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COVID-19 Update: Impacts on Freight Flows

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The novel coronavirus is causing major supply chain disruptions. Supply, demand, and freight flows are changing in irregular ways. Although the situation is still developing and changes by the day, here’s what the freight market has experienced in the past few weeks.

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2020 Outlook: 4 Trends to Impact Supply Chains

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While a strong domestic economy and political turmoil dominated the television news cycle, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, and two-day deliveries played a starring role in supply chain discussions in 2019. Learn what’s in store for the year ahead.

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What’s Behind All the Trucking Company Closures?

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2019 has been a tough year for the trucking industry. More than 2,500 truck drivers have lost their jobs in what some are calling a “bloodbath,” primarily affecting smaller companies and owner operators. Pricing pressure is largely to blame, but the underlying cause is less straightforward.

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Spring Awakening in the Supply Chain: 4 Rate Indicators to Watch

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Spot truckload volumes and rates are beginning to rise as spring approaches. While rate increases always depend on overall economic growth, and the interplay between supply and demand, understanding four specific areas that reflect springtime shipping patterns in the U.S. can help you gauge where capacity and rates are heading.

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2019 Trends in Logistics: Rise of the Machines and More

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The rate of change in transportation and shipping has accelerated to meet exploding consumer demand. E-commerce has reshaped the industry in so many ways, from technology and costs to labor and consumer preferences, it can be hard to keep up. Get ready for many more changes in logistics and transportation in 2019.

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Reduce Empty Miles and Everyone Wins

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Empty miles are everybody’s problem, especially now that hours-of-service (HOS) limitations under the Electronic Log Mandate (ELD) can take drivers off the roads. Winning the long game requires cohesive shipping networks that limit empty miles and keep drivers rolling—while creating mutually beneficial scenarios for shippers and carriers alike.

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West Coast Surge: More Disruption Ahead for Truckload Shipping

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Go West! The West Coast “gold rush” in the truckload market is upon us, and shippers are feeling its effects. As an influx of consumer goods manufactured in Asia dock at West Coast ports and move eastward in time for the holiday season, higher-than-normal rates are typical. Let’s look at what we’ve seen so far this year.

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