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Sep 30

A truckload carrier has at least three opportunities to use LTLs when they appear on the load board or from a customer. How do you price that LTL freight?

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Sep 28

Spot market activity often ramps up in the West during the fall season, but there's added pressure this month. Hanjin Shipping recently filed for bankruptcy, and a number of its ships pulled into port last week, after a lot of delays and uncertainty. That started a ripple effect on the whole supply chain, including truckload freight.

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Sep 16
There are many trade associations and organizations that represent carriers, but what about freight brokers and 3PLs? Who helps them get started, keeps them informed, and looks out for their interests? There's an organization that has been doing just that for nearly 40 years.

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Sep 15

I'd advise shippers not to get complacent about transportation costs. The recent bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping combined with extreme U.S. weather may impact both the spot and contract markets in the next several weeks. Here's what we're seeing.

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Sep 12
Volumes and rates got a boost heading into the Labor Day weekend, and those prices mostly held steady last week. Demand was up, but there weren’t many big changes on the top 100 van lanes. The national average for reefers added 1¢, but flatbed rates slipped 3¢. [More]
Sep 12

This week, law enforcement across North America will be conducting brake inspections. Similar inspection blitzes in the past have led to higher freight rates.

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12 Sep 11

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Here are 5 ways that carriers, brokers, and shippers can show respect to drivers for all 52 weeks in the year.

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Sep 09

Good news, everyone! Freight volume and rates got a healthy boost last week for all equipment types. Vans got the biggest bump, which boosted the load-to-truck ratio above 3.0 for the first time since early July, and gave carriers a 6¢ per mile raise, as a national average. The Midwest is looking good for September.

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Sep 07

Got some trailers that need replacing? Prices for new ones are probably going to jump up soon. Phase 2 of the federal government’s greenhouse gas mandates are now in effect, and trailer manufacturers are the first ones affected.

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2 Sep 02

If you scrambled to get your broker bond before the $75K requirement took effect on Oct. 1, 2013, it would be worth your while to get a new quote. DAT now offers a bond with a special rate and terms for DAT customers.



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