Freight Shipper's News for January 2017

Rising rates, flying warehouses and more shipping news from Ryan Transportation.

Jan 12, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Your Guide to the Future of Freight

From Ryan Transportation—The next few years will usher in a wave of new technologies, government regulations and workforce challenges. Ryan Transportation’s free guide, The Future of Freight, contains articles that will help your company stay ahead of a rapidly changing transportation sector:

Van and Reefer Rates Finish Strong in 2016

From Overdrive—Volumes for refrigerated shipments declined slightly, but rates got a boost from last-minute deliveries before Christmas day. Dry van rates increased in many parts of the country and were expected to remain elevated through the end of 2016, according to DAT Solutions:

Diesel Prices Continue to Rise

From Logistics Management—The average price per gallon of diesel, which has risen steadily through the course of 2016, jumped another 4.6 cents in the first week of 2017. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average weekly diesel price as of Jan. 4 was $2.586 per gallon—up 37.5 cents from a year ago:

Holiday Shopping Lifts Retailers

From Fortune—Retailers in the U.S. are on pace for their best holiday season in years. A spike in online orders and last-minute shopping has research firms forecasting the best holiday shopping season—which stretches from Nov. 1 to the end of December—since the mid-2000s:

Have You Performed Your Supply Chain Health Check?

From Inbound Logistics—To prepare for greater demand in 2017, experts advise that now is the time to evaluate your supply chain’s performance and take steps to make it more efficient in the new year:

Truck Driver Pay Increased in 2016

From—To combat a shortage of experienced truck drivers, carriers have been giving drivers some of the largest pay increases in the U.S. job market. According to, truck driver wages increased 7.8% between October 2015 and October 2016:

Rollback of Trucking Regulations Could be in the Works

From The Seattle Times—Congress’s clarification of trucking’s 34-hour restart in December could be the first of several victories for trucking groups and fleets that want to ease current federal regulations. At the same time, safety advocates fear a broad rollback of trucking rules under incoming President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress:

Self-Driving Trucks Face Many Potential Roadblocks

From—Truck manufacturers have made significant progress in developing automated truck technology. However, the big hurdle to getting self-driving trucks on the road will be how the technology is going to be regulated:

Are Flying Warehouses in Our Future?

From Heavy Duty Trucking—A patent approved in April 2016 for Amazon calls for the development of a “flying warehouse” that would serve as a fulfillment center for the company’s delivery drones. According to details of the patent, Amazon envisions an airship floating 45,000 feet in the air from which drones would fly down to deliver packages. Amazon announced it had completed its first commercial drone delivery in December:

Truck Drivers Led All Occupations in Fatalities in 2015

From Commercial Carrier Journal—According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had the most dangerous job in 2015. There were 745 fatal work injuries for truck drivers in 2015, the most of any occupation:

A Transportation Partner You Can Trust

No Shipment is Too Big or Complex

Got a shipment that is oversized, over-dimensional or involves heavy equipment? Give us call.

For more than 30 years, Ryan Transportation has provided shippers with the precision and capacity needed for oversized and specialized loads.

The advantages of working with Ryan Transportation include:

  • Access to specialized equipment like double drops, perimeter trailers, RGNs, stretch trailers and more
  • A network of more than 9,500 contracted carriers with 142,000 trailers for specialized hauls
  • Competitive pricing and cost savings
  • Strict safety and insurance standards for carriers, reducing the risk of late or damaged shipments

Contact Us Today About Your Freight Needs

Ryan Transportation

Phone: (877) 459-3828