About Damien Hutchins

Damien Hutchins
Damien Hutchins is Senior Manager of Convoy's brokerage team, when he's not writing on the state of the freight market. He has held previous roles at tech startups in various industries over the past 15 years and focuses now on logistics and trucking from his hometown of Seattle. In his free time Damien can be found exploring in the Cascade Mountains, or taking long weekend road trips on his adventure motorcycle.

Posts by Damien Hutchins:

Weekly Freight Market Update: Shippers Hop Into Candy Season

Last week, we entered the expected beginning-of-the-quarter lull. Volumes fell by nearly 4% this week but remain above February levels. Tender rejections also fell this week as primary freight continues to be accepted by carriers. Compared to this time last year, the market is up 3.4%. But making freight market comparisons to the same week…

Weekly Freight Market Update: Signs of Spring

Compared to last week, freight volume decreased about 2.5% across the country. Tender rejection rates have remained stable (hanging around 7%). The upcoming lettuce harvest in the Southeast indicates the first sign of spring. Harvest appears to have begun in some parts of Florida, and reefer prices from southern and central Florida have increased. On…

Weekly Freight Market Update: Are We at the Bottom?

Much of the country is still reeling from the latest hammering of winter storms. From Seattle to New York, Mother Nature has caused the only source of volatility in freight markets this week. February volumes so far have outpaced both 2017 and 2018. DAT reports volume this year is higher, but rejections are much lower.…

Weekly Freight Market Update: Capacity Moves to Warmer Markets

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who predicts spring, did not see his shadow last week — which supposedly means an early spring is on the way. Regardless of the groundhog’s shadow, analysts are keeping a keen eye on spring shipping, which will kick off within the next three to six weeks. Goods needed for home improvement,…

Weekly Freight Roundup: Subzero Temps Take Their Toll

All eyes have been on the Midwest this week as cold weather chaos on the highways brought the freight network in the some Midwest markets to a standstill. Freezing temperatures caused tightening capacity due to traffic pile-ups, gelled fuel and general hazards of being outside in such extremes. Trucks failed to start, while others ended…

Weekly Freight Roundup: Local Capacity Aplenty

As we head into the Christmas holiday, national freight volume remains low. The market has been trending down since November, and hasn’t seen the characteristic holiday freight increase that was expected.    Capacity is plentiful in most regions, with tender rejections very low. In the week before Christmas in 2017, the freight market began rejecting…