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Dean Croke

Dean Croke is principal analyst for DAT iQ, the freight data and analytics operation at DAT. He brings 35 years of experience in the fields of data science, supply chain management, logistics, risk management and human performance. For the latest market updates, follow @LoadBoards on Twitter.

Home purchase indicators bode well for flatbed freight

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), which is a good indicator of demand for flatbed carriers… Read More

Winter and import produce drive reefer demand

Late-season and long-lasting apples are shipping from the Grand Rapids, MI, market… Read More

Imports continue to create dry van demand

Port congestion on the West Coast in 2020 pushed import volumes farther east and closer to major population centers on the… Read More

West Coast port congestion creates a ripple effects for freight

Truckload capacity is tight and expected to get tighter… Read More

Manufacturing gains add to van volumes

Dry van load post volumes on the DAT network increased 7% last week and are now up 121% year over year. Read More

Flatbed volumes ride the residential building boom

Flatbed load and equipment posts on the DAT network each increased 2% last week, leaving the national average flatbed… Read More

Reefer activity heats up with cold weather, produce shipments 

The number of spot reefer load posts on the DAT network increased 13% last week with very little change in truck posts.… Read More

Flatbed rates prove resilient through winter

There’s a Groundhog Day theme to the national average flatbed spot rate… Read More

Winter storm leads to more temp-controlled truckload freight

Last week’s invasion of freezing Arctic air delivered the first subzero temperatures to cities across the Plains and Midwest… Read More

Dry van demand got mid-winter boost

The U.S. Bank National Shipment and Spend Indexes both posted gains during the final quarter of 2020… Read More

How Valentine's Day freight can be a thorn in the side of some carriers

This week is the peak shipping week for flowers ahead of Valentine's Day, and most of the activity is centered on Miami… Read More

Home construction offers clues for flatbed trends

For flatbed carriers looking to gauge future demand in the building and construction industry… Read More


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