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Mark Montague

As a mathematician and statistician, Mark Montague has spent decades developing and implementing consistent, market-driven rate structures for transportation companies. Mark was instrumental in developing the dynamic, spot market rates database and analysis tools in DAT RateView (formerly Truckload Rate Index.). Prior to joining DAT in 2009, Mark applied his expertise in logistics, rates and routing as a logistics manager and analyst for carriers, 3PLs and shippers. Mark holds an MBA in Transportation Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Van demand falls as Hurricane Dorian fades

After rising before and during Hurricane Dorian's arrival, van load-to-truck ratios took a step down last week. Read More

Hurricane disrupts supply chains, increases rates

The approaching hurricane tightened capacity and boosted rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds.  Read More

Truckload markets spring into action ahead of Hurricane Dorian

There was already urgency built into last week due to the upcoming 3-day Labor Day weekend… Read More

Van rates fall after 4th of July

It's typical for rates to fall after the Fourth of July, and this year was no different. Read More

Van rates ride high through Independence Day

Independence Day fell on a Thursday this year, so there were many people who took Friday off as well. Read More

Van rates hit highest mark since January

June freight volumes finished the month strong, and rates responded to close Q2. Read More

Contract rates are up compared to 2018, but for how long?

This year's truckload spot market rates have fallen well short of the heights set in 2018… Read More

Why are truckload spot rates lower than last year?

June freight volumes have been rising the past two weeks. Read More

June freight could set the tone for rest of year

It's no secret that truckload rates aren't where they were a year ago. Read More

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

I got started early in candy logistics. After I got my MBA in transportation, I managed a fleet based in Melrose Park,… Read More

Truckload spot and contract rates tell different stories

There are really two truckload rate stories this year. For one, spot market rates have declined sharply this fall. In the… Read More

Lack of pipeline capacity slowing freight in West Texas

Pipeline capacity issues in West Texas have had a carryover impact into the freight marketplace. We have seen a slowing… Read More


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