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Jul 29

The American Transportation Research Institute recently posted its yearly survey of the most critical issues facing the trucking industry. In it, they offer a list of 29 issues that “have been identified as the top industry issues for 2016 by industry professionals.” Survey participants are asked to choose the three most important issues facing their businesses.

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Jul 28

National average rates are sliding for vans and reefers. A downturn in July is a normal seasonal trend on the spot market, but it can be followed by a rebound in August and September, as retailers stock up on last-minute supplies, clothing, and fresh food for back-to-school season.

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Jul 27

In the freight brokerage business, time is money. The more loads you move in a day, the more money you earn. How can you move more loads in a day? You’ll find out at the first-ever DAT User Conference, set for Oct. 17-19 in Portland, Oregon.

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Jul 21


The typical July lull began last week, which is a little later than expected. Load availability and rates dropped from the previous week, but rates are still well above June averages for van and reefer freight. There’s a geographic shift in progress now, too, with fewer loads and declining rates in the states that are furthest to the south, and an increase in activity just a little farther to the north.

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1 Jul 20

Today the FMCSA announced that it will again delay implementation of its Unified Registration System (URS). This new registration system will do away with MC numbers, relying on USDOT numbers as the sole identifier for carriers, brokers and other entities required to register with the FMCSA.

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36 Jul 19

"Detention is killing us." That pretty much sums up how carriers feel about driver detention, as related in a recent DAT survey. Read the full survey and see how the issue of driver detention is viewed differently by carriers and freight brokers.

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Jul 18

The early-bird registration deadline for the first-ever DAT User Conference is just days away. Register before August 1 at the early-bird price of $600 and save $250. After August 1, the price goes up to $850.

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1 Jul 15

Rates typically drop after July 4th, but that wasn’t the case last week. Some truckers may have taken an extended holiday, which made it harder for shippers and brokers to find trucks last week – or it could be a signal of an improvement in the freight market.

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45 Jul 12

Most drivers spend 3 to 4 hours waiting to get loaded or unloaded. That’s according to a DAT survey of 257 carriers and owner-operators, with 54% of them saying that's the average amount of time they spend at a shipper’s dock. You don’t have to crunch a lot of numbers to figure out how that’s bad for business.

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Jul 07

There were lots of loads moving at higher rates last week, especially for vans and reefers. Last week included the end of the quarter, as well as the last few business days before a holiday weekend, so the increased demand wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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