It might take a year, it might take a day, but what’s meant to be will always find its way.
— Unknown

2016 DataMac® Truck U.S.

To Be Released this Summer

  • Vehicle Class: Class 6, 7, 8, Trailers, Container Chassis
  • Annual replacement parts demand data covering over 650 components
  • Equipment Population, Retail Sales, Point of Service, Replacement Type, Distribution Channel

Economic Update

Total Truckable Economic Activity (TEA®) eked out a miniscule increase in the first quarter of 2016..

as the gains in Truckable Consumption and Truckable Government proved to be slightly larger than the combined drops in Truckable Investment, Truckable Exports and Truckable Imports.

Truck Transportation Employment

We had three consecutive declines in employment between July of 2015 and October of 2015 which were then followed by three consecutive months of increases that culminated in what is now the current expansion high of 1,463,800 persons set in December of 2015.  The preliminary estimate for May 2016 (this number is subject to revision for the next two reports) was 1,460,400 persons.  At issue is whether this 3,400 person drop in employment is another temporary drop in the upward path or the beginning of the type of decline in hiring that has been associated with the formation of a business cycle peak. It will be to the monthly employment reports that we will first look for the elements of instability that will inform our decision on when to make the call about a phase change – from Expansion to Boom.



Words of Wisdom

With tons of buzz words flying around, I keep coming back to those words pegged as “words of wisdom.” In my email stash I found: “It might take a year it might take a day, but what’s meant to be will always find its way.” (Kushandwizdom — some type of Pinterest/Instagram/internet store) While I agree that the source is a little uncharacteristic for our industry, the quote is not. On a monthly basis, we track several sources — independents, dealers, fleets, suppliers, manufacturers — on a number of aftermarket measures. And while our latest numbers for independents and dealers in our monthly report show lower sales compared to prior month and prior year, the outlook remains positive.

The cycle is changing for retail sales, but the Aftermarket will continue to chug along; it too may slow a little. Through the retail sales dip, the test becomes who will weather the change and who will not. Same goes for the
Aftermarket — which companies, which channels will persevere? What’s meant to be will always find a way.


Entire article appearing in Truck Parts & Service next week.

DataMac® Truck Light Duty U.S.


As part of this study, MacKay & Company profiles replacement demand for over 300 components including annual demand, point of service, point of final sale, type of replacement component and segmentation by several vocations.


  • Vehicle Class: 2c, 3, 4, 5
  • Replacement parts demand data covering over 350 components



Newest MacKay Model Truck

MacKay & Company’s 1954 Hotchkiss PL25 Fourgon Meuble (furniture van) is our 31st annual vintage truck – and the eighth model of a European truck; the most recent was our 1958 Citroen HY van, number 29 in our series. 

We are pleased to provide our clients with our recent truck model.  DataMac clients will get their model at their next Roadshow.