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Category: Logistics

Intermodal Freight on Pace to Break all Records in 2012

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the American Association of Railroads (AAR) publishes a monthly compendium of railroad activity statistics for the U.S. and Canada. The previous post mentioned this monthly report as a potential source for observing economic activity at the top of the supply chain. However, the July, 2012 edition of Rail Time Indicators highlights an exciting trend within rail traffic which is of relevance to the vast majority of shippers. Intermodal freight in... Read More
Posted by Ross Harris at Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Shippers are being sent “to detention” by Hours of Service rules

Over the last year, as the new Hours Of Service (HOS) rules have been implemented, more shippers are seeing their freight spend increase and exceed their budgets in a new way. Shippers of truckload freight are accustomed to transportation rate increases and, of course, fuel surcharges. But, now, a sleepy accessorial charge is wreaking havoc with transportation budgets. Detention charges and related layover charges are increasing at an alarming rate as the impact of the HOS rules are felt.... Read More
Posted by Ross Harris at Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Shippers’ “Vicarious Liability” Increases…Again

This blog does not wish to add to the misery of shippers who are suffering from CSA-overload, but shippers should be aware that a recent development by the FMCSA has the potential of once again increasing their vicarious liability for the actions of their motor carriers. The last few years have brought a torrent of issues and information to shippers regarding the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) and its implementation. Naturally, the two biggest issues for shippers’ have been... Read More
Posted by Ross Harris at Monday, June 18, 2012
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Warren Buffett Loves Freight

Like all professional investors, Warren Buffett pays attention to the larger economy and is always looking for clues regarding future economic activity. These clues are known as “leading indicators” and, as it turns out, Buffett’s favorite leading indicator is freight. Specifically, Buffett loves rail freight . According to Robert P. Miles, author of several books on Warren Buffett’s methods and career, including Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used... Read More
Posted by Ross Harris at Thursday, May 31, 2012
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