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CRST’s Smiths give Cornell $10 million to fund family business initiative

Cornell University and its graduate business school made a big difference for John Smith, MBA '74, and perhaps an even bigger difference for the family business, to which he returned after earning his MBA. For while ...

Monday Money: Freight slows, rates hold in Nov.; intermodal sets record

End-of-the-year freight activity lived down to expectations in November, while spot rates held and intermodal traffic set a volume record for the month. CASS: North American freight volume was down slightly and expenditures up slightly in ...

75 ways to cut your fleet’s fuel costs

With the “new norm” cost of diesel at $4 per gallon, fleets should be looking at every possible opportunity to lower fuel consumption. Like no other time in the trucking industry, every drop counts. A tractor-trailer ...

ATA economy panel: Low GDP growth, higher costs will pressure carrier margins

More of the same from the economy, with a real chance for rate traction just over the next hill: that’s the message delivered – yet again – by a panel of experts during this year’s ...

Infographic: What is the biggest highway safety threat?

 

Monday Money: Sluggish 4th quarter expected

Several recent reports suggest that any momentum the economy and freight gained in the third quarter likely won’t carry over into the fourth. On the positive side, the latest Cass Freight Index Report shows freight expenditures ...

USA Truck asks court to put brakes on Knight takeover try

USA Truck Inc. has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Knight Transportation Inc. for, among other things, improperly using confidential information in its bid for the Arkansas-based carrier, USA Truck said in a news ...

Best of times? Regulatory changes offer both promise and peril

Truckers seem, by nature, to be cautious and skeptical. “We are in a bubble. Give it a couple of months, and it will pop,” said one member of the Randall-Reilly MarketPulse panel of senior for-hire ...

The truth behind LNG refueling speeds

Myth: It takes too long to refuel natural gas trucks and tractors. Fact: While this statement may be true for trucks that run on compressed natural gas, trucks powered by liquefied natural gas actually fuel comparably ...

Solving a parts problem: Quality at a low cost

If you want to sell a truck, somebody likely will buy it. The trick is getting that somebody to come back and buy another truck from you once the first one is worn out or ...

Risk & Reward: How CSA’s data shows discrimination toward small carriers

EDITOR’S NOTE: Working with CCJ and Overdrive publisher Randall-Reilly Business Media’s RigDig Business Intelligence unit, we analyzed inspection and scoring data at the end of the Compliance Safety Accountability program’s second year since going live in December 2010. Here we ...

Extra eyes: How trailer monitoring systems uncover hidden costs

K&J Trucking’s initial reason for investing in a trailer monitoring system was to get ahead of food safety concerns and regulations. All refrigeration units in the company’s 165 trailers log temperature and other data. Through a ...

Rates stay strong despite month-over-month drop

Spot market rates in all three segments reached all-time highs in June, and though the per-mile rates fell slightly in July, they're still stronger then the same month in 2012. According to data released this week ...

How data, dispatch software can push automated dispatch, driver rewards

This is the third and final installment in the "Turning Data into Action" series based on dispatch software systems. Part 1 covers realtime roadmapping — Click here to see it. Part 2 covers the customer ...

Preventable or Not? Dump truck dips into Doe’s path

Two days earlier, Old Man Winter had dumped two feet of wet snow on two-lane Rambler Road, leaving icy ruts that made driving a challenge for trucker John Doe. To keep up his spirits, Doe ...


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