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Holland Recognized as 2019 Preferred LTL Carrier of the Year by Total Quality Logistics

Holland Press Release June 25, 2020

“Being named Preferred LTL Carrier of the Year by TQL is such an honor for all Holland employees who made this possible and whose dedication to outstanding customer service is worthy of recognition,” said Jason Bergman, YRCW Chief Customer Officer and President of HNRY Logistics. “We appreciate TQL’s recognition and are grateful for the continued partnership to serve our customers’ freight needs,” said Jim Ferguson, Vice President – 3PL Channel Solutions. “I’m grateful to our employees who work hard to deliver on our promise of quality, fast and reliable LTL next-day service.”

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Trucking shows relative resistance to pandemic as rates, volumes rise during recession

Transport Dive Jim Stinson June 25, 2020

ACT Research said May had the largest month-over-month increase in for-hire freight volume. In April, the organization reported the worst reading of the same metric in its history of measuring it. Inventories are rebuilding, following a draw-down in March and April, and it is "a much more stable volume environment," said Tim Denoyer, ACT VP and senior analyst, in a Tuesday news release.

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Zooming in on tightening Dallas, Kansas City markets

Freight Waves Corrie White June 25, 2020

“Rates are on their way up but somewhat disproportionate to volumes from a historical perspective. The OTRI will normally reach 12% when volumes are this high. 2018 was an anomaly. 2019 was a softer, less volatile year due to the oversupply situation,” said Strickland. Where in the U.S. is capacity tightening the most? Lubbock and McAllen, Texas, for instance, aren’t major freight markets, but Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston sit close by and have seen tightening. Other markets, like Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri, and Phoenix are also showing tighter capacity.

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Industry

FourKites’ data shows some encouraging signs, but it is only a start

Logistics Management Jeff Berman June 25, 2020

In summing up these revealing findings and providing a look ahead at the next few weeks, Vaid stated: “The current pandemic poses a highly fluid situation, given the ongoing uncertainty around the trajectory of infections as more states and businesses reopen. We do anticipate that volumes will likely increase over the next four weeks as the end of the quarter and Fourth of July celebrations will lead to increased demand for shippers in many consumer-focused industries.”             Link:  FourKites Real Time Dashboard Supply Chain Insights

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Pickup Gains Ground Over Delivery

The Wall Street Journal Heather Haddon and Jaewon Kang June 25, 2020

Delivery is still big business for restaurants and grocers, and demand has increased for the services during the pandemic, market-research firms and providers including Instacart and Grubhub have said. But demand has softened somewhat as people start to venture outside their homes, even if it is to pick up food from a restaurant or grocer’s parking lot. Some delivery companies have also reduced promotions they introduced to draw customers as the pandemic took hold.

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Government/Safety

The future of truck safety systems

Fleet Owner Erica Schueller June 25, 2020

The next evolution of safety systems involves system intervention, where the safety system will react if the driver does not. One example is automatic emergency braking. With this functionality, the system will apply brakes automatically in the event an object is detected and the driver does not actively engage the brake. Kary Schaefer, general manager of product strategy and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America, discussed the evolution of commercial vehicle safety technologies during a General Session of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Safety and Security Conference. The 39th annual conference, held June 23-25, has been offered to attendees virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Impaired driving just another part of 2020’s changing landscape

CCJ Jason Cannon June 24, 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates 0.8% of commercial drivers have used drugs while on the road. After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to impaired driving, said Darrin Grondel, vice president of traffic safety and government relations for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, speaking as part of the Truckload Carriers Association Virtual Safety and Security Meeting Wednesday.

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California approves world’s first electric truck sales mandate

Freight Waves Linda Baker June 25, 2020

In a highly anticipated vote, the 12-member California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved an electric truck mandate that will require medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of zero emission vehicles in the state starting in 2024. The Advanced Clean Truck rule, the first of its kind in the world, sets out different sales targets based on the vehicle class. By 2035, about 75% of Class 8 big rigs sold will need to be electric.

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Workforce

The unpredictable market’s effects on driver turnover, recruitment

Transport Dive Lori Lovely June 25, 2020

Freight mix creates a divide in retention Not everyone is alarmed. "Our retention numbers are stronger than they’ve ever been," Dave Snitily, director of marketing for Crete Carrier, told Transport Dive. The carrier has not laid off any of its 5,700 drivers or 1,100 office and shop workers. In fact, he said the 50-year-old transport company was "up 3 million miles in May" over May 2019.

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