Jungle Scout’s first quarter 2021 Consumer Trends Report found that 58 percent of the consumers surveyed shop online at least once a week, if not more. Of those that shop on Amazon, 55 percent said they would pay more for faster shipping. These consumer trends reflect just how much pressure consumer spending and expectations are having on freight markets and likely will for the foreseeable future. 

In this, your Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll find out where demand for trucks is projected to be highest and lowest over the next five to seven days, as well as where demand for trucks will be rising and falling. Of note in today’s “Where’s the Freight?” is the continued, high demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Texarkana, Texas. Another region to keep an eye on is Yakima, Wash., where demand for flatbed is projected to rise in the coming week. 

Scroll down for more insights about what you can expect in freight markets across North America over the next week!

Hot Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • Texarkana, Texas, Rapid City, S.D., Southwestern Ontario and Jonesboro, Ark., will be the markets with the highest demand for flatbed capacity over the next five to seven days. Demand for flatbed capacity is projected to increase this week in and out of Yakima, Wash., Gary, Ind., Southwestern Ontario and Shreveport, La.
  • Tucson, Ariz., will be the reefer market with the highest demand this week, and that demand is expected to increase over the coming week.

Cold Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • You can expect demand for reefer capacity to be extremely low this week for Hartford, Conn., and Vancouver, British Columbia. Demand for reefer will fall this week in and out of Ithaca, N.Y.  
  • Demand for power only capacity in and out of Denver and Jefferson City, Mo., will decrease over the next five to seven days. 
  • Calgary, Alberta, Huntington, W. Va., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are projected to be the least profitable dry van markets for truckers/carriers in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on today’s Trucker Tools data, the top five markets for truckers and carriers over the next week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 3. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 4. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 5. Jonesboro, Ark. (flatbed).
  • The bottom five markets for truckers and carriers in the next five to seven day period will be: 1. Calgary, Alberta (dry van), 2. Huntington, W. Va. (dry van), 3. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 4. Vancouver, British Columbia (reefer), and 5. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (dry van).
  • Demand for flatbed inbound to and outbound from Yakima, Wash., is 15 times higher than it was at this time in 2020.
  • Yakima, Wash., is a key logistics and distribution hub for companies that include Wal-Mart and Horizon Distribution.
  • Demand for flatbed capacity running to and from Texarkana, Texas, currently is seven times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • Even though current demand for reefer capacity is relatively high for Tucson, Ariz., it’s eight points lower on Trucker Tools’ market scale when compared with this same time last year.

For more insights into where demand for trucks will be high and low, read the previous edition of Trucker Tools’ free market report Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Southwestern Ontario, Tucson, Fort Wayne and Rapid City Will Be Hottest Freight Markets for Truckers This Week. To download the Trucker Tools mobile app for drivers, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/