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App launched to aid truckers

Mobile tool touted as cutting time to find available loads

Subscriber onlyCincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics has introduced a new mobile app for truck drivers and carriers that can help them find freight. Continue reading...

J.B. Hunt preparing for driver pay hikes, other cost increases

Subscriber onlyJ.B. Hunt Transport Services has warned its customers they may have to pay as much as 10 percent more in upcoming quarters because transportation costs are being squeezed by truck driver shortages and increased rail activity. Continue reading...

Pill-disposal bottle wins SBA honor

Subscriber onlyA small company based in Siloam Springs won the Outstanding Green Business Award from the National Small Business Administration's SCORE program for its goal to reduce water contamination with a small bottle that consumers can use to throw away old medicine. Continue reading...

Rule spawns electronic-log supply sector

100-plus firms offer truckers soon-to-be-required devices

Subscriber onlyWith about three months until electronic logging devices are required in every commercial big rig, carriers and truck drivers have found that dozens of new companies have popped up to meet the technology demand. Continue reading...

Storms adding to struggles to hire skilled labor, truckers

Subscriber onlyCompetition for skilled laborers and truck drivers has increased after flooding in south Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands sapped the number of available workers, new studies shows. Continue reading...

App taps 2 state freight re-bundlers

Subscriber onlyMaryland-based WeFixFreight.com provides the shipping industry with a fix for damaged freight, and two Arkansas companies are part of the solution. Continue reading...

Disaster-relief sites teem, but cash talks

Subscriber onlyAs Hurricane Irma slams islands in the Caribbean and heads toward Florida, its path will inevitably lead to a flood of donations from Americans wanting to help out, but logistics professionals are asking people to send only requested items -- or send money to trustworthy agencies. Continue reading...

Disaster-zone needs to stretch truckers thin

Subscriber onlyTrucking analysts project freight rates will soar over the next few months, as the nation's already scarce truck drivers are called to haul loads for the government to areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Continue reading...

Truckers see bumps ahead with stop rule

Parking crunch, safety issue feared with mileage trackers

Subscriber onlyLong-haul truck driver Dale Warren has felt the squeeze of the hours of service regulations, the rules that govern how long a trucker can drive -- and how long he or she must rest. Continue reading...

Scooters shrink vast UA campus

Students can motor closer to buildings, save their legs

Subscriber onlyLike other athletes at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, freshman pitcher Zebulon Vermillion follows a strict workout regimen to stay game-ready, but walking across campus to his math classes in University Hall isn't part of it. Continue reading...

All-you-can-fly airline plans to offer Bentonville flights

Subscriber onlyBusiness travelers in Northwest Arkansas will soon have a new route to Texas. Continue reading...

Westerman's seat on panel aiding coffers

Transportation-lobby cash way up from previous years

Subscriber onlyCongressman Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., received more campaign donations from transportation associations and related businesses in the first half of this year than for the same time period over the past three years combined. Continue reading...

Westerman's seat on panel aiding coffers; transportation-lobby cash way up from previous years

Subscriber onlyCongressman Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., received more campaign donations from transportation associations and related businesses in the first half of this year than for the same time period over the past three years combined. Continue reading...

Carrier reports 2Q loss of $2.9M

USA Truck off 35 cents a share

Subscriber onlyUSA Truck reported late Wednesday a loss of nearly $3 million for its second quarter, the sixth consecutive quarter without posting a profit and missing analyst's estimates for the period. Continue reading...

State's river transport near a fork

Barge traffic increasing as infrastructure keeps aging

Subscriber onlyAlmost 12 million tons of commodities trickle through the Arkansas River each year -- a figure that likely will grow as trade officials announced earlier this month they have finalized a protocol to allow for the first-ever shipments of U.S.-grown rice to China. Continue reading...