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Hours of Service: The “Obamacare” of the Trucking Industry?

The new Hours of Service regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2013, might well be the “Obamacare” of the trucking industry, with yet another challenge issued last Thursday when U.S. Reps. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Tom Rice (R-SC) and Mike Michaud (D-ME) introduced the TRUE Safety Act. The bill specifically targets the 34-hour restart rule, which is the most controversial part of the new HOS regulations, much like the individual mandate is for Obamacare. Here are […]

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What is the Future of Truckload Transportation?

There’s been a common thread in my conversations with shippers over the past few years: their desire to take freight off the truckload grid — i.e., minimize the number of one-way truck shipments they make. This desire is driven by a number of factors, including: Capacity concerns: A lot of capacity has left the market since 2008, with many carriers going bankrupt when the recession hit and others downsizing their fleets. This hasn’t been a […]

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Takeaways from Shipper-Carrier Roundtable at Momentum 2013

What happens when you bring together a large group of shippers and carriers and put them in a conference room? At the Manhattan Associates Momentum 2013 conference last month, the answer was a great conversation about transportation trends, challenges, and opportunities. I had the privilege of moderating this year’s Shipper-Carrier Roundtable, which included the following executives from the industry: Joshua Dolan, Senior Director, Transportation at Dick’s Sporting Goods Arne Gonzales, Director, Supply Chain at C&S […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 27-31, 2012)

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana, Mississippi, and elsewhere who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. And a big thanks to the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and other relief groups who have mobilized to help. In other news this week… Trimble to Acquire North American Trucking Industry Enterprise Software Leader TMW Systems Infor Delivers Infor VISUAL for Multi-Site Organizations Oracle Upgrades Analytics in Oracle Retail Data Model Largest ILA […]

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Guest Commentary: Suit Filed Alleging FMCSA Overreach on Publication of SMS Methodology

On July 16, 2012, ASECTT (the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation), four other trade associations and twelve named plaintiffs sued the FMCSA over its May 16th publication of “New Resources Available for Shippers, Brokers, and Insurers” on its website. This guidance makes clear that the FMCSA does not intend to perform its job under existing statute of determining which carriers are fit to operate on the highways and shutting down the rest. […]

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Guest Commentary: How to Structure a Motor Carrier Qualification Process

Motor carrier selection can be challenging under typical conditions. As regulations regarding the motor carrier industry change, where there are both motor carrier safety ratings and basic safety data available, shippers are right to ask questions about risk. Shippers worry about being included in a lawsuit under claims of negligent hire or vicarious liability. These are some of the questions I hear from companies that regularly ship freight: How liable are you if a motor […]

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Guest Commentary: How to Get a Read on Truckload Prices

Everyone wants to know where truckload prices are headed in 2012. To get closer to an answer, there are several factors to consider that may—or may not—affect pricing this year. For much of 2010 and 2011, the industry anticipated a “perfect storm” of regulation and legislation that would hit the market simultaneously, subsequently raising rates through the roof. But although rates have risen more than their historical average for the last two years, the perfect […]

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Guest Commentary: Fostering Long-Term Carrier Partnerships

Last month, Manhattan Associates hosted the Inaugural “Shipper/Carrier” Exchange event in Atlanta. Attendees included an array of large shippers, 3PLs and carriers including GENCO ATC, HEB Grocery, Publix Super Markets, Celadon Trucking and Knight Transportation. The event focused on the importance and benefit of strengthening relationships between shippers and their transportation service providers. While there were occasional areas of disagreement, there was consensus in one critical area: Freight rates are going up! The Law of […]

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