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When Boom Times Wind Down, Smart Firms Turn Quickly To Efficiency

At the end of every economic growth cycle, midsized companies tend to invest heavily in sales and marketing to steal market share. They realize that a no-longer-growing market won’t raise all boats, including their own. Yet increasing sales and marketing may actually not be the best way to grow in these times. Making big efficiency gains may be far better. Consider the case of a $50 million logistics and trucking firm that used efficiency to drive growth.

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California Moves Toward a More Sustainable Freight System

Sustainable freight. Almost sounds like an oxymoron, especially to anyone that lives near a truck route, port, or warehouse. How can a system of trains, ships, planes, and trucks designed to move billions of dollars’ worth of goods from factories around the world to your doorstep be “sustainable”? Despite that challenge, California officials released a draft Sustainable Freight Action Plan—a multi-agency effort resulting from Governor Brown’s Executive order issued last July—aimed at taking steps to transform the freight system

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Six Stats That Reveal The State Of The U.S. Trucking Industry

With more large trucks on U.S. roads, traveling more miles and transporting more, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working to measure the size of the industry. Last week, the agency issued its 2016 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, which provides a snapshot on the state of the trucking and transport industries. The FMSCA believe the data can be used to devise policies that might help reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

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Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ

The marketplace for logistics companies appears to be open again. New mergers and acquisitions deals are percolating, a sign that stagnant shipping demand in recent month is pushing some companies to seek tie-ups to build scale and new business coverage, WSJ Logistics Report writes. The talks follow a wave of consolidation last year that involved some of the logistics world’s biggest operators, including United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corp. and XPO Logistics Inc. Middle-market companies appear to be in the market this

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Trucking faces capacity crisis, shifting distribution patterns

A regulation-driven capacity crisis will slam trucking sometime in mid-2017 to as late as 2018, John Larkin, managing director, Stifel Financial Corporation, told fleet executives at the CCJ Spring Symposium this week. Consequently, “shippers may think this is their last chance to push prices down before they get hit with all of the regulations that will hit capacity” and drive rates up, he said. For instance, spot markets.

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