July Market Update

Posted by Christian Jones on August 3, 2021 - 12:08 PM
The truckload market is still feeling the effects of an unpredictable economic environment. With all the uncertainty, what are the expectations for the rest of 2021?
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Prepare for Peak Shipping Season

Posted by Nate Ross on June 11, 2021 - 11:06 AM
With a stronger economy, higher demand and tight capacity, the freight environment moving into peak shipping season is causing some concern. Learn more about the things ArcBest is doing to help secure capacity and keep shipments moving.
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May Market Update

Posted by Christian Jones on May 26, 2021 - 8:11 AM
Get information about how freight demand and capacity constraints are influencing the current state of the truckload freight market.
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How ELDs Affect Shippers

Posted by Josh Lovan on February 8, 2021 - 9:48 AM

The ELD mandate: where are we now?  

According to an American Transportation Research Industry (ATRI) report, 2020 was the first year since 2012 that the ELD mandate has not been included in the Top Industry Issue Rankings. While that may be the case, related issues that affect shippers, like detention/delay and hours-of-service (HOS), remain top concerns. Learn more about the impact the ELD mandate has had on the industry, from implementat

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December 2020 Market Update

Posted by Brian Beasley on December 15, 2020 - 11:09 AM

What’s impacting supply and demand in the truckload market? 

In the last two updates, we focused on how changing consumer behavior has altered the truckload market. Escalating retail sales, driven by a shift to online retail, has provided a catalyst for the robust demand we have experienced over the last several months. Increased demand against the backdrop of fixed truckload capacity has led to skyrocketing spot market rates. To get a clear sense of what’s happening, we need to closely monitor key indicators related to both demand and capacity.  

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Market Update: October 2020

Posted by Brian Beasley on October 14, 2020 - 10:20 AM

The truckload market continues to be defined by shipper demand exceeding capacity

During September, national tender volumes spiked at over 16,000 (Chart 1), which appears to be a function of altered consumer behavior. As Americans continue their efforts to social distance, a transition to online shopping can be seen within the non-store retail subsector (NAICS 4541). As we enter the holiday season, expect volumes to remain elevated as inventories are replenished and retailers prepare for peak season.   

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