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CCJ Innovators: Halvor Lines protects drivers with contact-free BOL

Article written by Aaron Huff CCJ Innovators profiles carriers and fleets that have found innovative ways to overcome trucking’s challenges. If you know a carrier that has displayed innovation, contact CCJ Editor Jason Cannon at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com or 800-633-5953. While on vacation this spring, Bonnie Ramsay was visualizing and connecting the dots of an electronic proof-of-delivery process in her mind. […]

Ryder digitizes brokerage division, offers carriers ‘Book it Now’ loads

Article written by Aaron Huff Ryder’s brokerage division is tapping into a larger capacity pool and automating freight matching and shipment visibility with Trucker Tools. Ryder (CCJ Top 250, No. 14), one of the nation’s largest dedicated transportation providers, recently started using the Trucker Tools predictive freight matching and shipment tracking platform. The brokerage division of Miami, Fla.-based Ryder […]

The quest for rates transparency: How carriers can leverage data to come out ahead

Article written by Aaron Huff This is the second installment of a two-part series on how the free market responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Part 1 explored pricing volatility experienced by carriers, 3PLs and shippers. This article delves into the hot-button issue of rate transparency.   When negotiating rates, shippers, 3PLs and carriers have access to the same […]

When the free market and a pandemic collide: Is more oversight needed of trucking rates?

Article written by Aaron Huff This is the first of a two-part series on how the free market in freight transportation responded to the COVID-19 crisis, and if greater transparency in pricing between brokers and carriers would make a difference. Part 2 will publish on Friday. Freight rates began to plummet in March following state-issued […]

In light of COVID, carriers are using new tech to sign, seal and deliver freight without contact

Article written by Aaron Huff Before the coronavirus pandemic, few could have imagined that paper shipping documents would become a health hazard. They were merely an inconvenience for drivers and office clerks to handle as part of the payroll and billing process. When social distancing became the norm, new technology quickly emerged to digitally exchange bills of […]

CCJ Daily Dispatch, July 2: YRC lands $700M coronavirus bailout loan from U.S. government

YRC expects to receive $700 million CARES Act loan YRC Worldwide (No. 5 on the CCJ Top 250) announced Wednesday that the U.S. Treasury Department intends to loan the fleet $700 million as part of the CARES Act for COVID-19 pandemic assistance. That comes in exchange for nearly 30% ownership stake of YRC by the U.S. government. YRC […]

Archerhub TMS for small carriers helps automate dispatch, back office

Archerhub released a new transportation management software (TMS) system for small motor carriers. Its new ALVUS (Archerhub Logistics Value Utilization Solution) TMS uses AI-enabled technology to help carriers manage dispatch operations and automate back-office accounting. Some core features of the TMS include booking loads, uploading the bill of lading and proof of delivery, issuing electronic […]

New planning tools help small carriers combat rate volatility

Article written by Aaron Huff Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on how carriers have accelerated their use of technology to be more nimble and responsive during COVID-19. Part 1 ran last week. Freight markets have been volatile during COVID-19, making load and route planning decisions more complex. Besides rates fluctuating, shippers and […]

Replacing video recorders the latest move in Knight-Swift’s push to make Swift fleet safer

Article written by Aaron Huff Knight-Swift Transportation (No. 4, CCJ Top 250) is replacing the video telematics system in 12,000 Swift Transportation company- and contractor-owned trucks. The decision comes after a change in Swift management on Sept. 8, 2017, when Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation merged to create the largest truckload fleet in North America. As part of […]

The freight awakening? Demand roars back to life, though potential ditches lie ahead

Article written by James Jillet Though pivotal months remain ahead in the economy’s trek out of the COVID-19 recession, there’s been a pop in freight demand, particularly on the spot market, since late May. In recent weeks, freight demand has sprang back to life and started to build momentum, shaking off the shockwaves of the COVID-19 outbreak […]