Recent Posts
Jul 25

It’s normal for spot market rates and volumes to slip this time of year, but load posts declined only 3% on DAT load boards last week. Rates also drifted down, but the national average rates for vans and flatbeds were still higher than the averages for the month of June.

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Jul 24

A local dumbbell is a roundtrip where the pick up point is near the driver's home, and the delivery destination is close enough that the driver can reload and return home on the same day. The goal is to turn this roundtrip into a dedicated, routine route, so the driver gets home every night.

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Jul 21


While volume increased last week on the top 100 lanes, rates started to move down. The holiday weekend was followed by big retail sales events, but the urgency finally gave way to a more typical summer pattern of declining rates in July.

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Jul 21

Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July. Instead, there were almost 50% more loads last week than the week before, and rates are holding up at the highest levels in two years.

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Jul 20

This month DAT celebrates its 10-year partnership with Triumph Business Capital. Triumph is the exclusive provider of factoring services for DAT, helping both carriers and brokers to get paid fast.

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2 Jul 19

Truckers will have until 2019 to install electronic logging devices (ELD) if newly proposed legislation becomes law. The ELD Extension Act was submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by Rep. Brian Babin (R, Texas) who announced the bill today.

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Jul 18

An independent financial research firm has developed a set of freight barometers based on data from DAT. The company says the barometers provide "predictive value in determining the magnitude and direction of trends in both spot and contract market rates, as well as predictive value for the overall economy."

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Jul 12

Reefer volumes were down during the first week in July, but that was to be expected. But load counts didn’t slip as much as vans during the short 4th of July week, with strong demand was strong on shorter hauls.

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Jul 12

Since the 4th of July landed on a Tuesday this year, a lot of people also took Monday off. That led to a quieter week on DAT load boards in terms of load and truck posts.

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2 Jul 11


The "automated brokerage" is the buzz in logistics circles, but until that happens, there are many ways to be a lot more efficient and a lot more productive—and a lot more profitable. The Power Basics course at the DAT User Conference is a good first step in learning how.

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