Trucking Industry Trends

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What are Trucking Freight Futures?

Trucking is undergoing a transformation, as new technologies, e-commerce, ELDs, and economic growth reshape the supply chain landscape and add volatility to the mix. That volatility exposes motor carriers, freight brokerages, 3PLs, and shippers to more risk. That's where the first-ever Trucking Freight Futures exchange comes in. Launched in March, the exchange was created by… Read More

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

I got started early in candy logistics. After I got my MBA in transportation, I managed a fleet based in Melrose Park, IL, and negotiated rates with the suppliers at E.J. Brach. I was in my 30s at the time, and I told the guy that I’d been handling Brach's candy for 25 years. That's because my father was a candy jobber – a small, regional distributor who serviced all kinds of accounts. Dad worked with a regional pool… Read More

5 best bets for running reefers

As we begin the second quarter of the year, I've noticed that freight volumes have picked up in the van and flatbed segments, but the reefer segment continues to be a drag on the overall freight picture. Flooding and severe weather have pushed the typical spring upturn further into the future. There are a number of exceptions. If you look at DAT's… Read More

New ELD deadline: Will it trigger a capacity crisis?

Freight markets were upended by the capacity crunch that followed the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in December 2017. The next phase of the mandate begins in December 2019, and it may end up being just as disruptive. The new milestone expands the regulation in two dramatic ways: 1. No more AOBRDs The ELD requirement becomes more stringent in December. Fleets will no longer be allowed to… Read More

Good news for reefers: California has plenty of water

California experienced a 3-year period of exceptional drought in 2014-2016, but this year the state has plenty of water. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is the fifth largest in the past 40 years, and many of the state's reservoirs are at above-average levels. The… Read More

Driver shortage or truck surplus?

You’ve likely heard reports that there’s a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. There have also been reports that a… Read More

Carriers score record-high profits and record-low bankruptcies in 2018

The annual reports have all rolled in from publicly traded transportation companies, and it's obvious that 2018 was a record-setting year in many ways. Trucking companies of all sizes enjoyed unparalleled financial success in 2018, with the largest increases in total revenues and operating profits. Freight rates rose faster and higher than ever before — or at least since deregulation in the 1980s — as demand grew and ELDs… Read More

Trailer pools

Imagine a transportation industry where no truck was ever detained. That’s the motivation behind trailer pools, which is an increasingly popular trend in the effort to maximize efficiency and reduce wait times at shippers’ and receivers’ docks.But it's not quite the silver bullet that the industry needs to solve driver detention.For one, trailer pools aren’t free. New van trailers can run $25,000 to $30,000, depending on… Read More

Download our 2019 Spot Market Roadmap FREE

Last year was the most explosive freight bull market on record for the trucking industry. But how much of that will carry over into 2019? Stay in front of the freight trends all year with this feature-filled outlook into the key market factors affecting your business. Sign up here to get the FREE Spot Freight Roadmap… Read More

How does the government shutdown affect trucking?

Update - January 25: Federal employees are heading back to work for at least three weeks, under an interim budget agreement. The government shutdown started December 22, and it's already the longest in U.S. history. More than 800,000 Federal employees are affected, and 420,000 of them continue to work without pay. Some government services are suspended, and others are just slower than usual. Maybe a lot… Read More