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Entries by David Roush

Prepare for Change: ELDs, Autonomous Trucks and the Future of Trucking

Posted 4:00 AM by
The electronic logging device mandate could be a “shock and awe” event that reduces capacity and increases freight rates, and it will create a “data explosion” that could reduce driver detention time.
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Freight Network Engineering Drives Carrier Profitability

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Trucking is a business of pennies. Even the most successful carriers operate on razor-sharp margins, with the majority of carriers being “on the bubble” with an operating ratio that can easily shift from slightly positive to negative.
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Network Analysis Takes on More Importance

Posted 9:21 PM by
We keep seeing signs that things are looking up for the trucking industry. Most of the relevant economic indicators are favorable for trucking.
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Understand Revenue, Optimize Loads to Mitigate ELD-Related Productivity Losses

Posted 5:26 PM by
The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that relies on technology to monitor drivers’ hours will take effect later this year, and the operational reality is that there is a productivity loss associated with ELDs. However, carriers can use the data obtained from ELDs to evaluate loads and improve operations while taking advantage of a more level playing field.
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Optimism Abounds: Happy Days May Be Returning to the Trucking Industry

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The trucking industry has been in a slump. Several factors, including a strong dollar, increased capacity, and zero growth in Industrial Production (IP), made 2015 and 2016 a challenging time for transportation.
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Combatting Rate Reductions: How to Strengthen Your Negotiating Position Through Freight Network Engineering

Posted 4:00 AM by
The balance of power in the freight transportation industry has shifted. After a period of tight capacity, which had given carriers the upper hand on freight rates, the pendulum has swung. Capacity is now outpacing demand, providing shippers with the upper hand in negotiating rates with carriers. 
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The Challenge of Analyzing Rates When Fuel Prices Change Rapidly

Posted 5:00 AM by
The precipitous drop in fuel prices over the last year has affected the trucking industry in several ways. One ramification, in particular, is being felt in our work as trucking consultants. 
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How Trucking Companies Can Profit from Time

Posted 5:00 AM by
Time is directly connected to money in the trucking industry. This may seem obvious because so many metrics refer to various time frames. We are constantly monitoring numbers that demonstrate how revenue, loads, miles and more stack up over time (per day, week, month, quarter and year). 
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‘Uberfication of Trucking’ Is More Sizzle Than Substance

Posted 12:00 PM by
Recent media coverage of start-up companies that are bringing Uber-style technology to trucking makes it tempting to conclude that big changes are imminent. The new technology promises to automate the work of matching loads with carriers, thus eliminating waste from the supply chain, making freight brokers obsolete and dramatically altering the relationship between shippers and carriers.
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