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Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan joined DAT Freight & Analytics in 2014, covering topics for motor carriers, freight intermediaries and shippers. Prior to joining DAT, Matt spent more than 10 years in journalism as a writer and editor for the Anchorage Daily News, Nashville Scene and other publications.

Top 10 freight markets of 2020
Top 10 freight markets of 2020

The complications COVID-19 created for supply chains could be felt across all aspects of life in 2020, whether you were in the freight industry or shopping for groceries in a store with bare shelves. The public at large became much more aware of the types of problems that trucking and logistics professionals have been solving for decades.

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How Kingsgate reimagines logistics through innovation
How Kingsgate reimagines logistics through innovation

In a freight market where pricing, demand and capacity can all change overnight, it pays for transportation and logistics organizations to be nimble. For Cincinnati-based Kingsgate Logistics, that's led to an embrace technology, finding innovative ways to deliver speed and efficiency to their shipper customers.

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3 ways to avoid cargo scams
3 ways to avoid cargo scams

The trucking industry is the engine that keeps the American economy moving. Unfortunately, that also makes transportation companies occasional targets for scammers that are looking to steal from a $700 billion industry. Luckily, there are measures that motor carriers, freight brokers and 3PLs can take to protect themselves

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Retail shipments boost van rates
Retail shipments boost van rates

Spot market demand for dry van truckload shipments picked up steam again last week, with retail freight leading to tighter capacity and higher rates as we head into the Fourth of July.

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Van rates show signs of plateauing
Van rates show signs of plateauing

By and large, spring was not kind to carriers, so the higher rates we’ve been seeing in recent weeks are a welcome sign for trucking companies. If nothing else, this typical seasonal trend provides at least some piece of normality in what have otherwise been turbulent times for truckers.

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Truckload markets in recovery as recession becomes official
Truckload markets in recovery as recession becomes official

June couldn’t get here fast enough. Anyone close to transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic can tell you how steeply business dropped off. We’ve thankfully been rebounding in recent weeks, giving us some momentum as we shift into what’s usually a peak month on the truckload spot market. 

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Spot rates gain momentum heading into June
Spot rates gain momentum heading into June

Truckload markets have been on the rebound for the past three weeks, but the pace of recovery sped up last week. The combination of the shorter work week and the end of the month made truck capacity harder to find, which meant freight brokers and shippers paid more for truckload shipments.

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