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Network Analysis Takes on More Importance

Posted 1:35 PM by
Note: This article appeared in the May 8 edition of Transport Topics. We keep seeing signs that things are looking up for the trucking industry. Most of the relevant economic indicators are favorable for trucking. Commodities are getting stronger, oil rig counts are increasing and the housing recovery is persisting.... Read more →
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How the I-85 Bridge Closure May Impact Your Fleet

Posted 1:56 PM by
By now, many Americans have heard about the collapse of the northbound I-85 bridge in metro Atlanta. People familiar with Atlanta traffic know that the already dreadful transportation issues in this area just got worse. Given the fact that the fire and subsequent collapse appears to be the result... Read more →
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Driving the Value of Your Trucking Company

Posted 5:26 PM by
Valuation is always a topic of great interest to transportation company owners. Many companies today are successful because they made the difficult decisions necessary to operate through the Great Recession. While demand has increased in recent years, challenges persist due to regulation, driver shortage and excess industry capacity. How has... Read more →
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6 Tips for Strategically Managing Transportation Brokers

Posted 12:14 PM by
In the course of our consulting practice, we review and analyze many carriers’ freight networks. This consultation includes reviewing clients’ strengths and weaknesses when it comes to managing transportation services. While every carrier we visit uses transportation brokers, most do not have a strategy for those relationships. Carrier/broker relationships... Read more →
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How Large is Your Knowing-Doing Gap?

Posted 5:57 PM by
Is it possible that a trucking company’s performance has less to do with how much the company’s employees know than it does with how they turn that knowledge into action? Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton’s book, The Knowing-Doing Gap, How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action,... Read more →
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Freight Network Optimization Leads to Profitability

Posted 12:03 PM by
Over the years, many owners have suggested that full truckload trucking (TL) is operationally an easy business – simply pick up a load at point A and deliver it to point B. Although few would suggest that trucking is easy in today's environment, many companies unknowingly continue to operate as... Read more →
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Understand Revenue, Optimize Loads to Mitigate ELD-Related Productivity Losses

Posted 5:31 PM by
The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that relies on technology to monitor drivers’ hours will take effect later this year, and the operational reality is that there is a productivity loss associated with ELDs. However, carriers can use the data obtained from ELDs to evaluate loads and improve operations while... Read more →
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Optimism Abounds: Happy Days May Be Returning to the Trucking Industry

Posted 6:24 PM by
The trucking industry has been in a slump. Several factors, including a strong dollar, increased capacity, and zero growth in Industrial Production (IP), made 2015 and 2016 a challenging time for transportation. But trends began to reverse course in November 2016, which has led to renewed optimism for trucking owners... Read more →
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Jorgenson Joins KSM Transport Advisors to Lead Expanded LTL Service Offering

Posted 7:45 PM by
In an exciting push to expand its portfolio, KSM Transport Advisors (KSMTA) has hired Chuck Jorgenson as a freight network engineer to help build out its focus on “less than truckload” (LTL) service offerings. This expanded service line is one of KSMTA’s many offerings in freight network management and... Read more →
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Truckload Carriers Association President to Speak at Upcoming Trucking Owners Business Roundtable

Posted 10:03 PM by
KSM Transport Advisors along with Katz, Sapper & Miller's Transportation Services Group and Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary will host the annual Trucking Owners Business Roundtable on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Taking place at KSM’s Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN,... Read more →
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