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Freight Reports

ACT Research has developed a revolutionary view of freight rates, volume, and capacity that will help various aspects of the logistics and supply chain businesses better plan for the future.

Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume Outlook

Our freight rate and volume forecasting services the bridge of ACT’s leadership in commercial vehicle reporting, award-winning economic analysis with ACT’s transportation industry expertise. We provide an innovative and comprehensive view of supply and demand in trucking markets. The purpose of this monthly report is to provide visibility to industry professionals across the supply chain on the future of freight transportation economics to help planning and budgeting. This report also serves as a guide for negotiating freight rates.

Actionable Intelligence on the Rate Outlook.

The ACT Research Freight Forecast provides an unprecedented look at the future of freight rates to help businesses in transportation and logistics management plan for the future with confidence.

4 Things to Know About the Current Freight Market:

1. Excess capacity to exert more downward pressure on truckload spot rates.
2. Expect a market rebalance in 2020.
3. Q4 spot rates will fall further.
4. Capacity additions extend through end of year.

The Freight Forecast helps businesses answer questions to better solve problems. We let the data do the talking:

Shippers:

  • Market intelligence
  • Transportation budgeting
  • Capacity planning
  • Conditions of for-hire trucking industry

Trucker/Logistics:

  • Spot and contract rate forecasting
  • Spot and contract rate negotiations
  • Dedicated equipment allocations
  • Rick management
  • Capital budgeting
  • Capital benchmarking
  • Guidance assumptions

Investors:

  • Economic outlook of transportation sector
  • Financial condition of the industry
  • Direction of freight volumes and rates
  • Rate Projections

    Gain knowledge of the patterns of supply, demand, and rates, thereby increasing market transparency and facilitating decision making. Using ACT’s analysis and forecasting, businesses on all sides of the freight rate equation can plan and prepare for the next 18 months to understand swings in supply-demand balance. Our models saw the capacity crunch of 2017, accurately predicted the rollover in spot truckload rates which started in the middle of 2018 (as published in our N.A. Commercial Vehicle Outlook report), and they can help you to better understand where freight rates are headed.

  • Supply Side Knowledge

    ACT Research has been analyzing the supply-side of the freight market for over three decades. Using our foundational population modeling in conjunction with decades of supply-side research has allowed us to produce truly unique rate prediction models. With this background, we have identified market leading indicators and created tools, like our Truckload Rate Gauge, to help our clients take action to plan for the future.

  • Truckload Cycle

    The historical truckload cycle gives insights into the current truckload sector and what to anticipate as we measure demand and supply of the freight market.

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The types of businesses that should be interested in the ACT Freight Rate Forecast are Shippers, Transportation/Logistics Providers, Investors, Manufacturers, or anyone working in the Supply Chain.

With this report, you will receive freight rate and volume forecasts for truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal. In-depth market analysis of capacity and demand for each segment as well as analysis of related markets including last mile and port activity. We have also included a carrier profitability analysis, and, most importantly, a guide to negotiating freight rates.  

Other businesses are using this report to inform them in preparation for business planning and budgeting. Additionally, businesses are utilizing this report for supply and demand analysis to understand freight rate outlook.

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This report is available for purchase by selecting the Subscribe button below, or by clicking the link HERE.

Check out some of Tim Denoyer's Freight presentation from ACT's Seminar 61.

SupplyChainDive published an interview with Tim Denoyer on September 9 discussing the correlation between spot rates and truck orders. In the interview Tim reviews:

  • How shippers can used supply-demand balance to save money
  • Why capacity is the leading indicator of spot rates
  • Why spot rates are a leading indicator of truck orders and contract rates
  • How to plan for changes in truckload transportation capacity

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Only July 11 FreightWaves released an article discussing the state of the industry, referencing Tim Denoyer and Kenny Vieth and their perspective on what ACT Research is now calling a trucking recession.

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DAT asked that Tim share a guest opinion blog post on the state of the freight markets. In this post, Tim discusses the current freight recession and the expectations of the next pot rate upturn.

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