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2020 Freight Shipping Outlook: Top 10 Freight Industry Issues

Every year, it seems like the freight shipping industry changes. As a shipper or small business owner, you might wonder what freight industry issues could affect your shipping demands.  We’re here to help. The American Transportation Research Institute’s “Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry — 2019” is a 30-page report based on responses from 2,119 […]

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The Truth About LTL Freight Transit Time Estimates

When it comes to LTL freight shipping, there are many factors that can change your estimated freight transit time. Nobody likes booking a shipment and the estimated LTL freight transit time they were given ultimately turns out to be off by a day or two. Understanding some of the most common reasons why your LTL freight transit […]

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2020 Freight Shipping Outlook: More Capacity Could Heat Competition

2020 Freight Shipping Outlook Freight Shipping Factors Changing We’ve been pointing to a number of issues that have elevated freight shipping rates over the last few years. Number one among them has been a lack of freight shipping capacity caused by a lack of vehicles, a shortage of drivers and the use of Electronic Logging […]

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2020 Freight Shipping Outlook: Needed Highway Funding in Jeopardy

November 11, 2019 | By Meyer Baron | Under | No Comments

2020 Freight Shipping Outlook Series For what seems like an eternity, there’s been a lot of talk in Washington, D.C. about making major investments to bring our nation’s infrastructure up to date. The highways and bridges used by families, businesses and freight trucks are parts of the infrastructure, and they need attention. So far, no […]

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America’s Haunted Highways and Byways

October 22, 2019 | By Meyer Baron | No Comments

America is full of spooky places. You probably live near one (or more). If you’re looking to change up your usual Halloween plans, here are five highways and byways in different parts of the country that promise to give you a shiver or two. Vermont — Moretown If you’re in the vicinity of “The Devil’s […]

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Keeping freight rates stable during peak shipping season

Stay protected from seasonal spikes in rates If you’ve been shipping any length of time, then you may have noticed that LTL and Truckload rates often fluctuate in the fall months due to an increase in demand from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Shipping’s best season starts with back-to-school goods and fall fashions heading to the […]

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Controversial Rhode Island Truck-Only Tolls Raise Infrastructure Funds

September 12, 2019 | By Meyer Baron | No Comments

Tolls on Large Trucks Rhode Island’s roads and bridges are in the worst condition of any in the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Census Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Ocean State has taken steps to address the problem — one that has punched a $450 million hole […]

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Carrier Bankruptcies Make 3PLs More Important to Shippers than Ever

September 11, 2019 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

In 2017, New England Motor Freight (NEMF) generated $402 million in revenue. On February 12, 2019, NEMF, the country’s 19th largest LTL carrier, shut down operations and announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection. 1,472 truck drivers were out of work in the largest U.S. trucking company shutdown since Consolidated Freightways in 2002. First […]

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How Can You Avoid Billing Adjustments? We Asked an Expert With YRC

August 27, 2019 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

How Can You Avoid Billing Adjustments? We Asked an Expert With YRC According to shipping periodical Transport Topics, YRC is the second largest LTL freight shipping carrier in the United States. Recently, James Faas, Director W+I for YRC paid a visit to FreightCenter, and we took the opportunity to ask him how our customers could […]

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Freight Shipping Market Volatility Makes 3PLs Indispensable

Freight shipping is a reactive industry, much like the tail of the dog. Freight carriers can’t create demand, they just react to it. When the economy is as strong as it was in 2018, demand is high, capacity is low and rates rise. In addition to a strong economy, 2018 was notable for the introduction […]

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