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Effect of vax mandate on trucking likely to mirror that of a severe weather event
This year has been a challenge for shippers, with the number of loads to available drivers hovering at about a 6:1 ratio, and skyrocketing the closer you get to a port.
September 29, 2021
The underlying problems with the 'best freight market in history'
The year 2021 may go down in history as "the best freight economy in U.S. history," but as high as volumes and rates can climb there will still be winners and losers due to unprecedented supply-side problems.
September 23, 2021
DAT Truckload Volume Index gained 2% in August, national contract rate jumps
Shippers and logistics managers who would normally be gearing up for peak shipping season have encountered one test after another in terms of their ability to manage transportation pricing, capacity and supply chain disruptions.
September 16, 2021
Trailer orders bouncing back as some 2022 slots open
Fleets are eager to lock up prime 2022 build slots but OEMs continue to be careful in managing order scheduling.
September 15, 2021
Trailer production recovery expected next year, 2023 for trucks
Orders from 2021 will roll into 2022, but the industry won’t catch up with demand until well into 2023 (trucks) and 2022 (trailers).
September 9, 2021
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Truck orders jump ahead of expected 'huge' demand next year
The increase in orders came as OEMs began taking more orders for 2022 but manufacturers remain cautious about fully booking as price negotiations continue with numerous fleets.
September 6, 2021
Refrigerated spot volume sets a record, market 'right for record rate increases'
Refrigerated load postings were roughly three times the five-year average volume for the week and about 73% above the same week last year.
August 31, 2021
Diesel fuel faces pricing pressure in Ida's wake
The storm has already taken about 13% of U.S. refining capacity offline, according to AAA. Also: Penske rolling out new EV pilot; Kenworth project will add wireless fast charging to Class 8 battery electric vehicles.
August 31, 2021
Tighter capacity utilization, volume and fuel costs driving tough environment for shippers
FTR's Shippers Conditions Index fell in June, signifying a tough market for shippers and a strong market for carriers. Also: ZF, Locomation ink tie-up; FMCSA wants to know how many carriers are operating under the COVID emergency declaration.
August 27, 2021
Spot, contract rates hit new highs in July
Contract truckload rates again set records for all three equipment types, reflecting urgency among shippers to secure capacity and reduce volatility in their supply chains.
August 24, 2021
Truck, trailer build rates falling despite pent-up demand
Some heavy-duty OEMs are taking semiconductors away from medium-duty products to keep Class 8 truck production afloat.
August 22, 2021
Freight volume to stay high as fleets face unprecedented supply chain, labor challenges
FTR CEO Eric Starks shares his forecast for the future of the trucking industry and the main challenges it faces. Parts, supply chains, and labor all pose serious threats.
August 17, 2021
Spot volume eases in the latest week as rates change little
Load posting volume on Truckstop.com dropped 8% last week and Outbound Tender Rejections continues to drop.
August 12, 2021
Trailer orders slump but fleets 'desperate' for new dry vans
The supply chain is still experiencing disruptions and bottlenecks. Some improvement in production is expected this year but there are indications some supplies will be restricted into next year.
August 11, 2021
New truck supply falls 25% short of market demand
Ordering for 2022 has commenced at most OEMs but delays remain due to cost uncertainty and the possibility of enduring supply chain bottlenecks.
August 9, 2021
Spot market bolstering contract renewal rates
The ongoing chassis trailer shortage has been exacerbated by higher-than-normal container dwell times for local container delivery and intermodal rail cars to move containers east.
August 6, 2021
Slightly weaker flatbed metrics offset small gains in dry van and refrigerated
Spot rates were essentially flat week-over-week as a small decline in flatbed rates offset relatively small gains in dry van and refrigerated.
August 3, 2021
Masks are back and more freight could be coming
Citing concern with COVID breakthrough cases, the CDC recommended indoor mask-wearing Tuesday regardless of vaccination status. Trucking experts say volumes should remain 'strong' amid surging cases and may even grow stronger.
July 28, 2021
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Female employment in transportation on the rise
Women in key transportation decision-making roles are on the rise, part of an overall trend that's seeing more women enter the post-pandemic work force.
Health & wellness
Drivers can't rely on truckstops to fuel their bodies like they do their tanks
Recruiting & retention
Maine driver hopes her trucking competition win inspires young women to join the industry
Embark completes autonomous traffic stop with Texas law enforcement
Test drive: Western Star 57X
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