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A confident public and stronger freight

Two bits of news breaking Wednesday offered some encouragement that the economy, and trucking with it, will continue rebounding.

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More bad news about your lifestyle

Trucking’s lifestyle has always gotten a bad rap for its impact on health because of driver inactivity, stress and poor diet, among other things. New studies bring even more bad news, and you don’t want to take this sitting down: Staying seated for prolonged periods, even when combined with regular exercise, could be bad for your health. If there’s any consolation, it’s that professional drivers are hardly the only ones affected. Office workers, students, couch potatoes ...

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Early warning signs at Arrow Trucking

One of the lessons to come out of the Arrow Trucking collapse is to recognize warning signs and take appropriate action.

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Clothes, fuel and computers lead factory report

Clothing was one of nine growing sectors that produced the fifth consecutive month of expansion for the nation’s manufacturing sector.

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Dollars and Sense

Over 90 percent of the U.S. population is not financially independent at retirement. Follow theses steps to put your self in the other 10 percent.

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A creeping, sputtering recovery

It appears that trucking and the economy will be slouching toward health and stability during 2010. Here are forecasts from three sources.

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OMG! SaDIP my dataQ

The CSA 2010 webcast assaulted listeners with more acronyms per square inch than is legal under EPA or OSHA regs.

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Jobs in transition — in more ways than one

As with the 2001 recession, there’s been much talk of a “jobless recovery.” It peaked with two reports in early November: Productivity increased 9.5 percent in the third quarter, while unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October. Not all explanations for the productivity gain, one of the three biggest in the last 30 years, carry equal weight. New computer systems or factory-line robots or low-wage workers in India could have taken over duties formerly done by ...

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Manufacturing sustains its hot streak in November

Manufacturing monitor ISM issued a good news, bad news report today, but the good outweighs the bad.    The sector expanded in November for the fourth consecutive month, says the Institute for Supply Management. The downside is that the rate of growth is less than a month ago, and less than analysts expected.    “The signs are still encouraging for continuing growth as both new orders and production are still at very positive levels,” says Norbert Ore, ...

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Dollars and Sense

Peer-to-peer lending has evolved to an Internet-based system that uses technology similar to eBay to match parties seamlessly and anonymously.

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