Recent Posts
Aug 24

Every week, we seem to report that trends are mixed, that truckload freight volume and rates are in a transition, and it’s still true this week. We’re between seasons, at least for produce harvests and retail sales. The economy, too, seems endlessly stalled between growing and shrinking.

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Aug 19

It's heartbreaking to see the news feeds and images from flood zones in and around Baton Rouge, LA. Dozens of people have lost their lives, and thousands have lost their homes, businesses and possessions. For now, what is needed is disaster relief. Many truckers have responded, bringing in food, clean water and emergency supplies. It won't surprise anyone to learn that rates rose sharply on inbound lanes heading into Southern Louisiana last week, especially from Shreveport.

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Aug 15

What do you do when shippers tell you to find capacity below market rates? Attend the DAT User Conference October 17 to 19 in Portland, Oregon and find out. Here's a sample of other tips you'll go home with.

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Aug 11

You've posted a load and have just received a call from what seems to be the perfect match. The only problem: you've never used this carrier before. And by the time you check his DOT authority, FMCSA info, and track down his insurance certificate, he’ll be on to a different load. That's where DAT CarrierWatch® comes in.

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Aug 10

Van and reefer rates were mostly in a holding pattern last week. The national averages for both stayed the same as the previous week, despite the fact that fuel surcharges declined by 1¢.

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46 Aug 09

When a shipper or receiver detains a truck, it can ruin a driver's work week. The freight broker is rarely involved, but the broker is the carrier’s customer and the first point of contact when something goes wrong. When carriers and brokers work together effectively, they can help reduce excess detention and its impact.

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Aug 04

Spot market freight showed signs of renewed life last week, even though rates slipped lower compared to the week before last. Average van rates were higher in July than in June, which is not the usual trend. Flatbed rates peaked at the beginning of July and then dropped down, as a national average, but rates are up for outbound loads from Southeastern freight markets.

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16 Jul 29

The American Transportation Research Institute recently posted its yearly survey of the most critical issues facing the trucking industry. In it, they offer a list of 29 issues that “have been identified as the top industry issues for 2016 by industry professionals.” Survey participants are asked to choose the three most important issues facing their businesses.

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Jul 28

National average rates are sliding for vans and reefers. A downturn in July is a normal seasonal trend on the spot market, but it can be followed by a rebound in August and September, as retailers stock up on last-minute supplies, clothing, and fresh food for back-to-school season.

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Jul 27

In the freight brokerage business, time is money. The more loads you move in a day, the more money you earn. How can you move more loads in a day? You’ll find out at the first-ever DAT User Conference, set for Oct. 17-19 in Portland, Oregon.

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