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Mark Montague

Mark Montague recently retired as DAT's Industry Pricing Analyst. Mark worked for DAT for more than a decade and was instrumental in developing the spot market rates database and analysis tools in DAT RateView. Prior to joining DAT, 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.

Rates Rise Higher to Start April

At a meeting yesterday, my colleagues were asking where rates are headed in early April. This isn’t an easy thing to… Read More

Back to "Backhaul Tuesday"

Rates typically decline on Tuesdays… Read More

Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

<p>Current trends in freight can be explained by looking at the top ten contract markets by percentage of… Read More

Inbound Rates Rise for Louisiana Flood Relief

It's heartbreaking to see the news feeds and images from flood zones in and around Baton Rouge, LA. Read More

How to Survive a Buck-A-Mile Backhaul

<p>Four years ago, I wrote a blog post called The Death of the Buck-A-Mile Backhaul. Read More

Gap Widens Between Contract and Spot Market Freight Rates

Spot market freight was stuck in neutral for much of the third quarter, with some pockets of seasonal activity. Read More

6 Things Freight Brokers Love and Hate

<p>When negotiating with freight brokers, a little preparation and a brief discussion can help you to create a win-win. Read More

Energy Bubble Bursts; New Freight Markets Emerge

<p>Low gas and diesel prices have led U.S. oil companies to cancel new exploration and drilling. Read More

Expect Freight Rates to Rise in Holiday Season

Holiday retail sales are expected to grow by more than 4% compared to 2013… Read More

Truckload Rates May Not Trend Down for Long

Rates are down, but this is a typical trend for the month of July. A second peak may be on its way, however, so get ready. Read More

Tight Capacity Has Not Reached a Tipping Point...Yet

Capacity is tight, but trucks can still be found. Read More

Spot Market Freight Signals Economic Growth

Spot market rates exceeded contract rates paid to for-hire carriers in 45% of freight moves from mid-April to mid-May. Read More


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