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In logistics, employers scramble for workers

by Mitchell Hartman 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

by Mitchell Hartman 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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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Can shipping freight across the country be as easy as finding a ride across town?

by Tracey Samuelson 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

by Peter Balonon-Rosen 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…

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

by Aaron Schrank 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. 

Lull in manufacturing drives merger in trucking

by Sally Herships 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…

Self-driving trucks could mean fewer jobs for drivers

by Molly Wood 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

by Sally Herships Nov 2, 2015
A new rule requiring truckers to digitally record driving hours may soon pass.
The Weak Link: The state of infrastructure

Trucks wait at a port with little room to grow

by Adam Allington Jun 17, 2015
Truckers wait for hours to pick up containers at Port Newark-Elizabeth.

Debate over sleep holds up new trucking regulations

by Miles Bryan May 11, 2015
The industry is fighting a federal rule that prescribes when truckers must sleep.