• ITVI.USA
    11,391.750
    23.830
    0.2%
  • OTLT.USA
    3.510
    -0.005
    -0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.180
    -0.080
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    11,371.250
    24.020
    0.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.580
    -0.120
    -4.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.550
    0.030
    0.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.300
    0.010
    0.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.710
    0.060
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.140
    -0.010
    -0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.100
    -0.100
    -2.4%
  • WAIT.USA
    136.000
    -3.000
    -2.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    11,391.750
    23.830
    0.2%
  • OTLT.USA
    3.510
    -0.005
    -0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.180
    -0.080
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    11,371.250
    24.020
    0.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.580
    -0.120
    -4.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.550
    0.030
    0.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.300
    0.010
    0.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.710
    0.060
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.140
    -0.010
    -0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.100
    -0.100
    -2.4%
  • WAIT.USA
    136.000
    -3.000
    -2.2%
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What drives trucking market volatility?

For anyone in the trucking industry, there is one constant: change. Rates change. Customers change. Freight flows change.

But why is there so much change?

While the trucking industry proudly states that is moves America, it is also a dependent industry. Trucks don’t generate product, they deliver it, and because of that, the industry is at the mercy of many factors that drive volatility.

Among those drivers are natural disasters, e-commerce, weather, seasonality, trade policy, regulatory actions and the driver shortage.

Brian Straight, managing editor, Modern Shipper

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com. Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at bstraight@freightwaves.com.

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