capacity

Next recession could hit as early as late 2016, say analysts

FTR Associates' "state of freight" seminar/Q&A reflected readers' recent suggestions that owner-operators ought to start the belt-tightening now to prepare for a cyclical economic downturn -- starting as early as late 2016.

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DAT Keypoint operating software, new features

Smaller and smaller carriers are feeling compelled to run parallel brokerages to satisfy customers, DAT says. Its Keypoint TMS software specifically built for brokerages fills the needs of such customers.

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Far from just a ‘driver gripe': Parking a growing concern for fleets, too

A perennial concern of drivers and owner-operators stands firm in the ranks at the No. 6 position in a prominent fleet survey: Truck parking,

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When rates drive capacity: Growth in new-carrier registrations follows spot-market rate boom

Owner-operators with their eyes on real-time demand data are well-positioned to capitalize on a large volume of freight -- and attendant good rates -- available from brokers in the spot market.

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FTR, Internet Truckstop to forecast spot market activity

FTR and Internet Truckstop announced a new strategic industry partnership to offer market analysis and specificity for both contract and spot freight segments by region and by trailer type.

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Truckload capacity white paper from DAT: Worth the read

The new paper, "Truckload Capacity in 2014: What’s Causing the Capacity Crunch and What Can Shippers Do About It," though aimed at shippers, is an interesting read through a multifaceted set of circumstances that's led to today's favorable spot market conditions.

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POLL: What is driving tight capacity in truckload today?

The economy is improving, and capacity is tight, which means rates are gaining. Is driver pay lagging behind those improvements? Or is one of several other possibilities the main contributor to tight capacity conditions today? Tell us your thoughts in this poll.

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Reader: ‘I see trucking improving’…

That only tells a part of the story. In reader Jim Stewart's eyes, the regulatory drag on the trucking business is finally registering with customers where it counts: rates. What do you think?

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Regulatory onslaught to shrink capacity, spur rate increase, economist says

The regulatory bottleneck heading toward the trucking industry in 2014 will further shrink the driver pool and the industry's capacity and could lead to a 6 percent increase in truckload rates by the second quarter of 2014, said Eric Starks

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Van rates holding, spot-market demand rising

Good news in all segments nationally is that load-to-truck ratios were up significantly in the past week.

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