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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.

Spot Rates Edge Down From Record Highs, as Contract Rates Keep Rising

The national average van rate edged down to $2.30 per mile during the past week, which is only a penny lower than the… Read More

July Van Report: Spot rates fell. Contract rates rose

July has historically been a quiet month for trucking freight. Not so, this year. The national average van rate was $2.29… Read More

GDP growth is no surprise if you watch trucking trends

I woke up this morning to a news alert on my phone: U.S. GDP grew at 4.1% in the second quarter. I was not… Read More

Reefer rates lose traction in California heat wave

Spot rates are trending down for reefer freight, due to hot weather in Southern California. Temperatures in the “fry… Read More

Van rates skyrocket over July 4th week

Van rates hit $2.32 per mile at the end of June, a new record, only to skyrocket to the stratosphere during the 4th of… Read More

Van Rates Edge Up as Load-to-Truck Ratio Declines

Van rates edged up another penny last week, to $2.31 per mile for the month to-date. Yet the national average… Read More

Trade War? "Watch Transport Stocks" Says Broughton

Will the recent tariffs lead to a full-blown trade war? Not so fast, says Donald Broughton, managing partner at Broughton… Read More

Reefer Prices Swing, in Seasonal Shift

The national average rate for reefers added 1¢ last week, approaching a record high at $2.70/mile. But prices fell on a… Read More

Van Rates Head for Record June Peak

Van rates continued to rise in the week after the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz, and we expect the end of June to… Read More

How the Fuel Surcharge Affects Truckload Freight Rates

Even though it's rarely even mentioned in a broker's rate confirmation, the fuel surcharge has a big impact on truckload… Read More

What is a Load Board? An Introduction for Shippers

What is a Load Board? An easy way to think of a load board is as a web-based bulletin board service for the… Read More

AUDIO: Rates Edge Down From Unseasonal Highs

Rates and load-to-truck ratios slipped last week, compared to some all-time record highs. Mark Montague of DAT discussed… Read More


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