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The Future of Freight: 'Uberization' and Self-Driving Trucks

The Future of Freight: ‘Uberization’ and Self-Driving Trucks

For all the dramatic advances in technology, the fundamentals of commercial transportation have remained constant for centuries: the shipper books a load, and the driver delivers it. But the next few years could see a radical transformation in the way that event takes place.[more]


Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

The start of the phased-in compliance period for installation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial trucks is just over a month away. But many drivers appear to be lagging in adopting the technology.[more]


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.[more]


For Trucking Regulation, It's a Foggy Road Ahead

For Trucking Regulation, It's a Foggy Road Ahead

GPS technology can tell a commercial trucker all about routes and traffic conditions. But when it comes to predicting the regulatory landscape, the road ahead is a lot less clear.[more]


CSCMP's S.F. Roundtable Takes Another Shot at Divining the Future

CSCMP's S.F. Roundtable Takes Another Shot at Divining the Future

With 2016 coming to a close, it's time for another helping of supply-chain predictions for the year ahead, courtesy of the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.[more]


Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

A message to shippers who have been paying rock-bottom rates for truck transport over the last couple of years: next year, that ride is likely to come to an end.[more]


Big Trucks Will Have to Get Cleaner - And Industry Is Fine With That

Big Trucks Will Have to Get Cleaner – And Industry Is Fine With That

Federal regulators are mandating drastic reductions in emissions from heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years. And truck manufacturers and big shippers alike are applauding the move.[more]


Are Carriers Changing Their Minds on Megaships?

Are Carriers Changing Their Minds on Megaships?

It takes a lot of time and energy to turn around one of those massive new containerships in mid-ocean. The same goes for reversing the assumptions that led to the construction of those behemoths in the first place.[more]


Freight Regulation and Profitability: Can We Strike a Balance?

Freight Regulation and Profitability: Can We Strike a Balance?

Want to get a sense of how new federal regulations will affect transportation tomorrow? Look at California today.[more]


New Truck-Monitoring Technology: It's Just Down the Road

New Truck-Monitoring Technology: It's Just Down the Road

Imagine a truck that "knows," while in transit, that it's about to experience a mechanical failure, how serious the problem is, what's required to fix it, and exactly where the driver should go to get the job done.[more]


Why Hands-Free Phones Aren't the Answer to Driver Safety

Why Hands-Free Phones Aren't the Answer to Driver Safety

All those nifty new communications devices installed in modern-day vehicles promise to make commercial trucking more efficient than ever before. And more dangerous, too.[more]


Why Natural Gas Isn't the Instant Solution to Truck Pollution

Why Natural Gas Isn't the Instant Solution to Truck Pollution

So you think natural gas is the answer to reducing pollution from commercial trucks? Not so fast.[more]


The 'Single Window' for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

The ‘Single Window’ for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

It's a government program. It involves technology. And it's a good thing.[more]


Pharmaceutical Supply Chains: The Riskiest Business

Pharmaceutical Supply Chains: The Riskiest Business

All supply chains entail a certain degree of risk. But none faces a more daunting challenge than the business of pharmaceuticals.[more]


Never Mind a Possible Strike. Heres the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Never Mind a Possible Strike. Here's the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Importers and exporters were holding their collective breath last week, praying that negotiations for a new West Coast longshore labor contract wouldn't result in a temporary shutdown of the ports. But service providers were just as concerned about what happens if they stay open.[more]


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