How trucking offers clues about where the economy’s headed

Aug 28, 2020
Trucking volume offers a glimpse into consumer demand today, and what that demand might look like down the road.
Container trucks arrive at the Port of Los Angeles. Import transportation companies are doing better than most during COVID-19.
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There's already a shortage of big-rig truck drivers, and the pandemic may make it worse

Apr 10, 2020
Many DMVs and driver-training schools are closed, making it impossible for new drivers to get behind the wheel.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has only made it harder to fill a truck driver shortage.
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In logistics, employers scramble for workers

May 7, 2019
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show nearly 90,000 job openings in warehousing, transportation and utilities in March.
Boxes travel on conveyor belts at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, in 2017.
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U.S. short on long-haul truckers

Mar 13, 2019
Trucking companies are boosting pay and trying to make the lifestyle more amenable to a new generation of drivers.
61-year-old Petru Strugari of Portland, Oregon, says driver pay is rising at trucking companies, just as costs rise for parts and maintenance to operate his own truck.
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Can shipping freight across the country be as easy as finding a ride across town?

Aug 23, 2018
"There's a lot more going on in the background when it comes to truck loads," one expert says.
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Why a trucker shortage really, really matters

Jun 15, 2018
The U.S. is facing a national trucker shortage. With the economy in an upswing, there’s more of a demand for goods than there are people to transport them. As carriers try to attract drivers with perks and pay raises, companies that rely on shipping say an unexpected rise in shipping costs has forced them to […]

Tesla unveils an electric truck, but will it catch on?

Nov 17, 2017
CEO Elon Musk said the new electric Tesla trucks will have a range of about 300 miles. But truckers may not want to pay for the cleaner ride. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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Lull in manufacturing drives merger in trucking

Apr 10, 2017
The latest merger of two corporate giants, worth a combined $5.1 billion, is far from New York City. Instead, it’s the joining of two major trucking companies, Swift and Knight. The new company, Knight-Swift, will be based in Phoenix, where both companies have their headquarters. The trucking industry faces challenges, like flat demand from manufacturers, […]

Self-driving trucks could mean fewer jobs for drivers

Aug 19, 2016
1.8 million jobs are on the line.
Autonomous vehicles could upend the trucking industry.
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Black boxes for truckers

Nov 2, 2015
A new rule requiring truckers to digitally record driving hours may soon pass.