Trucking

By Patrick Burnson · November 22, 2017
After much anticipation, “a trucker’s market” is due to finally arrive in 2018, says Stifel Nicolaus trucking analyst John Larkin, although he cautions that supply and demand is tight across the industry as the domestic economy continues to grow at a slow, steady pace.
By LM Staff · November 16, 2017
The new edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR reversed course, in the right direction, from August to September, the most recent month for which data is available.
By Mike Levans · October 31, 2017
We tend to take it for granted, and it’s not until you stop and really digest some of the numbers that you realize just how dominant trucking is as a mode of freight transportation in the United States.
By Jeff Berman · October 24, 2017
Trucking volumes saw a decline from August to September, according to data released today in the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Truck Tonnage Index.
By Jeff Berman · October 23, 2017
Anyone that wakes up each day in a logistics job that centers around moving freight is more than aware of the fact that there is a significant truck driver shortage. That is nothing new; in fact, it is far from it. But that does not mean the driver shortage is viewed as a “whistle by the graveyard” or “nothing to see here” approach. In fact, it is and needs to be the opposite. This comes into full view when taking a look at a report issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), entitled “Truck Driver Shortage Analysis 2017."
By John D. Schulz · October 23, 2017
The tightest truckload market in at least four years will be further exacerbated by the long-awaited mandate next month that trucks are outfitted with electronic logging devices which the government says will crack down on drivers working excess hours behind the wheel.
By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2017
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR dropped from July to August, with the firm explaining that the August reading “is not wholly reflective of the current environment for truckers.”
By LM Staff · October 4, 2017
Data issued this week by freight transportation forecasting firm FTR and publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market ACT Research shows continued gains in Class 8 net orders.
By LM Staff · October 2, 2017
For July, the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI reading was -0.1, which was in range and slightly below June’s -0.7 reading. The firm said these levels reflect “the dominance” of contract pricing, coupled with capacity continuing to significantly tighten and subsequently increasing spot market activity, especially in the form of increasing spot market rates.
By LM Staff · September 21, 2017
FTR said that the July reading reflects a tight capacity environment, increasing spot market rates, as well as an impact on the market this fall and winter as a result of the pending ELD (electronic logging device) regulation for motor carriers.
By Jeff Berman · September 19, 2017
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage at 149 (2000=100) was up 7.1% over July, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index saw a 10.5% increase from July to August, coming in at 156.4.
By Patrick Burnson · September 13, 2017
Although it may be too early to collect any data from this second major hurricane in three weeks, Noel Perry, Partner at FTR and Senior Economist for Truckstop.com says the impact will be significant.
By LM Staff · September 8, 2017
The merger of two Phoenix, Az.-based truckload giants, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation, was approved late yesterday by Swift stockholders, Swift officials announced yesterday. Swift said it expects to the merger to close today.
By Jeff Berman · September 7, 2017
A late push for a legislative delay for implementing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for motor carriers, which is set to take effect on December 18, was turned down by the United States House of Representatives this week. This stemmed from a proposal by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) that was part of a Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill and called for more time for motor carriers to be in compliance with the ELD mandate.
By Jeff Berman · August 30, 2017
Recent data from FTR and the American Trucking Associations provide in-depth insight on motor carrier and shipper market outlooks.

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