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Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan is the editor of DAT Carrier News. He has more than 10 years of journalism experience.

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What are Trucking Freight Futures?

Trucking is undergoing a transformation, as new technologies, e-commerce, ELDs, and economic growth reshape the supply chain landscape and add volatility to the mix. That volatility exposes motor carriers, freight brokerages, 3PLs, and shippers to more risk. That's where the first-ever Trucking Freight Futures exchange comes in. Launched in March, the exchange was created by… Read More

How much lower will freight rates fall?

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter, but there are signs that rates could thaw soon. The good news is that volumes have been firming up this month. On the top 100 van lanes, February volumes so far have outpaced both 2017 and… Read More

Extra capacity takes a bite out of prices

A lot of us in the trucking industry had to do something last week that we haven't had to do in a while — work a full, five-day week. Of course, for a lot of trucking companies, the work week can easily last six or seven days, but either way, one thing that the activity on the DAT Load Board told us last week was that pretty much everyone was back to working full… Read More

2018: Year of the ELD

ELDs ruled everything around us in 2018. The topic dominated our list of most-read stories, and the mandate was central to most of the trends that played out in the freight industry last year. But before 2018…there was 2017. And in 2017, there was plenty of speculation about what would happen in mandate’s aftermath. Here’s a look at… Read More

Top 10 markets for freight in 2018

Rankings based on transaction data in DAT RateView What do you get when you combine an economy that's growing like gangbusters and a truck shortage? That'd be 2018. The surge in truckload demand led to record-high rates last year, as freight brokers and… Read More

Flatbed freight regains footing in December

Flatbed carriers didn't hear a lot of good news in the second half of 2018. After the spikes we saw early in the year, prices started a slow and steady decline that lasted for months. That changed in December, as prices reversed course at a time when business is usually slow for flatbed carriers. And the price increase took hold even as lower diesel prices chip away at fuel surcharges. Meantime, it also looks like slowness in the oil… Read More

December van rates broke a 6-year streak

For the first time since 2012, the national average van rate was lower in December than it was in November. While this past December might have been slower than expected, 2018 ended much the same way it started: Not enough trucks to keep up with demand.Less freight moved last week, as businesses shut down for Christmas. But for the loads that did need to… Read More

Christmas came calling for reefer carriers

Shippers had plenty of last-minute freight to deliver before Christmas, and that stopped the slow slide we had been seeing in reefer freight. The demand for fresh food before the holiday pushed volumes up 7% last week, which boosted rates on most of the high-traffic reefer lanes.Those increases could be short-lived, though. Now that the urgency surrounding the holiday is gone, capacity will likely loosen as major… Read More

Did Santa save on shipping this year?

A year ago, the spot market was a much more volatile place. Demand was soaring for retail freight, and the ELD mandate that had just taken effect led to a major capacity crunch. Amid all that uncertainly, shipping rates skyrocketed, and it got even crazier in the month to follow.That's worth mentioning because this has felt like a down December. Rates spiked early in the month, but load counts have been in a slow decline ever since.… Read More

What happened to peak season?

In recent years, there's been a spike in spot market rates in December. That hasn't happened so far in 2018. Prices could still go up if there's a capacity crunch around the holidays or if winter weather disrupts supply chains. But for the time being, rates are going the opposite direction.Dry van pricing and activity continues to slow as we creep closer to winter. On the top 100 van lanes, rates fell on 62 of them. … Read More

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