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Indicators: Truck tonnage jumped in May

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire trucking industry, as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ monthly Truck Tonnage Index, climbed 6.5 percent in May from April. Tonnage was ...

Indicators: ‘Trucking Conditions’ positive for carriers; spot market activity soars

Market conditions for carriers, as measured by FTR’s monthly Trucking Conditions Index, bounced upward in April. Meanwhile, spot market activity continues to see big gains month over month and year ...

Truckload rates climbed again in May

The spot market gains are in line with seasonal trends but could also reflect an upswing predicted this year by industry analysts ahead of the ELD mandate's compliance deadline and ...

Indicators: Trucking employment flat, conditions for shippers signal swing in carriers’ favor

Total employment in the for-hire trucking industry was nearly unchanged in May from April, falling by 100 jobs in the month. Moreover, market conditions are steadily swinging in favor of ...

Indicators: Spot market freight dips, but rates up; Trucking conditions ‘poised’ to improve

DAT says the data through April signals a solid start to 2017, with freight volume in April up 60 percent compared to the same month last year. Rates have also ...
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Spot market rates up across the board in April

Flatbed rates have soared in recent months and continued to their upward streak in April. The gains for reefer and van, however, come amid an otherwise choppy spell for the ...

Celadon to lean less on owner-operators in effort to boost profits

The announcement came Wednesday as part the Indianapolis-based fleet’s quarterly conference call with investors, during which top-level executives relayed to shareholders their ideas for reversing declining profitability. Preliminary results for ...

Indicators: Tonnage dipped again in March, freight market mixed to start 2017

Tonnage dipped in March from February. Despite the drop, truck tonnage is up 2.5 percent year to date. After a strong finish to 2016, 2017 has sent mixed signals on ...

Indicators: Freight volume climbs, but rates lag; contract market is ‘bluntly, ugly’

All three major truckload segments saw freight volume soar in March, but rates were slow to react. Likewise, a report from investment firm Stifel says carriers are still having a ...

Indicators: Conditions for carriers appear stronger, trucking employment continues to grow

Recent trucking indicators: Market conditions for carriers saw positive momentum in February, though rate growth could be sluggish for the next few months. Also, the for-hire trucking industry added 4,700 ...

Rates in and out of Atlanta likely won’t be affected by I-85 closure

“I-85 is not a major truck lane through Atlanta,” says DAT's Ken Harper. “The impact is going to be minimal to negligable.”

Flatbed rates soared, reefer rates drove in March

Flatbed rates hit their highest mark in a year and a half. Reefer rates, however, sank to their second lowest point since early 2013.

Indicators: Tonnage down in February, index points to rate growth

Truck tonnage was down in February, while the monthly Shippers Conditions Index for January points to economic growth and tightening capacity. Both reports reveal positive trends for freight growth.
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Driver turnover rates tumbled in late ’16 to lowest since 2011

The turnover rate fell on a quarterly basis in all four quarters last year, as the freight environment remained choppy throughout 2016.

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 ...