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Sep 23


Freight availability and rates peaked early in September, but we may see another surge before the third quarter ends on Tuesday. Late summer harvests add to the pressure on reefer and van rates in the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest.


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Sep 18

DAT and Real Women in Trucking are proud to support the mission of Samaritan’s Feet to deliver pairs of shoes to children in need around the world. This is a charitable opportunity for trucking companies in the DAT Extended Network to volunteer to move truckloads of shoes to support Samaritan’s Feet and transform children’s lives.

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4 Sep 15

Liability insurance is one of the biggest fixed expenses facing any trucking company, so raising the minimum could have a drastic effect, especially on owner-operators.Unlike the broker bond, which increased to $75,000 last year, the insurance minimum is tied to equipment. Carriers have to pay insurance premiums for each truck while brokers secure one bond to cover the entire business.

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Sep 09

As capacity tightens and freight volumes on the spot market increase, brokers and 3PLs are looking for new ways to secure tracks. One way is to tap the DAT Extended Network, which reaches 110,000 users of our free mobile app, MyDAT® Trucker. The 110,000 users comprise owner-operators, leased-on drivers, and commercial fleet drivers as well as private fleets looking to fill their trucks on the way home.

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1 Sep 08

DAT employees spent a sunny Saturday climbing, crawling, jumping, running and slithering through a challenging obstacle course to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Here's what they looked like before the race began, in their nice, clean "DAT's how we roll" t-shirts. Click to check out the "after" picture, too!

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Sep 04

Like many other brokerages, Carrier Services of Tennessee was hit hard by the recession that began in 2008. That year, the 21-year-old company laid off more than half its brokers—downsizing from 11 brokers to 5. Turning to technology--including DAT Keypoint TMS integrated with DAT Load Boards and DAT CarrierWatch--the company was able to double revenue with half the staff within three years.

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1 Aug 26

The economy is back on track, and growth is solid in key sectors that generate a lot of freight: durable goods, imports, exports, housing and energy. Meanwhile, the capacity crunch is here to stay, so truckload rates are likely to remain high for the foreseeable future.

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Aug 22

I recently read an article on handling online reviews and it is so appropriate for our marketplace that I thought I would summarize a few key takeaways. The article emphasizes how absolutely essential it is to manage your on-line reputation. It quotes a study that reports that 88% of consumers surveyed said that they read reviews to size up a local business, and 67% of those said that they read up to six reviews to fully assess the business.

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Aug 20

You just spotted a load in DAT load boards with a great rate. It’s nearby and the destination fits with your schedule and equipment type. The only problem: the backhaul rate won’t even cover your costs. You know you could probably research an alternative route home that pays better, but who has time to do that? Let DAT help. Starting this month, we’re including our TriHaul™ tool free to users of DAT Express™ for carriers. TriHaul helps get you home with more money in your pocket.

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Aug 20

Wouldn’t it be great if an oil company mailed you a check for $565 each year? That’s not likely. However, DAT offers a free mobile app that could save you that much and more, just by finding the cheapest nearby fuel. The Fuel Prices function on the MyDAT® Trucker mobile app uses GPS to locate the nearest truck stops and lists current prices, distance to the truck stop and a list of amenities offered.

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