05/20/2013Social Networking Comes to Transportation Man­age­ment via Cloud-Enabled “Control Towers”
 Cloud-enabled transportation “control towers” are transforming logistics and supply chain performance. Shippers can realize benefits from true end-to-end supply chain integration that can be operated through an optimized transportation service network.
05/20/2013Shippers Condition in a Word: Yikes!
 The current state of the logistics industry is pretty similar to the current state of the economy: We’ll take whatever good news we can get, even if the only good news is that the bad news has gotten slightly less bad.
05/17/2013FTR Trucking Conditions Index Rises
 FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for March, published in the May 2013 Trucking Update, reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking, with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12, up from 12.9 in the previous month.
05/17/2013Week Ending 11 May 2013: Total Rail Traffic Again Improves
 Econintersect: Week 19 of 2013 ending 11 May shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/13/2013Progressive Railroading Names 20 'Rising Stars' of Railroading
 Today, Progressive Railroading is announcing 20 individuals selected by the magazine's editorial staff as the "Rising Stars" of North America's railroad industry in 2013. IDS Transportation VP, Shelli Austin, announced as winner!
05/13/2013FTR Trucking Conditions Index Rises
 FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for March, published in the May 2013 Trucking Update, reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking, with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12, up from 12.9 in the previous month.
05/10/2013 Week Ending 04 May 2013: Total Rail Traffic Improves
 Econintersect: Week 18 of 2013 ending 04 May shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/10/2013Global Trade: U.S./Mexico Trade—7 Steps to Close the Gap
 U.S. importers and exporters are now looking to draw the most value possible from the fertile Mexican market while remaining acutely aware of the risks involved. Our trade compliance expert offers steps to improve your cross-border activity both today and in the future.
05/08/2013NASSTRAC Study Indicates Shipper Collaboration, Mode Shifts Key Transportation Trends in 2013
 Shippers say they use collaboration and technology, along with shifting modes, as common solutions to moving freight through their corporate supply chains. This is according to “Freight Transportation 2013,” the first annual study conducted by NASSTRAC.
05/08/2013UPS SurePost Offering May See Some Changes, Pending Contract Ratification with Teamsters
 While UPS and the Teamsters Union came to a tentative agreement on two, new five-year contracts for UPS’s small package and freight (less-than-truckload) business units last week, one of its key delivery services, UPS SurePost, may be subject to some changes if the deal is formally ratified.
05/07/2013Intermodal Enjoys Double-Digit Domestic Container Growth
 The 10.2 percent year-over-year gain in domestic container volume in the first quarter of 2013 represents the sixth consecutive quarter of 10 percent plus increases, and the second highest volume in domestic container history.
05/03/2013Analysts Report that Cloud-Based Adoption Increased 40 Percent this Year for Supply Chain Software
 Our technology correspondent shares the upsides/downsides of this deployment model—and how vendors are gearing up to meet growing shipper demand.
05/03/2013Overcapacity, Fuel Costs Hit Shipping Industry
 The owners of the world's containerships are the people responsible for making globalization a reality. Their fleets transport 90% of world trade in manufactured goods.
05/03/2013Week Ending 27 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Mixed
 Econintersect: Week 17 of 2013 ending April 27 shows same week total rail traffic mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/02/2013IANA report: Intermodal volume grew more than 4 percent in Q1
 In the first quarter, total intermodal volume reached 3,682,049 units, up 4.5 percent compared with first-quarter 2012, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) latest "Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics" report.
05/02/2013Hours of Service Reg Likely to Take Effect As-Is, NPTC Legal Counsel Says
 Revised hours-of-service rules being contested by trucking and outside parties will probably be adopted as presented by federal authorities, the National Private Trucking Council’s staff lawyer, Rick Schweitzer, told attendees at the group’s annual meeting this week in Cincinnati.
05/02/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For April 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers.
04/30/2013Derivatives Helping Small Businesses Control Freight Rates
 Derivatives can help companies plan budgets without any risk to the operational side of their transportation contracts.
04/30/2013Transportation/Logistics: April Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by BAIRD
 Domestic freight trends below-seasonal into April, consistent with March-end.
04/30/2013BNSF CEO Will Not Oppose Higher Truck Weight, Size Limits As Long As Truckers Pay
 The chairman, president, and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) said on Wednesday he would not oppose an increase in the weight and size of trucks plying the nation's interstate highways as long as the trucking industry "pays its full share" of maintaining the infrastructure that could be affected by the bigger vehicles.
04/29/2013Week Ending 20 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Slowing
 Econintersect: Week 16 of 2013 ending April 20 shows same week total rail traffic mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/26/2013US Rail Traffic Trend Held True In Year's 16th Week
 For the week ending April 20, U.S. carloads totaled 276,662, down 2 percent, and intermodal volume totaled 240,698 units, up 0.6 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads data.
04/26/2013 Trucking Tonnage Again Grows in March 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index rose again 0.9% in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. (The 0.7% loss in February was revised down from a 0.6% increase ATA reported originally.) Compared with March 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 3.8%. Truck tonnage has surged 7.6% in the last 5 months.
04/26/2013Court Denies Review of Mexican Trucking Program
 On Friday, April 19th, the D.C. Court of Appeals denied a petition for review of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program that allows Mexico-based trucks to operate in the United States.
04/25/2013TransCore DAT Freight Index Dips
 The TransCore DAT North American Freight Index stood at 1579 in March, putting it up 18 percent from the beginning of 2013 but down 4.5 percent year-over-year. This is the highest index level since June 2012.
04/24/2013CSX Exec Bullish on Intermodal Growth
 Bill Clement, vice president of intermodal at CSX Transportation, thinks an additional 9 million truckloads a year could and should be moved from highway to rail, and explains why CSX is taking that message directly to shippers.
04/23/2013Outsourcing is No Escape from Responsibility
 Whether you look to a third party logistics service provider or to a piece of technology for supply chain management support, the fickle finger of fate always points at you.
04/22/2013Study: Manufacturing Costs in China and US Will Be Even By 2015
 The price for U.S. firms outsourcing manufacturing to China will equal making goods in the U.S. by 2015, according to a new study by consulting company AlixPartners.
04/19/2013US Imports Fall in March
 U.S. import shipment volume for March, measured in twenty-foot equivalent unites (TEUs), decreased by 15% from February and by 12.5% from March of 2012.
04/19/2013Nearsourcing to Mexico Improves Operational Efficiency
 For years, Asia was the location of choice for low-priced manufacturing. The Asian shipping market was hit hard by the global recession in late 2008 and 2009, however, and the region became less appealing as a manufacturing site when labor costs began rising.
04/19/2013eCommerce: Finding the Sweet Spot
 Online retailers seeking new DC and warehouse sites need transportation infrastructure and other resources to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments.
04/19/2013Week Ending 06 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Shows Short Term Strengthening Trend
 Econintersect: Week 15 of 2013 ending April 13 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/19/2013USPS Plan to Eliminate Saturday Delivery Comes to a Halt
 The United States Postal Services’ (USPS) desire to eliminate Saturday delivery—as part of an effort to become financially solvent—is not likely to come to fruition.
04/18/2013Shelli Austin, VP of IDS Transportation Services, LLC, speaks on Intermodal Panel at the TIA’s 35th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV
 IDS’s Vice President of Transportation Services, Shelli Austin, was asked to speak on one of the panel discussions during this year’s convention titled, ‘Intermodal in Action’.  The panel had representation from the major rail lines such as Union Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Florida Coast. 
04/16/2013Costs Driving Shift to Intermodal Transportation in 2013
 Shippers are anticipating truckload rate increases and shifting to rail in many cases.
04/12/2013Hours of Service, Years of Debate: 1935-2013
 The bitter and seemingly endless debate over truck driver hours of service has taken several turns over the past decade, but its origins stretch back to the 1930s.
04/12/2013Key Lane Increases Bolster US Intermodal Rates
 

U.S. intermodal rates rose 1.2 percent or $24 during the week of April 8, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS.

04/12/2013FTR Trucking Index Shows Positive Momentum
 

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February, published in its April 2013 Trucking Update, had a favorable reading of 12.9, increasing 2 points month-over-month, reflecting an increasingly improving outlook and serving as a strong sign of positive momentum in the truck industry.

04/12/2013Week Ending 06 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Gain, Intermodal Weak
 Econintersect: Week 13 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic falling 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/09/2013Who Says You Need to Own the Freight to Control it?
 The common convention is that to better manage inbound deliveries you need to take control (ownership) of the transportation. While that may work for higher volume shippers that can consolidate LTL or small package shipments, it is often not practical for companies with large numbers of suppliers or distribution centers.
04/08/2013Cass Freight Index Shows Positive Gain in March
 The operative word when describing the March edition of the March Cass Freight Index report released on Friday by Cass Information Systems appears to be “improvement.”
04/05/2013Week Ending 30 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Drops
 Econintersect: Week 13 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic falling 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/05/2013North American Intermodal Traffic Drops
 North American intermodal volume fell by 5.3 percent year-over-year this week, the first decline since the beginning of January, according to the Association of American Railroads.
04/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For March 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers.
04/04/2013Shipper Group Says Reciprocal Switching Proposal Could Save Rail Users Up To $1.2 Billion a Year
 A leading shipper group said today that rail customers would save between $900 million and $1.2 billion a year in freight costs if the federal government adopted the group's proposal governing reciprocal switching between the nation's four major railroads.
04/04/2013Connecting the Dots (Special Report - Parcel Express)
 One thing that can be said about the supply chain: It is a Petri dish for new ideas, even if many of them end up being unworkable in practice.
04/01/2013US Cross-Border Rail Trade With Canada Continues
 Cross-border trade by rail between the United States and Canada has been on the rise for the past eight months, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
04/01/2013US Rail Imports From Mexico Up 18.2 Percent in January
 mports by rail from Mexico into the U.S. showed a large increase in January 2013, jumping over 18 percent to $2.57 billion from $2.17 billion in January 2012, according to data obtained from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
03/29/2013Report: "Big Data" Will Have a Big Impact
 Respondents to a recent survey say they expect the ability to analyze huge amounts of data from disparate sources will help improve their companies' performance.
03/29/2013Nearshoring Will Alter Supply Chain Flows
 In the United States, imports moving eastward from the West Coast currently dominate supply chain patterns. That could change as more manufacturing shifts to the Western Hemisphere.
03/29/2013Week Ending 23 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Improves
 
Econintersect: Week 12 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
 
03/27/2013FTR's Shippers Condition Index Continues to Decrease
 Typically, when things are going well for carriers, it often means they are not going as well for shippers. Based on the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates that appears to be the current trend.
03/26/2013Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Shippers
 You might think that, simply by the laws of physics, conditions for shippers would start to improve. Wasn’t it Newton who said something like, “for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction”? So you might reasonably expect that having been mired in a down cycle for so long, it’s about time that things got better. You might think that, but you’d be wrong.
03/26/2013February Intermodal Rail Traffic Up 10.5% Over Year Ago
 This country’s most recent logistics numbers (from the Logistics Market Snapshot, courtesy of the Georgia Center of Innovation) show growth in intermodal transportation and shrinkage in unemployment.
03/25/2013Week Ending 16 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Again Less Good
 Econintersect: Week 11 of 2013 ending March 16 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/22/2013Improving Supplier Compliance
 Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires a well-defined plan. To achieve success quickly, it is crucial to initiate the plan with the right suppliers. Peter Wharton, IBM's team lead for commercial product marketing, offers this advice for ensuring supplier compliance.
03/22/2013US Intermodal Volumes Rise for 10 Straight Weeks
 U.S. intermodal rail volumes have risen for the 10th straight week over the same period in 2012, and Mexico saw its first year-over-year drop in intermodal volume since the week of January 5, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/19/2013ATA Reports that February Volumes are Up for Fourth Straight Month
 The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported today that trucking volumes showed modest gains in February.
03/19/2013North American Carload, Intermodal Volumes Decline
 North American rail volumes fell for both carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending March 9. Volume declines occurred for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/15/2013Truckload, Intermodal Rates Rose in February, Cass Says
 Truckload pricing in February increased 4.3 percent from the same month in 2012, but declined 0.1 percent from January, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
03/15/2013FTR Trucking Index Reflects Improved Freight Growth
 FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January, published in its March 2013 Trucking Update, jumped 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6, reflecting improved freight growth and the expectation for tighter capacity.
03/13/2013The Backhaul/Co-Mingled Freight Union
 OK, for years and years, everyone has been talking about backhaul and co-mingled freight as a significant way to minimize transportation costs. The reality has been that for most shippers, it’s been a fringe operation and fallen far short of what could really be accomplished. What if, as a shipper, you thought of your transportation operation as a revenue or profit increasing opportunity?
03/13/2013AAR Reports February 2013 Carload and Intermodal Volumes are Mixed
 Mixed volumes continue to be the main theme on the nation’s railroads and February was no exception, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/12/2013Truck Driving Jobs Getting Harder to Fill
 Over the past 90 days, more than 230,000 jobs were advertised online for truck drivers in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics, providers of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep freight and the supply chain moving. Hiring for this occupation has increased more than 20% compared to the same 90-day period in 2012.
03/08/2013Spot Market Loads Soared in January, Firm Says
 A consulting company that tracks truckload (TL) volumes tendered on the spot market said U.S. truckload traffic in January soared to near-unprecedented levels in the 17-year history of the index.
03/08/2013Week Ending 02 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Continues to Strengthen
 Econintersect: Week 09 of 2013 ending March 02 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/07/2013US Intermodal Rates Show Mixed Shifts for Week
 U.S. intermodal rates showed ups and downs across the four lanes during the week of March 4, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. East-west lanes and west-east lanes had rate increases, while rates on north-south and south-north lanes declined. IDS Executive Vice President Rick LaGore explained, "Overall, the index experienced a slight decrease to the prior week, but that was driven by two lanes having a significant decrease."
03/06/2013House Members Introduce Legislation to Raise the Truck Size and Weight
 On February, 12th, Congressman Michaud (D-ME) and Congressman Ribble (R-WI) introduced H.R. 612, the “Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2012”.
03/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For February 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
03/01/2013IANA Report Points to Strong Q4 and Full-Year 2012 Intermodal Performance
 During a prolonged period of economic ebbs and flows, one constant in recent years has been the resilience of intermodal transportation. That was made clear by this week’s release of the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
03/01/2013The Gloves Are Off in the ATA-FMCSA HOS Battle
 When it comes to the ongoing quarrel between the American Trucking Associations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the pending motor carrier Hours-of-Service (HOS) changes, did anyone really think that ATA would not have the last word, at least for now anyhow?
03/01/2013AAR Says Class I Rails to Spend $24.5 Billion on 2013 Network Investments
 Investments by Class I railroads are expected to be significant again in 2013, according to recently released data by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/01/2013US Rail Traffic Continues to Follow a Familiar Trend
 Traffic remained a mixed bag for U.S. railroads last week. For the period ending Feb. 23, they originated 278,059 carloads, down 1.2 percent, and 238,083 intermodal loads, up 11 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total U.S. traffic rose 4.1 percent to 516,142 units.
02/26/2013Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles January Volumes are Mixed to Begin 2013
 January volumes at the nation’s two largest ports— the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB)—were mixed to begin 2012.
02/26/2013Things Could Go Wrong So Quickly that We Might Be Living in the Good Ol’ Days Right Now
 So when exactly is the long-hoped-for recovery for shippers going to finally arrive? Going by the latest analysis of shipping conditions from transportation consulting firm FTR Associates, not anytime soon.
02/21/2013Intermodal Up, Carloads Down on U.S. Railroads
 Major U.S. railroads originated 273,369 carloads in the week ending Feb. 9, down 2.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume was up 7.7% versus the same week last year, at 244,679 trailers and containers.
02/20/2013TransCore DAT Freight Index Shows 'Robust' January
 The TransCore DAT North American Freight Index rose 42 percent year-over-year in January, the highest-ever volume for that month.
02/20/2013Continued Rise in Freight Transportation Services Index Encouraging News on Retail Supply Chains
 According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index.
02/20/2013Keep on Trucking (by Rail)
 If current trends continue, intermodal will be an ongoing significant factor in rail revenues and growth.
02/20/2013Consumer Delivery Demands Reshaping Big Box Warehouse Market
 Same and next-day delivery of online purchases drives demand for multichannel capable distribution centers, says Jones Lang LaSalle report.
02/20/2013Fuel Surcharges Drive US Intermodal Prices Up
 U.S. intermodal rates rose slightly last week across multiple lanes, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. This increase was largely due to the continued rise in fuel surcharges, IDS said.
02/15/2013Intermodal Traffic
 Last week, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) announced intermodal container volume  reached a record-high level of 13.1 million moves in 2012, which was an increase of 5.9 percent from 2011's level and surpassing the level set in 2007, the previous benchmark year.
02/14/2013Broad But Shallow Increase in US Intermodal Prices
 U.S. intermodal rates rose broadly although marginally across multiple lanes last week, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door to door spot pricing provided by the 3PL IDS. Higher fuel surcharges due to diesel increases in each of the past four weeks help explain the increases, IDS said.
02/14/2013[Infographic] A Look Into On-Line Retailers' Warehouses
 Online retail is a big business - so big hat online sales are expect to grow by 10% per year.  This system is based on quick shipments from warehouses, and this infographic explores the process from the moment you comfirm your order to the time your order is received.
02/12/2013Deloitte Survey: Executives Face Growing Threats to Their Supply Chains
 According to a new survey from Deloitte, global executives are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts such as margin erosion and inability to keep up with demand. As they operate in this environment of escalating risk, an alarming 45 percent of surveyed executives say their supply chain risk management programs are only somewhat effective or not effective at all.
02/12/2013Endicia Praises USPS for its E-Commerce Initiative
 Shippers concerned that they will have fewer express transport options once the United States Postal Service (USPS) ceases Saturday deliveries have nothing to fear, said Amine Khechfe, Endicia co-founder and general manager.
02/12/2013Panama Canal Expansion Update
 As U.S. supply chain managers continue to monitor a possible modal shift in the years ahead, the Panama Canal Expansion has reached several milestones.
02/08/2013North American Intermodal Container Volume Sets Record High
 Intermodal container volume reached a record high in 2012 with 13.1 million moves, surpassing the previous year by 5.9 percent and the former high in 2007 by 9.8 percent, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report.
02/08/2013You Are Everywhere: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain
 Gone are the days of single-channel apparel retailing—and supply chains servicing that model. Today, apparel retailers must optimize their supply chains to deliver products from any point where consumers want to buy them.
02/06/2013East-West Intermodal Pricing Slides in the US
 East-west intermodal pricing slipped this week while north-south lanes saw increases, according to weekly pricing data provided by the 3PL IDS.
02/06/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For January 2013
 

The Cass Freight Index accurately measures trends in North American shipping activity based on $22 billion in paid freight expenses for more than 350 of America’s largest shippers.

02/05/2013ProMat 2013: How to Avoid Multichannel Out-of-Stocks
 When it comes to buzzwords, there are two types of people: Those who like to be so far ahead of the curve that they know all about the “Next Big Thing” even before the latest technology debuts in the marketplace; and those who, upon hearing what the “latest and greatest” is this week, decide it’s a gimmick and refuse to take it seriously.
02/05/2013Railroads and Midwest Shippers Discuss What's on the Horizon
 Last year, oil company BP launched its own unit tank train out North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, and perhaps no one was more surprised by this development than Jeff Foshee, BP’s director of North America Rail Group. Foshee oversees the freight cars and lanes that carry BP’s oil, chemical, gas, asphalt, and other products by rail.
02/05/2013Supply Chain Goals Determine Corporate Success
 Over the last decade, 75% of companies in process industries have lost ground on margins and only 5% of companies improved their positions on the number of days of inventory, according to a report from Supply Chain Insights LLC titled “Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: Driving Reliability in Margins.” The goal of this report was to answer “Why?”
02/05/2013Shipping Forecast: Rail and Intermodal in the Near Future
 FTR Associates, a consulting firm that tracks the transportation industry, maintains what it calls a Shippers Conditions Index (SCI), which is a monthly score that indicates what overall conditions are like from the standpoint of the shipper.
01/30/2013Mis-Picks Cost a Company Nearly $390,000 Annually
 Distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $390,000 per year due to mis-picks, according to a study conducted by Intermec, Inc. The study surveyed 250 senior supply chain and distribution managers across the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, spanning industries including retail, manufacturing, distribution, transport, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, wholesale and FMCG.
01/30/2013Baird/Hartford: January Freight Update
 
4Q12 and January trends appear stable and have been better than investor expectations.
01/30/2013Home Delivery Success Starts at the Order
 Home delivery was one of the hottest topics in the second half of 2012 and appears to be on many retailers’ minds for 2013. Keeping retailers from moving quickly is the perceived additional cost associated with home delivery.
01/30/2013BNSF Sets 2013 Capital Budget of $4.1 Billion, Largest Budget In US Rail History
 BNSF Railway, one of the two major western U.S. railroads, has set a 2013 capital expenditure budget of $4.1 billion, the first time any U.S. railroad has budgeted more than $4 billion in capital spending in one year.
01/30/2013Shipping Patterns Affect Carriers’ Stated Rate Increases
 Both FedEx and UPS announced their annual rate increases. FedEx increased air and ground rates by 5.9% and say they are partially offsetting these increases with a reduction in fuel surcharges, 2% for air and 1% for ground.
01/30/2013East to West Intermodal Rates Up for Week
 East to west spot intermodal rates shot up last week, partly because of a shortage in the New York-New Jersey to Los Angeles lane, but overall spot rates remained relatively flat compared to last week, still hovering at levels roughly 25 percent lower than in early October.
01/30/2013US Manufacturers More Upbeat About Domestic Than Global Economy
 Industrial manufacturing executives are optimistic about their growth prospects in 2013, according to PwC’s latest Manufacturing Barometer Business Outlook Report. They raised their own-company 12-month revenue growth forecasts by a half-point, from 4.6 percent to 5.2 percent.
01/30/2013Are You Keeing Your 3PL From Innovating?
 Do you feel your third-party logistics service provider isn't innovative enough? That it's failing to come to you with new—or at least, new to you—ideas for cutting costs or streamlining your operations?
01/25/2013FTR: Tighter Capacity, Rising Truck Rates in 2013
 Nashville, Ind.-based transportation forecaster FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for November fell slightly from October to a reading of -5.3, a sign that 2013 will be challenging for shippers.
01/25/2013US Intermodal Traffic Rises 10.4 Percent
 In the week ending Jan. 12, U.S. intermodal volume rose 10.4 percent year-over-year to 252,896 trailers and containers, according to the Association of American Railroads. It was the first weekly increase in 2013.
01/24/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 12, 2013, with U.S. railroads originating 279,893 carloads, down 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/24/2013Trucking's 2013 Rate And Volume Expectations Show Uncertainty
 
A Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) Fourth Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey found that given the political and economic uncertainty, carriers’ expectations for freight volumes and rate increases for the next twelve months also show a lack of confidence.
01/23/2013PRESS RELEASE: IDS Transportation Services, LLC Announces Co-Marketing Agreement with Streamline, a Union Pacific Subsidiary
 
PLAINFIELD, Ind., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IDS Transportation Services LLS, a full-service logistics company specializing in intermodal transportation, and Streamline, a subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad Company, announced a co-marketing agreement today.

01/23/2013Fulfillment Companies Target 3 Ecommerce Trends for Business Expansion
 Since 2012 departed with a bang, 2013 is primed to follow right in its footsteps. Ecommerce retailers saw an excellent fourth quarter. According to comScore, holiday sales approached a record $3.6 billion, a roughly 16% increase over the same time last year, so it’s no surprise that the ecommerce industry is expected to continue to grow in 2013.

01/22/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up in the transportation management systems (TMS) space.
01/22/2013Shelli Austin, VP of Transportation at IDS, Speaking on Intermodal Panel for The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Meeting ‘2013: What’s on the Horizon’ January 23-24, Oak Brook, IL
 
Shelli Austin, VP of IDS Transportation Services, LLC, was invited to speak on the ‘Intermodal Exploding – Don’t Let it Leave you Behind’ panel held on January 23rd at 1:30pm.
01/22/2013[Infographic] of the Day: The Decline of the USA Post Office
 Comparing 10 year trends in US Post Office income, expenses, and mail volume.
01/16/2013AAR Reports Declines In Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported declines in weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 5, 2013, with U.S. railroads originating 241,682 carloads, down 12.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 178,317 trailers and containers, down 8 percent compared with the same week last year. Traffic volume was likely impacted by the New Year’s holiday, which fell on a Monday and Tuesday in 2013, as opposed to Saturday and Sunday in 2012.
01/16/2013CN and Indiana Rail Road to launch all-rail service for containerized Trans-Pacific imports/exports between west-coast Canadian ports and Indianapolis
 CHICAGO and INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 16, 2013 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) announced today an agreement on the construction of  an intermodal terminal in Indianapolis and their plan to offer Indiana importers and exporters an all-rail option for containerized products moving to/from Asia.
01/16/2013Agency Releases Freight Transportation Services Index, Freight Shipments Rose 1.7 Percent in November from October
 
The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.7 percent in November from October, rising after a one-month decline, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The November 2012 index level (108.9) was 15.5 percent above the April 2009 low during the recession.
01/15/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up in the transportation management systems (TMS) space.
01/15/20132013 Transportation Rate Outlook: New Era Of collaboration
 Our panel forecasts soft spikes across the modes as carriers fine-tune their yield management strategies. In turn, shippers must now focus on collaboration and be more creative than ever if they’re to contain costs.
01/15/2013Supreme Court to Hear ATA Challenge of LA Clean-Trucks Program
 The Supreme Court told the American Trucking Associations and the Port of Los Angeles Friday that it will hear the case involving ATA’s challenge to the concession requirements contained in the port’s clean-trucks program.
01/15/2013Little Change In Spot US Intermodal Rates
 U.S. domestic intermodal rates continued this week to show little movement, as the market after declining in the late fall seeks clarity on the strength of volumes headed further into the New Year.
01/09/2013Spot Intermodal Rates Flat For Week
 Spot U.S. intermodal rates were broadly flat this week, avoiding the downward direction seen on several major lanes in recent week, according to rate data compiled by IDS.
01/08/2013Truck Rates To Climb Post-Sandy; Analysts Divided On Duration
 
Some consultants, economists sees strong revenue gains into fall; others believe impact will not last long.
 
The rebuilding efforts in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic following the Sandy mega-storm in November will push up truck rates through the first half of the year. What happens beyond that is a matter of educated opinion.
01/08/2013Independent U.S. Shippers Not Out Of The Woods Yet
 
According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index optimism remained at recessionary levels in December with just a half-point increase in the index over November.
 
Last week we noted that retailers were expressing relief that the “fiscal cliff” had been avoided. The impact of such a threat, however, has yet to be measured. According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index optimism remained at recessionary levels in December with just a half-point increase in the index over November.  
 
01/08/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For December 2012
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $20 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
01/07/2013US Intermodal Rail Volume Nears Record in 2012
 U.S. intermodal rail volume rose 3.2 percent year-over-year in 2012, marking the second most robust year since 2006, according to the Association of American Railroads.
01/04/2013East Coast Port Strike Called Off...For Now
 News that the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days was welcomed by the National Retail Federation today.
01/04/2013PRESS RELEASE: IDS Transportation Services, LLC and The Journal of Commerce Announce Partnership to Expand Coverage of Intermodal Pricing
 
NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IDS Transportation Services, LLC will begin providing weekly spot rates on heavy volume 53' door-to-door domestic intermodal lanes, along with market commentary to the Journal of Commerce (JOC) for use in its expanding coverage of the North American intermodal market. With the continued growth of domestic intermodal, the JOC is expanding coverage of the intermodal market and the supply chains and logistics strategies it supports. The JOC will initially use the spot rates provided by IDS to publish a weekly article on JOC.com analyzing the latest pricing developments and trends.

01/03/2013Widespread Weakness In Intermodal Rates
 Domestic U.S. intermodal rates weakened broadly this week, reflecting the slack, post-holiday season. Of the 36 lanes tracked weekly by IDS, 32 either dropped or remained the same from the prior week, with declines seen on lanes in all four directions.
12/20/2012US Intermodal Rates Weaken
 Spot U.S. intermodal rates showed broad weakness this week especially in East-West lanes. An index of heavily trafficked domestic intermodal lanes dropped from $2,324 for a '53 foot all-inclusive door-to-door move to $2,085. An index of West-to-East rates fell from $2,872 to $2,518, according to spot rate data provided by IDS.
12/20/2012Five Supply Chain Trends That Shaped 2012
 Supply chain technology continued to evolve throughout 2012 as companies realize that a highly visible supply chain is necessary for success in today’s business climate. Of course, overall IT trends such as the cloud, big data and mobile are impacting the supply chain sector just as they do other sectors.
12/18/2012Top 10 Logistics Challenges For 2013 (And Beyond)
 For the past few Januarys, I've attempted to identify the top 10 challenges facing the logistics/supply chain community in the year ahead. My score for 2012 was not too bad, but I have to admit my predictions were pretty safe.
12/18/2012Transloading To Maximize Cost Savings
 Transloading offers a cost-effective way to bring ocean containers inland to distribution centers. By transfering cargo without sorting the contents for shipment to a single destination, transloading services can reduce total landed costs, and—when combined with value-added services such as palletizing and shrink-wrapping—reduce handling at the destination. Jeff McCorstin, senior vice president of air and ocean products for UPS Global Freight Forwarding, offers these tips for maximizing savings with transloading services.
12/14/2012Domestic Intermodal Rates Inch Up
 U.S. domestic intermodal rates showed little volatility this week and continued to settle at post-peak-season levels, according to rail pricing provided by logistics provider IDS.
12/13/2012Truck Driver Turnover Remained High In Third Quarter
 The annualized line-haul driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets (those that report more than $30 million in annual revenue), dipped 2 percentage points to 104 percent in the third quarter, falling from the five-year record high of 106 percent reported in the second quarter, according to the American Trucking Associations.
12/13/2012Forecasting Fuel Rates For 2013 No Easy Chore
 Forecasting fuel rates has never been more difficult for shippers, maintained Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c., a senior analyst at Mercator International LLC and Logistics Management’s popular Oil & Fuel columnist. When planning for 2013 energy fluctuations, logistics managers must keep an eye on several global issues, he said.
12/11/2012How To Foster A Long-Term 3PL Partnership
 When companies begin working with a third-party logistics provider (3PL), they are generally looking to address a functional pain point. The partnership is transactional and fills an operational gap. But the true value of 3PL partnerships can grow infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings. In these circumstances, the contractual relationship often moves beyond simply procurement to more strategic leanings that benefit both parties.
12/11/2012How To Reduce Costs By Integrating Packaging With Distribution Center Operations
 Product packaging is often handled as a discrete supply chain function, separate from warehousing and distribution. But companies can capitalize on considerable efficiency and economy gains by driving toward greater integration of these functions. In fact, performing final packaging in the distribution center can reduce combined warehousing, logistics, and freight costs by 30 percent and order-to-delivery cycle times by seven days.
12/11/2012How To Find Savings Through Landed Cost Analysis
 As shippers adapt sourcing strategies to build redundancy, economy, and responsiveness into their supply chains, the complexity of drilling down total landed costs increases. Shippers often focus resources and attention on procurement, looking only at production and logistics spend. At a more granular level, a myriad of other factors can impact the total supply chain cost of moving a product.
12/10/2012Trucking Association Estimates 239,000 Drivers Needed By 2022
 

The nation's truckload sector will find itself short of hundreds of thousands of drivers by 2022 unless current trends change, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said in a report released on Monday.

The report, "Driver Shortage Update November 2012," forecast a shortage of 239,000 drivers in 10 years. Most of the shortage will occur among truckload carriers, whose drivers travel long distances and can be away for weeks at a time. By contrast, the less-than-truckload (LTL), private fleet, and dedicated contract carriage segments—whose drivers operate shorter runs and are home more frequently—will not face anywhere near the same issue, the report said.
12/10/2012Intermodal Struggles To Crack Short-Haul Market
 The nation's intermodal sector is like the 400-pound behemoth who vowed to lose 200 pounds and now tips the scales at 210: Few thought it could be done, the progress has been remarkable, but those last 10 pounds will be the hardest.
12/06/2012Cass Freight Index: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For November 2012
 North American shipment volumes and overall freight expenditures both declined from October to November, as seasonally expected. Freight shipments declined 4.0 percent while expenditures fell 5.8 percent from the previous month. Year over year, volumes were 3.5 percent higher than in November 2011.
12/03/2012November Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by Baird Equity Research
 Domestic trucking demand solid in November, with numerous contacts noting overbooked (demand exceeding available supply) conditions in recent weeks. A belated peak season in front of late-November retail sales activity and disruptions from Hurricane
Sandy cited as drivers of demand; outlook into December remains guardedly optimistic. Contacts noted core pricing growth for truckload contracts struck in 4Q12 roughly +2% yoy, and preliminary outlooks from carriers reflect +1.5-2.0% yoy core truckload rate growth expectations for 2013.
12/03/2012Rail Week Ending 24 November 2012: Coal Is A Growing Headwind For Rail
 Week 47 of 2012 ending 24 November shows same week total rail traffic was below 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
11/28/2012AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending November 17, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,717 carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,115 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
11/27/2012US Spot Intermodal Rates On The Decline - According To Data From IDS Transportation
 U.S. spot intermodal rates, particularly lanes west to east, are gradually weakening off of the peak holiday volume period earlier in the fall, according to data from 3PL IDS Transportation.
11/27/2012Truck and Automation Markets Set For Solid Growth Through 2016
 After U.S. shipments of industrial trucks, tractors, trailers, and stacker machinery dropped between 2007 and 2009, they rose again in 2010 by 10.5%. Then in 2011, shipments jumped by 17.5% to $9.51 billion. This sets the stage for solid growth for this equipment over the next few years, according to the 4th edition of Sundale Research’s State of the Industry report on Material Handling Equipment.
11/27/2012FTR Tells Supply Chain Managers To Get Ready For Demand Shift
 The SCI for September, the most recent month for which data is available, was -6.9, which FTR said was almost exactly in line with August.
11/27/2012Holidays Are Critical Test Of Multi-Channel Fulfillment
 More than two-thirds (68%) of the 600 respondents to a survey noted that their expectations for correct and on-time delivery of items they purchase online or by phone are higher during the holiday shopping season.
11/20/2012Retail Sales Bump Up A Bit
 October retail sales data released by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) were down sequentially and up annually.
11/20/2012How Supply Chain Management Helps Me Succeed In My Job...As A Marketer
 The field of Supply Chain Management provides me with some ballast against the excitement of market trends.
11/20/2012Trucking Still Stable, But Capacity Tight, Says FTR Associates
 Nashville, Ind.-based transportation forecaster FTR Associates reported that its Shippers Condition Index in September was basically flat compared with August, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity.
11/15/2012Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Surges 11.3 Percent In Third Quarter
 The Intermodal Association of North America today reported that overall intermodal volume in the third quarter was 3.77 million units, up 3.2 percent from last year’s third-quarter total of 3.65 million.
11/15/2012ATA Releases Driver Shortage Analysis Paper
 Today, American Trucking Associations released an analysis of the shortage of truck drivers, concluding that the current shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector of the industry; but that long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade.
11/13/2012Driver Shortage May Explode Beyond Truckload
 While the current truck driver shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector, long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade, according to an analysis from American Trucking Associations.
11/13/2012Obama To Confront Ongoing Supply Chain Concerns During Second Term
 If President Barack Obama thought his re-election campaign was difficult, he will rapidly discover a seemingly overwhelming set of problems facing his second term that will impact the transportation world.
11/13/2012Truck Driver Jobs Hard To Fill Even In A Bad Economy
 The U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years, but many trucking companies say they are having a hard time finding workers.
11/06/2012US Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Jumps 11.3 Percent
 

The Intermodal Association of North America today reported that overall intermodal volume in the third quarter was 3.77 million units, up 3.2 percent from last year’s third-quarter total of 3.65 million.

11/05/2012Cass Freight Index Report - October 2012
 Cass Freight Index Report - October 2012
11/02/2012 Intermodal Traffic Climbs 3.9 Percent
 

Larger U.S. railroads reported intermodal volume up 3.9 percent versus the same week last year, at 253,186 trailers and containers, during the week ending October 27, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. They originated 287,104 carloads for the week, down 7 percent compared with the same week in 2011, and down 0.6 percent from the week before.

11/01/2012Rail Week Ending 27 October 2012: Rail Without Coal Expands
 Econintersect: Week 43 of 2012 ending 27 October shows same week total rail traffic was below 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/31/2012AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 20, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,791 carloads, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 253,883 trailers and containers, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
10/31/2012Rail Intermodal: Where Rail Meets Road
 Intermodal solutions gather steam as shippers track the financial and efficiency benefits of combining truck and rail transport.
10/31/2012CARB Compliance For Trucks Is Set For January 1, 2013
 January 1, 2013, will see the beginning enforcement of California's Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation regarding trucks without SmartWay verified aerodynamic devices such side skirts or boat tail fairings as well as SmartWay-verified low-rolling-resistance tires or retreads on dry van and refrigerated trailers. 
10/30/2012Baird / Hartford: November Freight Report
 
Baird / Hartford: November Freight Report
 
FULL REPORT LINK
10/29/2012Get ready to say goodbye to the supply chain as we know it
 

The giant sucking sound H. Ross Perot once warned us about is back. Only this time it's not Mexico siphoning off U.S. jobs in a post-NAFTA market. In fact, it has nothing to do with jobs or Mexico. Rather, it's the sound of end users—businesses and consumers—sucking away control from the producers and retailers that, for generations, called the shots on order fulfillment and shipping.

10/25/2012Trucking Tonnage Improves in September 2012
 The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index grew 0.4% in September partially offsetting last month's revised decline of 0.9% month-over-month. Compared with September 2011, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 3.6%.
10/25/2012U.S. logistics industry to post 1.1 million jobs by 2016, report says
 

The U.S. logistics industry will have nearly 1.1 million job openings between 2013 and 2016 just to keep pace with projected industry growth during that period, according to a soon-to-be-released study by a state advocacy group.

10/22/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 Year-over-year August U.S. retail sales rose 5.7 percent while inventories advanced 7.8 percent. Sequentially, August U.S. retail sales rose 6 percent while inventories inched ahead 1.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of August were estimated to total $492.6 billion, with sales estimated at $377.1 billion for a total inventory-to-sales ratio of 1.31.
10/22/2012Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 2.6 Percent
 Larger U.S. railroads reported intermodal volume up 2.6 percent versus the same week last year, at 250,826 trailers and containers, during the week ending October 13, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. They originated 285,089 carloads for the week, down 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year, but up 0.6 percent from the week before.
10/19/2012Measuring the Shortfall in Trucking Capacity
 How much capacity did the recession carve out of trucking? In short, a lot, both from the less-than-truckload and truckload sectors. And the decline didn’t stop in 2009.
10/19/2012Easing Trucking Capacity Gives Shippers Slight Edge
 
U.S. gross domestic product grew a meager 1.3 percent in the second quarter, freight tonnage slipped during the summer and several large motor carriers are rushing to lower third quarter earnings expectations based on soft shipment volumes. If there’s any good news for shippers, it’s that truck capacity, which has been so tight since the recession that it’s occasionally threatened to choke supply chains, is easing up heading into November and the peak pre-holiday shipping season. Truckers may not be prowling around freight docks, but freight space isn’t difficult to find.
10/19/2012Business Inventories Inch Up 0.6 Percent
 

Business inventories in August were up 0.6 percent from July to a seasonally adjusted $1.602 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

10/19/2012Consumer Price Index Rose in September
 

A jump in energy prices helped push the Consumer Price Index up 0.6 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis following the same increase in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Year-over-year, the index rose 2 percent in September following a 1.7 percent increase in August.

10/16/2012Containerized Imports Volume Up at Los Angeles, Long Beach
 

Containerized imports in Los Angeles increased 3.38 percent in September year-over-year, reaching the highest total of 2012. Imports in neighboring Long Beach edged up 0.7 percent over last September.

10/11/2012FTR Shipper Index Worsened in September
 

Freight shipping may have slowed to a crawl, but shippers are not benefiting from additional truck capacity or lower truck pricing, according to FTR Associates.The firm’s Shippers Conditions Index dropped to a negative 6.8 in September, and FTR doesn't expect it to head back toward positive territory anytime soon.

10/11/2012Carload Volume Sags, Intermodal Is Up for Major U.S. Railroads
 

Reporting U.S. railroads originated 283,440 carloads in the week ending Oct. 6, down 6.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Intermodal volume was up 3.8% versus the same week last year, at 251,113 trailers and containers.

10/11/20122013 Preview: Capacity to Tighten as Shipping Costs Rise
 FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for August fell to a reading of -6.8, reflecting a slowly tightening capacity environment for carriers and shippers. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.
10/10/2012Future of Fuels Report Calls for Value Chain Engagement
 
10/10/2012REPORT: Container industry shows no real signs of recovery
 

The container industry shows no real signs of recovery, according to an industry report, due to ongoing to supply side pressure.Container lines will remain in "transition mode" until at least 2014 and probably 2015, according to Drewry's "Container Market Review and Forecast 2012/13."

10/09/2012“How Supply Chain Drives Shareholder Value” a Big Hit With CSCMP
 

The concept of “following the money” may apply to the supply chain and freight transportation sectors more than most. It comes from a school of thought, which states where the freight is, the money is.

10/08/2012How Amazon Profits from Retail’s Sales/Logistics Disconnect
 

The Wall Street Journal proudly revealed “The Myth of the Black Friday Deal” in this morning’s edition. In working with Decide Inc., a consumer price research firm, WSJ revealed that Black Friday isn’t the only time consumers can get great holiday deals, and that the rise of online shopping “has presented a wealth of data for researchers looking to uncover retailers’ strategies and pinpoint when prices are lowest.” This helps Decide guide its member consumers on when to buy certain items.


10/05/2012DC space tightens at U.S. seaports
 

It's not like the heady days of the early 21st century, but after a historically subpar performance for the last four years, the U.S. industrial property market is showing signs of tightening.

10/05/2012TSA on track to hit Dec. 3 deadline to screen all belly cargo entering U.S., official says
 

The United States is on track to meet a Dec. 3 deadline to screen and inspect all cargo moving in the lower decks of passenger planes that originate in foreign countries, a top official of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

10/05/2012Intermodal volumes show year-over-year gains for 34th consecutive month
 

Intermodal may be set to become the longest running hit on wheels, the transportation industry's version of "A Chorus Line," according to rail industry data.

10/04/2012Five-Day Order Fulfillment? How Quaint.
 

The Material Handling Industry’s (MHI) latest material handling equipment manufacturing forecast calls for new orders to grow 6% next year. It’s encouraging to hear positive numbers in an era of uncertainty, but is that projection realistic?


10/03/2012LTL Trucking Rates Seen Rising 3 to 4 Percent
 Stifel Nicolaus expects LTL pricing to keep climbing as capacity remains 'relatively in balance'
Less-than-truckload carriers are raising rates 3 to 4 percent, before fuel surcharges, despite “negative economic signals,” according to Stifel Nicolaus.
10/03/2012Trucking Conditions Index Rises on Tight Capacity
 
FTR expects carriers to keep pricing clout as economy improves, capacity tightens
Business conditions for trucking companies improved in August, and are likely to keep improving despite slow economic growth, according to transportation research firm FTR Associates. 
09/30/2012Cass Freight Index Report
 September shipping increase due more to potential strike than normal peak season orders.

09/27/201210 best practices you should be doing now
 
Want to be a "best in class" organization? Then follow the lead of highly successful companies and adopt these 10 practices in your own operation.
09/27/2012E-commerce driving regionalization of distribution networks
 

The explosive growth of domestic and international e-commerce will drive retailers to create more regionalized distribution networks in order to stock products closer to the end customer and simplify the process of product returns.

09/27/2012Six steps to successful supply chain collaboration
 Although collaboration offers many benefits for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, too often their joint initiatives don't work out. To ensure success, partner companies should take these six actions together
09/26/2012Five Things Supply Chain Pros Must Know
 

Earlier this year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Global Supply Chain Institute hosted a group of senior supply chain executives from its advisory board to talk about “what supply chain professionals really need to know.” These advisory board members range from VPs of supply chain to CEOs from 40 companies, such as Amazon, Disney, Dell, P&G, Kimberly Clark, Colgate, Johnson and Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Boeing, Caterpillar, Nissan, Lowe’s, and Walgreens. This industry input is used to help UT design its executive-level MBA and non-degree educational programs, such as its new Global Supply Chain Executive MBA.

09/25/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage fell 0.9 percent in August and is up 3.2 percent anually
 

The push and pull nature of freight transportation volumes in today’s economy remains largely intact based on the results of today’s August trucking volumes released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

09/25/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage fell 0.9 percent in August and is up 3.2 percent anually
 

The push and pull nature of freight transportation volumes in today’s economy remains largely intact based on the results of today’s August trucking volumes released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).The ATA reported that seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in August—at 118.3 (2000=100)—fell 0.9 percent, following a flat July and June, which was up 1.2 percent compared to May, representing the largest month-to-month increase in 2012 year-to-date. SA tonnage was down 1.0 percent in May.

09/24/2012Expectations for a true return to Peak Season are still tempered
 Earlier in 2012, many economists, analysts, and pundits predicted a “solid” second half of the year for the economy. But with the curtain quickly closing on September—and any real signs of meaningful growth ostensibly slowed down considerably—it is fair to share the outlook has changed.
09/23/2012The Twilight Zone
 

The world economy is sliding into a “twilight zone,” trapped between mixed valuations, feeble growth and recession on the horizon but with coordinated central bank intervention promising expansion and escape from contraction. In truth, fiscal authorities and central banks have steered us from recession, but we seem incapable of generating self sustaining growth and central banks on their own can not close the gap and bring about a lasting and durable recovery. Most equities have fallen into an eerie calm.

09/21/2012Mobile TMS Applications Improve Supply Chain Visibility
 

Online applications for mobile devices are emerging in ways that can finally close or reduce many of the information gaps in the supply chain between transportation planning, the shipping/receiving dock, customers, and even accounts payable. These mobile applications are enabling shippers to interface directly and more effectively with logistic partners; access logistics information in non-traditional business settings; and enhance communications where access to a computer is not readily available.

09/21/20123PLs in Demand but Need to Work on Innovation
 
09/20/2012Truckload Slowdown Spreads Amid 'Soft' Demand
 Swift Transportation joins Werner, others in lowering expectations for third quarter The freight economy in the U.S. is slowing, and softer truckload shipment volumes and rising fuel costs are squeezing earnings at some of the largest U.S. transport operators.
09/19/2012The ABCs of FTZs
 With the increase in global commerce over the past several years, the use of foreign trade zones (FTZs) has increased among companies that import goods or materials. But while many supply chain managers know a little about FTZs, the concept is often misunderstood, with the result that these zones are not being utilized to their full potential.
09/19/2012A Supply Chain Network Design is Never Done
 It used to be that businesses turned to supply chain network modeling for help answering specific questions. For instance, if a company wanted to determine how many distribution centers to retain after a corporate merger or whether it should open a new facility to support expansion into a foreign market, it would use network analysis software to weigh the pros and cons of various supply chain network configurations. This type of software is available from such vendors as Barloworld, IBM, Infor, JDA, LLamasoft, Profit Point, and Solvoyo, to name a few.
09/18/2012Guest Commentary: Why Do Only 1/3 of Companies in North America Have a TMS?
 

Independent research groups report that a transportation management system (TMS) can save a company anywhere from 3-20% of transportation spend as compared to manual management. It is easy to see why many companies that currently do not have a TMS are now searching for one for their business.

09/18/2012Inland Ports Growing in Strategic Importance
 

The growth of U.S. exports, especially to countries such as China, has put a spotlight on the need for strategic inland ports across the United States, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. In a new white paper, the firm explores how inland ports are expanding their focus from moving and handling imports to facilitating the movement of goods outside the U.S.

09/12/2012Truckload Driver Turnover Tops 100 Percent
 
Annualized turnover rate at large carriers reached 106 percent in second quarter, despite slower economic growth The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers shot past 100 percent in the second quarter, rising above that percentage figure for the first time in more than four years, according to the American Trucking Associations.
09/11/2012E-Commerce Will Close Technology’s Generation Gap by 2020
 

Gen Y is keeping the Baby Boomer generation on its toes; both at home and at work. But it’s in the supply chain where those generations are acting as generators of commerce. Only by synchronizing their respective powers of consumer technology adoption and logistics system integration can the promise of the 2020 Value Chain come true.


09/11/2012Supply Chain Managers Face Another Spike in Diesel Prices
 

While diesel prices increased for the tenth consecutive week, the pace of growth was subdued, rising 0.5 cents to $4.132 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

09/07/2012If Supply Chain Wonks Ruled the World
 MH&L’s editors sat down with the magazine’s editorial advisory board to solve the world’s problems in one roundtable session. We didn’t even make a dent. However, we did a pretty good job targeting them so everyone reading this can take a shot.
09/06/2012Spot Market Trucking Index Up 7 Percent
 
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 6, 2012 4:12PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Weekly ITS index breaks 'flat-line metrics,' but overall outlook for trucking still 'weak' An uptick in freight demand and pricing in recent days pushed up a spot market trucking index and pierced some gathering third quarter gloom.The Internet Truckstop Market Demand Index rose 7 percent from the previous week, according to the load-matching service’s weekly Trans4Cast report.
09/06/2012Shippers Turning to Intermodal Rail to Cut Costs
 
Bill Mongelluzzo, Associate Editor | Sep 6, 2012 3:21PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Warehouses built closer to destination markets hasten shift from over-the-road trucking. Increasing trucking costs and a looming capacity crunch in the motor carrier industry are leading to a relentless shift of freight from over-the-road trucking to intermodal rail, according to transportation experts who addressed The Journal of Commerce’s Inland Port.

09/04/2012Demand for Natural Gas Trucks to Rise 14 Percent
 
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 4, 2012 4:55PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Pike Research survey forecasts strong growth for heavy NGVs, buses through 2019 The global market for natural gas-powered heavy trucks will expand 14 percent a year through 2019, with growth strongest in Asia, according to Pike Research.Asia-Pacific nations currently account for about 75 percent of global natural gas truck and bus sales, the research firm said in a report on the NGV market.
08/31/2012GE designs high tech, low emission freight locomotive
 

GE Transportation revealed the prototype for its Evolution Series Locomotive, which the company claims will be the first freight locomotive to meet the EPA's Tier 4 emission standards, effective 2015.

08/31/2012Ensuring Routing Guide Compliance
 

When vendors fail to comply with shippers' routing guide instructions, all parties involved experience frustration. To improve compliance, shippers must provide clear and concise instructions about how they want their freight to move. Here is advice on ensuring routing guide compliance from Harold B. Friedman, senior vice president of global corporate development at freight payment and auditing service provider Data2Logistics.

08/31/2012You Are Everywhere: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain
 

Gone are the days of single-channel apparel retailing—and supply chains servicing that model. Today, apparel retailers must optimize their supply chains to deliver products from any point where consumers want to buy them.

08/30/2012Rail Week Ending 25August2012: Traffic at 2011 Levels
 
Econintersect: Week 34 of 2012 ending 25 August shows same week total rail traffic was at 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The carload portion of rail traffic showed same week traffic contracted 0.8%.
08/29/2012A long and winding road to recovery
 In a slowly reviving economy, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product increased as rail and motor carriers raised rates. When the economy bounces back, shipment capacity rather than rates may be the big issue facing logistics managers.
08/29/2012Direct-to-consumer challenges for distribution
 
The growth of electronic commerce, with its small orders for individual consumers, will require some big changes in warehousing and distribution operations.Electronic commerce is booming as more consumers embrace online shopping. According to Forrester Research Inc., e-commerce retail sales in the United States reached US $197 billion in 2011 and are forecast to increase to US $279 billion in 2015. If we look at month-by-month sales figures for e-commerce provided by IHS Global Insight, we see that even in this sluggish economy, online retail sales continued to rise (see Figure 1).
08/29/2012A Strategic Shift in Supply Chain Technology
 
The primary reasons why companies are investing in supply chain technology are changing. Enhancing the customer experience, driving growth, and creating innovation now outrank cutting costs and improving efficiencies.Spending on supply chain software and technology should remain strong over the next few years, but the reasons why companies are investing in these tools are changing. According to the fifth annual "Gartner Supply Chain User Wants and Needs Study," companies are shifting away from a myopic focus on using software and technology to cut supply chain costs. Instead they are focusing more on how technology can enhance the customer experience and produce innovation and growth.
08/29/2012Federal Reserve Says Economy 'Gradually' Expanding
 

Retail sales and housing sector growth ticks up; manufacturing expansion slows Shippers of retail goods and cargo related to the housing industry, along with transportation providers, got a dose of goods news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday.

 

08/29/2012Hungry for a Better Transportation Strategy
 
Traditional approaches to transportation management won't stand up in today's truck transportation market. Shippers and carriers need a new recipe for doing business together. Start with a raw boom-and-bust business cycle, add demands for low-cost flexibility, ladle on liberal amounts of regulation while going light on drivers and credit, and then simmer over a fire of rising fuel and equipment costs. That's a recipe for the "stew" that makes up the U.S. trucking market today.
08/29/2012Report paints a positive but cautious outlook by carriers towards natural gas usage
 

While fuel prices again have turned to an upward trajectory, more attention continues to be paid to natural gas and how it can potentially be an asset for freight transportation sector stakeholders. And while natural gas is making inroads as a possible way for shippers and carriers to counter increasing and uncertain energy costs, a recent survey published by Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research shows that there are cautious reasons to be optimistic when gauging future natural gas prospects.

08/28/2012G7 urges higher oil output, warns on reserves
 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Group of Seven finance ministers urged oil-producing countries on Tuesday to raise output to ensure the market is well supplied, while warning that Western nations were ready to tap strategic oil reserves to offset rising prices that could hurt global growth.

08/28/2012FMCSA announces pending changes to CSA program
 

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced various changes to its much maligned government-mandated CSA program, which stands for “Compliance, Safety, Accountability.”

08/28/2012Spot Market Truck Demand Slowly Rising, ITS Says
 
Load-matching service’s index points upward, but progress is called ‘marginal’ Freight demand is picking up slightly as trucking leaves the summer doldrums, but only slightly, according to load matching service Internet Truckstop.
08/27/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 

Year-over-year June U.S. retail sales rose 2.7 percent while inventories advanced 7 percent. Sequentially, June U.S. retail sales declined 4.7 percent while inventories inched ahead 0.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of June were estimated to total $487.9 billion, with sales estimated at $360.4 billion for a total inventory-to-sales


08/24/2012FMCSA Sharpens Focus on High Risk Truck and Bus Companies with Improvements to Compliance Safety Accountability Program
 
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced several new improvements to its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) enforcement program that will enable it to more quickly identify and address high-risk truck and bus companies with compliance concerns.
08/23/2012IMTS Supplement Charts Intermodal Industry Growth
 
An analysis of domestic containers, published in conjunction with IANA’s 2nd quarter Intermodal Market Trends, observed that the North American domestic container fleet has grown by 83% since 2000. The strongest growth year was 2011, when container owners added 11% to the fleet reflecting strong and continued increases in domestic intermodal business. 48’ containers were 70% of the fleet in 2000 — today, 53’ containers comprise almost 100% of the total North American fleet.
08/23/2012Shippers Report Tightening Truck Capacity in Mexico
 
Peak season could mean fewer available trailers for U.S.-bound freight, logistics operator warns U.S. shippers importing goods from Mexico say they are looking for new transportation options as truckload capacity along the border gets tighter.
08/21/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage is flat in July and up 4.1 percent annually
 

As is the case with the overall economy, truck tonnage patterns remain largely uneven. That appears to be the main takeaway from data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The ATA reported that seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in July—at 118.8 (2000=100)—was flat compared to June, which was up 1.2 percent compared to May, representing the largest month-to-month increase in 2012 year-to-date. SA tonnage was down 1.0 percent in May.

08/21/2012Fuel Expenses May Generate Supply Chain Concerns
 

Diesel prices saw gains for the seventh straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).The price per gallon hit $4.026, driven by a 6.1 cent weekly gain, with prices rising a cumulative 31.7 cents over the last seven weeks. This marks the first time diesel prices have cracked $4 per gallon since the week of May 14, when it checked in at $4.004 per gallon.

08/17/2012Can Trucking Solve Its Driver Problem?
 The industry’s enduring labor shortage already threatens carriers’ bottom lines. When a true freight recovery comes, the threat will only grow worse. Derek Leathers is frustrated with those who don’t believe there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. “We were down 38 trucks in one of the best freight quarters in recent history” because of a lack of drivers, Leathers, president of $2 billion trucking concern Werner Enterprises, said at a shipper conference in May.
08/16/2012CSX Stacks Boxes Higher for 10% Gain Threatening Trucks
 CSX Corp.’s container cargoes have increased about 10 percent for two straight quarters as eastern U.S. railroads invest billions in a business that threatens the trucking industry’s most lucrative shipments.
08/15/2012Outlook for Shippers Is Getting Grimmer
 

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for June was basically unchanged from the previous month and remains in near neutral territory at a reading of -1.8. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.

08/14/2012Top 50 Truckload Carriers Grew 13.4 Percent in 2011
 

The 50 largest U.S. and Canadian truckload carriers ranked by revenue grew 13.4 percent in 2011, with combined sales for the year rising to $32.6 billion. That compares with combined revenue of $28.8 billion in 2010, according to estimates prepared for The Journal of Commerce by SJ Consulting Group.

08/13/2012Planning it Forward through a Transportation Management System
 

"TMS applications are very good at optimizing within the order-delivery planning horizon," says Gartner analyst Dwight Klappich. "But they are not good at forward planning—weeks, months, quarters in advance."

Although companies have tried using other demand forecasting and procurement applications to determine how many and what type of carriers they'll need, Klappich says they haven't had much success. In his view, so-called "product-centric planning tools" are not suited to transportation planning because they can't get down to the required level of detail. In other words, they can't look at future capacity needs by lane, carrier, or piece of equipment.

 

08/10/2012July 2012 Cass Freight Index Report
 
 
July shipment volume decreased from the prior month. This is the first month-to-month pull back in 2012.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of economic indicators that appear to point to a further slowdown.

Read more in the following link to the July 2012 Cass Index Report:

08/10/2012Truckload Rate Hikes Shrink as Economy Slows
 
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index continues to post record highs, but the slowing pace of year-over-year rate hikes reflects a weaker economy.
08/10/2012Turning Green Into Green
 When supply chain sustainability emerged two decades ago, cargo interests and transportation providers widely viewed it as a cost center and drag on the bottom line. Not at Intel, where green logistics aligned nicely with positive return on investment, proving the adage that preparation is half the battle.
08/07/2012Special Report: The State of Logistics in the U.S.
 

With growth not yet on the horizon, shippers are shifting their modal strategies to keep their costs as low as possible.The economic recovery will continue to sputter along weakly for the next three years. If you secure trucking services on a transactional basis you can be assured that sometime soon you will not be able to get a truck. In the face of tightening trucking capacity, rail intermodal is seeing a massive resurgence. Shippers are turning more to warehouse-based third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to provide intermodal and other logistics management expertise previously associated with non-asset-based 3PLs.

08/07/2012Intermodalism flexes its "domestic" muscle
 

Far be it for me to enter the culture wars here concerning family (how it's defined, what it should aspire to), save for one observation: It's easier to apply various values if one is around the family enough to actually do it—and intermodalism can contribute.

08/06/2012July 2012 Rail Movements: Economic Winds Changing?
 

Could it be that rail is warning of an economic pivot point?  Reflecting on the July 2012 rail data which we report on weekly – the trends within the data have changed.  Is it just one month of data?  A quote buried in the Association of American Railroads July report caught my eye.

08/03/2012The Real Cost of Trucking in the United States
 The Real Cost of Trucking – Per Mile Operating Cost of a Commercial Truck
07/31/2012Developing a Comprehensive Transportation Strategy
 

Q: What advice do you have for companies attempting to optimize their inbound freight?A: It's worth the effort. Traditionally, companies have focused on low-hanging fruit, such as improving efficiencies and reducing outbound transportation costs. Overlooked is the more difficult task of managing inbound transportation, which can often be multi-modal, multi-leg, and international.

07/27/2012Truckload Capacity Index Reflects Slowing Economy
 
JOC index shows tractor capacity still in ‘tenuous’ equilibrium as demand slackens The Journal of Commerce Truckload Capacity Index rose 0.3 percentage points to 84.4 in the second quarter, as a slower economy depressed freight demand.
07/24/2012Logistics managers will still face global sourcing challenges this year
 

A “synchronized deceleration in the global economy will have larger implications for the supply chain, said IHS Global Insight. In today’s “world flash” update, analysts said that all the key economies of the world have slowed down, almost simultaneously

07/20/2012Two Tales from Truckload Earnings
 

The first round of earnings reports from publicly owned truckload carriers reflects two important trends. First, the economy, while still expanding, is slowing. Second, trucking companies are doing a better job managing their bottom lines.

07/19/2012US Railroads See Gains in Intermodal Traffic
 
Intermodal shipments up 6.8 percent year-over-year
Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending July 14 jumped 6.8 percent year-over-year and 21 percent from the July 4 holiday week, according to the Association of American Railroads.

07/17/2012Report: USPS Could Save $100 Million Annually by Going Intermodal
 “Intermodal rail service has improved to the point it can now provide service standards competitive with highway. Today, it is widely accepted as industry standard that rail is far more economical than highway for long-distance surface transportation,” according to the report by the USPS Office of Inspector General Risk Analysis Research Center.
07/16/2012Technology Drives Savings in Trucking Sector
 
How IT specialists can help motor carriers manage increasing chassis, regulatory and labor costs The trucking industry faces a number of regulatory and operational changes, but advances in information technology are helping motor carriers keep a lid on the costs these challenges bring.
07/16/2012Natural Gas Gains As Alternative Fuel in Transportation
 

A milestone power utilities achieved this spring should jolt transportation operators and shippers. In April, the amount of electricity generated by natural gas-fired power plants for the first time equaled that produced by coal-fired plants, with each accounting for 32 percent of total U.S. power generation that month.

07/16/2012Rails Taking Another Look at Natural Gas Engines
 
Railroads are skeptical about natural gas, but new emissions standards and better technology could change views Roughly 16 years after Burlington Northern, now BNSF Railway, took its two natural gas-powered locomotives off the tracks, railroads are giving the fuel another look.
07/13/2012Intermodal rates hit seven-year high in June
 

Rail intermodal base rates hit seven-year highs in June, propelled by demand from shippers looking for alternatives to get their freight moved in a tightening market for truckload capacity and from motor carriers seeking a more efficient way to get their customers' goods to market, according to an index released today by one of the nation's leading freight bill audit and payment firms.

07/09/2012Market Share, Revenue Gain Forecast for Trucking
 Total U.S. freight tonnage will grow 21 percent by 2023, as freight revenue rises 59 percent, the American Trucking Associations predicts in a new freight forecast.
07/05/2012CASS Freight Index Report for June 2012
 
07/03/2012 AAR Reports Gains In Weekly Rail Traffic
 
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported gains in weekly rail traffic for the week ending June 23, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,730 carloads, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 246,128 trailers and containers, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
07/02/2012Chassis Changes Prompt Fears of Congestion on the Docks
 
Ports, ocean carriers and railroads have plenty of capacity, but a changing chassis business worries harbor truckers As ports prepare for a modest spike in cargo volumes during the peak shipping season, ocean carriers, marine terminals, railroads and equipment providers appear to be flush with capacity. So why do harbor truckers fear ports on both coasts will be congested this fall?
07/02/2012Trucking Capacity Reaches ‘Tenuous’ Equilibrium
 
Capacity reaches a ‘tenuous’ equilibrium, but shippers fear balance is starting to slip.  For more than two years, shippers have braced for a hard crunch in truck capacity, a blow that seemed inevitable in 2010 as the economy began to recover. The gradual and anemic nature of the overall recovery, however, meant that crunch never really came, despite periods of tightness such as the spring of 2010.
06/30/2012Sharing Data Creates Optimal Supply Chain Visibility
 In the past decade, analysts have written volumes about the value of supply chain visibility and execution systems. It's hard to argue with the concept. When all supply chain partners' systems work together to fulfill orders perfectly, execute on-time shipments, and provide early alerts to problems, life is good.
06/30/2012Green is Still White Hot
 

While freight costs and capacity dominate water cooler conversations, sustainability embers smolder deep within the supply chain. The fire is still perceptible. So are the justifications.

06/25/2012Supply Chain Managers Must Deal With Tepid Global Growth
 

For the third year in a row, global growth has started out strong, only to falter by midyear, said IHS Global Insight Economists.The incoming economic data “point to softness” in most parts of the world, IHS adds.

06/20/2012FedEx’s Smith Says Freight Shifting From Air to Sea
 
Shippers look to cut ground, air transportation costs, CEO says FedEx CEO Fred Smith said more shippers are transporting goods via ocean shipping at the expense air carriers, a modal shift reflected in the parcel giant’s recent earnings report.
06/20/2012Cass Information Systems Releases Truckload And Intermodal Linehaul Index
 Base truckload rates
Base truckload rates are trending flat for the time being, although on a year-over-year basis, May’s index registered 5.0 percent higher than for the same period last year. The continuing share shift toward intermodal is at least one reason rates are being held in check.

In his firm’s monthly report, Donald Broughton, of Avondale Partners, added that despite the current steadiness, “We continue to believe that capacity remains constrained and that 6-9 Percent rate increases are possible for 2012.

Intermodal Linehaul Index
For the second straight month, base intermodal rates were higher than they were at the same time last year. May’s index value of 102.6 registered a year-over-year increase of 1.4 percent.

The relatively high rates are likely attributable to increased demand for intermodal created by spiking diesel prices and tight capacity in trucking.
06/20/2012Identify Your 3PL Pain Threshold
 

One of the most unstable elements in a marriage is control. Too much of it kills spontaneity but too little leads to financial and emotional chaos. The same can be said of a business marriage—as in your relationships with logistics service providers.


06/18/2012Logistics, Like Economy, on Slow, Winding Road to Recovery, Report Finds
 
Costs rose faster than GDP last year, but remain below pre-recession peak, State of Logistics Report says U.S. business logistics costs rose at a slower rate last year than in 2010, but remained well below their pre-recession peak, according to the annual State of Logistics report.
06/13/2012Logistics Costs Rose 6.6 Percent Last Year
 
Report said costs totaled $1.28 trillion last year, still below pre-recession high of $1.39 trillion in 2007 U.S. business logistics costs rose 6.6 percent last year as companies spent more on transportation and inventory in a gradually recovering economy, according to the 23rd annual State of Logistics report.
06/13/2012Shippers Shift Modes Seeking Savings, Capacity
 
Shippers seek supply chain agility as costs rise, rely more on intermodal rail Rising transportation costs and tight truckload capacity are creating more opportunities for intermodal rail in 2012, logistics executives said Wednesday.
06/13/2012Truckload Rates Flat in May, Intermodal Pricing Rises
 
Cass pricing measures show impact of slower economy, modal shift Truckload rates shifted into lower gear in May, rising only 5 percent from a year ago and staying basically flat from April, according to Cass Information Systems.
06/13/2012Report: Logistics costs rose to 8.5 percent of U.S. GDP in 2011
 

Logistics costs in 2011 rose 6.6 percent from the previous year to $1.282 trillion, or 8.5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, as railroads gained market share and the ocean shipping sector continued to struggle, according to an industry report.

06/13/2012Shippers See Trouble as Truck Capacity Tightens
 
Difficulty getting trucks affects ability to deliver goods on time, CSCMP panelists warn. As trucking capacity tightens, shippers are increasingly concerned about their ability to get goods to customers on time, logistics executives said Wednesday.
06/11/2012Eastern US Rails Poised for Growth on Either Coast
 
CSX, NS beef up rail networks and stand to gain from canal-sparked growth on either U.S. coast Major eastern U.S. railroads stand to gain whether or not the Panama Canal expansion brings more freight to the ports they serve. The railroads may actually benefit more from growth on the other side of the U.S. despite the improvements CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern have made to rail networks connecting shippers to East Coast ports.
06/11/2012US Rail on Strong Track As Economy Slows
 

The U.S. rail shippers don’t appear to heeding the warnings of a national economic slowdown.Intermodal volume in May on the major U.S. railroads hit the highest level in history for that month, according to the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal traffic last month was 3.5 percent higher than the same month a year ago. Although carload volume was down 2.8 percent year-over-year in the same period, the big losses were because of slumps in the major commodities of coal and grain.

06/11/2012FTR Associates data points to an improving trucking sector
 

Based on the most recent reading of FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), it appears that the trucking sector is showing some signs of solid growth.

06/08/2012Weekly Carload Traffic Down, Intermodal Up
 

Rail traffic once again was mixed on reporting U.S. railroads in the week ending June 2, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, as the lines originated 265,207 carloads, down 3.1% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 213,911 trailers and containers, up 4.1% compared with the same week last year.

06/08/2012US Intermodal Rail Traffic Up 4.1 Percent
 

U.S. intermodal shipments on major railroads in the week ending June 2 rose 4.1 percent year-over-year but fell 12.6 percent from the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads.

06/08/2012NVOs to Take Brunt of Peak-Season Surcharges
 
Non-vessel operators complain their rate increases are outpacing those of beneficial cargo owners. Having worked for more than 22 years in the shipping industry, much of the time with ocean carriers, Stephen Aldridge understands that freight rates charged to cargo consolidators will rise and fall with market conditions.
06/06/2012Truckers, Shippers Headed for Another ‘Soft Patch’?
 The U.S. economy may be slowing, but domestic shipping is picking up speed, countering recent reports of economic doom while challenging shippers struggling to balance freight demand and transportation costs in the coming months
06/06/2012Freight Shipments, Spending, Increased in May
 

The Cass Freight Index increased in May, despite signs of a slowing economy. The freight shipment index rose 1.8 percent from April and 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to Cass Information Systems

06/04/2012The Fallacy of Re-shoring
 

Stories about re-shoring manufacturing to the U.S. are typically anecdotal and unsustainable in segments where there is cost competition.  Besides, the statistics do not support the stories.

06/04/2012Traffic Climbs on Major U.S. Railroads
 

Carload traffic grew along with intermodal volumes on reporting U.S. railroads in the week ending May 26, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, breaking a pattern of mixed results seen frequently this year. The lines originated 291,381 carloads, up 1.3% compared with the same week last year, and intermodal traffic for the week totaled 244,726 trailers and containers, up 4.3% compared with the same week last year.

05/29/2012U.S. manufacturers may be leaving China, analysts report
 
At the moment, China remains a manufacturing powerhouse, with nearly 75 percent of the companies surveyed having some manufacturing capability in China for at least three years, either directly or through contract manufacturers
05/28/2012U.S. Rail Cargo
 Weekly year-over-year percent change and week-to-week percent change through Dec. 24, 2011.*

05/22/2012Truckload Capacity Flattening, Survey Shows
 
Carrier data points to rough balance in first quarter as capacity drops less than 1 percent Capacity at a group of seven large truckload carriers dropped 0.6 percent from a year ago in the first quarter and only 0.3 percent from the fourth quarter, the smallest annual and sequential quarterly decline in their tractor count in a year.
05/21/2012Trucking Safety on a Crash Course
 
The shipping world seeks clarity as regulators set out to improve data in the controversial, slow-moving CSA program Two years after federal regulators launched the Compliance, Safety and Accountability initiative, the program is still incomplete, lacking a long-promised and crucial component: a new motor carrier safety fitness rating system.
05/21/2012High Transportation Costs Spark Intermodal Growth
 
A strong first quarter, especially in domestic shipments, could give way as economic slowdown, European crisis loom You’d be hard pressed to find a better barometer than intermodal traffic of the road ahead for U.S. shippers and transportation providers.
05/16/2012Inland DCs Near Rail Ramps Luring Retailers
 
With transportation costs increasing, retailers find savings in inland locations close to rail hubs With transportation representing the biggest cost factor in the domestic supply chain, retailers are locating their inland distribution facilities as close to rail ramps as possible, an industrial real estate executive says.
05/14/2012Rising Transportation Costs Pressure 3PL Margins
 
C.H. Robinson and other 3PLs are growing but rising truck costs threaten to deflate margins When trucking companies are stung by rising costs, third-party logistics providers share their pain, very quickly. Rising transportation costs are putting more pressure on net margins at 3PLs as well as carriers, as they balance what they pay truckers and what they can charge shippers. At the same time, freight volumes are increasing on the roads and rails, driving revenue higher for non-asset logistics companies.
05/14/2012Truckload Carriers Braving Higher Costs By Raising Rates
 
Carriers say they must raise rates before soaring costs crimp their ability to reinvest and add capacity. Truckers aren’t typically shy or coy, and truckload carrier executives at the NASSTRAC 2012 Logistics Conference weren’t afraid to let customers and potential customers know exactly what they want from them this year: more money.
05/10/2012Shippers warned of rising U.S. freight rates ahead
 

Users of transportation services need to get accustomed to U.S. freight rates rising "indefinitely," or at least through the balance of the decade, a leading industry consultant said Tuesday.  Noël Perry, principal of consultancy Transport Fundamentals Inc., predicted that rates for truckload, barge, and rail intermodal services will each rise between 50 and 60 percent by the end of the decade. Truckload rates could escalate by between 8 and 9 percent a year by decade's end, he told attendees at the Warehousing Education and Research Council's (WERC) annual meeting in Atlanta.

05/08/2012Trucking Executives Warn Shippers on Costs
 
 Speakers at NITL Policy Forum warn of price hikes, seek more shipper partnerships. Trucking executives sounded a clear warning about rising costs Tuesday at the National Industrial Transportation League's Freight Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
05/08/2012Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Jumps 14.9 Percent
 

Domestic intermodal container volume in the first quarter surged 14.9 percent year-over-year, outpacing international intermodal traffic gains by a wide margin and reconfirming strong U.S. manufacturing growth.

05/07/2012U.S. Intermodal Shipments
 

Monthly year-over-year percent change in intermodal shipments of 20-foot, 40-foot and 53-foot units in the United States.
March 53-foot traffic advanced 12.1 percent sequentially, 20-footers were up 10.9 percent and 40-footers, 10.2 percent. March 53-foot traffic was 11.7 percent ahead year-over-year, 40-footers up 4.4 percent and 20-footers up 3.8 percent. Year-to-date, 53-foot traffic advanced 15.9 percent, 40-footers were up 3.1 percent and 20-footers, 2.8 percent year-over-year.

 

05/07/2012Ten Key Trends Impacting the North American Distribution Market
 Global and regional trends such as the rise of ecommerce and the growth of intermodal hubs are affecting the placement and location of facilities.  The latest Transportation Intelligence report “North America Warehousing and Distribution” identifies ten key trends which are impacting on this important sector.
05/04/2012Transloading Benefits Driving Growth
 

After watching in recent years as the number of intact containers moving to and from the Port of Tacoma by rail declined as a percentage of the port’s overall international volumes, officials spotted an interesting opportunity.

05/01/2012Modal Shift, 3PLs Transform LTL Trucking
 3PLs play increasing role in determining mode, transport spend, CEOs tell NASSTRAC conference
04/30/2012U.S. Intermodal Container Traffic
 March domestic container intermodal traffic increased 10.9 percent year-over-year and 12 percent sequentially. In contrast, international container intermodal traffic was up 4 percent year-over-year and 10 percent higher than February.
04/30/2012Can Long-haul LTL Industry Survive?
 

In the 1980s and 1990s, they ruled the interstate highway system as they crisscrossed the country. You knew their names: Roadway Express, Consolidated Freightways and Yellow Freight. They were the big three of the transportation industry. Only YRC remains, the result of the 2003 merger between Roadway and Yellow and CF’s bankruptcy a year earlier. The long-haul less-than-truckload industry has gone the way of vinyl records and film cameras. What led to the downfall of this once-mighty industry?

04/23/2012Fixing Broken Chassis System Proves Elusive
 
With so many interests having a stake, is it any wonder a single national system is so elusive? Why a solution may be years away. Viewed from 30,000 feet, broad trends in intermodal chassis supply are easy to see: more chassis pools, fewer ship lines supplying free equipment, more truckers renting chassis by the day.
04/18/2012Analysts: Ocean Freight Rates Will Fall Unless New Capacity Is Absorbed
 
With so many new big ships coming into trades, additional lay-ups will be needed or rates will drop.  Although the general rate increases of the last two months in the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific trade lanes are being accepted by shippers, so much additional capacity is due for delivery this year that rates will almost certainly start falling again by the fourth quarter unless carriers start to lay up more of their ships, according to a panel of analysts speaking Wednesday at Containerisation International’s 14th annual Global Liner Shipping conference in London.
04/16/2012Growing World Demand Sparks the End of Cheap Oil
 
Volatility and high prices are here to stay. Global supply chains are changing to reflect a new reality.  All it took was the March 25 shutdown of a single North Sea oil platform to boost Brent crude oil prices $1 a barrel. The European crude oil benchmark fell just as quickly, but the reaction from the loss of one oil rig underscores the increasing volatility in fuel prices supply chain managers face.
 
04/13/2012Truckload, Intermodal Linehaul Rates Rising
 
Over-the-road truck rates up 7 percent from year ago, pressuring intermodal pricing. Truckload pricing was 7.2 percent higher in March than a year ago, though down slightly from recent months, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
 
04/12/2012LTL Truckers to Build Pricing Power, Analyst Says
 
Stifel Nicolaus predicts LTL trucking yields will rise 4-5 percent, after surcharges. Trucking companies hauling less-than-truckload freight should be able to hold onto the pricing power they’ve gained over shippers through 2014 at least, increasing rates and yields in 2012 and 2013, a Wall Street transportation analyst says.
 
04/10/2012Freight Industry Report for March 2012
 The freight market continued to show steady growth in March, with general economic indexes having many industry experts forecasting a strong peak shipping season. The key index to watch that will quickly throw the market into peak season is the sales to inventory ratio. For the past five months, this ratio has remained relatively flat and near pre-recession levels, yet the market has continued to expand.
04/09/2012Rails Coax Brokers, Shippers to Fill Trains Via Intermodal
 

Transportation brokers have an underused opportunity to move freight via intermodal shipping, but those rail shipments can require special attention, several industry experts said.

Speaking on March 22 at the Transportation Intermediaries Association meeting here, Shelli Austin, a vice president at broker IDS Services, said, “I don’t want you to think [intermodal] will fix all your problems. [Brokers] have to educate shippers and learn about it as well.”

04/02/2012How Shippers Must Move Into 2012
 

Today’s supply chain organizations need more aggressive spend management to reduce costs and mitigate risk in shipping. Traditional tactics like invoice auditing and refund recovery are great ways to cut shipping costs in a stable market, but the complexity of today’s shipping environment requires a deeper understanding of how to lessen the impact of industrial, political and economic forces on corporate spending.

04/02/2012How to be a better shipper in four easy steps
 

What makes a good shipper?  That may be the most important question facing the trucking industry today. How shippers answer it—and carrier perceptions of that response—could determine if and how freight gets moved, the cost of moving the goods, and how effectively this large and important business is able to function at a critical point in its history.

03/29/2012Five-Dollar Gas Would be a Win for Rail
 

While both rail and trucking have mechanisms designed to pass fuel costs on to shippers, rail’s fuel efficiency advantage over trucks should lead to a modal shift from truck to rail in an environment of increasing fuel prices, the roundtable concluded. Any increase in fuel costs should result in meaningful gains in market share for domestic rail intermodal for hauls 500-750+ miles.
Unsurprisingly, the impact of $5.00 gas prices is expected to have a negative overall impact on the macroeconomies of the U.S. and Canada. While the economic recovery is strong enough at this point such that $5.00 gas prices are unlikely to cause a recession, it would likely result in a surge in the unemployment rate back above 9.0%.

03/26/2012Intermodal Rail Volume Jumps 6 Percent
 U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending April 21 jumped 6 percent year-over-year and 2.2 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/23/2012The State of Transpacific Ocean Freight
 
Capacity cuts are coming too slowly, and carriers are breaking ranks too rapidly for ocean carriers' spring rate hikes to hold up.

When it came time to impose the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s recommended March 15 rate increase, the 15 member carriers took different approaches. Some told their shipping customers they would follow the TSA’s recommendation and raise prices on eastbound containers by $300 per 40-foot equivalent unit. Others told their customers they would hold at the rate prevailing since the last TSA increase on Jan. 1.

That, coupled with capacity cutting that has failed to dramatically trim the supply-demand imbalance, makes it highly unlikely carriers will be able to sustain the general rate increases they’re seeking this spring.
03/21/2012NAFTA Trade Value Hit Record High in 2011
 
2011 saw third largest year-to-year percentage increase since NAFTA took effect.

The value of surface transportation trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico increased by 14.3 percent to a record $904 billion in 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

The percentage increase was the third largest year-to-year increase since NAFTA went into effect in 1994.

03/19/2012Mexico may soon become more attractive as sourcing alternative
 

According to Anne Landstrom, principal adviser for the commercial group at engineering and construction consultant Moffatt & Nichol, escalating wages and total landed costs are causing logistics managers to look south. More evidence that shippers may be “near shoring” in the future surfaced at a maritime conference in Southern California earlier this month.

 

03/16/2012LTL's Second Wind
 

The LTL trucking industry as a whole achieved more than $30 billion in revenue last year for the first time since the recession, increasing LTL sales 11.6 percent to $30.6 billion, compared with a 9.1 percent increase in revenue to $27.5 billion in 2010. (In its study, SJ Consulting ranks carriers by LTL revenue alone, excluding revenue from non-LTL sources such as truckload carriage and third-party logistics.)

Still, the recovery is incomplete. Despite steady improvement, LTL trucking has yet to regain its 2006 revenue peak of $33.7 billion, let alone the $33.3 billion in revenue reported for the industry before the economic collapse in 2008.

03/12/2012Freight Demand Keeps Pressure on Truck Pricing, FTR Says
 

Research firm FTR Associates sees tightening truck capacity and rising truck pricing ahead this year for North American shippers as freight demand outstrips GDP.  “This will continue to keep transport capacity tight throughout the forecast period, resulting in ongoing upward rate pressure,” said senior consultant Larry Gross.

03/08/2012Intermodal Volume on US Railroads Climbs 6 Percent
 Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads rose 6 percent year-over-year in the week ending March 3, pushing intermodal traffic to the third highest ever in February, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/07/2012Sourcing Alternatives Challenge China's Dominance
 
Rising wages push manufacturers to lower-cost locations such as Mexico, India and Vietnam.  Manufacturers are looking for lower-cost sourcing locations as China’s wages rise well above those in other emerging markets.  As the U.S. baby boomers near retirement, their consumption patterns are shifting from retail goods to services, so the products they buy require shorter supply chains and much more flexibility, said Anne Landstrom, principal adviser for the commercial group at engineering and construction consultant Moffatt & Nichol.
03/06/2012LTL Trucking Grew 11.6 Percent in 2011
 The less-than-truckload transportation industry grew 11.6 percent in 2011, pushing total U.S. LTL revenue past $30 billion for the first time since the recession.
03/05/2012U.S. Intermodal Container Traffic
 January domestic container intermodal traffic increased 14.7 percent year-over-year, yet declined 4.5 percent from December
03/05/2012Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 2012
 
FTR Associates predicts trucking will outperform GDP as economy strengthens.  The trucking industry will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with truck freight growing 3.9 percent, greater than overall GDP, according to FTR Associates.
03/05/2012Railroads Nailing Shipment Growth
 
Growth in manufacturing, auto demand and diesel prices brightens the outlook for intermodal and bulk rail traffic.  U.S. rail growth this year is expected to outpace overall economic expansion as manufacturing expands and the shifting energy landscape gives as well as takes.  Shippers will push more shipments from the road onto the rails with diesel prices topping $4 a gallon and increased federal regulation, along with tight fleet capacity, pushing truck rates up.
03/01/2012Truck Pricing Forecast to Climb 3 to 5 Percent
 Truck pricing is expected to rise by low to mid-single digit percentages over the next year, as shippers, brokers and carriers deal with tight capacity and rising costs.
02/27/2012Trucking Takes Two Routes
 
Larger trucking companies are increasingly stable and profitable, but many smaller carriers are struggling.

Trucking in 2012 is an increasingly divided industry, not along lines such as truckload or less-than-truckload or dry van or flatbed, but by size and scale.

Large and small trucking operators face the same rising costs and must comply with the same federal regulations, but smaller carriers and owner-operators are finding it more difficult to cope with rising costs and to secure rate increases.

02/20/2012Carriers Give Incentives to Drive
 
The battle to recruit and, just as important, keep truck drivers is getting fiercer among truckload carriers as freight demand steadily increases.  Truckload carriers are offering an array of incentives, including guaranteed pay, to haul in drivers.  Although that competition has yet to result in sizable increases in driver pay, motor carriers are offering a truckload of incentives and programs to attract drivers.
02/20/2012U.S. Intermodal Shipments
 
Monthly year-over-year percent change in intermodal shipments of 20-foot, 40-foot and 53-foot units in the United States.  December 53-foot traffic declined 7.1 percent from November, although 20-footers rose 3.2 percent and 40-footers were flat. December year-over-year traffic growth was led by 13.7 percent growth in 53-footers; 20-footers advanced 3.2 percent and 40-footers were up 1.9 percent. Calendar 2011 53-foot traffic rose 10.9 percent, 20-footers were up 4.4 percent and 40-footers, 2.1 percent.
02/17/2012New Thinking on Intermodal
 By now it is a well-established trend in North American transportation that freight is moving from the roads to the rails. Driven by the opportunity to cut costs while maintaining reliability, a growing cohort of shippers is embracing a strategy that includes intermodal in the mix.
02/06/2012House Committee to “Further Study” Truck Weight Reform
 A House Committee proposal would allow states to opt into a higher federal (interstate) vehicle weight limit for single-trailer trucks equipped with six axles rather than the typical five. The required sixth axle maintains all braking and handling characteristics at the new limit of 97,000 pounds—enabling shippers to safely utilize truck space that remains empty at the current 80,000-pound federal weight limit. The group believes the proposal would reduce the truckloads, vehicle miles and fuel necessary to meet demand.
02/06/2012Trucking Takes to the Tracks
 
Tight truck capacity and rising domestic shipping demand signals a ‘transformational year’ for intermodal.  There’s a new intermodal rhythm humming along the roads and rail lines connecting manufacturers and retailers with ports and plants across the United States. The beat is being felt on factory floors where trailer makers are building domestic containers and in truck yards and rail yards where some of the largest motor carriers and railroads are planning expansion. And it resounds most loudly with shippers struggling to contain rising transportation costs, manage their inventory and secure capacity.
02/02/2012Transloading's Big Push
 Big-box retailers looking to keep a lid on inventory and related costs will increasingly turn to transloading near major seaports. That's the message from Robert Leachman, a professor of industrial engineering and operations research who analyzes supply chain logistics.
02/01/2012AAR Reports Increase in Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported an increase in weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 21, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 287,734 carloads, up 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 219,706 trailers and containers, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/30/2012Class I railroads are on track to spend $13 billion in 2012 capital expenditures, says AAR
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said today that the seven North America-based Class I freight railroads are on track to invest a record $13 billion in capital expenditures for 2012, with the capital going towards expanding, upgrading, and enhancing the U.S. freight rail network.
01/26/2012Truckload Spot Market Slows in January
 
Volume, rates slip early in January after month-to-month drop in December.  Spot market truckloads dropped 14 percent in December from the previous month but were still 25 percent higher than in December 2010, TransCore Freight Solutions said.
01/24/2012Trucking: ATA reports strong December tonnage finishes 2011 on a positive note
 
December represents single largest monthly improvement since January 2005

While the economic recovery remains far from complete, truck tonnage could be serving as a positive barometer of things to come, based on the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) December and 2011 year-end truck tonnage data, which was released today.

Following November’s 0.3 percent gain for seasonally-adjusted truck tonnage to 116.6 (2000=100), the ATA reported that December checked in at 124.5 for a 6.8 percent increase. December 2011 was up 10.5 percent than December 2010, according to the ATA, and is the single biggest annual monthly gain since July 1998. It also outpaced November’s annual gain of 6.1 percent.

01/19/2012US Intermodal Traffic Surges 7.4 Percent
 

Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads surged 7.4 percent year-over-year in the week ending Jan. 14 and skyrocketed 18.2 percent from the week prior, suggesting American companies see strong demand this year.

01/18/2012Truckload Carriers Eye Increase in Driver Pay
 

A growing number of carriers, 65 percent, said driver pay must rise above $60,000 a year. That’s up from 49 percent of the carriers surveyed the previous quarter.  About 45 percent said pay would have to rise to the $60,000 to $70,000 annual range. That would be a significant bump in compensation. Tractor-trailer drivers are paid about $39,500 annually on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

01/18/2012Three Transportation Strategies to Support Retail Trends
 

Connected, “always-on” consumers who expect instant information, a multitude of choices and flexible, real-time purchase and delivery options are driving change in the retail supply chain. Leading retailers have adopted technologies and practices to help them with demand forecasting, promotion, pricing, inventory management, and transportation. Rising transportation costs and potential efficiencies are driving advances in transportation management, according to Fabrizio Brasca, vice president, global logistics, JDA Software. Transportation trends have been a popular topic at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo in New York City this week.

01/18/2012Report: U.S. port infrastructure ranks 23rd in world
 The United States, the number one global economic market, ranks 23rd for port infrastructure behind countries that include Namibia, Barbados and Estonia, according to the World Economic Forum.
01/17/2012Trucking Forecast: Clearly Costly Changes Ahead
 

Shippers accustomed to seeing transportation costs drop year by year over decades are in for a sharp shock thanks to structural constraints on truck capacity that won’t be removed anytime soon — even if truckers would like to remove some of them.

01/17/20122012 Starts on Positive Logistics Numbers
 

 As 2012 begins, there are three positive economic indicators to grow on, according to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics:

Housing Market - In November, housing starts increased 9.3% to an annual rate of 685,000 units. Building permits (an indicator of future housing starts) increased 5.7% to an annual rate of 681,000.

Transportation Employment - Increased more than 1.5% year-over-year in December, with rail employment up 3.9% and trucking up 3.2%. Transportation Industries added about 50,200 employees in December, accounting for 25.1% of the overall net employment gains added last month.

Consumer Confidence - Increased to 64.5 in December 2011 from 55.2 in November 2011. Consumer confidence has risen 23.6 points in the past two months, and was at its highest level in eight months.

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01/06/2012Truckload Rates Set to Rise, TransCore Says
 

Truckload rates rose less than some carriers expected but more than shippers wanted in 2011, with spot market rates on average rising 7.4 percent and contract rates climbing an average 6.5 percent, a freight pricing specialist says.

01/06/20122011/2012 Annual Review & Outlook of Intermodal
 

International container business has been a key element in the development of the North American rail intermodal transportation market for decades. Today, however, the opposite is true. Market share has reversed, with domestic business now representing the majority of North American intermodal loadings and growing much more quickly.

01/06/2012Freight Index Signals Steadier US Shipping Demand
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. domestic shipments inched up 0.7 percent in December over the previous year, signaling new stability in shipping demand after the market slipped downward during the fall.

01/05/2012US Rails Report Record Intermodal Container Loads for 2011
 

Major U.S. railroads handled a record number of intermodal containers in 2011, with a strong push late in the year that gave the industry a 6 percent gain in volume over 2010, according to the Association of American Railroads.

01/03/2012US Manufacturing Jumps to Six-Month High
 

A closely watched gauge of U.S. manufacturing activity rose in December, indicating the 29th consecutive month of expansion, and similar indexes showed improvement in China, India, the U.K., Switzerland and Australia.

01/01/2012Rail Intermodal Volume Soars 22.9 Percent
 

Intermodal volume for major U.S. railroads soared 22.9 percent year-over-year in the week ending Dec. 24, a likely signal that businesses were moving to replenish their lean inventories heading into the New Year.

12/28/2011Intermodal volume was 5.1 percent ahead of last year’s total through the first 50 weeks of 2011
 

Intermodal volume was 5.1 percent ahead of last year’s total through the first 50 weeks of 2011, according to the AAR figures. Container business has led the expansion, growing 5.6 percent, while truck trailer volume is up only 2 percent from a year ago and has been slipping backward toward the end of the year.

12/27/2011Shippers Decry Changes in Trucking Hours-of-Service
 

Groups representing shippers say new rules on work hours for truck drivers will reduce efficiency across their supply chains, complicating delivery schedules, raising costs and even undermining safety on highways.

12/26/2011Tightening Trucking Standards
 

Despite disputes over funding levels and where to find the money, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a broad swath of the safety agenda in several bills the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved on Dec. 14.

12/26/2011TIGER Grants Favor Intermodal
 

Local and state governments seeking a piece of the $500 million in TIGER grants available next year would be wise to pitch projects relating to intermodal rail because the majority of the freight projects that got a slice of the Department of Transportation’s most recent round of TIGER grants will improve intermodal connections, help shippers export or both. Forty-six projects, ranging from bridge replacement to passenger rail work, received $511 million in funding this month through the third round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery program.

12/21/2011Tightening LTL capacity, increasing freight demand means rising rates in 2012
 

Paced by market leader Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL carriers are reporting year-over-year tonnage increases for 2011 and those gains are expected to repeat again in 2012. Ross is predicting a “slow, potentially choppy” economic recovery with price increases in the 2-3 percent range, although that could vary widely by geography, lane, customer and carrier.

Most major LTL carriers announced general rate increases (GRI) between 5.9 and 6.9 percent, effective in the fourth quarter. Privately, carrier executives say they would be happy to actually get half that amount from its customer base. But event that amount would continue a trend of increasing LTL yields (excluding fuel surcharges) that began in 2010.

12/20/2011Intermodal volume grew 3 percent year-over-year in the first full week of December
 

Intermodal volume for U.S. railroads grew 3 percent year-over-year in the first full week of December, helped by container shipments that maintained most of their momentum heading toward the end of the 2011.

12/14/2011U.S. Railroads Map Out Expansion Plans
 

Despite a few bumps along the way, the domestic intermodal segment has enjoyed a respectable to solid 2011. And if the railroads' 2012 and 2013 battle plans are any indication, the industry expects more of the same from the domestic front.

12/14/2011Truckload Rate Index Rises 8.5 Percent
 
Truckload linehaul rates rose 8.5 percent year-over-year in November, according to Cass Information Systems and investment research firm Avondale Partners.
12/14/2011Truckload Carriers Bullish on 2012 Rates
 

A large majority of truckload carriers expect freight volumes and truck rates to rise next year, according to new survey.

12/13/2011Truckload Driver Turnover Rate Hits 89 Percent
 

The driver turnover rate increased from 79 percent in the second quarter, hitting its highest point since early 2008, the American Trucking Associations said Monday. The turnover rate at small truckload carriers jumped 10 points to 57 percent, the highest level for those companies since the third quarter of 2008, the ATA said.

12/07/2011Freight Index Fell 2.2 Percent in November
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. shipments fell for the first time in nearly two years in November, slipping 2.9 percent in a sign that the fall’s peak shipping season was easing into a lower gear.

11/30/2011How to Benefit from SaaS TMS
 

SaaS TMS is a single-instance, multi-tenant environment where customers and their partners access a shared solution via the Internet. Transportation feature functionality is comparable to other hosted or on-premise solutions. What makes SaaS unique, however, are the intangible benefits that exist by being part of a community as opposed to simply working siloed within the four walls of an organization.

 

11/30/2011Intermodal growth signs continue to look promising
 As freight transportation volumes are primarily showing flat or modest growth levels, intermodal still is showing very strong growth prospects, with the very likely possibility that the drivers for future intermodal gains are very promising.
11/29/2011U.S. railroad intermodal traffic growth for 2011
 U.S. railroad intermodal traffic for the year's first 45 weeks of the year was up 5.2 percent year-over-year, reaching more than 10.3 million units.
11/08/2011Is Intermodal Right For You?
 

Capacity and driver shortages plague the over-the-road (OTR) trucking sector, prompting shippers to consider the merits of other transportation modes.

11/04/2011How Long Can the Intermodal Rally Last?
 Intermodal operators report year-over-year gains, but have concerns over capacity and economy in 2012 before adding additional assets.
11/04/2011Market Views on Transitioning OTR to Intermodal
 

Not only railroads and intermodal marketing companies, but also trucking companies expect to put more truckloads on the rails as the economically feasible length of an intermodal haul drops from 1,000 miles or more closer to 500 miles. Increasingly, the economic dividing line between a truckload haul and an intermodal move isn’t measured in miles but as what a single driver can do in one day, plus a day.

10/24/2011Long-Term Carrier / Shipper Relationships.
 
Long-Term Carrier / Shipper Relationships.
10/21/2011Intermodal Volume Up 3% for the Week Ended 10/15/2011
 Intermodal rail volume was up 3 percent for the week at 244,389 trailers and containers.
10/19/2011Logistics Outsourcing vs. In-sourcing: 3 Questions to Consider
 One breakout session at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference IDS attended earlier this month was around whether you should outsource a supply chain function or keep it in-house. Two case studies were presented: an "outsourced" one by Bill Pollard, VP of Customer Service and Transportation at Del Monte Foods, and an "in-sourced" one by Todd Jackson, President at Alliant Logistics, a division of US Foodservice.  The below article was a good summary of the discussion written by the moderator.
10/13/2011Shippers Need to Help in Driver Turnover
 

Shippers need to do more to help trucking companies reduce rising driver turnover rates and help keep transportation costs in line, a transportation consultant says.

09/30/2011Intermodal Rides Into The Future
 Looking for new strategies to enable your business to cut costs and increase supply chain efficiency? Want to boost your reputation as an environmentally conscious company at the same time? Then consider investigating how you might use the intermodal transportation network to send or receive shipments.
09/27/2011Seven must have features in a TMS
 Even by the standards of the supply chain software world, transportation management systems (TMS) have proved to have exceptional legs. After nearly two decades on the market, these solutions continue to sell briskly. Last year, revenues generated through TMS sales and software support grew 11 percent, according to the research firm Gartner Inc. In fact, Chad Eschinger, an analyst at Gartner, estimates that in 2010, the global TMS market reached $625 million despite the sputtering economy.
08/12/2011Survey Sees Major Shift of Truck Freight to Intermodal
 

Analysts say second quarter change was highest in eight years of shipper poll

Shippers shifted freight from all-truck modes to intermodal at the fastest pace in years during the second quarter, according to a closely watched survey by the Wolfe Trahan research group.

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