Ready or not, here it comes - CVSA Road Check 2018

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 30, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Everyone is in favor of safety checks, especially when you are talking about 80,000 pounds of truck and cargo driving down the road, right? The obvious answer is yes, but the actual answer may be a bit more complicated.

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Tags: Carrier News, Shipper News, Industry News

Are You a Shipper of Choice? 

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 4, 2018 9:46:29 AM

What can you do as a shipper to level the playing field, lessen the impact, and mitigate the high cost of getting your goods to market, while having a positive impact across the full spectrum of the supply chain? It may be as simple as becoming a shipper of choice.

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ELDs versus HOS - the debate goes on

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 16, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Depending on who you ask, the new era of required ELDs is having an impact on drivers.  Some say it's not the ELDs that are the issue, but the hours of service that make it difficult, especially when delays are inevitable.  Others we interviewed said the abolishment of paper logs is a good thing, and if you schedule your time properly, there aren't any more problems than there were before ELDs. It's an on-going debate.

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No, it's not the truck apocalypse, but high spot rates are a reality

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 24, 2018 11:44:30 AM

As transportation costs remain high, shippers should explore new strategies.

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Important tips for truck drivers when winter strikes

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 5, 2018 12:07:09 PM

As we enter the cold winter months and the roads become increasingly hazardous, it’s important that drivers are taking measures to stay safe and reduce the risk of accidents. After the last few days of East Coast bomb cyclone Grayson, drivers have been put to the test! The average number of traffic accidents always spikes during the winter season, and with unusual storms like these, drivers will need to take extra precautions.

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ELD readiness is headline news

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With 15.5 million trucks on the road the United States, it is a good bet to say that the ELD mandate is going to have an impact on capacity when December 18, 2017 arrives. Reports vary on exactly how many drivers and fleet owners are ready. Even if just a fraction of the trucks on the road today are put out of commission as a result of the mandate, the trickle-down effect to the economy could be quite significant, especially when more severe penalties go into effect after April 1, 2018. Read about rate predictions associated with the ELD mandate.

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Tags: Carrier News, ELDs, Regulations, Technology, Shipper News, Industry News

Put on your seatbelts, rates are climbing

Posted by Harriet Mills on Oct 12, 2017 4:35:54 PM

Rising spot rates, decreased capacity, peak season and impending ELDs have created the perfect storm

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Tags: Carrier News, ELDs, Regulations, Industry News

Labor Day Shipping Rates Spike

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 24, 2017 9:55:46 AM

Labor Day, like Memorial Day, is one of those “long weekend” holidays we all look forward to. Some people even confuse the two.  We ponder the origins of each one briefly so we feel good about why we are celebrating it. These holidays have grown to represent more than just the day itself. Memorial Day kicks off the beginning of summer, nice weather and vacation time -- and conversely, Labor Day, the beginning of the school year, fall foliage and the bigger holidays.

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Will autonomous trucks ever rule the world?

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 10, 2017 3:28:10 PM

 

If you’re a Marvel Comics fan and have seen the latest box-office hit “Logan” you may have noticed a scene where driverless trucks are a part of the fast-paced, futuristic landscape.  How close are we to this sci-fi reality?

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Appreciating Carriers - Hot weather can take its toll on long-haul drivers

Posted by Harriet Mills on Sep 15, 2016 1:01:00 PM

With fall around the corner, the weather is changing, but just last week we had some close to record-setting high temperatures. These temperatures can mean horrible sleeping conditions for the long-haul truck driver.

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Tags: Careers & Culture, Carrier News, Shipper News

Choptank Transport Market ReportMarket Report June/July 2018

JAWS 5 & THE FREIGHT MARKET

As we head into the summer on a wave of record-high MDI we have the sense of uneasiness with the market and what might be lurking around the corner, or in this metaphor, below.  Much like the great original summer blockbuster Jaws, (which was released 43 years ago, sorry to make you feel old), the movie, like the current market, gives participants an “edge of your seat” scare as you don’t know what will happen next.  Studying truckstop.com’s MDI report, history shows that rates might soften a bit in the near future, but the giant, white shark below is lurking.  It could be the tariff’s...

Here is a brief market overview and report on all the factors driving the current market, our expectations for where it’s headed, and most importantly, how to manage this market and come out on top!   

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