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The high cost of free shipping

I’m doing my holiday shopping early this year. That may seem overly cautious, considering that everybody and his brother is suddenly offering free shipping. Order before December 22, and shipping is free. Some retailers have even guaranteed free, two-day shipping until that date, with no minimum purchase requirements.Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other retailers are betting that their offers of free shipping will yield… Read More

Thanksgiving surge boosts reefer prices; van freight heads east

With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s the reefer segment that is driving seasonal demand, as grocery stores prepare for the big day. And with e-commerce season still building, we may soon see an increase in van demand and rates too.National average ratesVan $2.09/mile, unchangedReefer $2.45/mile, up 4¢Flatbed $2.42/mile, down… Read More

Central Oregon Truck hauls Capitol Christmas Tree

Central Oregon Truck Company, based in Redmond, Oregon, was chosen to transport an 80-foot noble fir from Oregon's Willamette National Forest to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The company's CEO, Rick Williams, will be one of the drivers."It is an honor to be selected to carry the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and to represent the great state of Oregon… Read More

Will carriers cash in on the holidays?

(UPDATED NOV 20, 2018) Fall has been relatively quiet for freight, but all signs show that retail shipments are about to kick into gear. Trucks are in high demand on the West Coast, as imports move east from the ports. Los Angeles volumes and prices are already starting to spike.Higher load-to-truck ratios across the country also… Read More

Van freight gears up for the holidays

The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand last week. Load-to-truck ratios in Los Angeles hit 12.2 on Friday, even stronger than the prior Friday when it was just over 10. Los Angeles outbound rates rose last week, which is in contrast to declining rates in most of the remainder of the country. Stockton volumes were also up sharply, but Seattle volumes rose most, 34%, and are expected to rise for the next several weeks as they work… Read More

How did that Christmas tree get here?

More than 25 million Christmas trees will be sold this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. But few people will ever give a thought to how their tree got from the farm to their local Christmas tree lot. We wondered. So we asked Carl Johnson, President of Pac West Transport Services, a freight brokerage located in Portland, Oregon. Pac West specializes in… Read More

Freight brokers post solid Q3 results, despite lackluster margins

Freight brokers posted solid revenue gains and good cost controls in the third quarter, for a sharp increase in net operating profits. Gross margins averaged 13.1% in Q3, which is disappointing, but still the best quarterly result so far this year.This report is derived from the monthly financial results of more than 100 freight brokerage companies. Their 2017 average annual revenue of $19.5 million has risen 70% in the first nine… Read More

Asian imports turn up the heat for vans on the West Coast

Demand for vans continues to heat up on the West Coast, boosting load-to-truck ratios in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. This trend repeats every year, as consumer goods from Asia arrive at the ports and begin the eastward journey to regional distribution centers throughout the country.Expect the seasonal pressure to continue through much of November, as a massive typhoon in Hong Kong caused scheduling delays on inbound ships at… Read More

L.A. freight gets a tailwind from hurricanes and typhoons

West Coast van freight heated up last week, especially in the Los Angeles market. Blame the weather. Even from a great distance, three September storms had an impact on California cargo in mid-October. In mid-September, we were focused on evacuating the Carolinas and diverting trucks and freight away from Hurricane Florence. Cargo ships were re-routed or delayed en route to and from ports from Savannah to Baltimore.During the… Read More

5 steps to get 'pre-booked' for loads

When demand for trucks slows down, like it does every year during this time, the trend among many owner-operators is to pre-book loads to stay employed until the really good stuff comes out in later in the year. If it's a broker's market, then I try to spend less time getting a really great one-time rate and more time finding value in multiple loads. This is also when you're playing the long game. During the busy seasons, the… Read More

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