Freight forecasters need to understand what drives the freight economy in order to forecast volumes, capacity and rates. Much like the general economy, the variables that drive the freight economy … Read More
Let’s face it, starting a brokerage does not require significant upfront capital, relative to other businesses in other industries. In fact, many of the nation’s top logistics operations started with … Read More
This morning FreightWaves launched new features and products that make the SONAR data platform even easier to use and will help transportation companies make data-driven decisions at all levels in … Read More
FreightWaves now offers clients their own customizable TV network. “Mission Control can be customized to your audience, can feature your data, and promotes your brand to as many companies and … Read More
FreightWaves SONAR now provides analytics down to the lane level. SONAR subscribers can see and use data on a freight lane at the granular level. FreightWaves launched SONAR two years … Read More
While origin matters for transportation rate forecasting, the destination is often times more important. The transportation rates for a backhaul destination are naturally higher than transportation rates for a headhaul market. This holds for all freight moved by truck, rail/intermodal, ocean or air.
Forecasting trucking rates is one of the most important roles for all freight forecasters. Load volumes and truck capacity for individual markets are the primary drivers in developing freight forecasts. Each individual freight market has its own unique load demand and truck capacity cycles. These cycles are most often linked to seasonal demand patterns and the ratio of outbound to inbound freight volumes in each market.
Understanding freight cost per unit across different transportation modes is a key to determining what mode is the most cost-effective and timely to ship goods from point A to point … Read More
Transportation rate analysis is a core part of any seasoned freight forecaster’s role. While the trucking contract market represents 85% of the freight volume in the for-hire truckload industry and … Read More
Freight market forecasting is a tricky game these days. Historical freight market data models provide good reference points, but because of the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 (a classic example of … Read More
There are nuances in the economy that weren’t variables a decade or even a year ago. The landscape is ever-changing despite a few core fundamentals that hold everything together. This … Read More
History tends to repeat itself, or does it? A common thought in the trucking industry is that looking at historical spot rates are good indicators of what to expect each … Read More
Fuel represents the second largest expense for any trucking operation (behind driver compensation). In fact, fuel can eat up 25% or more of the revenue generated by a carrier, or … Read More
Class 8 trucks, otherwise known as heavy-duty trucks, are the trucks that can haul more than 33,000 pounds and include all trucks that have a tractor-trailer. Demand for Class 8 … Read More