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Sep 04

Docket numbers, including MC numbers, are being discontinued. Beginning October 23, only USDOT numbers will be used to identify transportation and logistics companies in the new Unified Registration System, a single clearinghouse for information on motor carriers. What does this mean for your company?

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Sep 02

Van freight availability rebounded 3% on the spot market last week, and truck posts increased 2%. Some individual markets offered a lot of loads, and trucks were relatively scarce, creating opportunities in Southern and Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Southern Idaho, much of Wisconsin and Indiana, and Western Pennsylvania.

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Aug 31

How should a freight brokerage sustain and measure business growth, especially in a dynamic market? The best growth metrics are the ones you can control. To get an accurate, actionable picture of your company’s growth path, you'll want to measure this one indicator that combines sales success with employee productivity.

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Aug 28

Samsung invented a combination of a dashboard camera and display mounted on the back of a van trailer. The "Safety Truck" enables drivers behind the truck to see a live video feed of the road ahead. Samsung's system can help to prevent accidents that can occur when drivers attempt to pass big trucks.

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Aug 26


Flatbed freight availability dropped 13% on the spot market last week, and rates are on a plateau, averaging $2.07 per mile nationwide. There are a few bright spots on the map, however, as well as opportunities for truckers to make extra money with creative selection of loads and routes.

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6 Aug 24

When fuel prices are low, your costs go down. This is good. But all-in spot market rates have also gone down because of lower fuel surcharges. Couple the lower rates with less availability of freight due to the slow-down in the oil and gas segment, and many smaller carriers are finding current conditions challenging.

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1 Aug 24

I get asked a lot of questions about the spot market rates you see when you’re searching for loads on the DAT load boards, so I've compiled a list and answered some of the most common ones.

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2 Aug 21

DAT Solutions is all about creating products that help you work more efficiently and profitably. We want to work within your Transportation Management System (TMS) to allow you to seamlessly post loads, search for loads, check current freight rates, validate carriers, and more. To help us help you, we need to know what TMS you use.

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Aug 20

Freight volume increased slightly for vans on the spot market last week, but truckload capacity increased more, so the national average load-to-truck ratio edged down from 1.9 to 1.8 loads per truck on DAT Load Boards. Freight availability declined most sharply in the Midwest and California, but a few individual markets offered a lot of loads and trucks were scarce.



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Aug 13


Rates moved in the opposite direction from load-to-truck ratios last week. Van and reefer rates declined while load volume and ratios for those equipment types increased. For flatbeds, rates rose while volume and ratio declined. Typically, these trends go together: demand goes up and rates follow. So what's going on?

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