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Land Line: Electric trucks – a practical replacement?

We’ve all heard the news about various companies producing electric powered trucks, but are these trucks a realistic replacement for the diesel-powered vehicles that are on the road today?

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Fleet Owner: Carriers continue to fold as pandemic freight boom recedes

While freight demand slows to start 2023, other costs such as equipment and labor remain high, pushing smaller companies that gained for-hire authority in recent years to abandon the market and seek company driving jobs.

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AJOT: Trucking industry facing fundamental shifts in 2023

In mid-2022, the investment advisory service Zack’s touted the benefits of investing in trucking companies. “Upbeat trucking volumes owing to increased freight demand are driving the industry's growth,” said its report. “Higher trucking rates amid capacity constraints contribute to buoyancy in the trucking industry.”

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Fleet Owner: Spot market returning to ‘seasonal’ and ‘normal’ after 2021 surge, 2022 slump

Particularly in the last five months, the primary market where owner-operators and many smaller carriers find and price loads to haul has been on a road to recovery after a time when the marketplace struggled, load board observers say.

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Land Line: Load posts strong on the spot market

Load posts increased to one of the highest levels in the past six years last week. We’ll have details on that and the latest on rates in this week’s market update with DAT.

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Fleet Owner: Cooling demand, recession concerns kick off 2023, though trucking can expect gains

Although forecasts say the first quarter of 2023 will be particularly tough for the industry, trucking remains the most relied-upon freight transport mode in the U.S. and increased infrastructure spending could be a potential boon.

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Logistics Management: 2023 Rate Outlook: Will shippers catch a break?

Our annual gathering of freight transportation industry analysts reveals some common themes, largely around the notion that rates are not likely to increase much—if at all—in some modes and will continue declining in others. Does this mean things are stabilizing?

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Fleet News Daily: DAT releases 2023 Freight Focus report

From new consumer buying patterns to dramatically higher costs for fuel and labor, truckload freight professionals faced fresh challenges in 2022 that have led to a more measured, data-driven approach to 2023, according to a new annual report published by DAT Freight & Analytics.

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Wall Street Journal: Shipping’s Falling Boxes; Energy Sector Booming; Retailer Turning Point

U.S. import trade is heading into 2023 on a clear downward track. A new report by Descartes Datamyne shows inbound container volumes fell in December to close to pre-pandemic levels, as forecasts point to deeper declines in the coming months.

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Transport Dive: Trucks, trailers, tonnage: What transport data says about the state of the industry

Economic forces, consumer demand, seasonality, natural disasters and myriad other factors contribute to transport’s cyclical market.

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