Recent Posts
2 May 19

I've been an owner-operator for six years, and I was a company driver before that. I have built great relationships with freight brokers, and we share advice and tips to be successful in the spot freight market. I think that most brokers don't realize what a huge impact ELDs will have on their business, starting only seven months from now. Here's what you need to know.

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May 17

You pride yourself on using the latest technology. Yet, when it comes to onboarding a new carrier, are you still using FAX technology from the 1980s? Here's a solution.


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May 17

Spot market van volumes have been fairly flat since March, but still well above last year's numbers. Last week was a mixed bag, though. The national average van rate was down, but the average on the top 100 lanes was up. In the South, volumes were up nearly 9% in Charlotte, but down 3% in Atlanta. In Texas, Houston volumes rose 5%, but were down 3% in Dallas.

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May 10

Rates typically decline on Tuesdays, because a higher percentage of trucks are returning from trips that started on Sunday or Monday. Whether you're a carrier or a broker, see how you can take advantage of "Backhaul Tuesday."

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May 10

Early May brought higher spot market rates for each trailer type. For vans and reefers, the national averages were the highest they've been since January. For flatbed, the national average was the highest it's been in nearly two years.

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May 09

Rob LaForte's holiday break didn't last long. On the first morning of the break, he received a call from one of his brokers who had gone into the office to access carrier information for a load that was on the move. The broker couldn't open the carrier's file—or any other file.

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1 May 04

This is an excellent time of the year to score some really high-paying loads, and to be the one who saves the day for your customer. I am getting excited, because it's been two years since we've seen such strong demand for trucks, and that demand is incredibly important when you get ready to hustle.

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5 May 02

The end of the month didn’t bring the upward bump that we typically see when shippers try to move goods before closing their books. Severe weather might have played a part, with storms and flooding across East Texas and many southern states.

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3 May 02

While the average load-to-truck ratio in April was 3.5 for vans and 6.6 for reefers, the flatbed load-to-truck ratio was 43.7 loads per truck! That’s the highest monthly load-truck-ratio we've seen in years.

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Apr 25

For van rates, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes on a week-to-week basis, but it’s been a slow, long-term trend. Trucks are still relatively easy to find in some parts of the country, which has put a speed limiter on rising rates.

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