Opinion: TMC Provides Critical Trucking Forum

The trucking industry would not be able to move 70.1% of the nation’s freight tonnage without great equipment, reliable technology and millions of technicians working behind the scenes to make sure every component of the tractor-trailer is in working order.

Barry Pottle | Second Vice Chairman, American Trucking Associations
July 21, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Access to Cargo Control Equipment

The demands of delivering heavy equipment or cargo safely and on time requires that drivers, equipment rental agencies and trucking industry managers have the right tie down and cargo control gear on hand to secure the load to the trailer or flatbed.

Tim Murphy | Owner, Murphy Industrial Products
July 17, 2017

Opinion: The Quest for Universal Freight Visibility

Asset tracking has always answered the question: “Where’s my truck?” It still does, of course, but some cloud-based, third-party software providers now merge widely scattered tracking resources to provide unparalleled visibility for shippers, brokers, carriers and third-party logistics companies, or 3PLs.

Mathew Elenjickal | CEO, FourKites Inc.
July 6, 2017

Opinion: USA Today Report Misses Mark

I cannot ignore the impact of my experience, and I concede it may result in a bias in this response to USA Today’s June 16 front-page article, “Rigged.”

Greg M. Feary | President and Managing Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary
June 26, 2017

Opinion: Time Is Right to Repeal Federal Excise Tax

Tax reform and spurring economic growth are at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill. But when it comes to a harmful tax in the commercial truck retail market, there is none greater than the federal excise tax. This year, with the political climate ripe for tax reform and an infrastructure bill, American Truck Dealers, a division of National Automobile Dealers Association, is aggressively pursuing a measure to repeal the FET that is advancing on Capitol Hill.

Steve Parker | Chairman, American Truck Dealers
June 19, 2017

Opinion: Rethinking the Freight Transportation Model

The trucking landscape is changing. For-hire carriers are increasingly offering dedicated freight management and brokerage services. Corporate pressure to reduce costs is driving private fleets to operate as for-hire carriers. For-hire carriers are acting as third-party logistics providers, or 3PLs, including incorporating brokerage. And, of course, traditional non-asset-based providers are acquiring assets to guarantee service.

May 22, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Autonomous, Logistics

Opinion: Transport Industry Needs a Data-Driven Culture

Transparency is a valuable and sought-after trait for all of today’s top industry players, especially now that things such as business integrity and proactive problem-solving sometimes are baseline requirements of today’s consumer.

May 15, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous, Logistics, Fuel

Opinion: Network Analysis Takes on More Importance

We keep seeing signs that things are looking up for the trucking industry. Most of the relevant economic indicators are favorable for trucking. Commodities are getting stronger, oil rig counts are increasing and the housing recovery is persisting. At the same time, small businesses are feeling a greater sense of optimism, and improvements to the tax code may boost entrepreneurialism. Low unemployment rates ultimately will lead to higher wages, giving consumers more money to spend and putting more goods on trucks.

May 8, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

Opinion: More Mergers and Acquisitions for Truckers

The recent announcement that Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation are merging is a much bigger and industry-changing event than realized. It comes on the heels of another major development: the public offering by Schneider. In three years, these two deals will be viewed as having set in motion a number of mergers and acquisitions at a pace never witnessed before in the truckload and intermodal industry.

May 1, 2017
Opinion, Business, Autonomous, Government, Logistics

Opinion: Solutions to Help Eliminate Late Payments

There is nothing fun about not getting paid for the loads you have hauled. But unfortunately, every small trucking company and owner-operator will encounter clients who sometimes take 45 to 60 days — or longer — to pay.

April 24, 2017