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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.

Stay Metrics creates new predictive driver turnover model

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.

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.
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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 ...

Trucking employment rally continued in December with 1,400-job hike

Trucking industry employment in December grew by 1,400 jobs, according to the Labor Department’s preliminary Employment Situation Report released Jan. 6. Following a turbulent first half of 2016, December’s job ...

Latest on rates: Van jumps while reefer and flatbed hold

Per-mile rates in all three major truckload segments tumbled from early 2015 through late 2016. Truckstop.com-reported averages in recent months reveal rates have stabilized. In December, van rates surged. Reefer ...

Indicators: Truck tonnage jumped in November, more gains expected

The amount of freight moved by for-hire carriers, as measured by ATA’s monthly Truck Tonnage Index, jumped 8.2 percent in November from October, ATA reported this week. Compared to November ...

Rush: Expect poor Class 8 numbers in 2017

Rush Enterprises CEO and President Rusty Rush sees a bleak coming year for the Class 8 truck market, but he believes other segments of the industry should remain steady.

Indicators: ‘Trucking conditions’ sag for carriers, but growth is near, analyst says

“Despite the pullback in the October TCI there is sufficient evidence in the marketplace to indicate a turnaround is in the works for truckers,” says FTR COO Jonathan Starks.