Trucking Industry Trends

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Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

At the beginning of the year, DAT Pricing Analyst Mark Montague declared that the freight recession was over. A month later, other analysts from around the industry started to come to… Read More

California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

California supplies nearly 50% of the nation’s produce. The central valley of California has been called "the nation's bread basket," as a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, nuts, rice and dairy products are shipped to all corners of North America. Mark Montague's recent blog post… Read More

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:1. Strong demandThe biggest factor affecting capacity is, of course, the volume of freight that brokers are asked to move and the number of available, qualified trucks to move it. And although demand started out weak at the… Read More

2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

The freight recession is over. That 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Energy exploration and fracking petered out, and the accompanying freight dried up. Fuel prices dropped, and carrier revenues fell due to the declining fuel surcharges. To add insult to injury, line haul rates fell, too, in a cycle of year-over-year declines that lasted through the middle of 2016.Freight volume… Read More

What's the Top Issue Facing the Trucking Industry in 2017?

When we recapped our most-read blog posts of 2016, the American Transportation Research Institute’s study of the top issues facing the trucking industry came in at the number 10 spot. At the time, ATRI was looking for participants in that survey, and… Read More

2016's Top 10 Blog Posts, from DAT Freight Talk

I confess: I love lists. So here's one for all of you DAT blog readers out there. Thanks to your attention and interest, here is a list of this year's Top 10 blog posts on the DAT Freight Talk blog, ranked by the number of readers per blog post. As they say online, ICYMI (in case you missed it) you can catch up on the best of the best. In the style of David Letterman, I'll work backwards from number 10: 10.… Read More

Data Visualization from DAT: It's Not a Snapshot. It's a Mosaic.

I've spent a lot of time recently making PowerPoint slides for two panel presentations that were given by my colleagues today. They presented at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Orlando. Everything was wrapped up by Friday afternoon, and our folks flew diagonally across the continent over the weekend. By the time I got back into the office on Monday, the data was so different that I had… Read More

August Reefers Trade Melons for Onions

I watch load board trends and truckload rates for a living. That's what I do. I'm not on the road myself, and I don't hire trucks, but I'm watching the numbers every day.Recently, I've seen crazy high load-to-truck ratios and rates for reefers in a number of key freight markets in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, mostly in the area near where those three state borders touch.I asked Mark Montague what's going on for reefers in… Read More

Future of Trucking Looks Gloomy, to Financial Reporters

Is the Freight Recession Upon Us Again? The second quarter sent some disappointing signals for the future health of freight transportation and logistics, according to Jeff Berman of Logistics Management. Economic indicators, such as bloated… Read More

What Are the Top Issues Facing the Trucking Industry Today?

The American Transportation Research Institute recently posted its yearly survey of the most critical issues facing the trucking industry. In it, they offer a list of 29 issues that “have been identified as the top industry issues for 2016 by industry professionals.” Survey participants are asked… Read More