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24 Apr 20

National average rates dropped again last week, but all equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Why? Load availability was up in the largest van freight markets, accompanied by a big increase in reefer freight movements. Flatbed is also gaining strength, especially in the Southeast and South Central regions.

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Apr 20

If you use the DAT Trucker mobile app for Android, you probably noticed some big changes recently. We redesigned the app to work the same way that most other mapping apps do, but now DAT Trucker lets drivers find what they need faster and easier and faster. Based on your location, you can find truck stops, rest areas, fuel prices, Walmarts, nearby loads, truck-friendly hotels and more.

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Apr 15

Van spot market volume got a big boost at the end of March, when shippers were rushing to move inventory before closing the books on Q1. The markets have adjusted since then, but demand for trucks has stayed relatively strong in the Sun Belt. In fact, three of the top four markets for load posts this month are in the Southeast.

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Apr 13

National average rates fell a few cents for vans and reefers last week, after an end-of-quarter spike in the previous week. Loads are readily available for vans in the Southeast, and reefer demand is building in California. Rates may turn around this week and next, so keep an eye on the latest trends, and jump on new opportunities as they emerge.

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Apr 13


As they say in the London tube station: "Mind the gap." The gap between contract and spot rates is widening. That creates opportunities for freight brokers and 3PLs who take advantage of current market conditions, to compete effectively with big contract carriers.

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Apr 12

If you use the DAT Power load board, you have access to a powerful tool that will give you an idea of how hard or how expensive it might be to find a truck on any given day. See where this tool is located and how you can use it to your advantage.

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Apr 08

If you need a little extra help finding a truck to cover a load, the DAT Extended Network is a great way to reach drivers where they are—on the road. Using DAT's mobile app for drivers, DAT Trucker, drivers can see loads within a certain radius of their current location.

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4 Mar 30

Trucking can be a tough business. You work hard, your costs are high, and you don't have a lot of control over the rates. You can still make good money, especially if you plan your roundtrips in advance. Here are four tips for route planning, plus a couple of examples, to get you started.


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Mar 23

Van rates are rising, and demand is heating up in Memphis and Charlotte. For reefers, Florida is entering produce season, with increased volume and rates out of Lakeland and Miami. Trends are positive for both trailer types in the Southeast, adding to pressure on rates out of Atlanta, currently the top source for spot market loads.

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2 Mar 15

Freight markets are heating up in the Sun Belt. Although van and flatbed rates lost 1¢ per mile last week as a national average, underlying trends were strong. Freight volume and rates rose for flatbeds in the Southwest and a handful of Southeastern markets. Reefer rates are also warming up, as produce season gets underway in parts of California, Florida and Texas.

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