Market Update

2020: A tale of two freight markets
2020: A tale of two freight markets

In this volatile 2020 freight market we’ve watched wild fluctuations in freight volumes and rates, with most traditional and reputable market indicators reflecting what we see—a bifurcated freight market.

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Warehouses at peak capacity struggle with demand
Warehouses at peak capacity struggle with demand

At this stage in the holiday shipping season, demand for logistics services is continuing to grow in both retail and manufacturing sectors, but according to the recent results from the Logistics Managers Index (LMI), “firms cannot add logistics infrastructure quickly enough to keep up with burgeoning demand.”

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Christmas trees are on the move
Christmas trees are on the move

Truckload capacity is already tight, but with such a short 35-day shipping season, peak Christmas tree harvest volumes will strain a freight network already at its limits.

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Freight volumes are down this year, but it varies by industry
Freight volumes are down this year, but it varies by industry

Last week we reported on several reliable and unbiased industry volume indices (ATA Truckload Tonnage, Cass Freight Index and MSU Surface Transportation Index), which all indicated overall truckload freight volumes are still down year-over-year. This week we take a look at two more freight volume indices.

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The fast-moving CPG rollercoaster continues
The fast-moving CPG rollercoaster continues

This week, we are taking a look at the leading freight demand indicators for the truckload sector with much the same to report as last month - freight volumes are down overall, but it is a very different story at the commodity level.

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What to expect in Q4 for freight markets
What to expect in Q4 for freight markets

As retailers get ready for the holiday shopping season, a lot of the required inventory has already been hauled by carriers and positioned in warehouses across the country, following the peak in imports we had back in August. But obviously, retailers are approaching the holiday season differently this year.

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