Blogs

Elvis has left the trailer…

The Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week that an apparent dispute between two moving companies has led to the disappearance of a California woman's collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia from the trailer her valuables were loaded into for a move to Austin, Texas. After Beaumont Trucking, the company contracted to do the move, stored the locked trailer on the lot of Bowman Trucking, the story goes, Beamont discovered en route that the lock had ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Blind Spot: Keeping one eye on the road just doesn't cut it

A little reminder that trucking in the United States, despite the daily stresses brought on by dispatchers, traffic, shippers and law enforcement, is just not that bad when compared to some parts of the word. Take this story, for example. According to the published report, a truck driver in China had his one of his eyes frozen shut after driving approximately 500 miles with his head sticking out the driver's window. Why? Because he had replaced his ...

Read More

The future of the inner-city courier business…

Need a workout to help accomplish that pesky New Year's Resolution peeking over the horizon? Yesterday, NPR's Morning Edition ran this story about the growth of interest in cargo bikes like the Bullitt S7 (pictured), which allow the human-powered haulers to transport up to 600 lbs. of cargo in a small package. All depending upon, of course, your ability to muscle it. They're geared, though, to make it easy, and their frames are designed ...

Read More

Wedding air horns are sounding…

From the website of the British Evening Star daily come the pictures here, of Robert White (in the first one) and his bride Kathleen and her father, Bernard Martin -- and, of course, the on-highway tractors that served in lieu of a limo in the service. As Kathleen told the newspaper, "It was Rob's idea -- he absolutely loves lorries. His world revolves around them. We even had the song 'Convoy' to leave the church ...

Read More

Correcting the record on DWT

That's "driving while texting," of course, the latest and greatest among local and national media fouls when it comes to trucking. Fortunately, yesterday South Dakota Trucking Association President Myron L. Rau took the time to correct the misstatements made by Dustin Murphy in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper about the apparently increasing number of truck-attributable crashes in recent years, which Murphy attributed in part to texting.Nevermind the cause, of course, if the end result ...

Read More

Reckoning a ‘tsunami of freight’ as a very bad thing

I don't intend to do so, fyi, just passing on a bit of eye-opening reporting that recently appeared at the website of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Even as freight volumes around the country are at extremely low levels, putting the hurt to trucking companies small and large, reporter James Pilcher (or, more likely, his editor) chooses the unfortunate 'Tsunami of Freight' headline for a story about highway funding and road conditions in Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky. ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

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, ...

Read More

Channel 19

Get a dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

Read More