Month: June 2016

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 19 – 25 vs.
Jun 12 – 18
May 2016 vs.
Apr 2016
May 2016 vs.
May 2015
Spot Market Loads 6.2% +4.0% 18%
Spot Market Capacity 9.3% +3.8% +11%
Van Load-To-Truck +2.8% +18% 29%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% +3.4% 17%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 2.9% 22% 19%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.1% 12%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +9.0% +23% 42%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +5.6% 14%
Fuel Prices +0.0% +7.6% 20%
Load-to-Truck Ratios Increase, But Rates Hold Steady

Rates Could Rise This Week, for Vans and Reefers

Jun 19 – 25 – National average rates held steady for vansreefers and flatbeds last week. An increase in the load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers indicates that rates could rise this week, however, as the second quarter ends and a holiday weekend begins.

Last update: 6/28/2016 – Next update: 7/5/2016

Fuel Prices
+0.0%$2.43 / gallon

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DAT News

Here are some of last week’s hot spots, where rates changed the most.

All rates include fuel surcharges and are based on real transactions between carriers and brokers.

Darker colored states above have higher load-to-truck ratios, meaning there’s less competition for van freight in those states.

SOUTHEAST

Northbound loads boosted the Charlotte market, which finally caught up to where it was before Memorial Day.

  • Charlotte to Allentown, PA, surged ▲31¢ and paid an average of $2.58/mile
  • One backhaul lane heading back into Charlotte also paid a lot better: Philly to Charlotte rates added ▲17¢ to $1.31/mile
  • Memphis to Dallas went up to $2.05/mile

NORTHEAST

Since there are a lot of loads heading to the Northeast, it also means that a lot of trucks there are looking for loads out. That led to falling prices on a handful of lanes. 

  • Buffalo rates took the biggest hit last week, despite strong volumes
  • Buffalo to Allentown dropped ▼17¢ to $2.28/mile
  • Philadelphia to Buffalo also lost ▼12¢ and paid $2.00/mile on average 

WEST

Freight is still strong in Southern California. 

  • The lane from L.A. to Phoenix paid ▲14¢ better last week at $2.61/mile
  • Seattle and Denver are usually tough places to find loads, but last week they got worse. Load-to-truck ratios fell to just 0.6 loads per truck
  • Seattle to Eugene, OR, has been one of the better options for getting out of Seattle, but that lane fell ▼19¢ last week to $1.91/mile

MIDWEST

Columbus and Chicago have been on a big upswing this month but both stalled a bit last week. A bright spot was the lane from Columbus to Buffalo, which was up ▲17¢ to a strong $2.76/mile.

SOUTH CENTRAL

No big rate changes outbound from Texas last week. Prices rose slightly in Houston and fell a little out of Dallas.

 

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Trucking Business

Trucking Business

Poor health in the trucking business contributing to driver shortage

Hire Right poll finds that 21% of  truck drivers  are leaving the industry due to health issues.

45% of respondents to Hire Right’s survey say they do not offer a wellness program at all. 

A recent survey of 3,500 human resources, recruiting, security, and management professionals by Hire Right found that “health issues” is the reason cited by 21% of truck drivers leaving the industry, with a further 41% saying they’re quitting the profession to spend more time at home.

Kent Ferguson, director of transportation for Hire Right, told Fleet Owner that more transportation companies are recognizing the importance of the truck driver health issue and are doing more to address it.

“We’re finding that wellness programs are becoming a popular retention tactic because of the median age of the driver workforce and the physical demands of the job, as it can be difficult to get proper rest, eat healthy and exercise while on the road,” he said.

“It’s no surprise that living a healthier lifestyle can improve one’s quality of life, and the industry is realizing these kinds of wellness programs are effective methods to boost driver’s overall health and well-being, which ultimately helps retain them,” Ferguson added. “Additionally, the programs are also resonating with drivers because it shows them the companies they’re employed by have the workers’ best interests in mind and are thinking about their quality of life – not just getting the job done.”

  • With the driver shortage expected to worsen this year, 59% of respondents reported finding, retaining and developing talent has become a top business challenge.
  • Where “wellness programs” are concerned, some 35% of respondents offer safety and accident prevention programs, 21% offer free immunization/flu shots and 18% offer smoking cessation programs.
  • Yet 45% of respondents said they do not offer a wellness program at all.
  • Some 31% of respondents indicated a focus on dedicated operations for more home time.
  • Another strategy being implemented to help drivers spend more time at home is load swapping which shortens the periods of time they spend on the road, Ferguson noted.
  • Other tactics being used to attract and retain drivers are increased pay (51%), upgraded equipment (49%) and recognition/rewards programs (41%).
  • Non-monetary benefits are also gaining popularity with 57% investing in driver appreciation events and 35% providing flexible work arrangements – with 10% allowing their drivers to earn bankable home days
  • To improve the “driver on-boarding” process, some 34% of respondents said they are creating longer orientation/training periods, with 32% appointing a driver liaison/mentor for their new drivers.

“While increasing pay certainly helps to incentivize drivers to continue working, [tactics] such as driver appreciation events are also going a long way with regard to boosting morale,” Ferguson noted. “When drivers feel that the commitment they’ve made to this business is appreciated, they’re more motivated to stay on board.”

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FMCSA Awards $32 Million to Border States to Ensure Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Enforcement

June 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded $32 million in financial assistance to 15 states to help ensure that foreign truck and bus drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce at or near border crossings with Canada and Mexico are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads.

The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) program is a federal discretionary grant program focused on reducing crashes, fatalities, and injuries by drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce by ensuring that these motor carriers, drivers, and vehicles are in compliance with U.S. commercial vehicle safety regulations, including financial responsibility, operating authority, driver qualifications and licensing, and vehicle maintenance.

The grants are awarded to state law enforcement agencies that share a border with Canada or Mexico and responsible for enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at the roadside.

FMCSA awarded BEG funds to the following states:

State

FY16 BEG Award

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

   $187,503

Arizona Department of Public Safety

$5,610,269

California Highway Patrol

$5,291,243

Idaho State Police Commercial Vehicle Safety

     $97,923

Maine Department of Public Safety

   $300,000

Michigan Department of State Police

   $200,000

Minnesota State Patrol

   $285,000

Montana Department of Transportation

   $871,410

New Hampshire Department of Safety

     $33,319

New Mexico Department of Public Safety

   $491,215

New York State Department of Transportation

   $643,240

North Dakota Highway Patrol

   $256,375

Texas Department of Public Safety                  $17,205,619
Vermont Agency of Transportation

     $66,058

Washington State Patrol

   $460,826

For further information on the FMCSA Border Enforcement Grant Program, visit the Border Enforcement Grant page.

Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016

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DAT Trendlines

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 12 – 18 vs.
Jun 5 – 11
May 2016 vs.
Apr 2016
May 2016 vs.
May 2015
Spot Market Loads 2.7% +4.0% 18%
Spot Market Capacity +9.7% +3.8% +11%
Van Load-To-Truck 12% +18% 29%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% +3.4% 17%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 10% 22% 19%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.0% +1.1% 12%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 11% +23% 42%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.0% +5.6% 14%
Fuel Prices 0.2% +7.6% 20%
Reefer and Flatbed Rates Edge Up

Upward Rate Trend Continues

Jun 12 – 18 – National average rates rose 2¢ per mile for reefers and flatbeds last week, but the average van rate was unchanged. Van traffic and rates increased for northbound loads leaving major Southeastern markets.

Last update: 6/21/2016 – Next update: 6/28/2016

Fuel Prices
-0.2%$2.46 / gallon

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 5 – 11 vs.
May 29 – Jun 4
May 2016 vs.
Apr 2016
May 2016 vs.
May 2015
Spot Market Loads +36% +4.0% 18%
Spot Market Capacity +12% +3.8% +11%
Van Load-To-Truck +23% +18% 29%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.6% +3.4% 17%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +10.0% 22% 19%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.1% 12%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +29% +23% 42%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% +5.6% 14%
Fuel Prices +1.0% +7.6% 20%
Rates Remain High for Vans and Reefers

Ratios Rise During Inspection Blitz

Jun 5 – 11 – Load-to-truck ratios rose for all equipment types in the first full week after Memorial Day, which also included the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz. National average rates edged down 1¢ for vans last week, and reefer rates increased 1¢, following big gains in the previous week for both equipment types.

Last update: 6/14/2016 – Next update: 6/21/2016

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 29 – Jun 4 vs.
May 22 – 28
May 2016 vs.
Apr 2016
May 2016 vs.
May 2015
Spot Market Loads 9.0% +4.0% 18%
Spot Market Capacity 26% +3.8% +11%
Van Load-To-Truck +31% +18% 29%
Van Rates (Spot) +5.2% +3.4% 17%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +30% 22% 19%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.5% +1.1% 12%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +12% +23% 42%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +3.2% +5.6% 14%
Fuel Prices +1.1% +7.6% 20%
Rates and Diesel Prices Continue to Climb

Ratios Rise After the Holiday   Last update: 6/7/2016 – Next update: 6/14/2016

May 29 – June 4  – Spot market rates continued their upward trend after Memorial Day. Last week was a 4-day work week, which would normally account for a 20% decline in load posts, but load availability was only down 9% last week. That led to higher load-to-truck ratios for vans, reefers, and flatbeds.

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
INDUSTRY TRENDS WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 22 – 28 vs.
May 15 – 21
Apr 2016 vs.
Mar 2016
Apr 2016 vs.
Apr 2015
Spot Market Loads +8.5% +0.2% 28%
Spot Market Capacity 0.1% 3.6% +1.7%
Van Load-To-Truck +16% 5.9% 46%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.7% 0.7% 19%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.6% +23% +1.2%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.5% +2.2% 12%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +25% 10% 54%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +0.6% 16%
Fuel Prices +2.6% +2.9% 23%
Van Rates Climb on High-Volume Lanes


Last update: 5/31/2016 – Next update: 6/7/2016

Fuel Surcharge Plays a Role

May 22- 28 – Van rates recovered 1¢ per mile last week, due to big rate increases on the highest-volume lanes. Flatbeds also added 1¢, but reefer rates were unchanged as a national average. The fuel surcharge also played a role, as diesel prices continue to climb.

The chart at left depicts national average spot market rates, including fuel surcharges, for the past four weeks. Rates are derived from DAT RateView.

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