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9 Jul 22

It’s not often that trucking regulations generate debate beyond the inner-circle of those who make their living in the industry. But new hours of service rules that took effect July 1, 2013 have gained national attention a year after they were implemented. Recently, the issue of how many hours a trucker should drive was catapulted onto the national stage. Here are some of the highlights in the HOS debate:

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Jul 21

Where can reefer fleets find high-paying freight in late summer? July typically brings declining rates nationwide for temperature-controlled freight, but some reefer markets are just beginning to heat up. Truckers can harness historical trends and this year's crop reports to find hot markets, design the most profitable round-trips, and connect with your new favorite load providers.

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Jul 16

Freight availability and rates declined on the spot market last week, which is totally normal for the month of July. Demand is still extraordinarily high, however, and truckload capacity is tight. Rates remain elevated, and we may even see another peak before the end of Q3.

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1 Jul 16

In his 20 years as a Yankee, Derek Jeter has been a model of performance and professionalism. He has broken records, led his team to five World Championships, and last night he went 2-for-2 in his 14th and final All-Star game. So why does Derek Jeter remind me of the trucking industry?

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1 Jul 11

A new labor contract for dockworkers is still up in the air, and the uncertainty has led to increased container traffic at 30 West Coast ports. Shippers reported accelerating delivery schedules for Asian imports to prevent the supply chain risk associated with a potential strike.


A new report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) describes a 6.6% increase in containers in May, and an estimated 7.6% boost in June, compared to the same months in 2013. A work stoppage could cost the U.S. economy as much as $2 billion per day.


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Jul 11

If you’re already using transportation management software (TMS), you know how it improves efficiency and speeds up common tasks involved in running a brokerage.

What you may not know is how much more productive you could be by integrating load boards and other essential functions into your TMS. Even brokers who use sophisticated TMS systems often spend much of their day in other software programs and websites: posting loads on load boards, verifying carrier’s qualifications, or researching rates.

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Jul 08

Rates rocketed up last week for all equipment types. Atypical demand resulted from a mix of factors, including the end of the quarter, the short work week and the perishable nature of holiday food and merchandise. The threat of a port strike may have also contributed to pressure on rates, as shippers accelerated import schedules to ensure on-time arrival of time-sensitive merchandise.


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Jul 07

With capacity tightening, brokers know how important it is to maintain a good reputation with carriers. One way to build that reputation is by having positive reviews in our Company Reviews feature, which launched in February. How can you build your positive reviews? One way is to request reviews from carriers who have been satisfied with your work. It's easy to request a review. You can do it from within your load board software.

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Jul 01

Freight was widely available at the end of the quarter, and demand continued to be strong in the first few days of July. Rates rose in every region of the country, as exemplified by five key markets: L.A., Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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1 Jun 25

Rates are elevated, to record-breaking highs, but truckload capacity is still widely available. Shortages may be severe, but they are mostly localized. Examples include a scarcity of outbound flatbeds in Memphis and reefers in southern Georgia. Elsewhere, trucks can be found. They just cost more.

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