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A Taste of India in Nebraska

(Photo: TripAdvisor) International cuisine at a truck stop off 1-80 at exit 248? In Overton, Nebraska? With a chef, who, according to reviewer Betty Sayers (Nebraska Rural Living, 1/9/2017), “creates and serves ancient recipes of savory Punjabi Indian cuisine”? Wait, you mean in New York City or San Francisco, right? Not rural Nebraska, right? Wrong. Read More…

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How Will Uber’s Investment in Autonomous Truck Tech Impact Drivers?

According to Ocerdrive.com (2/14/18), Silicon Valley giant Uber, whose ridesharing platform upended the taxi business a half-decade ago and who more recently has set its sights on self-driving technology and freight-matching systems, said in a recent report that it doesn’t expect truck driving jobs to dissipate should autonomous trucks become prevalent. Rather, the company says, it Read More…

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Truck Drivers Still in Short Supply

“The truck driver shortage plaguing the trucking industry is here to stay for a few more years, according to UBS economists,” writes Akin Oyedele in Business Insider (2/15/18). Oyedele continues, “In recent months, driver pay, on average, has risen to $23.75 per hour on average in December, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The Read More…

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ELD Mandate – Mixed Reviews After Two Months

Around December 18, the ELD mandate took effect requiring most trucks to have an active electronic log, with drivers abiding by the hours of service (HOS) and other regulations. Well, it seems it may have been implemented at a bad time. That’s the perspective that Deborah Abrams Kaplan writes about in her SupplyChainDIVE article (1/30/18). Read More…

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Trucking Reacts to Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

On February 12, President Trump released details of what he called “a road map for the Congress to draft and pass the most comprehensive infrastructure bill in our Nation’s history.” In his article in TruckersNews (2/12/18), David Hollis outlined five key takeaways from the President’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: Trump proposes spending Read More…

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Advice for Unrealistic Delivery Times

A trucker posted the following in a Reddit (1/25/178) feed [edited]: Any advice for a company driver who is dispatched a delivery where the appointment times aren’t realistic when you do the math? I called my dispatch twice yesterday and explained to them that there was no way I could make this delivery the next Read More…

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Diesel Fuel Prices Up Versus 2017

The national price of diesel fuel dropped by $0.003 the week of January 22 compared to the previous week but has increased by $0.456 compared to one year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). All U.S. regions are experiencing an increase in U.S. on-highway diesel fuel prices compared with a year ago, with prices in Read More…

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U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Posts 13th Straight Monthly Gain

An increase in the price of crude oil is largely responsible for another jump in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its two North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures (truckinginfo.com, 1/25/18). U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $100.6 billion in November as all five major transportation modes carried Read More…

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Fed Economist – Prior to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week — Predicts Economy To Keep Expanding

“We are now in the third longest expansion,” said William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaking at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event here just ahead of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (truckinginfo.com, 1/23/18). Pointing out that we are in the ninth year of the current economic expansion, Read More…

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I-285 and I-85 North Junction Worst Truck Bottleneck in U.S.

It’s a three-peat Georgia probably wishes didn’t happen. For the third straight year, the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North — Atlanta’s so called “Spaghetti Junction” — is the most congested freight bottleneck in the U.S., according to the American Transportation Research Institute. On January 25 (truckersnews.com, 1/25/18), ATRI today released it annual list Read More…

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