The transportation management system (TMS) platform has come a long way over the past decade — from a key differentiator for some transportation and logistics companies to a must-have for all. According to market research firm Grand View Partners, the global market size for TMS platforms was estimated at $61.2
The national average refrigerated truckload spot rate on Truckstop.com’s load boards is an incredible $3.36/mile, including fuel. That has kept reefer tender rejections very high and operating ratios very low. We called the bull market for refrigerated trucking transportation in our June 1 note, “Reefer markets: Enjoying a positive setup.”
Asset-based truckload carriers are in their best position since 2018: Revenue per driver per week is surging, empty miles are down, and operating ratios are low. Carrier performance is being driven by robust volumes and tight trucking capacity, with both sides of the marketplace being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gross margins narrowed across the board, but 3PLs moved more volume with fewer people.
We’ve already seen a number of transportation companies report third-quarter earnings results and so far what we’ve heard is in line with the first stage of an upcycle. In general, that means that the more sensitive a transportation company’s revenues are to cycles in the trucking spot market, the
Reefer capacity remains tight, volumes are strong and spot rates are very high. In fact, at $3.29/mile including fuel, national average reefer spot rates on Truckstop.com’s load boards have not yet retreated from their YTD high. Midwest to the East Coast lanes have the most momentum and may continue
All signals are flashing green for truckload carriers. Growing revenue per driver per week and falling empty-mile percentages pushed operating ratios down, giving carriers more confidence to purchase new and used equipment. In most lanes in the country, carriers hold pricing power and will be able to increase contract
Global trade as a percentage of global GDP peaked in 2006 for a variety of reasons. Geopolitical tensions are creating more friction in global trade, while automation is smoothing out the labor cost arbitrages that shifted manufacturing from the U.S. to Asia in the 1980s and ’90s. Meanwhile, more
Even assuming that Nikola's truck can do what Trevor Milton said it can do, the company's business model is exceptionally difficult to execute.
The reefer market is following the dry van market, broadly speaking, and setting new highs in tendered loads, tender rejections and spot rates. The average reefer spot rate on Truckstop.com’s load boards rose to $3.33/mile last week, the highest rate in several years. Reefer capacity is tighter now than
The U.S. industrial economy continues to recover following the COVID-related demand and production shocks of March and April, but the recovery has been uneven. In this report, we look at oil and gas, forest products and the automotive industry to gain a sense of where the strengths and weaknesses of
For the past six or seven years, an important growth driver of large private equity funds was the fact that private company valuations were higher than public market valuations, so investors and employees of companies had incentives to stay private longer. But in the past two years, technology company
Two things can be true at the same time: The United States Postal Service is an invaluable public service crucial to the transportation of pharmaceuticals, official documents and much else, and it’s also in an unsustainable position and in need of a turnaround. Many people are aware of the
Reefer markets took a leg up in August, supported by fundamentally strong demand, constrained capacity, and a renewed sense of confidence among carriers that now is the time to exercise pricing power. In spot markets, carriers are falling off loads, naming their price, and managing yield. 3PLs are giving
The automotive, chemicals, and food industries are fueling North American economic integration.