THE HILL: It’s Time To Bring Our Nation’s Infrastructure Into The 21st Century                                                                          

Since last updating the efficiency of our highway network more than 25 years ago, our infrastructure has suffered from chronic underinvestment and a lack of innovation. At times this lack of investment has put families in harm’s way, caused economic inefficiency, and put undue stress on the environment. We are at a tipping point and our policymakers must realize infrastructure investment cannot solely focus on filling potholes, painting lines, installing signage, and building additional lane miles.

DC VELOCITY: Will 33-Foot Twins Be Born This Year?                                                                                                

“No doubt, there will be lengthy partisan debates. But at this point, I think the prospects of passage look good. Based on the changing political climate in Washington and the AMT’s lobbying power, my prediction is that the proposal will be one of the few things approved during this session of Congress.”

AMERICAN SHIPPER: Freight Policy Must Keep Up With The Times                                                                                                                 

Over the last century, the logistics industry has seen its share of progress. While the technology in today’s warehouses might seem like science-fiction to some, there was a time when automation and forklifts were not a reality. During these early days, warehouse employees had to carry goods in hundred pound sacks from the rail yard and assemble the pallets by hand.

ENO TRANSPORTATION: Twin 33s – Trucking Efficiency, On Demand

“On-demand” – two words driving consumer behavior and supply chain efficiency in today’s economy. American families have grown accustomed to receiving their purchases via two-day, next-day, and even same-day delivery. Likewise, businesses are working hard to meet consumer demands. No longer can businesses manufacture products for inventory, planning on long time horizons. The rise of e-commerce and on-demand delivery is good news for American families as it means less time running errands and more time at home.

TRUCKING INFO: Infrastructure Reform Group Finds Twin 33s Boost Safety and Efficiency

Because trailers often fill up before hitting the 80,000-pound limit, according to the study, by switching from twin 28-foot trailers to twin 33s, cargo volume could increase by 18.6% while still not needing to increase the maximum weight limit. This means that using twin 33s would require 15.7% fewer trucks and trailers to carry the same amount of cargo.

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT: From One-Click Buy To One-Click Ship

In 2017, we hope Congress can pair infrastructure investment with regulatory reforms that will enable the industry to continue serving Americans across the country. The lack of consistent and adequate investment in the nation’s infrastructure has created a system that can’t keep up with demand. However, the gap can’t be closed by just repaving roads, and it’s critical that Congress identifies technology and policy changes that can further unlock efficiency.

TRANSPORT TOPICS: UPS, FedEx, Amazon Form Twin 33s Advocacy Group

TRANSPORT TOPICS: UPS, FedEx, Amazon Form Twin 33s Advocacy Group

A new coalition of shippers and retailers led by UPS Inc., FedEx Corp. and Amazon.com plans to call on members of Congress to support the nationwide access of twin 33-foot trailers, a move likely to ignite a contentious debate among lawmakers during the 115th Congress. The longer combination trailers would be safer and more fuel- efficient, Americans for Modern Transportation, the new coalition, argued in a Jan. 11 press statement.

JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: US Shippers, Truckers Flex Lobbying Muscle

JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: US Shippers, Truckers Flex Lobbying Muscle

“We’re excited to join Americans for Modern Transportation to encourage Congress and the Trump administration to enact substantive policy solutions that modernize our nation’s roads, bridges, intermodal rail connections, and seaports,” Tom Jensen, UPS vice president of transportation policy, told JOC.com.