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Land use efficiency, communication crucial to unclogging inland terminals

Chassis shortage was the topic of conversation at a panel of the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference earlier in May. Better communication between shippers, drayage providers, and terminal operators is key to improving the current congested conditions for container movement at interior US cities, agreed panelists including representatives of BNSF Railway, […]

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Despite April freight tonnage decline, trucking demand exceeds capacity

For-hire US motor carriers hauled less freight in April, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), but despite this brief lull, trucking demand is expected to continue to exceed supply in the near term. The organization’s for-hire truck tonnage index fell 4.2 percent from March to April on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. One cause could […]

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Drayage drivers quit amidst US rail ramp congestion

Rail intermodal congestion in the Midwest and South Central US has lessened daily productivity for drivers who dray ocean containers in these regions, greatly impacting their pay and causing an alarming number of drivers to quit. Conditions including chassis shortages, terminal congestion, and restrictions on export loads and returning empty boxes have led to drivers […]

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Trucking jobs rise in March, still fall short of pre-pandemic levels

Trucking companies continue to experience a driver deficit, in the face of increasingly high freight demands — as the yearlong US import surge continues unabated and a fast-moving manufacturing recovery adds to the strain on supply chains. The US for-hire trucking sector added 7,800 jobs in March, reversing three months of declining non-seasonally adjusted employment […]

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DOT Addresses Exporter Problems, Proposes Infrastructure Investments

US Agricultural shippers’ complaints that container lines are refusing export bookings in favor of higher-paying imports have reached the ear of the federal government, but there are no “easy fixes,” Pete Buttigieg, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary, said in late March to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Buttigieg told legislators that this […]

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TPM Takeaway: Shippers Turn to Transloading for Demand-Based Fulfillment

As the US import surge continues to create a capacity crunch, transloading terminals near ports are filling up. That’s forcing more container transloading activity further inland, increasing transportation costs, and diminishing the advantages of transferring goods from 40-foot ocean containers to 53-foot trailers or intermodal containers. Despite this, transloading is increasingly attractive to shippers due […]

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TPM Takeaway: Dedicated Trucking on the Rise

Trucking and logistics companies are experiencing a boom in dedicated trucking, as shippers look to these services to help them reshape the supply chain. For example, Agway Farm & Home has offered their Agway and Southern State retails stores free delivery to locations that order a certain minimum quantity, said Holly Pearce, the company’s director […]

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US Gulf Coast Storm Impacts Q2 Resins Production, Exports

The resin export market is still feeling the chill from the February deep freeze on the US Gulf Coast. Petrochemical production in the region is running at approximately half the level it was prior to the storms, due to long restarts from shutdowns and power outages at Texas plants, Terry Glass, executive director for plastics […]

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Dallas Intermodal Congestion Lingers into March

Dallas-Fort Worth has been slow to recover from February’s massive winter storm that closed rail terminals, distribution centers, and trucking operations across the US South and Midwest, leading to heavy intermodal disruptions. Union Pacific Railroad suspended all service into Dallas-Fort Worth and BNSF dramatically reduced service there for three days due to snow, ice, freezing […]

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TPM21 Takeaway: Targeting freight that “fits” truck carrier networks

Truck pricing and operating costs will continue to rise throughout 2021 as capacity remains tight in both the truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) markets. In this environment, carriers will award capacity to shippers whose freight “fits” their network — i.e., the right shipments in the right lanes and at the right price and margin — speakers […]

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Freight Demand High as US Trucking Rebounds From Polar Vortex

Higher-than-expected freight demand is turning March into a strong month for contract freight, motor carrier executives told JOC.com — indicating a US trucking rebound from February’s winter storms that clamped down on inland hubs such as Dallas-Fort Worth and Memphis with ice, snow, and power outages. As the disruption began to clear in early March, […]

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TPM21 Takeaway: Honing in on middle and last-mile deliveries

In order to address increasing e-commerce sales and customer expectations of faster last-mile deliveries, retailers need to tear down the silo between middle- and last-mile deliveries. Using technology investments that offer inventory visibility to get real-time insights, retailers can position inventories closer to customers — whether in a fulfillment center, warehouse, or physical store — […]

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