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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...

ArcBest earns $15.7M in 2Q

Revenue rises to $720.4M as shipper earns more per load

Subscriber onlyArcBest Corp. generated $720.4 million in revenue in its second quarter, up from $676.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, the company reported Friday. Continue reading...

P.A.M.'s showing in 2Q off from '16

Auto industry’s droop hits hauler

Subscriber onlySecond-quarter 2017 did not treat P.A.M. Transportation Services well. Executives attribute the disappointing results to a struggling auto industry, to which P.A.M. devotes about half of its business, as well as low rates per mile. Continue reading...

Hunt buying logistics outfit

Trucker to pay $136M in deal

Subscriber onlyJ.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. will buy a Houston-based logistics company for $136 million, according to a press release. Continue reading...

Truckers fret over NAFTA redo plan

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump's White House this week released a first glimpse at its plans to "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it did virtually nothing to assuage stress in the logistics industry that wonders how supply chains will be altered. Continue reading...

Hunt's quarter profits slip 7%

Revenue up, but short projections

Subscriber onlyEarnings data from J.B. Hunt Transportation Services show freight volume is rising, but customers aren't necessarily paying more for its logistics services. Continue reading...

No-drug policies left up to truckers

Regulations still on U.S. to-do list

Subscriber onlyAmid a national crisis of opiate drug addiction, the trucking industry is still waiting for the U.S. Department of Transportation to strengthen its commercial drug testing policies. Continue reading...