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Containers at the Port of LA

Transportation companies that serve as a bellwether for the American economy sent up a smoke signal this week.

The global diesel market is deteriorating, a concerning economic signal and food for thought for bullish oil traders.

BALTIMORE — Salvage crews at the site of a collapsed bridge are turning their focus to the tons of debris sitting atop the Dali, a massive cargo ship that caused a deadly catastrophe in March.

Electric vehicle upstart Rivian, which recently put on pause plans to build a Georgia factory, said in mid-April it is laying off more workers as it cuts costs to buttress its balance sheet.

A state judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in March erased a “clearly inappropriate” $25 million jury verdict for punitive damages in a 2019 truck-involved accident lawsuit.

Although FMCSA's efforts to streamline the driver verification process are helping fleets reduce risk via the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, it's also reduced the pool of qualified drivers.

Across the major logistics market segments, 2023 brought a spate of challenges including compressed margins, rising labor costs and inflationary pressures, ensuring a down year for many.

2023 was a generally downtrodden year for 3PLs, with plummeting transportation rates and shippers focused on right-sizing inventories and reducing logistics costs.

J.B. Straubel

Redwood Materials, started by Tesla co-founder J.B. Straubel, is attempting to create a domestic loop using recycled critical metals for lithium-ion batteries.

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March Trailer Orders Continue Year-Over-Year Declines

U.S. trailer orders for March declined on both an annual and monthly basis, ACT Research reported.

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When Will Freight Market Conditions Improve?

Stubbornly weak freight market conditions have placed financial strain on 3PLs in recent years with an oversupply of truck capacity driving down rates and squeezing brokers’ margins.

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