supply chains

Trucking Rates to Increase this Year?

At the conclusion of every business quarter, the experts at Transport Capital Partners conduct a special survey with the business leaders in the freight shipping industry. This survey is always considered to be a vital way to take the temperature of the current state and future expectations of the Transport Capital Partners in the United States. The survey is constantly quoted by many respectable news organizations. At the end of this particular business quarter, the survey has revealed some very interesting things about the shipping industry at this time.

Drone Cargo Ships

The future is here in the international shipping industry, or at least it could be here eventually. Recently, there is news that Rolls-Royce is developing container vessels that are operated by drones. In the logistics field, companies have been considering the use of drones for years now, but this news could escalate the drones issue to a higher level. Without question, if the ocean freight industry switched to vessels that were operated by drones, this could forever change the shipping world.


When a shipper receives a quote for ocean freight shipping, it is time to finalize planning for the shipment. One of the plans that must be determined will involve the exact transportation of your ocean freight cargo. Yes, an ocean vessel will move the freight overseas. But after arriving at the destination port, there might be some domestic shipping, such as trucking or rail, to get the freight to the end location.

Chinese New Year 2014

January 31st 2014 is the Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival or called the Lunar New Year. And this year marks the Year of the Horse. During the holiday, there will be mass celebrations, as well as diminished shipping in the Far East.

Intermodal Shipping

Shippers who use truckload freight shipping received some alarming news recently. A new Journal of Commerce article cited analyst David G Ross who suggested that there could be significant increases in truckload freight rates and less truckload capacity that might make intermodal shipping seem more promising for supply chains. Higher truckload rates could be troublesome for supply chains that depend on domestic freight shipping.

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