Wage and Benefit Negotiations Move Forward Between Railways and Unions

Underway for over three years now, negotiations between the railways and unionized rail workers have made huge strides in recent weeks. According to a press release from the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), tentative agreements have been reached between the railroads and four more rail unions, the Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC), the International Association of… Continue Reading

Weather Related Service Update: 12/11/2017

Monday, December 11, 2017  –  Natural events are disrupting service in several parts of the United States. California is currently under siege by fast-moving, deadly wildfires. There are now 5 major wildfires (covering more than a quarter of a million acres) burning in Southern California fanned by continued Santa Ana Winds of up to 60 miles… Continue Reading

5 Logistics Budgeting Tips for 2018

With the fourth quarter in full swing, it’s a great time to kick off planning for 2018 and, as part of that effort, find new ways to eke the most out your logistics budget. Whether that means locking in freight rates, doing lane analysis, or evaluating technologies and tools that will help your firm’s transportation… Continue Reading

Safety Checks

Keeping North America’s highways and byways safer with a combination of announced and unannounced safety checks. Commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel in Canada and the United States conducted more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck in June.    During… Continue Reading

Charleston Port Dredging Contracts

The Port of Charleston, SC, is taking the final steps to become the deepest port on the East Coast. On October 30, 2017, Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), officially announced the awarding of a second contract for the deepening of the Port of Charleston. With a previous contract… Continue Reading

Truckload and LTL Rates on the Upswing

Significant weather events, changes in the economy, and new regulations can all impact trucking capacity—a reality that often translates into higher truckload and LTL rates for shippers. That’s exactly what’s happening as 2017 begins to come to a close. “Waves of disruption in available truck and rail capacity are radiating out from areas of the Texas… Continue Reading

Heavy Hitters: How the 2017 Hurricane Season is Impacting Transportation

As Hurricane Ophelia churned out in the Atlantic this past week, first veering away from the US east coast before heading towards Ireland and Britain, she became part of the historical 2017 hurricane season. In fact, the storm officially became the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of systems that… Continue Reading

Operation Safe-Driver Week: Oct. 15-21

In an effort to combat unsafe driving behaviors by both truckers and passenger cars, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have joined forces to promote “Operation Safe-Driver Week.” Beginning on Oct. 15th and carrying on until the 21st, law enforcement nation-wide will begin a campaign of heavily increased… Continue Reading

California Wildfires

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  –  California has declared a state of emergency in counties currently under siege by fast-moving, deadly wildfires. Thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed and an estimated 25,000+ people were evacuated from  Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Officials report that fire crews are still battling at least 16 fires and… Continue Reading

Weather Related Service Update: Tropical Storm Nate

Friday, October 6, 2017  –  As hurricane season starts to wind down, Odyssey is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Nate which is forecast to hit the US as a category 1 hurricane over the weekend. New Orleans and parts of Southeast Louisiana may begin experiencing hurricane conditions Saturday with landfall expected late Saturday evening or early… Continue Reading