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Rip Watson

Rip Watson’s professional transportation experience spans more than 40 years, including reporting positions at Transport Topics, Bloomberg News and the Journal of Commerce. During that time, he accumulated in-depth experience as well as insight into all aspects of freight transportation, logistics and passenger travel. He gained first-hand experience while working at CSX, Greyhound and arranging student travel for AFS International. Currently, he edits the Intermodal Association of North America’s Insights magazine. He lives with his family in Baltimore, where he enjoys writing, movies, music, travel and baseball. Fun fact: Rip took his first solo train ride, a roundtrip, at age 11.

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New ELD deadline: Will it trigger a capacity crisis?

Freight markets were upended by the capacity crunch that followed the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in December 2017. The next phase of the mandate begins in December 2019, and it may end up being just as disruptive. The new milestone expands the regulation in two dramatic ways: 1. No more AOBRDs The ELD requirement becomes more stringent in December. Fleets will no longer be allowed to… Read More

Intermodal Appeal Grows as Truckload Capacity Tightens

Will the ELD mandate spur an increase in market share for rail intermodal? Some believe the mandate is a watershed event for the intermodal segment, as electronic logs add to transit times for trucks, making intermodal even more competitive on long hauls. Ted Prince, COO of Tiger Cool Express, asserts that the ELD mandate changed market dynamics permanently in favor of intermodal. Tiger Cool Express offers domestic intermodal reefer… Read More

How High Will Truckload Rates Go?

Industry analysts seem to agree that spot and contract rates will keep rising due to the stronger economy and the ELD mandate. However, that shared belief doesn’t address how much markets will change, and when. Five industry experts tackled those key questions. DAT RateView is the trucking industry standard for contract and spot market truckload pricing, based… Read More

ELDs Add to Pressure on Driver Pay and Truckload Costs

Shippers are already paying more, sometimes a lot more, to move freight, and driver compensation will soon follow that upward trajectory, as relationships between carriers and their workers are reshaped by the ELD mandate and industry expansion. This is all playing out against a backdrop that includes steep rate increases on the spot market. DAT’s spot van rates for January illustrate the intensity, with the… Read More

Detention in ELD-Land: Will Shippers Change Dock Practices?

DAT's Freight Talk Blog is pleased to welcome our newest contributor: Rip Watson, formerly of Transport Topics.   One month into the brave new world of ELD-land, harried carriers, brokers and their customers are so focused on moving freight that a key part of the picture — detention practices — apparently isn’t changing, even though drivers’ minutes are… Read More

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