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2 Jul 22

Most DAT Load Boards include spot market rates for the lanes you’re searching. That rate isn’t always what the broker quotes when you make a call, though. Aside from the broker just trying to increase his or her profit margins, here are three reasons why you might have been quoted a different rate.

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2 Jul 22

Thinking about starting your own business? There are a lot of upfront costs associated with getting your motor carrier authority, not to mention the maze of regulations. To help you decide whether or not to take the plunge, I’ve listed some of the hoops you’ll have to jump through to give you an idea of what it’ll cost to start your own trucking company.

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3 Jul 21

The typical July lull is under way, and spot market rates are drifting down, at least for the next few weeks. Luckily, the retail freight season should ramp up shortly after that. Meanwhile, there are still a few hot markets for van loads in July.

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4 Jul 20

If you own or manage a freight brokerage, you’re keenly aware of all the expenses associated with running the business. But do your employees know how much you spend for payroll, benefits, rent, taxes, etc.—and does it matter? Many successful brokerage owners believe that their employees need to understand how their company makes money.

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Jul 20

When you quote a rate to a shipper, what references do you use to ensure that your prices are not too high or too low? I recently talked to a freight broker who works as an agent for a large 3PL, and he told me that before quoting a price to a customer, he always does three things: 1. He checks the ratio of load postings vs. truck postings for the lane to see how difficult it will be to get a truck. 2. He relies on his 20 years...

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Jul 17

Last year DAT Solutions launched a new feature called Company Reviews. It gives members of the DAT network—carriers, brokers and shippers—the ability to rate and review companies they’ve worked with. As with any review site, the more reviews we have, the more helpful it will be to our customers. So, for a limited time, we’re offering a free Starbucks card if you write a review.

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Jul 15

The typical July lull has begun, and large fleets have enough capacity this year to handle most exception freight in the off-season. Spot market rates are drifting down, at least for the next few weeks.

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2 Jun 15

When calling on a load or bidding on RFPs, you need to have reliable pricing information for those lanes. If you run the same lanes every day, that’s no problem. But if you’re running on a less familiar lane, or if the market conditions are up-and-down, you need to know what the going rates are so you can get the best price for your trucks.

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Jun 10


When River Place Logistics of Raleigh, North Carolina, launched in 2009, the founders encountered a problem they hadn't anticipated—the credit crunch that followed the financial crisis. The bank required the four principals to put up their houses as collateral for a loan. But the foursome weren’t worried, thanks to a combined total of 75 years in the transportation business.

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1 Jun 10

New carriers sometimes find negotiations intimidating and want to know what to expect before they call a broker, so I've collected some tips from my 30-plus years of experience doing everything from dispatch for carriers to pricing for brokers.

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