"Exceptional drought" in southwest means more bad news for grain

"Exceptional drought" in southwest means more bad news for grain

Less than 2 inches of rain has fallen across much of West Texas since last October, compared with an average of about 10 inches over the same period last year.

Read More

Severe weather in Texas and Oklahoma could slow early spring volume spikes and provide rails with more excuses

Severe weather in Texas and Oklahoma could slow early spring volume spikes and provide rails with more excuses

A wet pattern continues in the middle to eastern sections of the country, making it difficult for carriers to manage surging spring volumes coming out of the south. This impacts all modes of transportation including the beleaguered rail lines.  

Read More

Los Angeles and Chicago spot markets stay hot

Los Angeles and Chicago spot markets stay hot

Mudslides and a dead Pacific Northwest are contributing to high northbound rates coming out of Los Angeles, while extreme winter weather in the Northeast and freight backbuilds are keeping Chicago hot.

Read More

Forget Uberization, trucking is due for its Airbnb moment

Forget Uberization, trucking is due for its Airbnb moment

Uberization has been a hot term to describe digital transactional brokerage. But a bigger, untapped opportunity might be available in the market 

Read More

Tight spot market snowballs under Polar Vortex

Tight spot market snowballs under Polar Vortex

An unstable Polar Vortex first warmed the Great Lakes and then brought Siberian temperatures to the region, creating disruptive snowfalls and historically low end-of-year temperatures. These weather events only add to numerous factors keeping spot rates sky-high.

Read More

Weather analytics company helped clients ride out the storms--literally

 Weather analytics company helped clients ride out the storms--literally

Riskpulse, the leader in providing weather risk analytics for supply chains, has issued a retrospective report discussing how they advised their customers during the historic 2017 hurricane season.

Read More

Wine country wildfires impacting shippers, future wine shipments

Wine country wildfires impacting shippers, future wine shipments

The deadly wildfires raging in Northern California regained their vigor on Wednesday as winds picked up and helped spread fires, threatening historic Sonoma County wineries. The fires have left at least 17 people dead and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. They are also impacting shipping in the region.

Read More