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Oct 15


RFP bid season is an annual ritual, but 2015 presents a unique opportunity for getting on a shipper's routing guide. Shippers are looking for capacity, high-level service, and predictable costs, but the capacity crunch isn't going away anytime soon. That's leveled the playing field in a lot of ways.

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Oct 15

The best-paying loads don’t stay available for long, so you can’t always wait until you’re in front of a computer to find them. Luckily, DAT has plenty of options to keep you connected while you’re on the move.

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Oct 15


Bid season is right around the corner, with many shippers issuing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the coming year. Given the sustained increase in spot market rates we’ve seen this year – the result of a capacity crunch that doesn’t appear to be waning anytime soon – we’re expecting contract rates to follow suit in Q1. But will your pricing be too high? Are you leaving money on the table?

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Oct 14


Holiday retail sales are expected to grow by more than 4% compared to 2013, and transportation industry revenue is likely to increase even more. Shippers expect to pay a premium to move their peak season freight in the fourth quarter. Due to tight capacity, shippers also expect to rely increasingly on brokers to secure trucks.

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Oct 07

Based on customer feedback, we’ve added a new feature to Company Reviews that sends you an email alert when your company is reviewed in the DAT Directory. This will allow you to either congratulate your team for a job well done, or fix a problem early on. The email alert will tell you who wrote the review, the company the reviewer works for, the rating, and the subject line of the review. If your company has multiple offices, it will also tell you what office has been reviewed.

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Oct 06

Once again this year, DAT Solutions is doing its part to help support Wreaths Across America. Last year, DAT helped the organization coordinate the transportation of wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine, to distribution centers in the Midwest and on to the Western U.S. by posting major shipments on DAT Load Boards. More than 50 DAT customers helped the effort. This year we again need your help.

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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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