PRESS RELEASE: LaneAxis Research Shows Top Carriers Outsource Nearly Half of Freight Shipments


March 9, 2016


Many Shippers May Not Get Visibility They’re Paying Top Dollar For

SAN DIEGO, CA – A LaneAxis Virtual Freight Management study of the nation’s top 50 Carriers (as ranked by Transport Topics) revealed the 13 biggest public companies outsource an average of 42.29% of their freight shipments. This figure is based on the percentage of total revenue those carriers spent on “Purchased Transportation” – essentially subcontracted freight shipment services.

“Our findings are clear – many Shippers likely aren’t getting the visibility they think they are,” says Rick Burnett, LaneAxis CEO and Founder. “Large Shippers and Carriers may be able to manage their own fleets effectively, but with so much freight being outsourced to small Carriers with six trucks or less – which is 97% of the trucking industry – that’s a problem. There’s very little visibility into that network”

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LaneAxis Featured in “Transport Topics”

Transport Topics, a leading print and online periodical covering the Trucking and Freight Transportation industries, highlighted LaneAxis in its March 28 issue.

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PRESS RELEASE: LaneAxis Aims to Revolutionize Freight Transportation


March 9, 2016


Virtual Freight Management System wipes out layers of inefficiency plaguing $700 billion industry

SAN DIEGO, CA – Technology has finally caught up with trucking – with potential far-reaching benefits for the industry, economy, and environment. LaneAxis (, a San Diego-based company, has launched deployment of a virtual freight management system that gives shippers unprecedented end-to-end visibility and control over their freight. The desktop and mobile app delivers real-time analytics and insights that eliminate the need for error-prone manual reporting. By utilizing real-time internet and mobile GPS data, LaneAxis renders obsolete old and unreliable trucking technology such as the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system.

Several major shippers have started utilizing the LaneAxis platform, including a prominent grocery chain.

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Health Sciences Industry Takes Note of LaneAxis and are trusted news outlets focused on good distribution practices for biologics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Like many industries, this is one undergoing rapid changes, and looking for solutions like LaneAxis.

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CSA Raw Data Once Again Made Public

David Cullen |

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on March 7 that it has restored to public view its “absolute measures” of the safety performance of motor carriers of property.

The agency said it has made the necessary modifications to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) website to make it compliant with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the highway passed late last year.

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Truckers Get Two-Year Deadline for Electronic Logging Devices

Loretta Chao | Wall Street Journal

Truck drivers will have to switch from paper records to tracking their driving electronically within two years under a new federal rule aimed at making roads safer by enforcing limits on the time drivers spend behind the wheel.

The timetable set Thursday put in motion a requirement that has divided segments of the trucking industry and added to debates in trucking over work rules and driver pay. Federal regulators say the electronic logging devices will help them police rules limiting how long drivers can remain on the road, restrictions aimed at preventing fatigue and accidents.

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FMCSA Unveils Final ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is trying once again to craft a legally-sustainable electronic logging device (ELD) rule after several failed attempts in the past. The agency formally rolled out its long-awaited final rule mandating the use of ELD by commercial motor vehicle operators to record hours-of-service (HOS) data.

“Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,” noted U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “This automated technology [ELDs] not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”

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Startups Accelerate Efforts to Reinvent Trucking Industry

Jack Nicas and Laura Stevens | Wall Street Journal

Investors are pouring millions of dollars into startups hoping to disrupt the $700 billion trucking industry, the latest example of Silicon Valley’s efforts to upend the traditional economy.

A series of startups are vying to become an “Uber of trucking,” leveraging truck drivers’ smartphones to quickly connect them with nearby companies looking to ship goods. The upstarts aim to reinvent a fragmented U.S. trucking industry that has long relied on third-party brokers, essentially travel agents for trucking who connect truckers with customers.

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Fleets Trying to Sell Event Recorder Safety Message to Drivers

Jeff Crissey | CCJ

Much ink has been spilled regarding the tanking public perception numbers of law enforcement agencies in the year since the highly publicized death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Cell phone footage from several other high-profile incidents since that time only have added fuel to the fire.

State and local police forces have been quick to adopt body cameras to capture first-person footage in the event a traffic stop or arrest escalates into violence. Taser, the nation’s largest manufacturer of police body cameras, reported sales in its body cam divisions up 288 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to first-quarter 2014.

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Survey of 3PL CEO’s Finds Confidence in Growth, Driver Shortage a Concern

Sean Kilcarr | Fleet Owner

A survey of the 30 CEOs atop some of the world’s largest third party logistics (3PL) companies discerned broad confidence regarding projected growth for both revenues and profits.

However, serious challenges – especially in terms of the increasingly global shortage of truck drivers and rising regulatory burdens – remain athwart the industry’s future path, they said.

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