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December 12, 2014

15 Things to Watch For in 2015 (And Beyond)

A lot is changing in the trucking industry right now – technology, demographics, manufacturing, regulations and more. How will these changes affect your business? We’ve come up with 15 trends you should watch next year and beyond.

December 4, 2014

Trucking Unlimited Buys TruckDrivingJobs.com

The acquisition will allow Trucking Unlimited to streamline the process of both finding and posting online driving jobs.m for $800,000.

December 4, 2014

Dupre Logistics Gives Drivers Pay Increase

The Dupre Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced that it would be giving its drivers a 5% to 9% pay increase to help it keep qualified drivers in a competitive market.

December 3, 2014

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

December 2, 2014

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

December 2, 2014

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

November 11, 2014

The Driver Shortage: Make it Someone Else's Problem

Don't hold your breath waiting for someone or some group to come along with a way of solving trucking's labor crisis. It won't happen that way. The only real way to solve this problem is one fleet at a time.

October 31, 2014

Automation: A Better Way to Recruit Drivers

Workflow management tools, analytics and behavioral assessment can make the hiring process easier and quicker.

October 21, 2014

Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets

An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.

October 6, 2014

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

October 1, 2014

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

September 23, 2014

Understanding the Driver Shortage

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

September 22, 2014

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

September 17, 2014

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

September 11, 2014

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

September 8, 2014

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

September 8, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

August 28, 2014

Survey: Pay Most Important for Drivers in Deciding Where to Work

A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.

July 1, 2014

Driver Shortage: Already Over the Cliff?

One fleet manager says the driver shortage is even worse than is publicly being reported, with rates going through the roof on some lanes, because both fleets and shippers want to maintain a competitive advantage.

May 20, 2014

ALK Conference Keynote Addresses Driver Retention

During his opening keynote during the ALK Technology Conference, J.B. Hunt's Richie Henderson outlined the causes of the ongoing driver shortage, how to resolve it, and how technology can help.

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