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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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David Roush to Speak at ALK Transportation Technology Summit

Posted 9:01 PM by
David Roush, president of KSM Transport Advisors, will co-present a session at the 2016 ALK Transportation Technology Summit May 24 in Philadelphia, Pa. After a period of tight capacity, which had given carriers the upper hand, capacity is now outpacing demand. As a result, shippers are pushing to reduce... Read more →
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Combatting Rate Reductions: How to Strengthen Your Negotiating Position Through Freight Network Engineering

Posted 2:11 PM by
The balance of power in the freight transportation industry has shifted. After a period of tight capacity, which had given carriers the upper hand on freight rates, the pendulum has swung. Capacity is now outpacing demand, providing shippers with the upper hand in negotiating rates with carriers. Shippers have more... 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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The Challenge of Analyzing Rates When Fuel Prices Change Rapidly

Posted 4:59 PM by
The precipitous drop in fuel prices over the last year has affected the trucking industry in several ways. One ramification, in particular, is being felt in our work as trucking consultants. Freight network optimization toolkits include rate indexes, which are used to analyze how a carrier’s rates compare to... Read more →
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How Trucking Companies Can Profit from Time

Posted 5:40 PM by
Time is directly connected to money in the trucking industry. This may seem obvious because so many metrics refer to various time frames. We are constantly monitoring numbers that demonstrate how revenue, loads, miles and more stack up over time (per day, week, month, quarter and year). From those perspectives,... Read more →
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‘Uberfication of Trucking’ Is More Sizzle Than Substance

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Note: This article appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of Transport Topics.  Will the Uber model for transporting people revolutionize the trucking industry’s methods for transporting freight? In a word, no. Recent media coverage of start-up companies that are bringing Uber-style technology to trucking makes it tempting... Read more →
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