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

October 2014 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 OUTBOUND from a regional area perspective. This month we snapshot the average number of available loads INBOUND to those regions. The accompanying chart details the average number of available loads inbound to geographic regions in the past … Read More

September 2014 Freight Trends

Through the month of September, the number of available loads has continued to drop to some of the lowest levels we have seen for the year. While this month’s drop was not precipitous, it was steady with only a few weekly increases. As we examine outbound freight traffic across the country, you can see in the accompanying chart that not … Read More

August 2014 Freight Trends

ZMac August 2014 Freight Trends - Regional Trending FSD Loads Outbound

  At the end July, available loads dropped to the lowest level of the year.  Over the month of August, the number of available loads has remained fairly steady with no dramatic increases or decreases.   We have often noted specific areas that experience sharp changes in the number of available loads.  We typically examine a snapshot of the past … Read More

July Freight Trends

ZMac July 2014 Freight Trends - ZMac Capacity Analysis TOtal Available Loads

  At the end of June, we noted the number of available loads started to decline slightly after experiencing the highest level seen for the year.  The decline continued much more sharply in July, as available loads dipped to the lowest level since February of this year.  The accompanying chart shows the dramatic change in available flatbed loads nationwide since … Read More

June Freight Trends

ZMac June 2014 Freight Trends - Trending FSD Loads OUTBOUND

  The month of June started with a sharp rise in the number of available loads, slightly eclipsing the highest level for the year seen at the end of March.  However, the rise was short lived as available loads have slowly dropped the remaining days of the month. The impact of this high level of load availability is largely realized … Read More

May 2014 Freight Trends

ZMac May 2014 Freight Trends - ZMac Volatility Analysis Largest Increases in Available Loads

  The month of May was a relatively steady month as the number of available loads remained similar to the previous month.  Nationwide, the highest and lowest total number of available loads varied less than 10% in either direction from the month’s average. A few months ago we noted the volatility of demand in several areas across the country.  Back … Read More