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March 13-17: The Week in Trucking

There is plenty of news that happens in the trucking industry each week and no one news outlet can possibly cover it all. In an effort to provide our readers with a balance of news and information, FreightWaves intends to provide a look back each Friday at some of the stories that caught our eyes during that week.

If you see something interesting during the week, feel free to share it with us at We may feature it in our Week in Trucking. Enjoy!

Are truck drivers going extinct?

Are the days of the truck driver over, or is the job just changing? More truckers are preparing for the day of the driverless truck. (Supply Chain 247)

Read: Truckers prepare for era of driverless trucks

What does the future hold?

As technology continues to drive change in the trucking industry, Daimler executive Wilfried Achenbach talked about those changes and what the future holds for the industry. (Fleet Owner)

Read: A time of change: How will the future of trucking look?

Meet Freight Alley, the epicenter of freight movement

More than 80% of the freight in the U.S. moves through this one region of the country, and it’s probably not one of the areas that comes to mind first. Meet Freight Alley.  (FreightWaves)

Read: When freight moves, it moves through Freight Alley

 Shippers get a breather from rising rates

After rising a week earlier, shippers have caught a little break as spot truckload freight rates declined slightly last week.  (CCJ)

Read: Spot truckload freight rates ease slightly following jump

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.