Borderlands: Texas bridge to become full-service cross-border commercial port

Texas bridge to become full-service cross-border commercial port

The Anzalduas International Bridge in South Texas is set to become a full-service commercial port of entry after receiving over $81 million for a project that will add multiple lanes for trucks and new cargo bays for inspections.

The bridge, which opened in 2009, is located on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and is currently only open to passenger vehicles and empty commercial trucks driving southbound into...

Loaded and Rolling: Costliest year in trucking; truckload drivers’ earnings up

Loaded and Rolling Cover ImageATRI: Costliest year ever in trucking
(Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

On Wednesday, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual report on the operational costs of trucking. The report, which has been published annually since 2008, is based on motor carrier financial and operations data from 2021. 

Below are some highlights from the report and press release

  • Total marginal cost of trucking increased 12.7% in 2021 to $1.855 per mile, the highest on record. Fuel was...

After an unprecedented 2021, what can the 3PL industry do for an encore?

Small robots move bins of goods in an automated warehouse.

For the third-party logistics industry, there may never be another year like 2021.

Surging volumes and a massive emphasis on outsourced logistics capabilities to manage volatile inventory flows turned 2021 into the best year ever for the trillion dollar industry, according to an annual report from Armstrong & Associates Inc., the leading 3PL research and consulting firm.

There is more to come, according to Evan Armstrong, the firm’s president. The U.S. 3PL industry is expected to post $414.1...

The Log Book: University of Arkansas’ supply chain program renamed to honor J.B. Hunt Transport

The Log Book is a weekly rundown of human-interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: The University of Arkansas’ undergraduate integrated supply chain management program renamed in honor of J.B. Hunt; CFI wraps another truck for its “She Drives CFI” initiative; and Bendix helps build a new high school athletic facility in the new headquarters’ community.

University of Arkansas’ supply chain program renamed to honor J.B. Hunt Transport

The University of Arkansas announced...

Truck Tech: Infrastructure infancy edition

A new name in electric truck charging and infrastructure broke cover this week with $1 billion or more in private equity funding. With prospects for federal money and significant experience in electrification, Voltera might be a name to watch.

New kid in town 

There’s a new kid in town that could help build infrastructure for electric trucks. The name is Voltera. Its leaders have experience in electric charging. More important, it has access to funding. Lots of funding.

The exact figure is...

Insurance FAQ: What exactly is DataQs?

Do you DataQ?

The answer should be yes, especially considering it could take you off the hook for a number of violations.

Let’s face it. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time — even those writing the tickets. If you receive a violation that you feel is without merit, don’t let it go unnoticed. 

DataQs allows users to track and petition a review of federal and state data issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that’s believed to be inaccurate or incomplete.

“It gives carriers...

Sauer rises to top of California Trucking Association as CEO

There’s a new president at the California Trucking Association — and he’s been with the organization for more than 20 years.

And there’s a new organization of logistics-related companies and individuals in the state, the Goods Movement Alliance, and it already is weighing in on a state appointment in a new and possibly key position. 

At CTA, Eric Sauer has been named the new CEO of the group, effective this past Monday. Sauer, who has been with CTA since 2001, most recently served as senior vice...

Supply chain bullwhip cracks back

On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are talking to Daniel “Mr. Supply Chain” Stanton about how the supply chain bullwhip effect has impacted freight this year. Will inventory overflows be the grinch that stole carriers Christmas?

The second-largest cost for operating a truck is fuel (especially this year!) Chris Jones, EVP of industry and services at Descartes, shares how tech is helping to reduce this cost burden for carriers. 

Wars are won with logistics, so it is no surprise that this...

FreightWaves Classics/Pioneer: Bendix, an automotive and aviation inventor, born 140 years ago (Part 1)

1925-34 Chevrolet heavy-duty Bendix starter drive assembly with spring. (Photo: Bgroicahn/Wikipedia)

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On August 12, 1882,Vincent Hugo Bendix was born in Moline, Illinois. Bendix was an inventor who pioneered developments in both the automotive and aviation industries.

Bendix was the son of Swedish immigrants; his father was a Swedish Methodist Episcopal clergyman whose last name, Bengston,...

Drilling Deep: Monthly report raises concerns about the diesel market

On this week’s Drilling Deep, host John Kingston returns again to the diesel market, this time reviewing a new report that has some unsettling news for diesel consumers.

Also on the podcast, the CIO of Sleek Technologies talks about his company’s supply chain software solution that puts carriers and shippers together but doesn’t consider itself a digital broker. He tells us why.

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