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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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Volumes are up in 2019, but not rates. Here's why.

Although rates have dropped considerably from record levels in 2018, spot market freight volume — actual loads moved — was higher in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Read More

5 reasons to attend the DAT user conference

DATCON19 is an exclusive event created for DAT's broker customers. Uncover new and more efficient ways to unlock intel on the latest business trends, and discover tips and tricks to get the most from your DAT products. Read More

Broker Bond: Special rate for DAT customers

The majority of freight brokers have bonds that are up for renewal on October 1. If you're paying too much for your broker bond now, check out Integro Insurance, with a special discount for DAT customers. Read More

TIA offers courses for new freight brokers

Here's the quickest and easiest way to get new employees up to speed on the ins and outs of the transportation industry. Read More

Reefer rates cool down following holiday

Rates were mostly down in the reefer markets in the second week of July. Unlike van freight however, reefer volumes were slow to resume. Read More

Reefer freight hits its stride as summer produce arrives

After a slow start, reefer freight is finally hitting its stride. We've seen a uptick in both rates and freight volumes the past two weeks. The Midwest is leading the way, as summer produce is finally moving. Read More

Reefer volumes peak in pre-holiday push

The run-up to the 4th of July holiday brought increased demand for refrigerated truckload shipments, and reefer freight volumes hit their peak. Read More

Southeast is hot for flatbeds

While van prices have remained fairly stable in the past couple weeks, we've seen some huge swings in the flatbed market. Rates have surged in certain lanes and regions of the country, while rates have plummeting in other lanes and regions. In general, the winner has been the Southeast, while the Midwest has stalled. The… Read More

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

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