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UAW strike at Mack Trucks could impact Volvo Trucks production

A United Auto Workers strike against Mack Trucks could soon impact assembly at the Volvo Trucks assembly plant in Virginia because both get engines and transmissions from the same Maryland facility. About 3,200 UAW-represented workers went on strike Sunday morning at plants in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania; Hagerstown, Maryland; and Jacksonville, Florida. It is the …

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White Label vs. Private Label Products: What’s the Difference?

Recent research shows SMBs need to be aware of  how white label and private label products perform in the marketplace.  Small Business Trends contacted some experts to find out the differences between them. White Label vs. Private Label Brian Cairns is the CEO of ProStrategix Consulting in New York. He explained it this way. Distinctions …

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Are You Losing Sleep Over Your Business?

So you’ve recently started a business. Or you’re considering starting one. You might already feel the encroaching creep of sleep deprivation . Entrepreneurs frequently find themselves getting fewer hours of sleep or lower quality sleep than the general population, and certainly less than they truly need. But why is this the case? And what can …

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Commentary: Are brokers gouging carriers?

Noel Perry heads Transport Futures in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition, he heads Transportation Economics, a consulting company focused on strategy, market research and forecasting for the North American freight transport market. Previously, he was a Corporate Economist at Schneider National, and Director of Market Research at CSX Transportation and Cummins Engine Company. Broker margins are …

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Maple Leaf Motoring: Six arrested in C$7 million cargo crime spree near Toronto (with video)

Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian transportation. This week: a brazen freight crime spree; Canada’s transport sector adds jobs; and a British Columbia trucking company makes an acquisition.  Six men face 63 charges in connection with a series of cargo crimes near Toronto, including the hijacking of …

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81% of Businesses See Revenue Boost From Corporate Contracts over Next 5 Years

A whopping 81% of businesses predict a boost in sales from large corporations over the next five years, according to a survey by American Express. The survey of small and midsize business suppliers found that 50% of respondents anticipate revenue increases by 50% or more from contracts with large corporations with over $1 billion in …

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Borderlands: Halliburton lays off 650 workers; DHL expands El Paso freight operations

Borderlands is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of United States-Mexico cross-border trucking and trade. This week: Halliburton lays off 650 oil and gas workers; DHL expands cross-border operations; Carrier partners with Fr8Hub to expand Mexico shipping; Logistics firm opens new warehouses in South Texas. Halliburton lays off 650 oil and gas workers …

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California’s AB5 has carriers rethinking vendor relationships

By the time California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the “Employees and Independent Contractors” bill known as AB5 in September, carriers had already begun planning for new wage and benefit costs they could face if their contractor drivers are deemed employees. The legislation, which lowers the threshold for classifying a worker as an employee …

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Freight volumes fall to new heights

Chart of the Week: Outbound Tender Volume Index – USA – Seasonality view SONAR: OTVI.USA The start of any quarter in the transportation world is like the end of a race where the participants are keeled over on the side of the track, gasping for air. This tends to be the case in just about any business …

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Supply chain management specialist Lynkit joins BiTA

Lynkit, the first Indian company to develop the e-consignment note on blockchain, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).  The application — Lynkit.io — has been built on Hyperledger Fabric and has led the company to be featured on The Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Showcase. BiTA is developing best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry. Blockchain is an open, distributed …

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