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Trailer demand surges to record highs
Lower trailer build rates and a jump in end-of-year factory shipments caused inventory levels to drop by 18% month-over-month.
January 27, 2023
Truck tonnage ticked up to close out 2022
ATA reported truck tonnage was up slightly in December, while tonnage for the year increased 3.4% over 2021. Also: Shippers' conditions on the rise; California fleet orders 15 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell trucks; Xcell Logistics opens new Texas warehouse.
January 26, 2023
Supply chain correction helps put the 'worst of the inflation crisis behind us'
The price of lumber is down by roughly two-thirds over the last year, not far from its five-year average. Brent crude too, has fallen by roughly one-third since last summer along with shipping costs. Why? The supply chain adapts and overcomes.
January 18, 2023
Trucking conditions, while improved, remained negative in November
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index showed slight improvement in November. Also: Schneider gets eCascadia in SoCal intermodal operations; FMCSA denies driver's HOS exemption request; Mack unveils refreshed Granite model; Estes opens new Texas terminal.
January 19, 2023
Report forecasts 'surprising' strength in LTL freight for early 2023
Carriers are competing for more limited demand while searching for ways to claw back revenue.
January 18, 2023
Rates end 2022 on a high note, signaling 'bottoming process' underway
While market conditions remain broadly loose, there are increasingly signs of slowing supply – a key to the bottoming process, according to experts.
January 17, 2023
What should carriers expect from dry van and reefer rates in 2023?
After a turbulent year for many carriers working the spot market, it's time to look ahead further into 2023 to get an idea of where rates might go as the year progresses.
January 12, 2023
FTR: Number of carriers will continue to fall as economy cools
“What is likely to happen is that we’re going to have some capacity loss,” Vise says. “As we lose drivers from these carriers that are failing, that is likely to be a driver population that we will lose.”
January 12, 2023
Truck orders end 2022 on sour note, but 'a solid end to a robust final four months of the year'
Large truck orders ended the year down 21% from November but up 25% from last December. Orders for the past 12 months total 302,000 units.
January 10, 2023
Gap between contract, spot rates narrowing
Shippers are trading lower contract rates for giving carriers more loads and better lane density.
January 2, 2023
Truck tonnage saw biggest monthly dip since pandemic began
ATA's Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.5% in November, the biggest monthly decrease since the start of the pandemic. Also: Winter storms prompt HOS waivers in four states; ContainerPort Group announces expansion; USPS plans to add EVs to fleet.
December 22, 2022
Trucking conditions fall to lowest point since April 2020
Sharp increases in fuel and financing costs in October drove FTR's Trucking Conditions Index to its lowest point since the beginning of COVID. Also: Wyoming propane haulers get HOS relief; Volvo, Daimler issue recalls
December 20, 2022
Diesel price declines forecast to continue into 2023
Diesel price drops at the pump are expected to continue in 2023 as refinery production increases and wholesale and retail markups decline.
December 18, 2022
Truck orders tumble off record highs but 'resilient'
OEMs having opened their orderboards for 2023 more broadly, and ongoing pent-up demand — with tailwinds from strong carrier profitability and elevated fleet age — is keeping truck orders stoked.
December 6, 2022
Trucking equipment demand high despite booming interest rates
Carrier profits are the critical element in vehicle demand, and while profits next year are anticipated to be lower truckload net margins are projected to be the fourth best on record.
December 6, 2022
Bill to avoid rail strike passes, heads to Biden's desk
The Senate on Thursday voted 80-15 to impose the tentative agreement brokered in September by the Biden administration, a day after the House passed the same measure.
December 1, 2022
House passes bill to avoid rail strike
The trucking industry is among the legions of concerned parties that have called on Congress to help avoid a rail worker strike that President Joe Biden says "would devastate our economy."
November 30, 2022
Why is diesel getting so much more expensive than gasoline?
Lately, low inventories and worries about a harsh winter have caused a simmering panic to drive the price difference between gas and diesel well above norms. But for decades, diesel reliably cost less than gas.
November 29, 2022
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ATA's Spear talks congestion, driver shortage, more at Congressional hearing
ATA President and CEO was on a panel of industry reps during a hearing Wednesday of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Spear outlined some of trucking's biggest headwinds, including highway congestion, parking and more.
Freightliner debuts second SuperTruck
FirstFleet creates nextgen in-cab driver experience
Trucksmiths embracing change
Pay and benefits
Pay a top factor for driver turnover but 'not always an amount issue'
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