Economy

Angry about trucking? Occupy your business

| December 04, 2011

You might have noticed the powers that be are not striving to make your work environment more trouble-free next year. A new, and likely more restrictive, hours of service rule is expected. Carriers are steadily adopting ...

Factory freight finishing strong

| December 01, 2011

Owner-operators with hauls tied closely to factory output should see good demand through year-end, based on today’s report from the Institute for Supply Management.

Santa’s elves cranking out electronics

| November 01, 2011

Manufacturing continued growing in October, but at a slower pace than September, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Landstar report a good sign for owner-operators

| October 25, 2011

If earnings at Landstar System, the nation’s largest owner-operator carrier, are any indication, owner-operators are having a better year than they did in 2010.

Retail’s rebound bodes well for holidays

| October 14, 2011

The economy’s still sputtering, but it looks like there will be lots of freight through the holidays. At least consumer goods and other cargo related to retail sales are doing well, based on recent reports.

Wood production leads September growth

| October 03, 2011

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for ...

Driver’s “beans-and-rice budget” needed in D.C.

| September 30, 2011

Someone who’s experienced his own financial crisis during this period is hot-shot hauler Frank Hagwood.

Manufacturing expansion passes two years

| September 01, 2011

Factory activity expanded for the 25th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 27th consecutive month.

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