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How technology like Pokémon Go could capture supply chains

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Augmented reality" technology that blends the actual and the virtual is finding real-world uses beyond gaming, and the supply chain could benefit.

One writer says that to truly add value, AR will have to eliminate wasted time for truck drivers and improve the flow of freight and data for shippers, carriers, and third-party logistics providers. And it will have to be easy to use. 

Tags:  supply chain management  technology 


Officials from 21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 3, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach.

A coalition of more than 50 business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made similar allegations in their suit, which includes trade group plaintiffs from a host of sectors including manufacturing, construction, auto, franchising, retail, lodging and insurance. (Associated Press)

Tags:  Dept of Labor  Legislation 


Survey finds wide variance in ELD compliance

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Logistics provider TransPlace's carrier survey of preparedness for the 2017 electronic logging device mandate has found a sharp divide between larger and smaller fleets, with 38 percent of smaller fleets having no immediate plans to install ELDs in their vehicles. (Transport Topics)

Tags:  TransPlace 


US for-hire truck tonnage rises, but how far?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Following a 2.1 percent decline in July, The American Trucking Associations For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 5.7 percent from July to August. Year-over-year, the index was up 5.9 percent in August, compared with a 0.2 percent annualized increase in July.

Seasonal adjustment may have made the August surge seem larger than it actually was. (

Tags:  ATA Truck Tonnage 


Nearly twice as many transportation initiatives on 2016 ballots as 2012

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 26, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

While presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominate the election coverage, from Baldwin County, Alabama, to Los Angeles County, California, at least 57 transportation-related initiatives will appear on state and local ballots Nov. 8. In the 2012 presidential election, 31 measures went before the voters, 21 of which were approved.

Indicators point to public support to spend money on transportation and infrastructure: 98 percent of the 671 legislators in eight states that passed fuel tax hikes in 2015 who voted in favor of fuel tax hikes won their primary races this year.

Transport Topics highlights major transportation initiatives facing voters in California, Nevada, Alabama, Illinois and New Jersey. 
(Transport Topics)

Tags:  2016 U.S. Election 


US Commerce Dept urged to resolve Hanjin Shipping crisis

Posted By Administrator, Thursday, September 22, 2016

The National Retail Federation and other U.S. trade groups are urging the Commerce Department to work with the South Korean government to resolve the Hanjin Shipping Co. crisis, which stranded an estimated $14 billion of goods at sea.

Since filing for court receivership on August 31, the world's seventh-largest container carrier has caused chaos for many retailers at a time when they are getting goods for the holiday shopping season. Hanjin's bankruptcy also has U.S. exporters that were relying on the company scrambling to find alternatives, including flying goods to foreign markets at a loss. (Transport Topics)

Tags:  Hanjin Shipping 


St. Lawrence Seaway opens early for shipping

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

The St. Lawrence Seaway has opened two weeks early because of the lack of ice this past winter. The seaway gives the Port of Cleveland — the closest major U.S. port of call — international access for freighters exporting steel and machinery and for imports coming to the region. The season's first ship is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Cleveland on March 30. Last year's first freighter was scheduled to arrive April 7 but was delayed because of too much ice (wksu). 

Tags:  Port of Cleveland 

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STB to hold hearing on plan to reduce rail congestion around Chicago

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016
A proposed 278-mile rail line billed as relief for freight and traffic congestion in the Chicago area is getting a hearing next month from the Surface Transportation Board (STB), even as one potential customer said it's not interested. The proposed $8 billion rail line would be privately financed and enable freight traffic not destined for, or originating in, Chicago to bypass a Chicago terminal area characterized as congested. Union Pacific opposes the plan and instead favors several public-private partnerships to improve rail line efficiency (Chicago Tribune). 

Tags:  Surface Transportation Board 

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Study shows higher crash rate for truckers with untreated sleep apnea

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

New research indicates the rate of preventable crashes for truckers with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was five times higher than those without the condition. The study comes on the heels of FMCSA issuing a pre-rule for regulating drivers with sleep apnea.


The new study examined data provided by Schneider National. In 2006, the carrier instituted an OSA program. Researchers compared a control group of 2,016 drivers unlikely to have the ailment with 1,613 drivers with OSA. They then compared rates of preventable serious truck crashes per 100,000 miles driven across the study groups.


Truckers with OSA who had not adhered to treatment had a preventable crash rate five times greater than those unlikely to have OSA with similar driving experience. Truckers who fully complied with OSA treatment had a crash rate no different from those who did not have the condition (Overdrive).

Tags:  FMCSA 

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FRA proposes requiring at least two-member train crews

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has proposed that trains have a minimum of two crew members. The move is in part a response to a deadly 2013 crash in which an unattended oil train caught fire and destroyed much of a town in Canada. FRA is also considering allowing railroads that operate with only one engineer to apply for an exception to the proposed two-person crew rule.


The proposal is opposed by the Association of American Railroads, which represents major freight railroads. Many railroads currently use two-person crews, but some industry officials have indicated they may switch to one engineer per train once technology designed to prevent many types of accidents caused by human error becomes operational (Daily News). 

Tags:  Association of American Railroads  Federal Railroad Administration  FRA 

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