Rail Transport Just Fell Off a Cliff. Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About It?
Rail transport existed long before any other method of transportation. It preceded highways and flight and opened up trade routes before America even had 50 states. Sadly, today, rail transport is in trouble. The industry has faced ups and downs over the years; but since the beginning of 2019, the trend has been all downward. The once dominant rail [...]
What’s Going On with Freight Volume this Year?
Freight volume has always been one of the core benchmarks of economic strength. The more imports/exports and product moving across America’s highways, the better the economy. As those volumes begin to contract, so does the economy - at least, that’s what appears to be happening right now. Freight volumes for 2019 have been lackluster to say the least, and it [...]
Is Your Freight Audit System Equipped for the Supply Chain of the Future?
Globalization and the rise of complex supply chains have brought forth many new variables for shippers to consider. It’s no surprise old freight management systems have become outmoded ― replaced by more robust platforms. So why are many companies still using antiquated freight accounting software? The supply chain of the future requires proactive oversight, not reactive remediation — especially when [...]
Understanding the Difference Between a Driver Shortage and a Capacity Shortage
To understand a problem, you need to know the reasons behind it. The freight industry has an abundance of problems, including one of shortages ― namely driver and capacity shortages. The two problems sound similar, but they’re actually quite different. They have unique roots and impact the industry in different ways. Understanding each is key to recognizing their effects [...]
Six ways a TMS improves shipper of choice standing
Shippers of choice all have one thing in common: They put the truck driver first. They accomplish this in different ways, but the theme of finding ways to make life easier for the driver prevails. Whether that is less detention time, quicker payments, improved route optimization or driver amenities at shipping facilities, drivers appreciate working with shippers that take their [...]
Cargo Theft Is on the Rise Thanks to an Increase in Valuable Goods Being Transported
The 2001 hit movie The Fast and the Furious opens with a daring heist of a truck hauling high-priced electronics by a gang of street racing thieves. It was an introduction to the concept of cargo theft for many people. And while Hollywood magic certainly dramatized the scene with flashy stunts, it shed light on a [...]
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