Deep Dive: Page 2

Industry insights from our journalists

  • Truck vs. train: Which has the upper hand as spot rates soar?

    Shippers consider lead times and freight types when selecting over-the-road, rail or intermodal.

    Jim Stinson • Oct. 15, 2020
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    The driver shortage: A big piece of the tight capacity puzzle

    Retirements, career changes, and delays at licensing bureaus and training schools are clogging up the talent pipeline.

    Jim Stinson • Sept. 11, 2020
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    Back to basics: Roadrunner's full-circle LTL journey

    As the carrier grew, problems festered within. It became clear the company needed to return to its roots.

    Jim Stinson • Sept. 1, 2020
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    Green hydrogen could be the final piece in a zero-emissions future

    Green hydrogen beats renewables plus batteries at fueling heavy transport, serving industry and long duration storage — if it can be delivered affordably.

    Herman K. Trabish • Aug. 19, 2020
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    Why coronavirus controls freight's fate in 2020

    Transport economists don't expect a volume recovery until the latter half of 2021, and fleets are drawing on lessons learned in past economic disasters.

    Jim Stinson • July 15, 2020
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    Trucking, like the nation, examines itself for racial bias

    The industry is rife with the ways of the "good ol' boy" network, and many large fleets are silent on the diversity of their staff and boards. 

    Jim Stinson • June 18, 2020
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    7 charts show how coronavirus spikes and dips US truck activity

    From panic-buying to closed state economies, the pandemic has taken the trucking industry on a roller coaster ride.

    S.L. Fuller • May 5, 2020
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    Coronavirus slowdowns and shutdowns: What's next for trucking?

    With COVID-19 cases reaching peak in parts of the U.S., fleet executives turn their attention to post-pandemic demand. 

    Jim Stinson • April 14, 2020
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    Coronavirus has trucking experts on edge for 2020

    Forecasts for the remainder of the year are mute, as COVID-19 and driver shortages play out.

    Jim Stinson • March 9, 2020
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    Trucking braces for impact as uncertainty surrounds California’s AB5 law

    Though temporarily stayed, the controversial law presents a major shift for supply chains that experts expect to affect trucking capacity and eventually rates should it be fully enforced.

    Matt Leonard and Emma Cosgrove • Dec. 23, 2019