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Rail carloads, at 248,397, fell 4.7% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 273,089, were off 3.3% annually.

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Taking a cue from its corporate sibling, the ubiquitous, ride-sharing service Uber, Uber Freight, the company’s app that matches trucking companies with loads to haul, announced today it has introduced Facility Ratings to its portfolio.

The Express Delivery and Logistics Association (XLA) has merged into the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA) effective January 21, 2019.

While Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan may have been trying to persuade the global business elites gathered last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos that his nation’s economy remains resiliant, U.S. shippers may not be buying his outlook.

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based truckload and full-service freight transportation provider U.S. Xpress recently announced that it plans to formally divest its U.S.-Mexico cross-border investment. The company said that this move is part of ongoing capital allocation and profit improvement efforts. And it explained that this initiative is expected to reduce current and planned invested capital by roughly $40 million, and also improve its consolidated operating margin, and provide customers with continued access to cross-border service through what it described as a variable cost alternative.

Rail carloads, at 258,833, headed up 7.4%, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 284,278, increased 6.5%.

While DSV acknowledged that a combination of DSV and Panalpina would create a leading global transport and logistics company with significant growth opportunities and potential for value creation, adding that a combination presents a unique opportunity for both companies and their respective stakeholders including shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers, it now appears that the chances of a deal coming to fruition are less than likely.

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Emerge, a provider of its proprietary Private Freight Marketplace (PFM) and TMS focused on accelerating productivity and increasing visibility for supply chain stakeholders, recently announced it has named Grant Crawford as the company’s new president.

The ATA’s advanced seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index for December, at 111.9 dropped 4.3% compared to November’s 116.9 reading, whose sequential change compared to October (which was an all-time high at 122.8) was downwardly revised to -1.3% from +0.4%.

Total volume, at 18,931,323, posted a 5.6% annual increase. Domestic containers, at 7,928,304 were up 4.9% and trailers, at 1,444,571, headed up 10.6%.

Mixed economic signals are proving to be somewhat of a Rorschach Test for shippers trying to gauge freight demand levels heading into the strongest part of the 2019 freight season.

Trucker Tools LLC, provider of trip planning, shipment visibility and freight matching solutions, said that Schneider Transportation Management is now using various offerings from Trucker Tools in order to support its growing carrier network and freight brokerage operations.

Rail carloads, at 266,240, headed up 10.3%, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 288,887, increased 5.3%.

Hedehusene, Denmark-based global 3PL DSV said this week that it confirmed that it made “an indicative and private proposal” to the board of directors of Basel, Switzerland-based global 3PL and airfreight forwarder Panalpina to acquire the company.


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