Freight Shipper's News for February 2017

Rates outlook for 2017, drug testing for truckers and more shipping news from Ryan Transportation.

Feb 07, 2017

What Will Rates Look Like in 2017?

From Logistics Management—A range of factors, from trucking capacity to a growing economy to President Donald Trump’s approach to trade agreements, are expected to have an impact on freight rates in 2017:

Analyst Declares End to “Freight Recession”

From Overdrive—Is the 18-month slump for trucking freight over? Mark Montague, an analyst for DAT Solutions, says that a boom market for truckload transportation began to emerge in November and December:

Diesel Prices Slip for Third Straight Week

From Land Line—The average per-gallon price of diesel fuel declined 0.7 cents last week, to $2.56. Diesel prices have declined for three straight weeks after increasing each of the previous six weeks, according to the Department of Energy:

EXCLUSIVE: Three Ways Your Construction Projects Can Benefit from Transportation Expertise

From Ryan Transportation—For many construction companies, the timely movement of project materials is more challenging today than ever before. This article explains the benefits of having a coordinated approach to transportation for all your company’s construction projects:

DOT Wants to Test Drivers for Prescription Opioids

From Overdrive—The U.S. Department of Transportation last week proposed additional drug test screening of truck drivers for commonly abused opioids hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and hydromorphone. Opioid abuse has increased sharply in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control:

Retailers Look to “Drop Shipping”

From The Wall Street Journal—A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers. Retailers hope this strategy—called “drop shipping”—will help them compete more effectively with e-commerce rivals:

Which Cities Have the Worst Traffic for Shipping?

From—Atlanta and Houston have the two worst traffic bottlenecks for trucking, according to a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute. To read about other bottlenecks that are among the country’s worst, click here:

Will Changes to Trade Agreements Be Good for Trucking?

From Heavy Duty Trucking—During his first week in office, President Trump has made reexamining international trade agreements a top priority. This article explores whether changes to these agreements will benefit the U.S. trucking industry:

Amazon to Add 100,000 Workers by Mid-2018

From Supply Chain 24/7—Already one of the country’s largest employers, Amazon has shared plans to grow its U.S. workforce from 180,000 today to more than 280,000 within the next 18 months. Many of the new roles will be in Amazon’s fulfillment centers currently under construction across the country:

Trump OK’s Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

From The Hill—In a move that could have a big impact on U.S. oil production and the price of diesel, President Trump last week signed orders to advance work on the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines:

E-Log Devices May Push Truckload Rates Higher This Year

From Fleet Owner—The federal government’s E-log mandate for heavy trucks, which takes effect later this year, will cause truckload rates to increase by about 4%, according to one transportation economist:

In the Digital Age, Cargo Thefts Becoming More Sophisticated

From Overdrive—Identity theft is playing a larger role in cargo heists. Experts say that schemes like the “fictitious pickup” have been on the rise in recent years:

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