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Nov 26


Economic growth leads to more freight, which adds to pressure on truck and rail capacity. Experienced drivers are leaving the industry to find new job opportunities, just as the impact of regulatory changes is taking a bite out of recruitment and retention. Ports are backlogged, the weather is unpredictable. How can carriers, brokers and 3PLs price their services effectively, in such a changeable environment?

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Nov 20

Snow came early this year to the Midwest and Northeast, affecting pre-Thanksgiving transportation in a number of important freight hubs. Buffalo, NY was hardest hit. How does the "snowpocalypse" affect your freight rates?

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Nov 14

It’s time to park the notion that load boards are just for backhaul freight. This year, about 45% of all spot market rates on North American lanes tracked by DAT have been higher than contract rates because truck capacity has been so tight.We also found out in September that, of the 18,255 lanes within our 65,000-lane U.S. database that had roundtrips of 500 miles or more, 53 percent of the moves were headhaul. [More]

Nov 14

Early winter storms are reviving fears of a second Polar Vortex. If the weather gets ugly again this year, however, the impact on freight transportation will be different.

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17 Nov 14

The proposed rule to raise the minimum amount of insurance coverage required of carriers cleared another hurdle last month, but the path going forward really isn’t any clearer. The FMCSA submitted its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to the White House Office of Management and Budget, but the agency said that the notice still doesn’t include a dollar amount.

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6 Nov 07

Just as the industry is getting used to last year’s HOS rule that pushed up prices and decreased capacity, a new proposal to increase carrier insurance is moving its way through Washington. The FMCSA has submitted an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that recommends raising the limit, though it doesn't specify a dollar amount. See how this legislation is likely to affect brokers.

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Nov 06

When quoting a price to a shipper on an unfamiliar lane, it can be tricky to predict how much those trucks are going to cost you. Some industry players want you to rely on their rate guidance, but how do you know if those rates are trustworthy?

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Nov 05

Why are van rates always so high leaving Memphis? Trends in the Bluff City seem unremarkable at first glance, but a lane-by-lane analysis provides new insights into this important freight hub.

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Oct 22


Truckload rates have remained surprisingly stable for much of this year, despite seasonal fluctuations in the line haul portion and a steady decline in the fuel surcharge.

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Oct 15


RFP bid season is an annual ritual, but 2015 presents a unique opportunity for getting on a shipper's routing guide. Shippers are looking for capacity, high-level service, and predictable costs, but the capacity crunch isn't going away anytime soon. That's leveled the playing field in a lot of ways.

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