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Is this the new normal?

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Anthony, Zach, and special guest Kyle Lintner from K-Ratio discuss how the freight market is disconnected from the general economy; are we truly out of a freight recession; and how Freight Futures work.


  1. Sandra

    Climate change is a joke in California, its another way to get money. This state is greedy as hell. High taxes if you’re not a millionaire. The only people going to be left in this foriegn state is illegals and the rich who love illegals. Highest with homeless people and the government doesn’t give a shit. Just pay the drug addicts a monthly check so they can do more drugs and shit in the streets. Mayor in LA is another joke. He doesn’t care about Americans either, he isn’t an American. The whole UNITED states has gone to hell.

  2. Bigdee

    Mike I agree 100 percent also I guess I’m a dummy or something but you all these people running for president and discuss climate change but not a single one of them have said anything about the personal conveyance law that tells a driver tha if he’s out of time and can’t find parking it is illegal to go forward he must go backwards burn more fuel which has an economic impact on his or companies bottom line also it’s putting unnecessary greenhouse gas in the air what a joke

  3. Mike

    Yes, trucking is disconnected, and it is getting worse, the industry is BROKEN! We have let deregulation go too far. We allow anyone and his brother to obtain operating authority, see the off shore 1099 gangs that now plague our industry. How the hell are Americans supposed to compete with folks, many not even citizens, that operate entirely from overseas, that operate on 1099’s and rarely pay taxes. They get a PO Box or family members address, buy a few trucks and open shop and go home. How the hell can I compete with this?

    And then these stupid and inflexible regulations they strapped us with? A stop watch on the dash of an 80,000 lb vehicle, REALLY? Who the hell thought of that BS? And they have to do a study to see why fatalities in the past two years are up? Are you kidding me?

    Then the insurance, see my comment above! Insurance companies are leaving the trucking sector in droves. My agent told me there are only two or three outfits out here that will even underwrite these policies. Then we have the self insured, how the hell can I compete with that bunch? Insurance is a huge expense out here to the point of being ridiculous.

    I have been watching this industry implode for a few years now, it all really kicked into high gear when the border was opened to the off shore 1099 gang, they call them Driver Inc. in Canada, and they have created a very real fiscal mess up there, at least they are paying attention. I am paying attention too and parked the truck, it is going up for sale in the Spring. Me, I went and got a job. 31 years in this racket is enough, the industry is finished, stick a fork in it.

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Zach Strickland, FW Market Expert & Market Analyst

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.