MarkMAs a mathematician and statistician, Mark Montague has spent decades developing and implementing consistent, market-driven rate structures for transportation companies. Mark was instrumental in developing the dynamic, spot market rates database and analysis tools in DAT RateView (formerly Truckload Rate Index.) Prior to joining DAT in 2009, Mark applied his expertise in logistics, rates and routing as a logistics manager and analyst for carriers, 3PLs and shippers. Mark holds an MBA in Transportation Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
May 10

Rates typically decline on Tuesdays, because a higher percentage of trucks are returning from trips that started on Sunday or Monday. Whether you're a carrier or a broker, see how you can take advantage of "Backhaul Tuesday."

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Apr 24

Liquefied natural gas production has been on the rise in the United States for the past decade, but recent investments could be a boon for the trucking industry.

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Apr 21

I was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the market conditions for trucking in Q1. There’s more cargo moving through the country right now, but pricing hasn’t moved up at the same pace. The paper noted the trend, citing data from DAT and interviews with carriers like J.B. Hunt and Swift.

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Mar 14

Winter Storm Stella has arrived, and roadway weather restrictions are in effect throughout the Northeast. If you're relatively new to the freight brokerage business, you may be asking, "How do I find capacity in a snowstorm?" Here are four tips.

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2 Feb 23

Current trends in freight can be explained by looking at the top ten contract markets by percentage of contract-spot mix. For the last six weeks, rates have been sliding on the spot market despite strong volumes. The culprit may well be weakness in contract markets in the Southwest region.

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9 Jan 02

The freight recession is over. An 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Freight volume and rates began to revive in May 2016, and year-over-year volume comparisons turned positive in August. Instead of tapering off after October, however, a boom market emerged for truckload transportation in November and December. What does it mean for 2017?


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2 Nov 08


In the first week of November, 64 region-to-region pairs had a rate increase of at least 6¢ per mile. The biggest rate increases were on lanes that originated in the West, heading to destinations along the East Coast.

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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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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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1 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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