Mindy Long

Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Smooth Cross-Border Operations Hinge on Trade Agreement

ATA Mid-Year panel Moderator John Esparza (from left), Derek Leathers, Rob Penner and Bob Costello. (Jaclyn O’Laughlin)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is the proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, is critical to uninterrupted, timely border crossings, trucking executives said here during American Trucking Associations’ Mid-Year Management Meeting.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 8, 2019
Business, Safety, Logistics

Some Fleets Embrace Paid Lodging for Drivers as Alternative to Sleeper Cabs

Carbon Express rig parked at motel Carbon Express provides its drivers with lodging in hotel rooms rather than having them rest in sleeper berths. The fleet purchases only daycabs. (Carbon Express)

Some companies are embracing daycabs and hotel stays for drivers, rather than sleeper cabs. Benefits include safety and better sleep.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
April 15, 2019
Business, Top 100

Fleets Offer Salaries, Other Pay Models to Retain Drivers Amid Labor Shortage

Driver behind the wheel Motor carriers that have implemented new compensation models say drivers appreciate the steady income. (Terrence Antonio James/Tribune Content Agency)

Cents per mile remains the dominant form of pay in the for-hire truckload sector, but its dominance is not as strong as it once was as fleets embrace alternative pay models that take cyclicality out of driver pay. Fleets that have implemented new payment methods said drivers appreciate the steady income.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Retailers Turn to Logistics Providers to Help Manage Returns Process

Returns Process The return counter at a Target store. (Jeff Zelevansky/Bloomberg News)

For online retailers, one of the challenges with the reverse logistics process is knowing what to do once items are returned. Some products could be returned to a finished goods warehouse whereas defective ones could go to a location to refurbish or recycle the product.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Logistics Companies Aim to Ease Returns, Keep Costs Low Amid E-Commerce Rise

Workers at Saddle Creek Logistics Logistics providers can work with shippers and retailers to ensure they are prepared to handle surges in return volumes, experts say. (Saddle Creek Logistics)

As the continued rise of e-commerce increases the number of product returns, retailers and shippers are working to ease the returns process to boost customer satisfaction. They’re doing so by turning to logistics providers for technology and services that can optimize their reverse logistics networks and keep costs low.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Collaboration Needed for Electric Vehicle Market to Thrive, Experts Say

Electric Vehicles Roeth (left), Barker, Semler and Springer discussed the need for collaboration during the panel session. (UPS Inc.)

OAKLAND, Calif. — A strong collaboration among all parties involved in the life cycle of electric vehicles, including original equipment manufacturers, fleets and utilities, is needed to advance the technologies. 

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 29, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Supply Chain Partners Focus on Efficiency to Improve Capacity

Supply Chain Gross (left), Vieth, Frazier, Shook and Burton discuss capacity at the Intermodal Expo. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — High freight levels, decreased productivity and the driver shortage have contributed to tightened capacity, and carriers and intermodal providers said they are focusing on efficiency to meet supply chain demands.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 25, 2018
Government, Business

Tariffs Could Spur Early Imports, Higher Inventories

Tariffs Hughes (left), Oberting, Gavle, Brothers and Crowe. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Retailers speaking at the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Expo 2018 said they could move up product shipments due to tariffs being placed on China.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 24, 2018
Business, Logistics

Brokerage Within Intermodal Faces Added Complexity

Freight broker panel at IANA Sanderson (left) and Menzel during the panel discussion on brokerage within intermodal. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Brokerage and the spot market have been playing an increasingly important role in freight transportation, but freight brokerage in intermodal has added complexities that increase the need for strong communication and greater visibility.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 24, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Intermodal, 3PL Outlook Remains Strong

A container is loaded onto a Road One truck RoadOne

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The intermodal and third-party logistics industries are experiencing growth that is running parallel to the strength of the economy.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 20, 2018