Daily Transportation and Logistics News – June 3, 2011

Cargo Theft A Greater Concern Than Terrorism For Supply Chain Future
Cargo theft is a major concern for an overwhelming majority of supply chain professionals, far higher than terrorism, according to the annual supply chain survey by FreightWatch International, a global logistics security solutions provider.

New “On the Go” tackles cycling, fuel economy standards, and high-speed rail
In the May 2011 edition of the “On the Go” series, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood discussing the issues of cycling regulations, fuel economy standards and the continuing debate over high-speed rail throughout the country.

Rail traffic showed steady gains for the week ending May 28, says AAR
Rail traffic showed steady gains for the week ending May 28, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Trucking towards a double-dip? Batter up!
Jeff Berman, Group News Editor of Logistics Management, discusses the recent week of news in the transportation industry.  This includes manufacturing reports, diesel prices, and freight volumes.

Truckload Capacity Index Up 14 Percent
Truckload capacity appears to be tightening again, after loosening in April, according to a key measure of industry equipment supply and demand. The weekly Longbow Research Truckload Barometer rose 14.1 percent week-to-week in the last week of May, the research firm said in a June 1 note to investors.

Freight Job Growth Flat in May
Freight transportation employment was virtually flat last month while a closely watched survey of non-manufacturing activity showed a sharp drop in import growth. Seasonally adjusted jobs in air, water, rail and truck transportation, which employ more than 2 million workers, rose only by 3,100 jobs in May, the Labor Department said. All but 800 of those were in air transport.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst