Best Practices and Benchmarks

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How to negotiate the best truckload rates

Worried that you aren't getting the best price when negotiating a rate on a load? DAT TruckersEdge has multiple tools to help ease the process. Read More

How to find hot shot loads

Looking for freight for your hot shot rig? With DAT TruckersEdge, you can use special tools and tricks to find the LTL, expedited, and partial loads you want. Read More

Trucker Tips: How I find the best-paying loads

Being an owner-operator is tough. You need all the tools possible to stay profitable. Now that I operate under my own MC number, I focus on more than just my expenses. Read More

Trucker Tips: How I started trucking

When I took a job as a delivery helper for a local distributor back in 2000, I never planned on that turning into a trucking career. Read More

How to find the best freight brokers

Are you looking to expand your motor carrier business? The key is finding new business partners that you can trust. 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

Secrets to trucking success: Find a need and fill it

Author Earl Nightingale once said that to get rich, you just have to find a need and fill it. In the eight years I’ve been an independent owner-operator, that's how I've tried to run my business. My company has never been awarded contract freight, so all of my loads have come from hundreds of freight brokers. Pinpointing a specific need and filling it is key to running the spot market .  Other than being able to drive a truck,… Read More

Brokers improve net profits despite lower revenue

Freight brokers enjoyed gross margins of 16% in the first quarter, which boosted average net profits despite a decline in load counts and revenues, year over year. Read More

Trucking scams: How brokers and carriers can protect themselves

Working with a broker or carrier for the first time can lead to a successful and profitable relationship that will last for years. But in this digital age where carriers and brokers rarely meet in person, it's good to follow some common-sense rules to ensure your new business partner is who they say they are. "One of the most common ways thieves pull off scams today is to pose as a legitimate carrier or broker," said DAT Compliance… Read More

Pros and cons: Brokered vs. direct shipper freight

The kind of freight you choose to haul, whether it's through a broker or direct from a shipper, is an individual decision that is determined by a person's wants, needs and goals. I choose to work just with brokers, and February marked my seventh year pulling only spot market loads. Every month I compare my average loaded rate per mile with the national average… Read More