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Peggy Dorf

Peggy joined DAT in 2008 as a writer and market analyst. She was instrumental in developing DAT Trendlines, and she writes extensively about the impact of economic trends on companies and individuals in transportation and logistics. Peggy is a Certified Transportation Broker with decades of experience in technology marketing and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Christmas tree shortage? Blame it on the recession...of 2008

Christmas trees are in short supply all over the country. Read More

Brokerage profits grow as revenues decline in Q3

2019 was a mixed bag for brokers, and Q3 was no different. Read More

Revenues retreat for freight brokers in Q2 compared to 2018

During the second quarter of 2019, freight brokers enjoyed their highest margins in two years. Read More

Backhaul vs deadhead: What’s the tipping point?

When you can’t find a high-paying load, would you accept a low rate to avoid driving empty? Read More

How a 3PL managed one of the worst hurricane seasons

In a normal hurricane season, there would be about 13 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean from June through November. Read More

Roadcheck is over, but some van rates keep climbing

Summer freight is on its way, just as spring has finally sprung -- and it’s not all about Roadcheck.  The… Read More

Freight Forecast: More boom less gloom

Are we really on the brink of a freight recession? I've seen countless gloom-and-doom forecasts and… Read More

Brokers improve net profits despite lower revenue

Freight brokers enjoyed gross margins of 16% in the first quarter… Read More

Winter storms bring rapid changes to freight markets

Last week's Arctic weather stalled freight movement in and out of key markets in the Midwest. But the storm passed in… Read More

Few hot spots remain for reefers

Expect a rush of reefer demand this week in areas hit by sub-zero temperatures, as shippers attempt to prevent sensitive… Read More

Spot Van Rates Drift Down as Winter Takes Hold

Van spot rates fell to $2.00 per mile for the month to-date, in a typical seasonal slump. Spot freight volume hasn’t… Read More

Freight rates slide in winter slump

Tis the season for falling rates. As we move deeper into the slow season, rates are drifting in their typical seasonal… Read More


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