Entries by Judd Dunagan

Thought of the Day

As E-Commerce grows exponentially, 1st mile-last mile truck deliveries grow in parallel.  That being the case there will be more and more short haul delivery vans adding to our overcrowded streets and thoroughfares. Gridlock will increase and pollution will sore as drivers make more one package deliveries to millions of additional homes and apartments. And […]

California’s 20-cent diesel tax hike goes into effect

Truckers in California will now see increased prices at the pump after a 20-cent increase to the state’s diesel tax went into effect Wednesday, Nov. 1. The excise tax on diesel in the state jumped from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon Wednesday. The state has also increased the sales tax rate […]

It Takes a Village

IT TAKES A VILLAGE by Pat Roche BENJAMIN WRIGHT   (1770-1842) Considered by many to be the Father of Civil Engineering in America The Erie Canal, The Blackstone Canal and the C&O Canal all fall under Mr. Wrights list of accomplishments. I start my article with him because of the following excerpt: “It is calculated that […]

Why Paying Truckers by the Mile is Unfair and Dangerous

The trucking industry is in crisis for one simple reason: It cannot find enough people to sit behind the wheel. The American Trucking Assns., a trade group, estimates that trucks carry more than 67% of the country’s total freight by weight. Trucking is the nation’s most important mode of commercial shipping. Currently, there are about […]

Driver turnover rate soared in second quarter, ATA reports

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets jumped 16 percentage points to 90 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the American Trucking Associations’ quarterly report. The turnover rate at small fleets, those with less than $30 million in annual revenue, also leapt, climbing 19 points to 85 percent. “After a period […]

Cleaner Freight: Boost Sustainability at Every Level of the Supply Chain

Image credit: Ayesha Enterprises From fields to factories, companies are making considerable strides incorporating sustainable strategies across individual stages in their supply chain. But a key part of the supply chain that often gets overlooked is how goods are getting from point A to point B. It might seem obvious to focus on warehouses or office spaces, but […]

Pace of Trucking Industry Change About To Hit Warp Speed

Written by Jack Uldrich, futurist and consultant. This is one in a series of periodic guest columns by industry thought leaders. Jack Uldrich General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra likes to observe that the automotive industry will see more change in the next five years than it has in the last 50. That’s so true, […]

As Predicted

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY There is a transportation challenge facing the United States which must be addressed in order for the country to continue to grow and prosper, as summarized in the chart below. The road system cannot keep up with the projected growth in population and shipment weight. With roads already congested, any further increase is […]