Archive for November, 2016

AAR calls on STB to stop major rulemakings for the time being

Pending the United States Senate confirming a “full slate” of board members appointed by President-elect Donald Trump to the United States Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said last week that the STB should take a pause on its various planned regulatory proposals.

In-Store Pickup Could Be Retail’s Secret Weapon Against Amazon

It’s time for traditional retailers to prove that one of their biggest advantages over Amazon can, in fact, deliver. After last year stumbling through the first real test for in-store pickup, the retail service will come under even more pressure this holiday, as more Americans do their shopping online and opt to pick up their […]

Linehaul Index down eight straight months

Cass Information Systems Inc. reported November 23 that their October Truckload Linehaul Index decreased 1.4 percent from the same period last year to just under 126, making eight consecutive declines.

Fate of frozen food may depend on moisture management

To get frozen food sales gushing, manufacturers may need to contain moisture in their products more effectively. Failing to do so might lead to problems appearing in such forms as tough texture, reduced shelf life and moisture migration into the crust.

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

FTR’s September Trucking Conditions Index shows a reading of 5.47, down somewhat from August’s reading. Despite the downward move, FTR said that an overall positive trend in the index reflects a “modest” tightening in capacity, related to regulations set to take effect in 2017.

OECD sees resurgent U.S. growth boosting global economy

Global growth will pick up faster than previously expected in the coming months as the Trump administration’s planned tax cuts and public spending fire up the U.S. economy, the OECD said on Monday, revising up its forecasts.

Truck Tonnage Down Slightly in October

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted by 0.3% in October, following a 6.3% drop during September.

US spot truckload rates, volumes on upward trend

The US truckload spot market has been slowly climbing back up from a bottom hit in April, in terms of freight volumes and rates, data from load-matching service DAT Solutions show. The DAT Freight Index rose 27 percent year-over-year in October, its third consecutive annualized increase, and up 1.7 percent from September, its third sequential […]

Spike in Mortgage Rates Throws a Wrench Into U.S. Housing Market

The spike in borrowing costs in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s pro-growth agenda is causing some heartburn in America’s housing industry. San Diego mortgage broker Shanne Sleder said a third of his clients, many of whom were already stretching budgets to buy homes in pricey southern California, are having to reconsider what they can afford […]