CCJ Top 250
Tesla's Musk says Semi passes 500-mile, 81K test
With just days until initial deliveries begin, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric Semi can do 500 miles at 81,000 pounds. Also: Averitt Express expands; ACT Research believes the rate bottoming process is underway; ATRI seeks input on predatory towing.
November 29, 2022
Trucking conditions tumbled in September
Rising fuel prices, weak rates and rising inflation led to a drop in trucking conditions in September, according to FTR. Also: Autonomous trucking firm Waabi unveils self-driving tech; Atlas Van Lines names new president and COO.
November 18, 2022
Trucking in 2023: Recession uncertain, driver shortage shows balance
A recent CCJ webinar, sponsored by Bestpass, discussed the market forces, business conditions and supply chain issues that will impact carrier operations in 2023.
November 11, 2022
Truck orders continue to reflect fleets' thirst for newer trucks
Pent-up replacement demand remains in the market thanks to a complicated new truck production cycle that has limited many fleets from replacing aged equipment for the past two years.
November 4, 2022
Diesel fuel supply 'vulnerably stable,' widespread shortage unlikely
The Energy Information Administration announced last week that distillate levels are at their lowest point since 2008, but that was coming out of peak demand, and we're currently headed into increased demand.
November 1, 2022
U.S. economy going into a recession 'early next year'
Experts agree the likelihood of a recession early next year is high but they expect it to be short and mild, and underlying indicators suggest it might not be that bad for trucking.
October 27, 2022
FTR's Eric Starks offers positive outlook for trailer sector at NTDA Convention
Business might not feel as great today as it did 12 months ago, but that doesn’t mean a recession is underway. And even one does arrive in 2023, Starks said FTR data indicates the trailer market should still be healthy in the months and years to come.
October 13, 2022
Trucking employment numbers take a dive, per BLS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Jobs Report showed trucking lost more than 11,000 jobs last month. Also: Averitt recognized for sustainability efforts; FMCSA denies request for pulsating brake light exemption for all trucks.
October 10, 2022
September truck orders 'sensational,' record-breaking
The strength in orders reflects OEMs having fully opened their order boards for 2023 a bit earlier than normal.
October 5, 2022
Unlike prior storms Hurricane Ian delivers 'more regional impact' on loads and rates
Preexisting market conditions help turn Category 4 Hurricane Ian into more of a regional event as national freight averages remain 'virtually unchanged.'
October 4, 2022
Conditions for carriers improved in July
FTR reports trucking conditions remained negative despite gains from June. Also: Freight volumes were flat in August while utilization was down; TLSS has acquired New Jersey-based Freight Connections.
September 23, 2022
Truck tonnage rebounds in August after dip in July
ATA's For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.8% in August after decreasing 1.5% in July. Also: FMCSA to study how drivers engage with autonomous trucks; Volvo to begin customer testing of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks in Europe in 2025.
September 22, 2022
Replacement demand likely to drive truck orders despite economic headwinds
Despite economic volatility and sagging rates, fleets want more trucks.
September 21, 2022
Despite widespread economic headwinds, truck orders persevere
Order intake suggests demand still strong, but production challenges barely chipping away at backlog.
September 7, 2022
Freight volumes, rates dipped in June
ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index for June showed an increase in trucking capacity and a decrease in freight volumes and rates. Also: Yellow opens a new Driving Academy in Detroit; Amazon begins rolling out custom electric Rivian delivery vehicles.
July 25, 2022
Trailer orders skyrocket as backlog pushes into early 2023
OEMs are holding onto 'an enormous amount' of fleet commitments for 2023, but unstable commodity costs and other variables make quoting prices difficult.
July 24, 2022
Trucking authority revocations paint seemingly bleak but misleading picture
Expert says contract pricing is more than 50 cents per mile above the previous 2018 record high, "and poised to go higher."
July 21, 2022
Trucking conditions fell back negative in May
Then-record diesel prices offset a freight market that was slightly stronger in May than in April, FTR reports. Also: FMCSA hosting info session on under-21 pilot program; former Daimler CEO joins AI Fleet's Board of Directors; more.
July 21, 2022
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Tesla delivers 'the most badass rig on the road' to Pepsi
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Thursday night handed over his company's first production electric Semi trucks to PepsiCo.
The new age of driver recruitment leans into the power of social media
House passes bill to avoid rail strike
Rail strike would 'immediately disrupt' fuel, DEF supply
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