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Unpredictable trade environment puts focus on shippers to be efficient and diligent

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

The trade war, in a sense, has become an extension of an ongoing “quest” for shippers to truly be ready for anything.

FMCSA issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for HOS regulations

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

A new look may be coming to motor carrier hours-of-service (HOS) rules, with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) geared towards HOS changes, with an emphasis on increasing safety through updating existing commercial motor vehicle driver regulations.

Article 1: The New 3-Dimensional Trucking Market

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

In anticipation of the launching of “Trucking Financial Markets 360°", Logistics Management, together with Lakefront Futures’ Trucking & Derivatives Group, will be publishing a series of articles over the next five weeks on the “A-Z” of trucking freight futures. This debut article provides an overview of the paradigm shift occurring in the trucking market and the increasing trucking rate volatility impacting trucking carriers, shippers, & 3PLs.

Create Shipping Efficiencies and Decrease Delivery Costs

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

How will your shipping team win during peak season?

Commerce and NRF report July retail sales gains

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

Commerce reported the July retail sales­­, at $523.5 billion, were up 0.7% over June and up 3.4% annually, and NRF reported that July retail sales increased 0.9% on a seasonally adjusted basis and 5.6% on an unadjusted annual basis.

Article 2: Trucking Freight Futures 101

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

This article provides a snapshot of the trucking freight futures market, starting with a summary of the basics about derivatives-futures and then diving into the specifics of trucking freight futures and their application for the key trucking market participants – trucking carriers, shippers, 3PLs and opportunistic traders/investors.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index sees some mild improvement

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

For June, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI was -0.82, an improvement over May’s -2.3 and April’s -1.18.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal units trend down for week ending August 10, says AAR

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

Rail carloads, at 261,194, were off 3.9% annually, and intermodal units, at 271,996, slipped 4.6%.

USTR announces changes to planned September 1 tariff hikes

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

While the USTR indicated that the September 1 tariff remains on schedule, it also noted that certain products are being removed from the tariff list “based on health, safety, national security, and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.”

July Cass Freight Index Report shows ongoing declines

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:59:43 -0400

July shipments, at 1.171, were off 5.9% compared to a very strong July 2018 and down 0.8% compared to June. On the expenditures, side, the report noted that July came in at 2.861, which represented a 1.4% annual decline and a 2% decline compared to June.

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