Articles by Avery Vise

Avery Vise is executive director, trucking research and analysis for Randall-Reilly Business Media and also serves as senior editor, industry analysis for Commercial Carrier Journal. Previously, he was editorial director of Randall-Reilly’s Fleet/Dealer/Aftermarket group and had served as chief editor of CCJ for 10 years. From 1985 to 1998, Vise worked for McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week Group, covering Congress and the Department of Transportation for publications about the commercial aviation industry. He has received numerous awards from American Business Media and the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his coverage of the trucking industry. Vise is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with degrees in government and history.

Avery Vise has posted 59 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

At the tipping point

General Motors’ U.S. retail sales were up 23 percent in July year over year.  Ford enjoyed its best July for U.S. retail sales since 2005 on the strength of a 19 percent increase. Chrysler’s U.S. sales were its best for a July since 2006, and Toyota’s U.S. sales rose 17 percent. Last month, Polk reported ...

Little big guys: Owner-operators represent a big chunk of capacity – even among fleets

Fleets get the attention in the marketplace these days — at least from a supplier’s perspective. Everyone wants to know what component or gadget they can market to Schneider, Swift or Wal-Mart. Sure the margin might not be what it is when selling to the little guy, but ...

A tale of two industries

It was the best of times. It was, well, not too bad times, all in all. That’s probably the best way to look at the trucking industry these days. In May, the American Trucking Associations’ for-hire truck tonnage index hit an all-time high, exceeding the previous high in December 2011. And yet, the findings and ...

Small is big, for now

Six months ago, we discussed in this space a scary situation for many fleets, especially those engaged in freight transportation: Aging and depreciating equipment they could not afford to either replace or operate profitably or replace. (See “The rolling dead?” January 2013.) Our focus was the long-term threat to ...

A Shelter from the Storm?

By Avery Vise avise@randallreilly.com     Once again, Congress and the White House have largely put off the big decisions. Yes, they avoided the so-called “fiscal cliff” — a crisis that they created. But essentially the only certainty is that taxes are going up on millions of Americans, not just on the ...

U.S. diesel price lowest in eight months

The national average retail diesel price fell 6.5 cents to $3.781 a gallon – the lowest price in eight months – during the week ended Monday, June 11, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The average price has fallen 36.7 cents in the past ...

Trucking adds 7,300 jobs in May

For-hire carriers added 7,300 payroll jobs in May, up from an upwardly revised 2,700-job increase in April, according to the latest estimates released Friday, June 1, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payroll employment in trucking was up 0.55% over April and 3.4% over May 2011. Employment is ...

Average diesel price falls 5.9 cents to $3.897

The national average retail diesel price fell 5.9 cents -- the largest drop in more than five months -- to $3.897 a gallon during the week ended Monday, May 28, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The average price is 5.1 cents below the ...

Average diesel price falls again

The national average retail diesel price fell 5.3 cents to $4.004 a gallon for the week ended Monday, May 14, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The average price is 5.7 cents below the same week in 2011. If the trend continues, diesel will ...

Trucking returns to job growth in April

After shedding jobs in March for the first time since July, for-hire trucking companies added 1,800 payroll jobs in April, according to the latest estimates released Friday, May 4, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS revised preliminary March figures downward by 500 jobs, so the drop in ...