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Is Digitization Driving LTL Growth? Here's a Glance at the Market

Is Digitization Driving LTL Growth? Here's a Glance at the Market

If you're wondering what's up with this digitization thing, you're not alone.  The transformation is impacting virtually every industry, including shipping.  We're seeing changes that will not only impact our current situation, but long into the future.  One change that is here to stay is the trend towards ship-to-home options.  Here's a quick look at how this trend is helping drive LTL growth in the market.

Fuel, Labor, Equipment and Healthcare Are All Driving Up Trucking Costs

Fuel, Labor, Equipment and Healthcare Are All Driving Up Trucking Costs

It's no secret that trucking costs are rising, but there are several factors causing the increases.  The biggest ones are fuel, labor, pay, equipment, and healthcare, all of which have seen jumps in recent years.  Because all of these areas are climbing when it comes to costs, some companies are really struggling to stay afloat.  It's hurting businesses, the trucking industry as a whole, and the people who rely on having their goods shipped across the city or across the country.  No matter how far a truck needs to travel, it has to be cost effective for it to do so or it won't be going anywhere.

Trucking Industry Projected to be Stronger Through 2019 and Beyond

Trucking Industry Projected to be Stronger Through 2019 and Beyond

The American Trucking Association (ATA) recently released its projections for the industry, stating it to be strong for at least the next 18 months.  The chief economist at the ATA, Bob Costello, noted that three major factors have come together to provide a solid future for the freight industry: strong online sales growth, low unemployment and booming housing starts.  In fact, Costello told a group of investors via a conference call that not since 2010, when the country was recovering from the recession, have these factors come together to provide a concrete environment.

Average Family Wastes $1500 Worth of Food a Year, How Much Are YOU Wasting on Transportation Costs?

Average Family Wastes $1500 Worth of Food a Year, How Much Are YOU Wasting on Transportation Costs?

Have you ever gone to the supermarket and wondered why they don’t sell half a loaf of bread?  While many freeze the other half, others simply throw it away.  Sounds like a waste of money right?  Or when was the last time you purchased a single banana at the supermarket as opposed to a bunch, only to end up tossing them in the garbage?  In fact, according to the documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, an average American family throws away nearly $1,500 of food each year! 

How to Mitigate Cargo Theft Risks

How to Mitigate Cargo Theft Risks

The good news is that incidents of cargo theft are going down.  The bad news is that the trucking industry can't afford to let its guard down.  With the holiday season in full swing, it's a prime time for criminals to get bold about targeting trucks with prized cargo that can be easily sold or distributed quickly and discreetly.

80,000 lb Tractor Trailers Help Spread Awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

80,000 lb Tractor Trailers Help Spread Awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A pink ribbon, a pink shirt, participating in a walk…all ways to show breast cancer awareness this October.  But Road Scholar Transport is taking it a step further, showing our support towards a cure 24/7 with not one, but four pink 80,000 lb tractor trailers.

Spot Rates Highest in Two Years, Expected to Rise Through Year’s End

Spot Rates Highest in Two Years, Expected to Rise Through Year’s End

Natural disasters, driver shortage, a growing economy, higher input costs, increasing pay for qualified drivers…all factors contributing to the highest spot quotes the industry has seen in over two years with van rates on the truckload spot quote market reaching a national average of $1.94 per mile and reefer rates increasing from $2.19 to $2.22 per mile week-over-week, according to DAT Trendlines.

Trucking Industry Updates: FSMA, Weight Increases, CSA Scores, Pilot Programs for Young Drivers

Trucking Industry Updates: FSMA, Weight Increases, CSA Scores, Pilot Programs for Young Drivers

Food Safety Modernization Act

On January 4th, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama, making it the first significant food safety reform in over 70 years. The FSMA consists of seven rules: