Trucking Industry Trends

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DAT on 'Land Line Now' Radio: ELDs Affect Seasonal Slowdown

Listen to the DAT weekly rate trend discussion with Terry Scruton of OOIDA. This week, Terry and I talked about van and flatbed rates, which markets are hot, and which are not.… Read More

DAT on 'Land Line Now' Radio: Freight, Rates Dip Slightly

What's up with rates in January? Listen to the DAT weekly rate trend discussion with Terry Scruton of OOIDA. This week, Terry and I talked about causes and effects of a slight decline in truckload freight rates and volume. … Read More

2017 in Review: Disruptions Drive Rates Up

2017 was a wild year, as freight transportation faced one disruption after another.The biggest influences were the Four Es:Economic growthE-commerceElectronic logging devicesExtreme weather (including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma)Those four factors added up to extraordinary pressure on spot market truck capacity, driving rates up as high as we’ve seen them since at… Read More

Top 10 Markets for Load Posts in 2017

When we declared that the freight recession was over back in January of 2017, we expected it to be a bounce-back year for the trucking industry. What we didn’t anticipate was just how much demand would explode on the spot market. Each year we look at the top 10 markets for load posts… Read More

Get Ready for La Niña, With Snowy Winter in the Northern U.S.

Winter is on the way, and the coming season’s weather pattern represents a big question mark for transportation and logistics pros. We hear weathermen discussing whether we will have an “El Niño” or a “La Niña” year. This winter has a 65% to 75% chance of continuing the La Niña conditions from last year. That means we can expect warmer, drier weather in the Southern band of states, and cool, wet weather in the North. The… Read More

Spot Market Growth Shows No Sign of Slowing

DAT Industry Pricing Analyst Mark Montague says that the spot market has seen strong growth during the past few months and he expects that growth to continue at least through the end of the year. "If you look at ATA numbers on the for-hire part of trucking, you might say that for-hire freight revenue is the same year to year," Montague said in an interview at the DAT… Read More

Driver Pay Needs an Overhaul

When dispatching company drivers, a trucking operations person has to weigh multiple considerations. Foremost is serving the customer, but a close second consideration is getting your drivers enough miles for the week. If your drivers don't get the miles, the good ones will leave. Then you have to replace them, on top of the normal churn that is a hallmark of this industry.… Read More

E-Commerce Disrupts Freight Seasons, Boosts Spot Market Volume

The rapid growth of e-commerce has led major online retailers to re-design their supply chain models, according to Mark Montague, DAT senior pricing analyst. At the second annual DAT User Conference, Montague presented a summary of his research on "Retail and E-tail, and You" to more than 165 of the company’s customers. "The disruption has been profound," Montague declared, as the screen behind him displayed an image of the word… Read More

Want to haul FEMA loads? It's complicated

Whenever a natural disaster strikes, FEMA needs trucks, warehouse space and logistics services to help with the recovery and haul emergency supplies. You can volunteer or look for paid work. The paying jobs typically offer great rates, but that's because they are complicated, difficult, and sometimes risky for the driver and the rig. There are a few things you should know before you accept a FEMA load, especially if you're the driver.… Read More

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks were already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. That doesn't mean nothing has changed. Harvey hit Houston on Friday evening, August 25, and hung over the metro area for days, dumping more than 50 inches of rain on Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana. Floods in the Gulf Coast region tragically cost the lives of at least 60 people.… Read More