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Trailer pools

Imagine a transportation industry where no truck was ever detained. That’s the motivation behind trailer pools, which is 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 driver detention.For one, trailer pools aren’t free. New van trailers can run $25,000 to $30,000, depending on… Read More

Download our 2019 Spot Market Roadmap FREE

Last year was the most explosive freight bull market on record for the trucking industry. But how much of that will carry over into 2019? Stay in front of the freight trends all year with this feature-filled outlook into the key market factors affecting your business. Sign up here to get the FREE Spot Freight Roadmap… Read More

Freight rates slide in winter slump

Tis the season for falling rates. As we move deeper into the slow season, rates are drifting in their typical seasonal pattern. Van spot rates fell to $2.00 per mile for the month to-date, but spot freight volume hasn’t changed a lot since January 2018. There’s a lot more capacity available, however, so it’s easier for brokers and 3PLs to find a truck at their target price. There are still pockets of high rates, but pricing has dropped… Read More

Spot Van Rates Drift Down as Winter Takes Hold

Van spot rates fell to $2.00 per mile for the month to-date, in a typical seasonal slump. Spot freight volume hasn’t changed a lot since January 2018, but there’s a lot more capacity available, so it’s easier for brokers and 3PLs to find a truck at their target price. There are still pockets of high rates, but pricing has dropped on most high-traffic lanes. Then the weekend ushered in Winter Storm Harper, which brought snow, ice,… Read More

How does the government shutdown affect trucking?

Update - January 25: Federal employees are heading back to work for at least three weeks, under an interim budget agreement. The government shutdown started December 22, and it's already the longest in U.S. history. More than 800,000 Federal employees are affected, and 420,000 of them continue to work without pay. Some government services are suspended, and others are just slower than usual. Maybe a lot… Read More

Extra capacity takes a bite out of prices

A lot of us in the trucking industry had to do something last week that we haven't had to do in a while — work a full, five-day week. Of course, for a lot of trucking companies, the work week can easily last six or seven days, but either way, one thing that the activity on the DAT Load Board told us last week was that pretty much everyone was back to working full… Read More

Trucking wins business back from railroad

Last year rail intermodel took away loads from over-the-road trucking, but now the pendulum is swinging back the other direction. Diesel prices are dropping, which makes dry van transportation more attractive and reduces the cost advantage of rail intermodal for domestic freight. Most of the industry is well aware of the role of fuel in routing decisions, but there are some new variables to consider when considering a tradeoff between… Read More

5 regulations to watch in 2019

The ELD mandate transformed the trucking industry last year. The dust has finally started to settle, but more changes could be on the horizon. While there likely won't be any new regulations that are as transformative as the ELD mandate, transportation professionals should keep an eye on these five regulations that could have big impacts on trucking in 2019. 1. Electronic On-Board Recording Devices The… Read More

New Hot Market Maps show when and where you'll find a load

Looking for your next load? Need a truck? Check your watch, and then go to your DAT Hot Market Map. In addition to a detailed view of load and truck posts and ratios, the latest version has a timeline display that gives you the info you need to make your truck or load post stand out from the crowd. Hot Market Maps are included in DAT Power and… Read More

Rates rise, but gains may be temporary

Truckload capacity remained tight during the first week of 2019, and national average rates increased 3¢ for vans, reefers and flatbeds. However, rates declined on many of the highest volume lanes, so increases in the national averages could be temporary. Lower diesel prices and declining fuel surcharges may also counteract future rate increases. Load posts on the DAT Load… Read More

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