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Following a record-setting month in March, FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for April hit another record-high of 16.82, surpassing March’s record of 16.27 Read More

“You’re on mute.”

There’s a phrase we’ve all surely heard dozens of times over the course of the past year sitting in countless Zoom meetings with colleagues as the world reeled from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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While reported cargo theft numbers were down in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period a year ago, theft incidents are still higher than what was considered normal before 2020 – a record year for theft. Read More

With strong freight demand and high rates in recent months, several top carriers are increasing pay to help attract new truck drivers and sweeten the pot for current drivers.
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The increasing prevalence of terms like “big data,” “machine learning,” and “artificial intelligence” across supply chain roles could make practitioners wonder if they need to go get a master’s degree in advanced calculus. Read More

A cyberattack on Memorial Day targeting the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, that shut down at least some of the company’s 84 U.S. facilities has prompted the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association to ask the DOT for regulatory relief for livestock and meat haul Read More

I've been doing some thinking about the upcoming evolution of electrified commercial vehicles over the past few weeks. I have especially been thinking about how they might impact end-user customers and their ability to both operate and maintain these electric vehicles.
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Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 80,000 trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. The largest of the recalls affects more than 72,000 trucks, while the other affects nearly 8,500 trucks. Read More

Labor shortages in the post-pandemic recovery have put a chokehold on many industries, especially transportation, where the demand for capacity is tighter than ever. Most freight market indicators, like the ton-mile index published by supply chain economist and Michigan State professor Jason Miller, hit record highs in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 with no signs of slowing down. Read More

There is that old adage, “If you want to improve something, you first have to measure it.”

With that in mind, if you want to control your maintenance costs, you need to begin by developing a plan to accurately track them as well as warranty programs and parts pricing. The best way to do this is via a maintenance database, but it can be done manually. Read More

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