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ACT Research: Freight-Generating Sectors Starting to Mend

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Feb 10, 2020 3:06:00 PM

According to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, at 128 months, the current US economic expansion is the longest on record, surpassing the previous cycle record (1992-2001) by eight months and counting. And with solid consumer fundamentals, no obvious imbalances, and already having weathered the manufacturing downturn to date, it is harder to see a recession now than it was six months ago.

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Topics: freight, logistics, NA CV OUTLOOK, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, class8

ACT Research: Medium Duty Orders Have Shown Resilience Recently

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Feb 6, 2020 8:00:00 PM

After softness in late Q3/early Q4, medium duty orders appear to have shown some resilience the past two months. In January, preliminary data show NA Classes 5-7 net orders at 18,500 units, down 9% from December and 20% y/y. Complete industry data for January, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-February.

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Topics: logistics, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, truck market, north american trucking, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news

ACT Research: Preliminary Class 8 Order Intake Down M/M, Up Y/Y

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Feb 4, 2020 3:40:26 PM

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in January were 17,700 units, down 12% from December 2019, but up 10% from last January. Complete industry data for January, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-February.

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Topics: freight, logistics, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, class8

ACT Research: Used Truck Sales Close 2019 Down 15%, Despite December’s 7% Sequential Rally

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 27, 2020 10:29:40 AM

According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 7% month-over-month in December, but longer-term sales were down 3% year-over-year compared to December 2018, and full-year 2019 sales declined 15% compared to 2018. The report also indicated used Class 8 average price for 2019 decreased 7% versus the previous year, while average miles and age both increased, up 4% and 8%, respectively.

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Topics: freight, logistics, Press Releases, Used Trucks, class 8 trucks, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, used commercial truck, used truck values commercial, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Rates Slip Amid Strong Holiday Freight

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 22, 2020 1:18:43 PM

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with December data, showed improvement in for-hire freight volumes and utilization, with 55.5 and 52.3 respective diffusion index readings, both up four points from November on a seasonally adjusted basis. But even as for-hire capacity contracted again, the Freight Rates Index slid to 48.7 in December.

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Topics: freight, freight forecast, freight rate, logistics, ACT For-Hire Trucking Index, Press Releases, supply chain, truck freight, north american trucking, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, intermodal, truck freight rates, demand planning, us freight, commercial freight shipping, last mile delivery, freight rates

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Closed 2019 Down 51% vs Full-Year 2018

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 21, 2020 5:00:00 PM

New US trailer orders of 18.4k were down 13% month-over-month in December, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 17.7k dropped 11%. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 35% year-over-year and 51% lower compared to full-year 2018, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report.

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Topics: logistics, Trailers, Press Releases, supply chain, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, commercial trailer, us trailer, trailer production, north american trailer, class8

ACT Research: Recession Depends on the Definition: US Economy Poised for 1.8% Expansion

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 20, 2020 12:35:44 PM

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, ACT projects that the US economy is poised to expand by 1.8% in 2020.

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Topics: logistics, Classes 5-8, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, class8

ACT Research: December 2019 Preliminary U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 13% M/M and 37% Lower Y/Y; Full-Year 2019 Less than Half of 2018 Volume

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 14, 2020 9:00:00 PM

ACT’s preliminary estimate for December 2019 indicates trailer manufacturers booked 17.2k net orders to their orderboards last month, a 13% decline from November volume. Activity was 37% below last December. For the full year, the industry booked just under 205k net orders, a 51% decline versus 2018 volume. That annual volume was the lowest since 2011.

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Topics: logistics, Trailers, Press Releases, supply chain, commercial vehicle sales data, truck freight, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, commercial trailer, us trailer, trailer production, north american trailer

Freight Forecast: ACT Research Achieves 98% Accuracy Truckload Spot Rate Forecasting in 2019

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 13, 2020 3:39:21 PM

ACT Research released the January installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.

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Topics: freight, freight forecast, freight rate, logistics, Press Releases, supply chain, truck freight, north american trucking, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, intermodal, truck freight rates, demand planning, us freight, commercial freight shipping, last mile delivery, freight rates

ACT Research: Class 8 Cyclicality Alive and Well, Including Regulatory Impacts

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 10, 2020 5:00:00 PM

According to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, over the past decade, the EPA shifted its focus from the tailpipe to fuel economy. On January 6, the EPA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which promises the return of demand altering regulations that target tailpipe emissions. On top of normal cyclicality is the expectation that the CARB and EPA ANPRs will ultimately transition into [potentially expensive] demand-swinging regulations in the coming decade.

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Topics: logistics, NA CV OUTLOOK, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, class8

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