April 2016 Archive

Shippers Scramble To Lock In Low Truck Freight Rates

  Retailers and manufacturers rushed to lock in low freight rates in the first quarter as overcapacity in the trucking industry dragged on the profits of transportation companies but bolstered profits for middlemen who arrange shipments, according to The Wall Street Journal. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. reported Wednesday net profit of

CVSA seeks to define parameters of ‘e-inspections’

  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance continued work this week at its Workshop event in Chicago on defining an “electronic inspection” and the parameters of a new North American Standard Electronic Inspection. With several variatns of “wireless” or “electronic” inspections being deployed in real-world testing today, CVSA established an ad

Supply Chain Leaders Making The Move To CEO

The metamorphosis of supply chain from a humble collection of support functions like purchasing, shipping and production to true business leadership is huge. Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) increasingly control 50% or more of a company’s annual spending, with two thirds of all employees directly reporting to the role. More

Celadon founder Russell passes away

  Steve Russell, 76, founder of Celadon Group, passed away April 15 the carrier confirmed Friday. Russell started Celadon (No. 35 on the CCJ Top 250) in 1985, growing the company from a small dry van carrier to a large, national, multi-service carrier. “We are deeply saddened by Steve’s passing,” says Paul

Transport America named 2016 CCJ Innovator of the Year

Transport America, an over-the-road, dedicated and local transportation fleet based in Eagan, Minn., has been named the 2016 CCJ Innovator of the Year by Commercial Carrier Journal for the development of a truck-specific weather alerting system that has resulted in fewer weather-related accidents and improvements in customer service. The announcement

Supersized container ships leading to overcapacity

TOKYO — International competition for the chartering of large container vessels has forced shipping companies to slash rates. “Container rates on the Asia-Europe ocean route have fallen below an in-house break-even point for mooring ships,” lamented an executive at one of the top three Japanese shipping companies — Nippon Yusen, Mitsui

Looks Like We Got Ourselves a Self-Driving Convoy

Autonomous vehicle technology doesn’t come in just one variety. Just look at Google’s fully self-driving approach, which takes humans completely out of the equation, versus automakers’ use of advanced driver assistance systems. Many industry experts and policymakers also predict that onboard self-driving technology alone won’t be enough to get the zero-accident, full-autonomy future we’ve