The Top 15 Trucking Songs

Top 15 Trucking Songs

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping OTR volumes were well on their way to breaking records. According to a February FreightWaves post, “It is still early in the year, and there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome for carriers, but an often overlooked pattern has changed since last summer that may help their bottom […]

Freight Futures: The Future(s) of Freight

Freight Forecasting with Michael Vincent

Guests Kyle Lintner, Principal and Managing Partner at K Ratio and Daniel Stanton “Mr. Supply Chain®” join Freight Forecasting host Michael Vincent in a discussion of mid- and long-term freight forecasting and how Trucking Freight Futures can greatly benefit the trucking industry. Freight Forecasting talks Freight Futures in “The Future(s) Of Freight” Episode Watch the […]

Trucking data is not enough in unprecedented times

Freight Forecasting with Michael Vincent

FreightWaves’ Lead Economist Anthony Smith and Freight Forecasting host Michael Vincent talk about how important macroeconomic data is when trying to forecast capacity demand. With SONAR, a user has access to truckload and market data in any of 135 key markets in the U.S. But that user also has critical information from industry verticals and historical […]

Ways to Start Your Own Trucking Company

Ways to start your own trucking company infographic

With trucks delivering 70% of all cargo in the U.S., and e-commerce on the rise, there’s significant profit potential in the logistics industry.  Sole proprietorship A single person owns and operates the entire company, as well as accepts all its legal responsibilities. A sole proprietorship is considered the easiest way to structure a company. Partnership […]

How much weight can a big rig carry? Infographic

How much weight can a big rig carry? Infographic

Big rigs are 18-wheelers limited by federal regulation to a maximum loaded weight of 80,000 pounds (including the weight of the rig itself) broken into three main categories: Flatbed trailers can load up to 48,000 pounds of cargo. Dry vans trailers can load 44,000 to 45,000 pounds. Refrigerated trailers, or reefers, can load 42,500 to […]

Trading trucking company stocks

New York Stock Exchange

If you are a long-term investor in or a trader of trucking company stocks, we believe it is imperative to follow the FreightWaves SONAR outbound tender volumes index (OTVI) and outbound tender rejections index (OTRI). The reasons for this are two-fold: trucking stocks tend to trade based on a carrier’s financial performance; and future expectations […]

How do tender reject rates predict the freight economy?

Truck at dock

Tender rejections occur when a contracted carrier rejects an electronic load request from a shipper customer. FreightWaves SONAR measures the former via the outbound tender reject index (OTRI).  Carriers really only have two reasons for rejecting a contracted load. One, they do not have available capacity to service the request. Or, two, there are more […]

How do truckers find loads?

Truck Driver Search for Loads

Like all business owners, truckers need to sell their services and find customers. Unlike other businesses though, truckers need customers with freight in the right place, at the right time.  Building a network of shippers with freight at the right place at the right time is difficult. Many truckers just do not have the time […]

How to develop freight forecasts using SONAR

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.

Good news: The freight market is about to turn up

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 a black swan event), we have to rely on current data to understand what is taking place in the freight market. The good news is […]