Lou Smyrlis ()
With more than 15 years of experience reporting on transportation issues, Lou is one of the more recognizable personalities in the industry. An award-winning writer well known for his insightful writing and meticulous market analysis, he is a leading authority on industry trends and statistics.

70 posts by Lou Smyrlis

Is there a better way forward on fuel surcharges?

I’ve been researching and writing about fuel prices and their impact on transportation costs since fuel prices initially started to spike back in the late 90s. I’ve listened to countless economists, and worked my way through far too many reports and government investigations. As a result of all that I’ve come to realize– despite what

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Too many roadblocks for northern roads?

Attending the Transport Institute’s Northern Exposure 2 conference in Winnipeg recently proved an illuminating foray into the challenges of serving Canada’s northern communities – admittedly the kind of stuff those of us who live and work in more forgiving climates, terrains and transportation networks don’t think much about, but should. Why should we? Because our

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Do the math: We are in for trucking capacity crunch

While co-hosting a CITT webinar on transportation trends in late January with Cormark market analyst David Newman, the issue of trucking industry consolidation and the subsequent impact on capacity, came up, yet again. It’s an issue key to shippers who rely on truck transportation to get their products to market, particularly if other modes don’t

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Why rabid partisanship is not helping US trucking

Having attended the annual American Trucking Associations Management Conference I must admit I’m left wondering if trucking executives – the ones in the US anyway — really get what they deserve when it comes to their dealings with government. Let me explain. Just a couple of months ago, at another conference, the Commercial Vehicle Outlook

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