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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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Inventory shortfalls spur continued US import surge

As US consumers continue to spend more money on physical goods than services, shippers are struggling to replenish their inventory levels to keep up with the demand that is continuing past their typical peak season. US imports from Asia rose 14% year over year in January, according to data from PIERS, a sister product of […]

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Trucking industry anticipates renewed focus on HOS

With the Biden administration taking shape, US trucking companies and freight shippers should expect new attention on truck driver hours of service (HOS), according to speakers at the virtual SMC3 Jump Start 2021 conference in January. Other topics that the administration may focus on are limits to driver speed and the detention of truck drivers […]

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Visibility, efficiencies key to driver retention

The 2020 shortfall of truck drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic has centered on an ongoing industry discussion of how to find, hire, and keep drivers. “Pay can fix the short-term problem, but long-term we have to change the job,” Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President of highway services at J.B. Hunt […]

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January job-losses for trucking tighten capacity crunch

January was the second month of unadjusted job losses for trucking, following a 2,500-job decline in December despite strong demand for freight services, as US business activity expands and imports continue to pile up at US container ports. The unadjusted numbers show an actual loss of 27,900 trucking jobs in January; when seasonally adjusted, trucking’s […]

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