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How Trucking Fleets Are Dealing With a Hot Flatbed Sector

With a steadily improving economy and sectors such as manufacturing and construction going strong, many trucking companies are finding they have more freight than they have trucks to haul – but nowhere is that more true than in the flatbed sector.

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What's Behind the Tight Freight Market, and How Long Will It Last?

Although the April 1 start to “hard enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate does not seem to have had a huge effect on trucking capacity (except perhaps in flatbeds), there are a number of other factors that are working to keep capacity tight and rates high, likely at least until late this year, according to FTR.

Despite Full ELD Enforcement, Truck Capacity Increased

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect.

Trailer Orders Fall but Remain Historically High

Trailer orders are expected to hit 32,000 units in February, a number that, if it holds true, would be a record for that month, according to preliminary reports from FTR.

FTR: 'Capacity Crisis' Boosting Truck and Trailer Order Forecasts

FTR has increased its Class 8 and trailer order forecasts as a result of increased demand for equipment caused by what the research firm calls a "capacity crisis."

Trailer Orders Extend Hot Streak Into 2018

Trailer orders in January will likely breach 39,000 units once the final numbers are tallied, indicating a strong start to 2018.

FTR Finds Maxed-Out Capacity in Latest Trucking Conditions Index

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rebounded in December to a reading of 9.2, reflecting a full capacity environment with strong freight demand.

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Trucking Capacity Crunch Leading to Record Freight Rates

There is increasing evidence that the supply of trucks available to move freight is outpacing demand, based on a flurry of recently released reports – but it’s also helping push freight rates higher. What's behind the capacity crunch?

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.