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The California Trucking Association said it plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent California’s restrictive AB 5 law from being enacted after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the group’s request for an en banc rehearing. The petition for a rehearing was denied in a 2-1 decision Monday. Read More

“What’s in it for us?”

This question should be banned. It is an idea killer.

I have received a lot of positive feedback from my first exclusive column for CCJ about transportation research and development projects at Auburn University. In talking to some prospective participants in a future project, they asked the seemingly innocent and reasonable question, “What’s in it for us?” Read More

“You’re on mute.”

There’s a phrase we’ve all surely heard dozens of times over the course of the past year sitting in countless Zoom meetings with colleagues as the world reeled from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lamar Quinn doesn’t know exactly when motor carriers started paying receivers for unloading trailers, though he never encountered “lumper” services before the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 deregulated transportation pricing.

He anticipates that motor carriers will not be paying lumpers much longer, however. Read More

Following a record-setting month in March, FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for April hit another record-high of 16.82, surpassing March’s record of 16.27 Read More

While reported cargo theft numbers were down in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period a year ago, theft incidents are still higher than what was considered normal before 2020 – a record year for theft. Read More

With strong freight demand and high rates in recent months, several top carriers are increasing pay to help attract new truck drivers and sweeten the pot for current drivers.
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The increasing prevalence of terms like “big data,” “machine learning,” and “artificial intelligence” across supply chain roles could make practitioners wonder if they need to go get a master’s degree in advanced calculus. Read More

A cyberattack on Memorial Day targeting the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, that shut down at least some of the company’s 84 U.S. facilities has prompted the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association to ask the DOT for regulatory relief for livestock and meat haul Read More

I've been doing some thinking about the upcoming evolution of electrified commercial vehicles over the past few weeks. I have especially been thinking about how they might impact end-user customers and their ability to both operate and maintain these electric vehicles.
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