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.
May 09

Rob LaForte's holiday break didn't last long. On the first morning of the break, he received a call from one of his brokers who had gone into the office to access carrier information for a load that was on the move. The broker couldn't open the carrier's file—or any other file.

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3 May 02

While the average load-to-truck ratio in April was 3.5 for vans and 6.6 for reefers, the flatbed load-to-truck ratio was 43.7 loads per truck! That’s the highest monthly load-truck-ratio we've seen in years.

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Apr 24

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) this month updated two of its key publications for freight brokers. The updates reflect FMCSA regulatory changes and the new food safety rules that began earlier this month.

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Apr 20

DAT's customer support team is a finalist in the 2017 ICMI Global Contact Center Awards Program. DAT is one of four finalists in the Best Small Contact Center category, for centers with 75 or fewer customer service agents. Winners will be announced May 23.

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Apr 06

DAT has launched a new benchmarking service for freight brokers that provides a level of detail found nowhere else in the industry. DAT Broker Benchmarking is a monthly report that provides detailed financial analysis of a brokerage’s performance, and compares that data to other brokerages across the country.

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4 Apr 05

Two-and-a-half years ago, Arrive Logistics launched its business with 10 employees and a business model that puts carriers first. Today they're among the top 40 non-asset-based freight brokerages in the country.

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Mar 29

New rules regarding the safe transportation of food will go into effect April 6 for large carriers, brokers and shippers. The new rules, set by the FDA, are intended to keep food safe from contamination during transportation. See if your company must comply this year, or if you have one more year to comply.

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1 Mar 07

A number of trucking publications have reported this week that the more restrictive hours of service restart rules—put in place in July 2013 and suspended in December 2014—will be permanently eliminated.

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1 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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1 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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