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19 May 20

When negotiating with freight brokers, a little preparation and a brief discussion can help you to create a win-win. Do your research, communicate your goals directly, and respect their time.

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May 20

Ever called on a load and found out that your fellow dispatcher already called about it? DAT Power is the only load board in the trucking industry with search tools for groups, which means that you can eliminate that redundant effort.

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3 May 20

The Hours of Service rules that were in effect in 2013 and 2014 hurt trucking companies economically, with fleet productivity reduced by 3% to 5%, and drivers losing from $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion in wages. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute now suggests that the rules also had a negative impact on safety.

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8 May 11

As fuel prices have fallen in recent months, energy-related freight also declined sharply from last year's boom. It's not clear which sector of the economy is poised to replace that volume for the balance of 2015. Right now, though, seasonal freight availability is shifting to the Southeast, and rates are trending up in that region.

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3 May 07

For years, carrier groups have opposed the online publication of CSA scores. Now, freight brokers are also calling for the removal of CSA scores from public view. Adding fuel to the fire is FMCSA’s release of a mobile app that makes it even easier for the public to view CSA scores.

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May 06

Freight brokers know that their ability to track loads gives them a competitive advantage. The only problem is that not all carriers have tracking devices. There are tracking apps for smart phones, but fewer than 40 percent of drivers have smart phones. Now there's a solution.

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Apr 23

DAT Trendlines - week ending April 18 2015


Freight loads are up, for-hire truck tonnage is up, the recession is over. So why are rates trending down? One reason is looser truckload capacity. Will the coming produce season give rates a boost?

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14 Apr 23

If you’re making a trip that’s more than 550 miles, it’ll likely take longer than a day. Since shorter haul lanes have higher rates per mile than longhaul traffic, it might be worth taking a look at alternative lanes on those long return trips.

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1 Apr 22

Changing seasons means changing freight markets. As truckload demand shifts across the country, some of the lanes that were paying headhaul rates just a few weeks ago have turned into backhauls. Those shifts also create new opportunities elsewhere. Here’s a look at some lanes in which the headhaul shifts or the freight demand moves from highly imbalanced to balanced.

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Apr 22

Even with diesel prices dropping, fuel is still one of the largest expenses for carriers. The better you’re able to control that cost, the more profitable your business will be. One of the easiest ways to manage fuel costs is using a fuel card rather than relying on a corporate credit card or cash for diesel purchases.

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