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White Paper: The Transportation Leader’s Guide to Sanity in a Seasonal Freight Market (And the Rest of the Year)

 

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What's Going On With Rail Transportation?

According to CSCMP's 2016 State of Logistics Report, the U.S. saw a reduction in rail volume by 2.5 percent in 2015, in start contrast to 4.5 percent growth in 2014.

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Protecting Your Supply Chain in the Looming Truck Driver Shortage

It’s a good time to drive a car in the United States.  Safety is getting better every day.  Manufacturers are competing for the sleekest designs.  Technology options are up and gas prices are down.  To some of us, the cost of fuel is the chief metric in determining the state of our personal economies.  We watch the fluctuations in cost and determine whether or not our country’s natural resource situation is doing well.  As prices plunge, all is right with the world, and the crazy conspiracy theorists that project doom and gloom for the future of driving are long forgotten.

But the real question is this: “Is it a good time to drive a truck in the United States?” 

And by truck we aren’t referring to that sweet Toyota Tundra in the neighbor’s driveway. 

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Why Are Motor Carriers Experiencing Weak Transportation Rates?

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has released their annual “State of Logistics Report®.”

According to Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP, "this highly anticipated report contains the statistics and industry insights that will not only help [CSCMP's] members do their jobs better, but also better prepare them for the business demands ahead."

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Transportation Update: Demand Outperforming Seasonality with Minimal Impact to Rates

According to Morgan Stanley, seasonal increases in demand continue for shippers in the southeast and southern US. However, the actual impact on spot market rates and capacity has been minimal.

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Transportation Update: Morgan Stanley Freight Index Asks “Is There Anybody Out There?"

Morgan Stanley’s Truckload Freight Index is a broad-based measure of incremental TL demand (numerator) versus incremental TL supply (denominator). LeanCor views the Morgan Stanley index as the single most accurate indicator of truckload capacity available.

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Cass Freight Index Reports Small Rise, Well Below 2015 Levels

Since 1995, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Their monthly Cass Freight Index Report provides valuable insight into freight trends as they relate to other economic and supply chain indicators and the overall economy.

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Institute of Supply Chain Management Reports Manufacturing Sector Grows for First Time in Six Months

The ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Report On Business® are the most reliable economic indicators available. Widely quoted in business media globally, they are published on the first and third business days of the month and guide supply management professionals, economists and government and business leaders allowing them to identify trends that impact their businesses.

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Your Source for Transportation News and Insights

Written for supply chain and transportation professionals, the Topics in Transportation Blog is updated weekly by the LeanCor transportation team with news and commentary on:

  • Market Trends (Rate and Truckload Capacity)
  • Transportation Policy
  • Economic Factors and How They Affect Your Supply Chain

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