Specialized brokers provide leg up in strained flatbed market

Flatbed trucks move down the road. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

The outlook remains positive for both the housing and general construction markets. This market strength — paired with the relatively small number of flatbed carriers — means flatbed capacity is in high demand and difficult to secure. As shippers navigate this strained environment, they should consider whether their current 3PL partners are best suited for their needs. 

“Flatbed shipping is specialized. There are many more variables in terms of types of trailers and the required securement...


The Wave acquires FCR Finland

Pompili: “The acquisition plan is in full swing. This operation strengthens the
international position of our group “

Genoa based De Wave Group, the global outfitting company, lands in Finland with the
acquisition of FCR, laying down a strategic bridgehead both on the Northern European and
Scandinavian shipbuilding and refitting markets.

FCR Finland has been operating for over a decade in this market, in particular in the branch
of public areas and cabins construction on large passenger and cruise...


Tornadoes across South may further strain flatbed capacity

After severe storms and tornadoes ripped through Texas on Monday, other parts of the South were next in line. Building back in heavily damaged areas will increase demand for construction materials and flatbed capacity to truck those goods.

#Tornado damage on Rose St in Arabi. pic.twitter.com/OwyEpNtOA0

— St. Bernard Parish (@StBGov) March 23, 2022

People continue to pick through debris after tornadoes struck the New Orleans area Wednesday, killing at least one person and leaving thousands...


Spectre of stagflation rears up over UK economy as house builders feel the pain of high inflation and lower growth

Susannah Streeter

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown:

“The spectre of stagflation has reared up over the UK economy with the growth forecast revised sharply downwards while higher prices are set to be entrenched for many months to come. The invasion of Ukraine and soaring commodity prices have upended previous forecasts from the UK’s independent Office for Budget Responsibility, which now expects the economy to grow at a much slower pace of 3.8% this...


Flatbed capacity at its tightest due to surging oil prices, construction boom

Chart of the Week: Flatbed Outbound Tender Rejection index, Van Outbound Tender Rejection index, Reefer Outbound Tender Rejection Index – USA  SONAR: FOTRI.USA, VOTRI.USA, ROTRI.USA

The national Flatbed Outbound Tender Rejection Index (FOTRI) hit two all-time highs this week, while refrigerated and van rejection rates were down. Flatbed capacity had been gradually tightening over the past four months in a somewhat unseasonable pattern. This upward trend in the FOTRI has accelerated as spring...


A Devastating Markets, Geopolitics and Covid week; learning from snowfalls

A Devastating Markets, Geopolitics and Covid week; learning from snowfalls

John Faraclas

The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) ended up today at 1,381 points – 79 plus since yesterday, but same was down 34 since last Friday the 21st of January when it stood at 1,415…The Ukrainian issue coupled with energy will cost dear to all, particularly the warring ones – expect collateral damage in Ukraine’s 3,000 miles range/region, even if we witness hostilities and not a full scale war. Covid-19 and its mutations...


Triton appointed to deliver 185,000 Sq ft logistics scheme in Manchester

Triton appointed to deliver 185,000 Sq ft logistics scheme in Manchester

l to r: Simon Raper Project Manager Triton Construction, Christian Thorpe, Director, Patrick Properties, Martin Ellison, technical Associate, Fletcher Rae, Philip Dyer, Business Development Director Triton Construction, Paul Clarkson, Managing Director, Triton Construction, Jovan Ristov, Contracts Manager, Triton Construction

Triton Construction has been appointed to deliver a major new speculative manufacturing and...


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