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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.

Warehouses at peak capacity struggle with demand

At this stage in the holiday shipping season… Read More

Christmas trees are on the move

Truckload capacity is already tight, but with such a short 35-day shipping season… Read More

Freight volumes are down this year, but it varies by industry

Last week we reported on several reliable and unbiased industry volume indices (ATA Truckload Tonnage… Read More

Preparing for trucking in winter

Now’s the time to prepare while the weather is favorable. Read More

The fast-moving CPG rollercoaster continues

This week… Read More

Localized capacity constraints create spot market ripple effects

Constraints on trucks and drivers continue to keep spot market truckload rates high… Read More

What to expect in Q4 for freight markets

As retailers get ready for the holiday shopping season… Read More

Truckload supply dictates price in imbalanced freight markets

Historically, increased spot market activity signaled higher overall truckload demand and tighter capacity. Read More

Changes in inventory strategies add new wrinkle to fall shipping season

Abandoning their lean-inventory strategy… Read More

Long-awaited Hours-of-Service (HoS) rule changes may be put on hold following a legal challenge filed last week

Late last week the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters… Read More

Divided consumer spending habits drive freight imbalances

In a lot of ways… Read More

Motor carriers are using lessons learned from 2018

While spot rates continue to spike, many motor carriers are making business decisions based on what they learned from… Read More


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