While we're glad to see 2021 go, most of the same issues will impact the freight business in 2022. Many of the lasting effects of the previous two years, as well as the newest issues truckload carriers may anticipate encountering in the year ahead, are covered in a recent white paper study; 2022 Logistics and Supply Chain Patterns and Outlook. Due to various circumstances, including continued equipment and workforce shortages, truck capacity demand hit unprecedented highs last year. Global concerns such as port congestion, fuel prices, government policies, and the continued pandemic will all impact over-the-road haulage in North America this year and beyond. According to experts, the open and contract markets are expected to remain at around market highs. In 2020, spot market prices may start to decline, but they will still be around 15%-20% greater than the last high in 2018. Contract prices, which account for more than 70% of the marketplace, will increase by 4% to 5% in 2021. DAT Trendlines predicts that in early 2022, the truckload spot market will revert to seasonal patterns, resulting in lower pricing than last year, mainly above the long-term average. The basic assumption underpinning these estimates is that consumer preferences will remain stable or increase over the year. However, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, growing inflation may dampen consumer spending as costs for homes, vehicles, and other big-ticket products continue to climb. Nonetheless, the e-commerce growth forces more freight into trucks as carriers rethink inventory levels to suit multichannel needs.