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Smaller carriers move in as large TLs struggle to meet demand; active carrier ranks swell

Spot shortages of trucks don’t make for a national capacity crunch, but they are creating opportunities for small and medium-size trucking companies. Indeed, with affordable technology now providing fleet and ...

Understanding spot rates: Good data’s no longer an edge – it’s a necessity

 Graphics: DAT SOLUTIONS At the Pentagon they call it “asymmetric warfare,” but around the halls of CCJ it’s just called “trucking”: That is, a situation where combatants’ or competitors’ relative size ...

Riding the wave of e-commerce, part 2: technology on demand

Smarter than a supermodel? What you don’t know about hi-tech will hurt you

Networks. Automation. Connectivity. The cloud. This isn’t your grandfather’s transportation system, or even your father’s. And if you’ve been in the business since before the turn of the millennium, it’s ...

Riding the wave of e-commerce

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how e-commerce is changing the transportation industry and what carriers can do thrive in this brave new world. Part two (next ...

More red tape: The Great Pre-Buy of 2020? Are felons government’s answer to driver shortage?

(Editor’s note: On Thursday, Kevin got all thinked-up and had a vision of the future where trucking, specifically the truckload segment, is rapidly driven to consolidation by government meddlin’ in ...

Range of new rules will steer trucking to consolidation, de facto re-regulation

With the federal government setting rules for the way trucks perform, for how vehicle owners need to maintain them, for when truck drivers may and may not work and how ...

Seat belts, natural gas pains and a glimpse at the future

A couple of news stories caught my eye this week – and it’s only Tuesday. The first item, from The Huffington Post, details current research into seatbelts – specifically shoulder belts, ...

PeopleNet showcases new ‘connected fleet’ platform

Macro-level trends in connectivity and data have changed the transportation industry and how PeopleNet will deliver new products and services, said Brian McLaughlin, the company’s president at PeopleNet's 12th annual ...

Rating the Ferro administration: Is trucking more safe, or less?

Time, and some basic statistics, will tell how effective Anne Ferro’s stint as head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been. In her farewell interview with trade reporters Thursday, ...

Chevron details new strategies for avoiding turbocharger failure

Many fleet managers I know have a love/hate relationship with the turbochargers so essential to modern diesel engine. The advantages of turbochargers in terms of increased power, torque and engine ...

NYT: How is a driver shortage possible? Maybe trucking needs to pay more

Going intermodal: technology helps fleets ride the rail

J.B. Hunt struck gold in the early 1990s as one of the first motor carriers with an intermodal rail service network. It now boasts the largest fleet of 53-foot containers ...

Obama administration touts transport plan, again; Congress, public don’t much care

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday convened a technically plagued virtual town hall to tout the Obama administration’s politically plagued and virtually ignored long-term transportation package – this coming a day ...

The return of the low-tech truck?