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Apr 16

We've been out ahead of the pack for months, with emerging trends in freight transportation. Now other economic indicators are catching up, and some big-name analysts deliver new data to support our earlier reports.

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Apr 16

In a perfect world, we’d all get paid as soon as the job is done, but let’s face it: shippers and brokers all have different terms. Some will pay you upon delivery, some in a week, others may be net 30, and some even longer. Now, if you haul for a shipper or broker who has terms you can live with, factoring may not make sense.

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Apr 15

You already have a load from Point A to Point B – let’s say it’s a weekly van load from Chicago to Dallas. You need a backhaul to Chicago, to re-position your truck in time for the next outbound trip, but that lane doesn’t pay much. This is a great opportunity to experiment with TriHaul routing. Why? Because almost ...

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Apr 15

In a capacity crunch, driver recruitment and retention becomes even more crucial to your trucking company. What if there was one simple investment that could improve driver morale and provide a multitude of tools that make good business-sense?

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1 Apr 15

If there’s one take away from this eventful winter, it’s that truckload capacity is at a tipping point, and with tighter capacity comes opportunity. Carriers and owner operators can take steps now to make sure they are poised to take advantage of a busy second quarter.

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Apr 14

In the digital world, it is all about what potential customers can find out about your operation before they make a decision to work with you. So what can you do to make sure you are putting your best foot forward with DAT Company Reviews? Just keep these two steps in mind: request reviews and reciprocate.

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Apr 09

No matter what you believe, Barbeque (and we spell it with a “q” here) is a religious experience. In his book, Peace, Love, and Barbecue, the legendary Mike Mills shares: “The strongest memory from my childhood is waking up to the smell of smoke. I’d lie in my bed with my eyes still closed, take a deep breath, and smile. That aroma meant we’d …

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Apr 07

Truckload rates remain atypically high on the spot market, even though the winter's extreme weather is finally just an unpleasant memory. Van and reefer rates are mostly unchanged, and flatbeds are booming.


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2 Apr 04

In the March 14 blog post "Say Goodbye to Excess Truckload Capacity," our industry pricing manager Mark Montague mentions several factors that are putting a squeeze on capacity. Weather-related delays and low inventories, combined with a steadily improving economy, are increasing demand. Meanwhile, the growing driver shortage and decreased productivity due to new HOS rules and other factors, are reducing supply.

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Apr 03

Company Reviews are catching on. My February blog post Rate Carriers, Brokers and Shippers with New "Company Reviews" Feature explained how DAT customers can use the new tool to build their reputations and grow their businesses. Gayle Pierce, owner of Cross Country Freight Service in Liberty, Indiana, has been doing just that. At the bottom of all ...

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