2018 was a tough year for both shippers and carriers as constrained capacity led to delayed shipments and higher freight prices. Q1 2019 has started like many Q1s have in years past, with a softening of the truck market.
While things are shifting for the better, don’t be fooled. The capacity crunch is not behind us. But this slight grace period does provide shippers a golden opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with a select group of strategic carriers. Cementing these carrier relationships will ensure that you have reliable capacity at locked-in rates when the market inevitably shifts back.