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Is there a ‘war on trucking’ afoot?

Such was the question Michael Regan, board member of the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT is primarily a shippers' group), aimed to answer in his piece in Logistics Management magazine. There, he detailed a recent conference call about the state of freight transportation with logistics professionals. Is there a war? he was asked on that call.His answer is yes. "Beyond record low freight volumes," Regan wrote, "trucking companies are looking at potential legislation and federal ...

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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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'Trusted' label puts target on backs of some NAFTA carriers

Apparently being a trusted carrier and a secure carrier may not always be the same thing. At least not when it comes to crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. A recent Associated Press story revealed that drug dealers are targeting Mexican trucking companies that use a Free and Secure Trade Lane, or FAST Lane, crossing into the United States.  Some drivers for companies that are a part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, have allegedly felt pressured by ...

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‘Going Wrong’? — what Sarah Palin’s autobiography has to do with you

Not much, really, unless you happen to be reading it and enjoying its critique of media lassitude and political bias, with the exception of a mention of VHF radios and conversations with truckers held from Palin's Alaskan back porch. The mention of truckers comes via Craig Medred, who offered this critique of Palin's "Going Rouge" autobiography. The critique takes the form of a fact-checker's list of errors. He found a mention of conversations held on ...

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Truck dealers analyze a year’s anemic sales

It still appears to be a buyer’s market for Class 8 trucks, according to a report from the truck dealers’ trade group. It’s been “a year of heavy depreciation for the highway sleeper market,” says the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide. Considering the depressed conditions, prices could have dropped even lower, says Chris Visser, editor of the guide. "Anecdotal evidence suggests that an extremely active export market helped keep the domestic supply of used trucks at ...

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Songwriter Larry Morris drives big trucks to Nashville

Campbell, Mo.-based trucker Larry Morris (pictured), who drives for small fleet Double G Trucking, is also a songwriter, and his crowning achievement in that arena is now available -- "Cotton Fields to Nashville" is the name of the tune, which you can hear here: http://www.cottonfields2nashville.com/>. I wrote about him in the December issue of Truckers News, which you probably haven't seen yet in the racks at the truckstops; it's available now in a digital edition ...

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NPR correspondent gets "worst roads" lesson from owner-operator

Yesterday on National Public Radio's banner afternoon news program, All Things Considered, correspondent Ina Jaffe detailed her ridealong with one Randy Park, who drives for Apex Logistics. They ran down a stretch I-10 in California that Overdrive readers last year named among the worst in the country, singling out the state for No. 4 in our annual survey for Worst Roads in the country.Our owner-operator readers weren't off target, as usual. The Road Information Program, ...

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Texas trucker narrowly escapes the ultimate disaster

I may have spoken too soon, Friday, when I made reference to one Brazilian truck accident as one of the most bizarre of truck crash results ever photographed. A Nov. 12 story in Wyoming's Powell Tribune newspaper included a picture equally terrifyingwe-inspiring. The piece told the story of Texas-based hauler Otis Hall, whose wrong turn led him on a harrowing journey up and over the Big Horn mountains on US-14A; his brakes failed on the ...

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