Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics: October 9, 2020 Update

West Texas Intermediate crude oil continues to trade around $40 / barrel, which is helping to keep diesel prices low.  One must ask how long this period of low cost, low variability in diesel … [Read more...]

JBF Freight Transportation Industry Bulletin September 2020

Welcome to the September 2020 Freight Transportation Bulletin In This Issue:  Freight Market UpdateModeling Labor Costs in Supply Chain DesignThe Impact of Dwell Time on Truckload … [Read more...]

Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics: August 31, 2020 Update

Truckload rates, especially in the spot market, continue to rise.  According to DAT, the average van spot rate now exceeds contract rates for the first time since the spring of 2018.  Spot … [Read more...]

Freight Market Index July 2020: The Flexibility Test

Guest commentary by Adam Gray, JBF Consulting – as provided for the July 2020 Freight Market Index report Almost every day it seems our plans are changing. Whatever we assumed were next steps … [Read more...]

Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics: July 27, 2020 update

The TL market continues to be surprisingly strong with no sign of slowing.  From being completely dead in April, spot rates are now up over 30% from their lows this spring and are now averaging … [Read more...]

Why Excessive Dwell Time is Pervasive in TL Shipping And What Shippers Can Do About It

In this 2-Part series, JBF Consulting explores the impact of excessive loading times on shippers and carriers and the benefits of addressing this issue.  In Part 1, we looked at detention from … [Read more...]

The Impact of Dwell Time on Truckload Carriers

On July 1, 2020, the US House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act. The $1.5 trillion dollar bill touches on a wide array of transportation initiatives. Of special interest to both … [Read more...]

Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics: May 29, 2020 update

by Mike Mulqueen Below are some factors that we are following that you may find of interest. National Diesel Prices Data Source: DOE US Diesel prices went up .004 cents for the week of May … [Read more...]

Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics – May 25, 2020 update

by Mike Mulqueen Below are some factors that we are following that you may find of interest. National Diesel Prices Data Source: DOE In one of the few bright spots for trucking companies, … [Read more...]

Freight Market Index April 2020: How Quickly Things Change

BluJay Freight Market Index April 2020 Guest commentary by Mike Mulqueen, JBF Consulting Analysis The time period for this report will likely be remembered as the last “normal” quarter for a … [Read more...]