Trucking Industry Trends

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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

Trucking wins business back from railroad

Last year rail intermodel took away loads from over-the-road trucking, but now the pendulum is swinging back the other direction. Diesel prices are dropping, which makes dry van transportation more attractive and reduces the cost advantage of rail intermodal for domestic freight. Most of the industry is well aware of the role of fuel in routing decisions, but there are some new variables to consider when considering a tradeoff between… Read More

2018: Year of the ELD

ELDs ruled everything around us in 2018. The topic dominated our list of most-read stories, and the mandate was central to most of the trends that played out in the freight industry last year. But before 2018…there was 2017. And in 2017, there was plenty of speculation about what would happen in mandate’s aftermath. Here’s a look at… Read More

Top 10 markets for freight in 2018

Rankings based on transaction data in DAT RateView What do you get when you combine an economy that's growing like gangbusters and a truck shortage? That'd be 2018. The surge in truckload demand led to record-high rates last year, as freight brokers and… Read More

10 most-read stories of 2018

What stories got the most attention in 2018? ELDs and driver detention were the most popular topics, followed by business tips for owner-operators, and info on the big trends in truckload freight, capacity, and rates. In case you missed them, below are the 10 most-read stories from the past year. Stay in the know — sign up for one of our… Read More

Today's market conditions are not "unprecedented"

Investment analysts debate on TV about the timing of the next recession. The Dow is on a roller coaster ride, and the pundits keep using the word "unprecedented" to describe each day's results. Yes, it's a volatile market. But unprecedented? Not so much. Get weekly updates on national freight trends. Sign up for the DAT Trendlines… Read More

Freight economy continues to grow, despite market volatility

Recent weeks have seen a high level of volatility and a sense of growing uncertainty in both the U.S. and global financial markets. Despite all the hand-wringing on Wall Street, however, the transportation economy continues to signal economic expansion. The hard data of physical goods flow confirms that people are still making things, shipping things, and buying/consuming things. Perhaps this activity is not achieving the scorching pace… Read More