In today’s edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” you’ll see that demand for flatbed capacity will remain elevated across several markets in the Plains states. Four of the five markets that are projected to be the most favorable to truckers in the coming week are flatbed markets, reflecting higher than normal flatbed volumes for this time of year. In today’s “Where’s the Freight?” you’ll also see that Tucson, Ariz., will continue its reign as the hottest market in the country for reefer. Demand for power only will be on the upswing in two Southern markets, while one region of Canada will be a hot market for dry van in the next five to seven days.

The market predictions you see in today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?” are based on real data from our broker software platforms and free driver app. With this data, we can predict with high accuracy which markets will be hot and cold for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven day period. Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Trucker Tools blog.

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Rising

  • Demand for flatbed will be highin the coming week for Rapid City, S.D., Grand Junction, Colo., Jonesboro, Ark., and Cheyenne, Wyo. Flatbed demand is expected to rise in and out of Erie, Penn., and Memphis, Tenn., over the next five to seven days.
  • Tucson, Ariz., will continue to be the best reefer market in the country for truckers over the next week. 
  • Demand for power only will be rising over the next five to seven days for Tulsa, Okla., and Norfolk, Va.
  • You’ll also see rising demand for van capacity in and out of Central Ontario (Canada).

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Falling

  • Expect low demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Washington D.C. this week. Demand for flatbed will fall this week for St. Louis.
  • Reno, Nev., and Hartford, Conn., will continue to be two of the coldest reefer markets in the country for truckers.
  • Demand for power only capacity in and out of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bloomington, Ill., is projected to be low over the next five to seven day period. Demand for power only in and out of Jacksonville, Fla., will decrease this week, as well. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on the most recent transaction data from Trucker Tools’ software platforms, the five hottest markets for truckers over the next week will be Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), Grand Junction, Colo. (flatbed), Jonesboro, Ark. (flatbed), and Cheyenne, Wyo. (flatbed).
  • Demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Erie, Penn., currently is double what it was at this time last year.
  • Single-family home construction is up 29 percent over last year. This increase is, in part, driving higher than normal flatbed volume and demand.
  • The Arctic polar vortex that hit the Midwest and Southern United States this week is pushing up spot rates in many markets.
  • Spot market volumes are the highest they’re ever been and spot market volume is more than double what it was a year ago.
  • According to FreightWaves, the national average for dry van outbound tender rejection rates has increased by more than five percent over a one-week period after winter storms and Artic temps hit the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. 

FreightWaves: Lanes To Target This Week

Trucker Tools has joined forces with FreightWaves to give you insights into some of the most popular freight lanes in the country. In today’s Daily Outlook, FreightWaves is reporting that the Los Angeles freight market is tightening. If you typically run the Los Angeles to Seattle lane, you may want to look for loads that keep you in the L.A. area in the coming week since demand for trucks is significantly lower in Seattle. If you’re running Cleveland to Memphis this week, stay firm on your rates because outbound tender rejections, which measure demand, are up for this lane and may increase further. FreightWaves also recommends that you accept more loads in the Los Angeles to Columbus lane this week, as rates for both L.A. and Columbus have increased. 

Read Wednesday’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?” Where’s the Freight? Cheyenne, Rapid City, Tucson, Grand Junction and Jacksonville. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/