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Van rates ride high through Independence Day

Independence Day fell on a Thursday this year, so there were many people who took Friday off as well. That meant any shipments needing to be delivered last week had a tighter window, and those shipments moved at a premium. Read More

Reefer freight hits its stride as summer produce arrives

After a slow start, reefer freight is finally hitting its stride. We've seen a uptick in both rates and freight volumes the past two weeks. The Midwest is leading the way, as summer produce is finally moving. 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

Reefer volumes peak in pre-holiday push

The run-up to the 4th of July holiday brought increased demand for refrigerated truckload shipments, and reefer freight volumes hit their peak. Read More

Van rates hit highest mark since January

June freight volumes finished the month strong, and rates responded to close Q2. Over the past six weeks, van rates have climbed about 10% on the top 100 van lanes. Read More

Contract rates are up compared to 2018, but for how long?

This year's truckload spot market rates have fallen well short of the heights set in 2018, but it's a different story for contract freight. For the first half of 2019, contract rates were 3% higher than in 2018. Reefer rates increased the most, followed by vans and then flatbeds. Read More

Why are truckload spot rates lower than last year?

June freight volumes have been rising the past two weeks. In fact, load counts in the Top 100 van lanes are up 22% compared to June 2018. So why is the national average 41¢ per mile lower this year? Read More

How a 3PL managed one of the worst hurricane seasons

In a normal hurricane season, there would be about 13 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean from June through November. Around five of those might become hurricanes. But 2017 was no normal hurricane season. Three hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. in less than a month: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Irma damaged part of Puerto Rico, and Maria made landfall on the island 10 days later. As many as two-thirds of the houses on… Read More

June freight could set the tone for rest of year

It's no secret that truckload rates aren't where they were a year ago. We don't expect prices to reach the same levels we saw in 2018, but we've been predicting a second quarter rebound for quite some time now. Read More

Southeast is hot for flatbeds

While van prices have remained fairly stable in the past couple weeks, we've seen some huge swings in the flatbed market. Rates have surged in certain lanes and regions of the country, while rates have plummeting in other lanes and regions. In general, the winner has been the Southeast, while the Midwest has stalled. The… Read More

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