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3 Contributing Factors Driving Demand for Air Freight

3 Contributing Factors Driving Demand for Air Freight | Transportfolio

Earlier this year, my colleague, Bogen Chi, wrote about 3 Air Freight Trends to Watch for in 2018: capacity shortages, peak season pressures, and the bright spot of consolidation. I would add that if certain regions of the world are important to your business, you owe it to yourself to learn the local implications of those trends too. If you utilize air freight to the Oceania region (Australia and New Zealand), you can certainly use our expertise to minimize the impact of market forces and streamline the flow of air-cargo to work in your favor.
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FMCSA Releases Guidance: Personal Conveyance by Commercial Truck Drivers

On May 31, 2018, FMCSA issued updated guidance on use of personal conveyance by commercial truck drivers. Previously, guidance had restricted the use of personal conveyance to “unladen” vehicles, which many interpreted as bobtail or power only moves. This final guidance makes clear that drivers can use personal conveyance for laden vehicles in certain circumstances.

One of the biggest impacts this guidance will have is to finally provide clear guidance on what to do when a driver runs out of hours on private shipper property due to unexpectedly long loading or unloading delays. Previously there was no clear answer to this as we outlined in this blog from December 2014.

Specific information about the guidance
C.H. Robinson submitted comments specifically asking FMCSA to address this question and they responded as follows:

The following are examples of appropriate uses of a CMV while off-duty for personal conveyance that include, but are not limited to:
Time spent traveling to a nearby, reasonable, safe location to obtain required rest after loading or unloading. The time driving under personal conveyance must allow the driver adequate time to obtain the required rest in accordance with minimum off-duty periods under 49 CFR 395.3(a)(1) (property-carrying vehicles) or 395.5(a) (passenger-carrying vehicles) before returning to on-duty driving, and the resting location must be the first such location reasonably available.

New guidance adds flexibility
All ELDs have the ability to currently log personal conveyance time. This new guidance by FMCSA will allow drivers significantly more flexibility in the use of safe and appropriate personal conveyance than they were previously able to use.

How to Diversify Your Truckload Carriers & Why You Need to

When you’re picking carriers to move your freight, there may seem like an overwhelming number of options. In fact, there’s an estimated 206,600 for-hire full truckload carriers in the United States. Yet despite all the options, securing the equipment you need can be challenging—especially during a tight market.

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Making the Most of Truckload, LTL, and Intermodal Strategies in 2018

Making the Most of Truckload, LTL, and Intermodal Strategies in 2018 | Transportfolio

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Supply chains are not limited by a specific mode or service. Freight migrates from one service to the next in the broad freight economy, seeking where it is served best. Accordingly, we now need to watch trends in a multitude of services to best understand what is affecting each service and be open to change if necessary.
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8 Truckload Market Trends for 2018

What is normal for the truckload industry? That may seem like a difficult question considering how rapidly things change in our industry—especially in the last calendar year. But there are several trends presenting themselves that will help us redefine what “normal” means for truckload in 2018 and 2019.
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The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping

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The Truth About Multi-stop Truckload Shipping | C.H. Robinson

It’s something we’ve wondered about, along with our customers: do carriers reject multi-stop truckloads more than single-stop, or does it only seem that way? We decided to find out. We worked with MIT graduate students to analyze 5 million truckload and multi-stop truckload tender records collected by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson. What we found provides valuable insights on the effect that additional stops have on price and service.

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Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times

Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times | Transportfolio

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Just how long are you making drivers wait to load and unload? Like it or not, loading and unloading time eats into a truckload driver’s hours of service. So it should be no surprise that dwell time is one of the leading variables that could affect your truckload rates.
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As the Market Turns: Preparing for the Next Upswing in Carrier Rates

As the Market Turns: Preparing for the Next Upswing in Carrier Rates.Transportfolio

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Rates represent a constant dilemma between shippers and carriers. Shippers face continual pressures to reduce costs, but truckload transportation providers expect to be paid fairly for their services as their costs, maintenance, and equipment quality continue to increase.
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How the ELD Mandate Will (and Won’t) Change the Marketplace

How the ELD Mandate Will (and Won’t) Change the Marketplace | Transportfolio

ELD-Qs

The recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has brought up a lot of questions. A few weeks ago, we looked at providing some of the basic information about the mandate. Today I want to answer some of the more specific questions about how the mandate will influence the market—and be clear about how it won’t.

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April Market Update: Transportation Industry News

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The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, nudging the unemployment rate to 5%. Despite the positive numbers, according to The Washington Post, a close eye is still being kept on the weakening global growth from the slowdown in China. Learn more about this and other marketplace topics in this month’s update. We welcome your thoughts on the issues that are impacting the transportation industry and your business.
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