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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.

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3 truck-finding hacks for freight brokers

You may not have a problem getting carriers to cover a load, but every freight broker occasionally hits the wall with those hard-to-book shipments. Maybe the shipper requires a less common trailer type, or maybe the load is going into or coming out of a less desirable location. If you've posted a load onto the DAT load board and carriers haven't responded, try these 3 truck-finding… Read More

California and Texas driving reefer demand

Just as we saw with van freight, reefer rates and load-to-truck ratios cooled down last week after rising sharply the previous week due to the International Roadcheck inspection blitz. On the other hand, reefer freight volumes were up 20% compared to the previous week. Produce season is on, and we saw big volume increases coming out of both California and Texas. Although the national reefer load-to-truck ratio was down 30% last week… Read More

Technology tackles trucking's parking problem

Few issues get truckers more worked up than the lack of available truck parking. But this year there's actually some good news to report. Eight Midwestern states launched the Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS), a coordinated effort by state DOTs that helps truckers locate safe, legal parking spaces at both public rest stops and private truck stops. Other states have their own… Read More

Van rates finally get a boost

For many motor carriers, June couldn't get here fast enough. This is typically the busiest time of the year for spot freight, and it brings in some of the highest rates of the year for trucking companies. Last week, prices increased on 90 of the top 100 van lanes, and on DAT load boards, there were more load posts than any other single week since last September. Of course, much of last week's jump in rates and load-to-truck ratios… Read More

Reefer rates growing as produce season arrives

What do you get when you combine produce season with International Roadcheck week? You guessed it: a jump in both rates and load-to-truck ratios. As we saw with van freight, reefers got a big bump last week. Many drivers stayed home rather than face inspections,… Read More

May ends quietly for reefers, but peak season awaits

Although van freight got a nice boost last week because of the shortened Memorial Day week, the news was a little less exciting for reefer carriers. Refrigerated food and beverages were already delivered in advance of the long weekend, and the month-end close is a big deal for vans, but not for reefers, at least not on the spot market. Scheduled… Read More

Flatbed report: Far cry from 2018, but bright spots remain

What a difference a year makes. Last year at the end of May there were about 90 flatbed load posts for every truck post, and the national average flatbed rate was $2.72 per mile. Last week we ended May with a load-to-truck ratio of 13 loads per truck and a national… Read More

Van rates finally pick up steam

Carriers have been waiting for good news for awhile now, and spot market rates finally started picking up steam last week. The Memorial Day holiday made for a shortened work week, which made for a tighter window for moving shipments before the end of the month. That pushed load-to-truck ratios higher, meaning shippers and brokers had a harder time finding available trucks. That helped push rates higher on 73 of the top 100 lanes.… Read More

10 things you need to know about Roadcheck 2019

The largest truck inspection blitz of the year is coming. For three days in June, enforcement officials will be conducting International Roadcheck at more than 1,500 roadside locations throughout North America. Here are 10 things you need to know: Need help finding a truck or a load during Roadcheck? DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace… Read More

Reefers get a boost ahead of Memorial Day

Reefer carriers finally got some good news last week. Demand for refrigerated trailers has been relatively soft this year, but shipments ahead of Memorial Day weekend pushed rates higher in many major markets and high-traffic lanes. That should also help van rates, since reefer carriers often compete for dry van loads when reefer demand is low. Last week the load-to-truck ratio was up 12% over the previous week, and the national… Read More

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