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Jun 30

Van freight was a little quiet last week, but a rebound should be underway now, to close the second quarter on a high note. Reefer freight volume should get a boost too, due to last-minute demand for fresh food, ahead of the July 4th weekend. Flatbed markets are still pretty subdued.

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Jun 26

The Panama Canal opened a new lane for larger ships on Sunday, and East Coast ports have been expanding in efforts to attract Asian imports that would otherwise arrive on the West Coast. South Carolina freight markets have already gotten a boost, thanks to the expansion.

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Jun 23

Shippers are singing a Merle Haggard classic this week, to their van and reefer BFFs: "L.A. traffic is bad this time of year, but there's a friend of yours in California sure wishes you were here." Load-to-truck ratios are way up in the Golden State for vans and reefers, and there are more loads available there right now than in any state except Texas and Georgia.


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13 Jun 14

Employers have just six months to comply with new overtime rules from the U.S. Department of Labor. The new rules will make millions of currently-exempt employees eligible for overtime. See how the new rules are causing havoc at one freight brokerage.

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Jun 14

Prices surged in the major van markets last week, during the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz. We've see rates rise in the past during Roadcheck week. A lot of truckers prefer to take those days off, and others lost time because of the inspections.

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2 Jun 10

DAT just launched a transportation management system that's designed specifically for entry-level freight brokers. If you're looking for a TMS that's affordable and easy to learn, this could be the solution for you.

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Jun 08

When you hire a new broker, how long does it take to get him or her up to speed — to become a productive, revenue-generating part of your team? What if you could compress that learning curve? That's why we created the first-ever DAT User Conference, set for Oct. 17-19 in Portland, Oregon.

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2 Jun 07

It's not uncommon for us to see a slump in rates after Memorial Day, but that wasn’t the case last week. Spot market rates continued their upward trend after the holiday, and retail shipments boosted prices on a few lanes.

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8 Jun 07

Your payroll expenses might take a big hit this December. That’s when a new law will change how overtime pay works. If you have any back-office employees who are salaried, there’s a good chance the new law will affect your business. There are four major decisions you'll have to make in order to stay compliant.

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3 Jun 07

Do you have shipper customers who need to move more freight than you can service with the current size of your fleet? You could buy more trucks to move that extra freight, but adding a brokerage is another option.

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