Trailer orders officially “epic”: ACT

October 25, 2018  by Truck News COLUMBUS, Ind. – September trailer orders, totaling more than 58,000 units, were up 52% from August and 135% year-over-year, according to ACT Research’s State of the Industry: US Trailer Report. “Following the strongest July and August net orders in industry history, September results were truly epic, posting more than 58,000 […]

Record August for trailer orders

September 21, 2018 Trailer orders exceeded the best August in history, according to preliminary data from FTR and ACT Research. FTR reported orders of 35,300 units, exceeding expectations at 27% higher than July and up 141% year-over-year. Fleets are placing 2019 orders a few months ahead of schedule, FTR reports, with large fleets ordering substantial […]

9 months into ELD mandate, confusion persists

August 27, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Office of Enforcemnt and Compliance for FMCSA, has the inevitable task of attending events such as the Great American Trucking Show last week in Dallas and standing in front of audiences to represent FMCSA’s viewpoint on regulations and enforcement. In the past year, most of […]

Tariffs not enough to derail trucking economy

July 13, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor First in a series of FreightWaves’ Market Update webinars highlights economic outlook, impact of ELD mandate, and areas of freight strength While there is a lot of noise surrounding tariffs and potential trade wars, FreightWaves’ Chief Economist Ibrahiim Bayaan isn’t as concerned as some that the noise will result […]

Pay up: Companies confronting the driver shortage one dime at a time

June 02, 2018 Maria Baker Despite national unemployment rates sitting at an “18-year low of 3.8 percent,” the so-called driver squeeze continues to make headlines in 2018, marking it “a pretty rowdy year in wages,” according to Gordon Klemp, president of the National Transportation Institute (FreightWaves, The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR). Some trucking companies are pushing back against the […]

With drivers feeling constrained by ELDs, industry needs solutions to solve growing “flexibility crunch”

May 26, 2018 Dean Croke, chief analytics officer, FreightWaves Imagine the worst boss you’ve ever had looking over your shoulder all day and telling you what to do, and then once 14 hours have elapsed since you drove to work, you have to drop everything, stop work and take a 10-hour break regardless of the time […]