How widespread is API connectivity in the LTL industry?

LTL rig on highway with solar thermal power plant in the background

Application programming interfaces have become more commonplace in the less-than-truckload industry. It’s a significant change yielding big efficiencies for an industry evolving from an analog world.

An API allows two disparate systems to communicate with one another. It allows applications to transfer data and execute transactions in real time.

“Historically in LTL freight, base rates, carrier coverage points and other information was passed around manually using physical disks and CDs and had...

Borderlands: Mexico restores full market access to US potatoes

Borderlands is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of United States-Mexico cross-border trucking and trade. This week: Mexico fully opens its market to U.S. potatoes; a Japanese auto parts maker completes a $29 million Mexico expansion; Charger Logistics is opening a Texas facility; and CG Railway launches its second U.S.-Mexico ferry.

Mexico restores full market access to US potatoes 

After 25 years of export bans, all of Mexico is now open for U.S. potatoes.

The first shipments of U.S....

First US military jet carrying baby formula from Europe to arrive Sunday

A large, gray military jet touches down on runway on a sunny day, as smoke comes off the tires.

A U.S. military aircraft on Sunday will deliver the first batch of baby formula from Europe to Indianapolis under Operation Fly Formula as the Biden administration accelerates efforts to alleviate a domestic shortage.

The White House announced Saturday that a U.S. Air Force cargo jet will transport 132 pallets of Nestle’s Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to the Indianapolis airport. From there the shipment will be trucked to a Nestle Health Science...

The Log Book: IMO celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime

The Log Book is a weekly rundown of human-interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: The maritime industry celebrates its first International Day for Women, Leonard’s Express unveils its first of five patriotic trucks, and FedEx helps milk banks ship breast milk to combat the formula shortage.

IMO celebrates 1st International Day for Women in Maritime

According to the International Chamber of Shipping, 1,647,500 seafarers work internationally on merchant ships....

Bulk carrier on fire, North Atlantic

Bulk carrier PENGUIN ISLAND is reported to be on fire, since around 1000 UTC May 21, in North Atlantic some 600 nm W of Azores. Bulk carrier is ne route from Convent USA to Gibraltar. As of 1215 UTC, the ship was under way with AIS on, she turned north at around 1000 UTC, made starboard turn at 1120 UTC and now is sailing in SE direction, at cruise speed some 12 knots. No other details available at the moment.
Bulk carrier PENGUIN ISLAND, IMO 9520962, dwt 58110, built 2011, flag HK, manager...

Rail shippers applaud federal appeals court ruling on alleged price fixing

Two tank cars and a hopper car travel on the railroad.

Attorneys representing shippers in litigation involving four Class I railroads praised a federal appeals court decision this week that clarified what evidence can be submitted in two cases involving alleged price fixing in the early 2000s. 

Stephen Neuwirth, an attorney with Quinn Emanuel Urqhuart & Sullivan, said in a statement that the “opinion will greatly assist the shippers in making their antitrust case against the railroads.” 

Dozens of global companies representing chemical, automotive...

6th person pleads guilty in $1.4M scam against Texas trucking companies

A San Antonio-area man has pleaded guilty to accepting $432,000 in unearned payroll funds as part of a scam against carrier Texas Chrome Transport Inc. 

Mario Martinez, 49, is the sixth person to plead guilty in the scheme that diverted more than $1.4 million from Atascosa, Texas-based Texas Chrome Transport and a related company, MJR Truck Lines Inc. Atascosa is located 22 miles south of San Antonio.

Texas Chrome Transport has 208 drivers and 208 power units, according to the Federal Motor...

FreightWaves Classics/Infrastructure: SFO is a key gateway (Part 1)

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis on the way to a special hangar at Mills Field, September 16, 1927. (Photo: Horace Chaffee/Department of Public Works/

Earlier this month San Francisco International Airport (SFO) celebrated its 95th birthday. The largest of the three major airports serving the San Francisco Bay area, SFO began its life as Mills Field Municipal Airport in 1927. It opened two weeks prior to Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

At the time, the population of the Bay area (San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara counties) was about 1.25 million. Today, more than 7 million people live in the same area.

The mayor of...

Supply Chain Meets FinTech will fire up Atlanta in August

FreightWaves and PYMNTS are partnering to explore the intersection of innovation in the financial and supply chain sectors. Supply Chain Meets FinTech will be a one-day event in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 17. 

For more than a decade, FinTech has been the hottest startup sector, generating innovations in payments, insurance and markets. Five years ago, FreightTech and supply chain technologies took off and are experiencing the same momentum today. In the past year, companies that are both...

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