Although we are seeing capacity loosen some as we near February (+8.3% week over week), overall truckload capacity tightness has extended into late January. Two unusual circumstances this month:
1. The ELD mandate became required in mid-December, and many drivers were either unprepared or uncooperative.
2. The gift card effect has become more prevalent for retailers – extending holiday shopping into the new year.
We expect rates to press higher as bid season progresses and contract rates are renegotiated.