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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: Freight-Generating Sectors of Economy Starting to Mend

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that freight-generating sectors of the US economy are on the cusp of transitioning from contraction to growth, aligning with freight cycles of the past, which typically last around two years.

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Topics: CV Dealer Digest, Press Releases, class 8 trucks, 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

ACT Research: TL Contract Rates Down, LTL Revenue Growth Dropped in Q3’19

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 24, 2020 4:28:59 PM

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, truckload contract rates turned negative in Q3’19, down 2% year-over-year, and loaded miles per tractor fell 5% in the same time period. In Q3’19, less-than-truckload revenue growth, net fuel, also turned negative, falling 1.6% year-over-year.

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Topics: Press Releases, Transportation Digest, class 8 trucks, 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

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: 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

ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes and Prices Rise M/M

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 14, 2020 5:30:00 PM

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) increased 8% month-over-month in the final month of 2019, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research, but longer-term, volumes dropped 3% compared to December of 2018. Year-to-date preliminary volumes dropped 14%.

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

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

ACT Research: Preliminary Class 8 Order Intake Rose in December

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Jan 3, 2020 5:30:00 PM

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December 2019 were 20,000 units, up 14% from November and down just 6.5% from year-ago December, as the industry transitions to much easier year-over-year comparisons. Complete industry data for December, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-January.

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

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