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Indicators: Trucking conditions point to ‘better year ahead,’ freight jumped in February

“If capacity doesn’t meet demand, then truckers will be able to raise prices. However, we don’t expect to see that impact until late 2017, or into 2018," says FTR COO ...

Indicators: Trucking employment rallied in February

The for-hire trucking industry added more than 10,000 jobs in February, wiping out a sizable loss seen in January and pushing industry employment to a new high.

‘There’s more freight coming your way’ in 2017, trucking economist contends

Carriers should, if current indicators hold true, prepare for better freight volume in 2017, said American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Indicators: Truck tonnage jumped in January, index hints at positive momentum for rates

Hopes for a turnaround in the soft trucking environment remain as tonnage rose in January and line haul rates saw their best year-over-year numbers in 11 months.

Indicators: Trucking Conditions lagged in December, but still expected to gain in 2017

Despite a December decline, FTR still projects conditions for 2017 to steadily swing in carriers’ favor. Also, the DOT reported a freight upswing in the fourth quarter of 2016.
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With the new Predictive 2.0 model, Stay Metrics is providing motor carriers with insights on why drivers leave their companies.

Reports show slow freight, rates took their toll on largest carriers’ bottom lines in 2016

2016 earnings reports from some of the country's largest carriers -- with a few exceptions -- show drops in revenue, income and other metrics.

Indicators: Trucking drops 1,400 jobs in January, ‘Shippers Conditions’ positive for carriers

Trucking employment dipped for the first time in 6 months. Also, the 2017 outlook for shippers is trending negative -- a good thing for carriers in rate negotiations.

Reefer, flatbed rates jog upward in January, van stumbles

Reefer rates surged in January from December, while flatbed rates added 2 cents. Van, meanwhile, fell for the first time since August.

Indicators: Tonnage dipped in December, but signs point to growth

For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5 percent from 2015, ATA notes. Despite December's drop, the future looks promising for freight volume, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello says.

Trucking economy: Speakers talk Trump’s potential impact, current state of industry

Equipment utilization was about 85 percent in 2016 while trailer utilization fell about one percent from 2016 to 2015, and the coming ELD mandate is likely to further shake those ...

Indicators: Conditions for carriers improve, as do rates

Market conditions for trucking companies improved slightly in November, according to the Trucking Conditions Index from FTR. Conditions -- and rates -- could be poised for continued improvement throughout 2017, ...

Indicators: Freight volume on the upswing

Truckload freight volume rose 8 percent in December from November, according to DAT’s North American Freight Index, marking the sixth consecutive month for spot market freight growth. Reefer freight volume ...

Survey: Shippers expect freight volumes to climb in 2017

Shippers mostly expect freight movement to grow in 2017, according to a survey of more than 2,200 shippers recently conducted by Averitt Express, one of the country’s largest carriers.

CCJ MarketPulse: Fleets optimistic about 2017

MarketPulse survey respondents are increasingly bullish about business conditions over the next six months, with 56.5 percent of respondents expecting business conditions to improve. That and more from this month's ...