Trucking Industry Trends

DAT Barometers Help Predict Rate Trends
DAT Barometers Help Predict Rate Trends

An independent financial research firm has developed a set of freight barometers based on data from DAT. The company says the barometers provide predictive value in determining the magnitude and direction of trends in both spot and contract market rates, and for the overall economy.

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Freight Volumes Are Up, So What About Profits?
Freight Volumes Are Up, So What About Profits?

I was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the market conditions for trucking in Q1. There’s more cargo moving through the country right now, but pricing hasn’t moved up at the same pace. The paper noted the trend, citing data from DAT and interviews with carriers like J.B. Hunt and Swift.

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Is the Freight Recession Really Over?
Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

At the beginning of the year, Mark Montague declared that the freight recession was over. Not long after that, we slid into the slow season for freight, with a steady decline in van and reefer rates for several weeks now. That's left a lot of people wondering whether or not the freight recession really is over.

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California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity
California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

<p>California's weather—good or bad—has a major impact on truckload capacity. California supplies nearly 50% of the nation’s produce, and Ontario and Fresno were among the top 10 key market areas for reefer freight last year. See how drought and floods are affecting this area.</p>

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5 Threats to Capacity in 2017
5 Threats to Capacity in 2017

Overall, 2016 was a year of relatively loose capacity. Don't count on the same for 2017. A number of looming factors could put a squeeze on capacity in the coming year. Here are five:

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2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over
2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

The freight recession is over. An 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Freight volume and rates began to revive in May 2016, and year-over-year volume comparisons turned positive in August. Instead of tapering off after October, however, a boom market emerged for truckload transportation in November and December. What does it mean for 2017?

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