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How much lower will freight rates fall?

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter, but there are signs that rates could thaw soon. The good news is that volumes have been firming up this month. On the top 100 van lanes, February volumes so far have outpaced both 2017 and… Read More

Partial loads: A slow season secret weapon?

I try my best to avoid markets where demand is low, but that gets difficult at this time of year. It's tough to get to a hot market at a decent rate per mile right now, but before giving in to a less desirable price – or waiting until the market changes – try looking for partial loads. Most of the time it only takes two partials going to the same area to get a rate that will be much higher than the price for one full truckload… Read More

Winter storms bring rapid changes to freight markets

Last week's Arctic weather stalled freight movement in and out of key markets in the Midwest. But the storm passed in just a couple of days, so it didn't have a big impact on national rate trends for the week as a whole. To understand the recent storm, and get ready for the next one, it's important to look at rate and volume trends day by day, for a single market. Take Chicago, for example. It's a major freight hub for trucking and… Read More

Truckload volumes get a mid-winter boost

You can expect a couple of things to happen pretty much every January: Freight rates will fall, and some will overreact. You don't have to look hard to find doom and gloom prognostications, but I've actually seen three big trends in the last month of DAT freight data to indicate… Read More

How the best shippers manage capacity challenges

What can shippers do to make their freight attractive to carriers? Three shippers answered that question during a panel discussion at the 2018 DAT User Conference in Portland, OR. Here's what they had to say. For industry insights, product training, and networking opportunities, attend DATCON19, October 9 -11 in Austin, TX. Register now and save… Read More

Van rates drop to 16-month low

Last week the national average van rate dropped 4¢ to $1.97/mile. The last time the average van rate was below $2 per mile was 16 months ago, in September 2017. There’s the normal seasonal slowdown that occurs around this time each year, but falling fuel surcharges and increased capacity in the spot market are adding to downward pressure on rates. We've seen the same trend play out for… Read More

Few hot spots remain for reefers

Expect a rush of reefer demand this week in areas hit by sub-zero temperatures, as shippers attempt to prevent sensitive cargo from freezing. If you don't want to drive into that slippery mess, head for someplace warm and load up on fresh produce until the storm passes. Rates are cooling off for refrigerated freight across most of the country, but a few hot spots still remain. The hot market in the Western region is Twin… Read More

Trailer pools: Friend or foe?

Imagine a transportation industry where no truck was ever detained. That’s the motivation behind trailer pools, which are an increasingly popular trend in the effort to maximize efficiency and reduce wait times at shippers’ and receivers’ docks. But it's not quite the silver bullet that the industry needs to solve the problem of driver detention. For one, trailer pools aren’t free. New van trailers can run $25,000 to… Read More

TIA adds VPs to enhance membership and government affairs

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) has appointed three new vice presidents to enhance its new membership and government affairs efforts. TIA is North America's leading association for freight brokers and 3PLs, with more than 1,700… Read More

Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

Large swaths of the U.S. often suffer from all kinds of severe weather during the first quarter, impacting freight movements. This winter could be one of the coldest yet. It's taking many people by surprise, though, because January started out with unseasonably warm weather in many parts of the country. Then temperatures suddenly plunged into the single digits and below in much of the Midwest, including sub-zero temps in Chicago and… Read More

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