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Autonomous Trucks, ELDs, and More at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition

Autonomous Trucks, ELDs, and More at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition.TheRoad

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Autonomous trucks. Safety. Today’s and tomorrow’s marketplace. The future of trucking. These, as well as a significant number of others, were key discussion topics at this year’s American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition. In my role at C.H. Robinson, I study market pressures, disruptors, and evolutionary market cycles to bring valuable insights to our customers. This year, I was able to attend ATA’s conference to listen to the debates, ideas, and insights of today’s trucking industry.
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- Director, Research and Market Intelligence

ATA Annual Conference 2014 Update: Driver’s Time is the Emerging Theme

ATA Annual Conference 2014 Update: Driver’s Time is the Emerging Theme

American Trucking Association Recap

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition (MC&E) in San Diego, CA. Each October, executives, owners, and thought leaders from across the trucking industry come together to discuss the current business environment and challenges, share knowledge, and—this year, more so than in recent times—promote optimism. A record crowd of 2,700 attended the conference.
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- President, North American Surface Transportation, C.H. Robinson

Can a Growing Economy Offset New Regulatory Costs?

Can a Growing Economy Offset New Regulatory Costs?

Growing Economy

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and ATRI and do not necessarily reflect those of C.H. Robinson.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) collects massive amounts of both trucking industry and government data, anonymizes it, and then analyzes the data in myriad ways. For instance, with our “operational cost” analysis we can see that per-mile and per-hour fuel costs are reaching all-time highs, and may exceed 2008 costs in the next year. We can also see that driver wages and bonuses are climbing for veteran drivers—both because of the driver shortage and the need to keep “safe” drivers from heading to greener pastures.
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- Vice President, ATRI

Winter Weather and the Impact on Trucking

Winter Weather and the Impact on Trucking

Cold weather Whether it is a blizzard sweeping from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast or frigid temps that are well below zero, winter weather has a huge impact on trucking. For individuals worried about their daily commute to work, winter may seem like a big deal, but in reality it is next to nothing compared to the affect weather has on trucking companies. Winter weather is first and foremost a safety concern to trucking companies, but in reality it also costs them significant time and money.
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- Director of Capacity Development- C.H. Robinson

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