PatPPat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.
Feb 24

California's weather—good or bad—has a major impact on truckload capacity. California supplies nearly 50% of the nation’s produce, and Ontario and Fresno were among the top 10 key market areas for reefer freight last year. See how drought and floods are affecting this area.

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Jan 18

DAT has updated its popular Zip Zone and Key Market Area wall map. It's a common sight on the walls in offices of both brokers and carriers, and it's free for the asking. See how you can get yours.

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10 Jan 17

Overall, 2016 was a year of relatively loose capacity. Don't count on the same for 2017. A number of looming factors could put a squeeze on capacity in the coming year. Here are five:

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2 Jan 16

Minnesota-based freight brokerage Volta Logistics launched in May of 2015 as a two-person team. Within 18 months, the company had grown to 12 employees. See what tools Volta uses to make that incredible growth possible.

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9 Dec 14

As of this week, the ELD mandate is one year away. And it's not just carriers who are concerned. Brokers worry that the ELD mandate will lead to reduced capacity and will take a bite out of profit margins.

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1 Dec 13

This year Austin Freight Systems celebrates its 20th anniversary. How can a freight brokerage get through the down times and survive to reach the 20-year milestone—especially when competition is fierce? The company's CEO offers these five tips.

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2 Nov 29

Ten days before the start date of sweeping new overtime rules, a U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction that puts the new rules on hold — at least for now.

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Oct 07

If you use the DAT Power load board, but have never clicked on the toolbox icon in the upper right-hand corner, you're missing out. Sometimes overlooked by users, the toolbox contains powerful features that can help you find capacity, vet carriers, and learn more about the latest rate trends.

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1 Oct 06

New overtime rules set to take effect on Dec. 1 are being challenged on multiple fronts. Recently, 21 states filed a lawsuit in Texas to stop implementation of the new rules, and the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to delay the rules for six months. Learn how the new rules will affect your business.

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49 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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