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Fleet success depends on smarts, not the number of trucks

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Career, Equipment

  Smaller, over-the-road truck fleets can successfully compete against larger— not to mention mega-sized— motor carriers if their owners think and act big by fully leveraging the reduced footprint of their operations. It’s well known that persons of small stature who use what they’ve learned to earn black belts in martial arts can easily take down bigger, stronger assailants. Just like that, managers of smaller carriers can not only keep a toehold in today’s freight marketplace, but gain the upper hand when they’re smart enough to recognize opportunities they can exploit to their advantage. Here, then, are profiles of a dynamic trio of smaller fleets whose recent experiences amply demonstrate that what matters isn’t the number of trucks you run, but how smart you run with them. According to Sergio Casas Silva Jr., operations manager for TILI Logistics, the...

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Supply-demand dynamics continue to favor truckers, FTR says

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Career

  FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 9.10 for August, continuing an upward trend that reflects an uneasily tight capacity situation. As market tightness continues, rate and service spreads are increasing between “good” and “bad” freight, the report explains. Carriers are experiencing demand levels for their services that are allowing them to choose what freight to haul while maintaining dependable workloads and increasing margins. The TCI should remain at very positive levels for the foreseeable future with a strengthening economy suggesting upside potential for freight.  RelatedATA economist: Freight volumes rising, but so is driver turnover; trucking growth at risk “With overall capacity remaining tight and continued cost pressures at fleets we can expect to see freight rates moving higher into 2015. Spot rates are edging lower – from a very high level – but contract rates are...

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Trucking Moves America Forward close to reaching funds goal

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Career, Finance

  The Trucking Moves America Forward campaign surpassed 80 percent of its $1 million fundraising goal, representatives of the industry-wide image-building campaign reported Tuesday at the American Trucking Associations annual MC&E conference earlier this week. The initiative – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show – aims to inform policymakers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry and to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support to strengthen and grow trucking. “To be at 80 percent of our goal already is a remarkable achievement,” said Kevin Burch, vice chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, speaking at a “state of the movement” press conference. “We’ve made concentrated efforts to lay the foundation of a groundbreaking movement within the industry and are excited about reaching our one million dollar goal. We’ve had a great start,...

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ATA Honors 4 For Image Efforts

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in Career

   Two individuals, a state trucking association and a company were recognized by American Trucking Associations for their efforts to bolster the industry’s image. The federation handed out the annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award during its Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 5 here. Every day the industry works to improve its image, said Kevin Burch, vice chairman of ATA as well as president of Dayton, Ohio-based Jet Express Inc. MC&E 2014: Complete coverage “The awards we presented today celebrate a company, organization or individual who over the past year has worked tirelessly to generate positive awareness of the trucking industry,” said Burch, who made the presentations. The federation handed out the annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award during its Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 5 here. Every day the industry works to improve its...

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Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in Career, Regulatory

  ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge SAN DIEGO — The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Operational impacts being experienced across the supply chain from the changes to the hours-of-service rules that went into effect in 2013 once again propelled the regulations to the top of the list in ATRI’s annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders. The survey was made up of approximately 70% of people with truck fleets and about 30% drivers. Coming in a close second to the hours-of-service rules in terms of industry concern is the growing driver shortage, which replaced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability, more commonly known...

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Growing United States Economy Forces Focus On Trucker Shortage

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Career, Finance

  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) claims that the trucking industry is 35,000 drivers short. The ATA says that the number could grow to a whopping 240,000 truck drivers short if the problem is not fixed. Trucking carriers are struggling because of the shortage, and jacked up freight rates, analysts say this could contribute to inflation. Our economy is improving, which increases consumer demand and a rise in housing starts, which gives the trucking companies a bib headache because they don’t have the truckers to drive the big rigs, and deliver the goods. From Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises Inc (WERN.O) with a fleet of around 7,000 trucks, said the company needs several thousand new drivers in the next year. “We have freight today we can’t haul because we don’t have the capacity,” Leathers said. Since 2013,...

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