January 2016 Freight Trends

ZMac January Freight Trends - ZMac Capacity Analysis Total Available Loads

  Looking back on this past year, the number of available loads nationwide was certainly disappointing.  The market never had the sustained tightening of capacity we had anticipated.  You’ll see in the accompanying chart comparing this year to last, the peaks and drops reflect similar patterns, but the number of available loads was far less than last year.  On average, … Read More

October 2015 Freight Trends

ZMac October 2015 Freight Trends - U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices

Diesel fuel prices continue to decline to levels not experienced since 2010.  After a small increase in May and June of this year, the US average price has settled around $2.50/gallon the past two months. The adjacent chart shows that the lowest average monthly price since the start of 2012 was $3.72/gallon in July, 2012.   In the following 26 months, … Read More

September 2015 Freight Trends

ZMac Sept 2015 Freight Trends - Trending FSD Loads OUTBOUND

After a slow drop in available loads across the country in August, the month of September brought a slight increase in loads to match levels seen in late July. While that is positive, available loads this year are still far below levels experienced last year. The accompanying reflects the variance in number of available outbound loads the past two months … Read More

August 2015 Freight Trends

ZMac August 2015 Freight Trends - ZMac Capacity Analysis Total Available Loads

  For the year to date, the number of available loads across the country have been far below the volume we experienced in 2014.  Since the start of June, available loads have dropped significantly.  You’ll see in the accompanying chart that there was a similar drop in June of last year, but the number of available loads was far greater … Read More

April 2015 Freight Trends

ZMac April 2015 Freight Trends - Trending FSD Loads INBOUND

  We noted last month that the number of available loads across the country rose sharply in March.  The month of April saw that surge level off and the number of available loads showed no significant gains and actually dropped a bit by the end of the month.  For April 2015, we are at approximately 60% of the volume we … Read More

March 2015 Freight Trends

ZMac March 2015 Freight Trends - Trending FSD Loads OUTBOUND

  The month of March continued the recent surge in available loads across the country.  Starting with the last week of January, available loads have steadily climbed to levels we have not seen since October of last year.  As such, we are now entering the time of the year where demand begins to stress capacity.   The accompanying reflects the … Read More

February 2015 Freight Trends

  The month of February brought positive news as the number of available loads gradually increased after being stuck in neutral most of the month of January.  After bottoming out in late January, the number of available loads is now creeping about the high mark we experienced immediately after the holidays. In past months, we examined the trending of available … Read More

January 2015 Freight Trends

We noted a few months ago that historically, the number of available loads across the country will drop significantly going into the end of year holiday season. We have certainly experienced that expected drop and available loads have begun to increase again in January; however, not nearly to the same degree as last year at this same time. We often … Read More

December Freight Trends

Over the past few months, diesel fuel costs have fallen quite significantly, much like gasoline prices. In fact, the Department of Energy reported on December 22nd that the price per gallon of diesel fuel dropped to its lowest level in four years. The accompanying chart details the monthly average cost of diesel fuel since 2009. You will notice that the … Read More

November Freight Trends

ZMac Transportation examines available load trends across the country to help evaluate market capacity. A few months ago, we highlighted the available loads INBOUND from a regional area perspective. This month we snapshot the average number of available loads OUTBOUND to those regions. The accompanying chart details the average number of available loads has continued to drop.  After peaking to a … Read More