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How COVID is Still Affecting the Supply Chain and Where We Go From Here

How COVID is Still Affecting the Supply Chain and Where We Go From Here

With a severe driver shortage and a supply chain still in chaos from pandemic-induced shifts in consumer behavior, one industry observer is warning of likely hoarding as we get into the holidays. Longer term, vaccine distribution is “THE driver” for broader economy recovery and the post-2021 outlook.

November 10, 2020

Technology Preparedness Key to Surviving Disruption: McLeod

Technology Preparedness Key to Surviving Disruption: McLeod

Trucking and transportation companies that were well-prepared to deal with disruption using technology and processes have typically done well during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Tom McLeod, founder and president of McLeod Software, kicking off his company’s 30th annual user conference Sept. 29.

September 29, 2020

COVID-19 Disruption Continues to Affect Freight, Rates
Truck Freight Outlook Murky: FTR

Truck Freight Outlook Murky: FTR

Improvements in industrial production and housing may help drive a truck freight recovery, but spikes in COVID-19 cases in many parts of the country and questions about what Congress may or may not do leave a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, according to analysts at FTR.

July 9, 2020

Survey: COVID-19 Cut Business for 70% of Fleets in May

Survey: COVID-19 Cut Business for 70% of Fleets in May

Truck fleets seem cautiously optimistic about freight and business levels in the coming months as the economy continues to work to recover from COVID-19 shutdowns, according to an HDT survey – and they see some positive long-term takeaways from the pandemic.

July 6, 2020

COVID-Scrambled Supply Chains Require More Flexibility Than Ever

COVID-Scrambled Supply Chains Require More Flexibility Than Ever

After a record-setting year in 2018, where tight capacity led to rate increases for carriers, 2019 was back to a more normal year in freight and logistics, and the industry was poised for a solid 2020—and then the pandemic hit. What this means for logistics and transportation professionals is highlighted in the 31st annual State of Logistics Report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

June 24, 2020

Survey Offers Snapshot of Fleet Effects of COVID-19

Survey Offers Snapshot of Fleet Effects of COVID-19

Fewer fleets reported an increase in business for April than they did a month earlier for March, according to HDT’s May COVID-19 fleet survey, which also revealed month-over-month changes in the main ways fleets were protecting the health and safety of their employees.

June 4, 2020

Re-Opening Measures Positively Affect Truck Freight, Rates
OOIDA Asks Congress to Help Small-Business Truckers

OOIDA Asks Congress to Help Small-Business Truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is continuing its push the federal government to address the needs of truck drivers and small-business trucking companies as they struggle with the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020

Trucking Loses 88,000 Jobs in April

Trucking Loses 88,000 Jobs in April

More than 88,000 jobs disappeared in the truck transportation sector in April, a 5.8% drop from March, both the steepest drops on record – part of a record-setting 20.5 million job loss across the country, as the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 14.7%.

May 8, 2020

Freight Rates Plummet, Small Fleets Struggle

Freight Rates Plummet, Small Fleets Struggle

As stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across much of the country in the latter part of March, the level of freight available – and the rates to haul it – plummeted. This means many of the smallest companies that make up the vast majority of motor carriers are seriously hurting.

April 22, 2020

Pandemic Cutting into Fleet Business: Survey

Pandemic Cutting into Fleet Business: Survey

More than half of the fleets surveyed by HDT reported their level of business had been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3% reported employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Strains Last-Mile Delivery Logistics

COVID-19 Strains Last-Mile Delivery Logistics

The latest news from Amazon that it is pausing a test of a service that would compete with UPS and FedEx reflects the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on last-mile delivery logistics.

April 8, 2020

FMCSA Expands Coronavirus Hours-of-Service Exemptions

FMCSA Expands Coronavirus Hours-of-Service Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration added fuel and other items to an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

March 18, 2020

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