The Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) will receive customized data on truckload activity and make that information available to TCA members.

The data, to be called Truckload Trends, will be compiled by Internet Truckstop (ITS), an Internet-based freight matching service. Truckload Trends will be distributed in TCA’s bi-weekly newsletter, the Truckload Carrier Report.

The idea for Truckload Trends came from TCA member Gary Salisbury, president & CEO of Fikes Truck Line of Hope, AR. Fikes also uses Internet Truckstop.

“I find their information valuable, but it’s not truckload-specific,” Salisbury said. “I really think truckload carriers would benefit from having statistics tailored exclusively for our issues, so I approached ITS. They have graciously agreed to provide this valuable data to help TCA members understand what is happening in the industry.”

TCA members will initially receive market trend information from the organization’s three divisions: refrigerated, open deck, and independent contractors. A survey is planned as well to see what additional information is desired by TCA members.

“The new addition to our newsletter aligns perfectly with TCA’s mission to create success for the truckload industry and the communities it serves,” said John Kaburick, TCA chairman and president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company of Salem, Illinois. “It’s another way to help truckload carriers stay current and profitable in a constantly-changing, increasingly technical world.”