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10 Reasons Being a Professional Truck Driver Is Better Than Driving for a Ridesharing Service

Even with great compensation, stability and a path for growth for years to come, job-seekers are turning to ridesharing and other positions over truck driving causing a huge driver shortage in the supply chain industry.

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For December, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI came in at 11.46, a significant increase over November’s 5.84 and October’s 3.17. FTR said strong sequential volume gains, as well as a favorable fuel environment paced this growth.

With true signs of momentum for a new, and badly needed, federal transportation infrastructure bill seemingly forever stuck in neutral, it is refreshing to see the nation’s top trucking lobbyist, American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear continue to ring the bell (loudly) for federal action to get the wheels on new legislation moving.

The company announced yesterday that as part of a “long-planned succession process”, effective May 9, Chief Operating Officer Robert ("Bob") Biesterfeld, will become Chief Executive Officer, as well as being nominated to stand for election to the company’s board of directors. Biesterfeld will replace C.H. Robinson Chairman and CEO John Wiehoff, whom will continue as Chairman of the Board when Biesterfeld becomes CEO.

Class 8 commercial truck orders were down in January, according to recently issued data from two U.S.-based companies tracking commercial truck buys and orders.

The nation’s largest retailer is increasing pay for truck drivers with three years’ accident-free experience to around $87,500.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

For November, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI rose 2.67% to 5.84 compared to October’s 3.17 reading.

As Landstar’s “ambassadors of safety,” Landstar Safety Officers (LSOs) are the representatives from each independent agency at the forefront of Landstar’s Mutual Understanding of Safety Together or M.U.S.T. program.

While driver turnover and the ongoing driver shortage tend to go hand in hand and, more often than not, with a typically negative connotation, data issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is on the positive side.

Combining traffic speed insight with highly localized weather forecast data to help more accurately predict travel time.