4 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

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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Apr 03

The collapse of a section of a bridge section on I-85 just north of Atlanta was startling for two reasons: no injuries were reported, and its impact on spot market truckload freight has been and will be minimal.

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3 Feb 28

At the beginning of the year, Mark Montague declared that the freight recession was over. Not long after that, we slid into the slow season for freight, with a steady decline in van and reefer rates for several weeks now. That's left a lot of people wondering whether or not the freight recession really is over.

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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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12 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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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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12 Dec 30

Regulations, rates, HOS, parking -- what's your top concern about the trucking industry heading into the new year?

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Dec 22

For all of you DAT blog readers, here is a list of this year's Top 10 blog posts on the DAT Freight Talk blog, ranked by the number of readers per blog post. ICYMI.

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