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Despite Challenges, Trucking Industry Outlook Remains Strong

Posted 4:22 PM by
Nearly 71 percent of all U.S. freight is moved by trucks, making the transportation industry an integral part of the nation’s economy. In fact, changing dynamics in trucking could have a ripple effect to many other industries.  To discuss the state of the transportation industry, Katz, Sapper & Miller’... Read more →
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Capitalizing on the Rebound: The Trucking Industry’s Push to Maximize Growth

Posted 5:00 AM by
As 2017 came to a close, the trucking industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. After two challenging years, trends indicated a rebound in the industrial segment helping to improve production. Core issues remain – primarily with regard to the advanced average age of U.S. truck drivers and frequent employee... Read more →
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Overcoming the Lull: How the Trucking Industry Can Power Through the Changing Market

Posted 3:55 PM by
All bubbles burst. Technology experienced it in 2000 and 2001, followed by the housing market from 2008 to 2010. Unfortunately, the global commodities market is the latest vertical to feel the impact, and it is having far-reaching effects on the U.S. transportation industry. Katz, Sapper & Miller hosted its... Read more →
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Metrics Matter: Know Your Numbers to Improve Trucking Profitability

Posted 6:48 PM by
As trucking consultants, we are regularly asked to help our clients benchmark their revenues, costs and productivity. Metrics are the building blocks of business planning and profitability, and minor changes in key metrics can have a significant effect on the performance and profitability of any trucking company. The transportation industry... Read more →
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Paradigm Shift: Linehaul + Fuel Surcharge is the New Linehaul

Posted 4:00 AM by
Pop quiz: A carrier has two customers that ship from Indianapolis to Dallas. Customer A pays $1.56 linehaul per mile plus FSC (fuel surcharge). Customer B pays $1.73 linehaul per mile plus FSC. Which customer has the better rate?  Correct answer: It depends on the FSC for each... Read more →
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How to Use Data to Drive Down Maintenance Costs

Posted 12:30 PM by
The most frequently asked question in a maintenance consulting practice is: "How do my maintenance costs compare to other similar transportation companies?" Benchmarking maintenance costs can be difficult considering all of the variables that exist within and between transportation companies such as:Average age of equipmentSpecifications of equipmentPercent of work... Read more →
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Green Fleets: Trucking Companies Explore Alternative Fuel Equipment Upgrades

Posted 12:26 PM by
Alternative fueling is one of the hottest topics in the trucking industry today. Evidence could be seen at the sold out Natural Gas in Trucking Summit, hosted by the American Trucking Associations in the fall of 2012. And many state associations continued to demonstrate its growing popularity by including natural... Read more →
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