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Transportation TIP List: Week of March 27th, 2016

Posted - March 30, 2016

Transportation TIP List: Week of March 27th, 2016

As the weather gets warmer, many celebrate the beginning of April by playing a fun practical joke or two on friends, family members and coworkers. And as you may be preparing some pranks to play for April Fools’ Day, we’ve prepared a list of the current important transportation and supply chain trends. This week’s TIP List is no joke!

  • Trucking Demand Soared in February: February was a good month for the trucking business, as tonnage rose to an all-time high and rates for truckload shipments ticked up slightly from a year ago. The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally-adjusted truck tonnage index rose 7.2% in February from a month earlier.
  • Reefer Warming With the Weather, Van Gaining Steam: More than half of U.S. states are on the edge of tilting or have already tilted reefer rate momentum in carriers’ favor, continuing the momentum seen in recent weeks for both the reefer segment and van and flatbed segments.
  • Who’s the Greenest of Them All?: With the rise of the environmentally conscious consumer and the growing importance of sustainability to corporate boardrooms, more and more companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and the amount of waste they send to the landfill.
  • Favorable and Sustained Shippers Conditions Continue in 2016: FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) improved for the third consecutive month to 4.3 reading in January with the SCI in positive territory as favorable market conditions from 2015 continue into 2016. Capacity now is sufficient to meet the demands of the current market.

What transportation trends are on your list this week?