Post 71 to 80 of 1250

Spot market demand heats up out West

The spot market continues to offer a mixed bag. Van volumes got a late-winter boost on the West Coast, which led to higher rates on many high-traffic lanes, but it wasn't enough to lift prices in the interior of the country. As a result, we saw continued decline in the national average rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds. That's a typical trend for this time of year, but… Read More

Is the spot market sputtering or stabilizing?

At first glance, it looks like the van spot market took a step back last week. Rates fell in most of the top 100 van lanes, but the big drops were all in lanes where rates rose in the prior week due to snow that closed mountain passes on those routes. The core lanes from top markets remained constant. One positive sign is that February van volumes are up almost 10% higher than last February, a month when rates are typically down.… Read More

Driver shortage or truck surplus?

You’ve likely heard reports that there’s a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. There have also been reports that a… Read More

3 new tax rules could save you thousands

How big will your tax refund be this year? Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — which applies to the 2018 tax year — most taxpayers will see a reduction in their total tax bill for 2018. There are 3 significant changes to the tax code that should let taxpayers keep more of their money this year, in most cases: Higher standard deduction Doubling of the Child Tax Credit Lower tax rates in most… Read More

Carriers score record-high profits and record-low bankruptcies in 2018

The annual reports have all rolled in from publicly traded transportation companies, and it's obvious that 2018 was a record-setting year in many ways. Trucking companies of all sizes enjoyed unparalleled financial success in 2018, with the largest increases in total revenues and operating profits. Freight rates rose faster and higher than ever before — or at least since deregulation in the 1980s — as demand grew and ELDs… Read More

Spot van rates poised for a rebound

We're still deep in the slow season, but spot market trends are actually running about a month ahead of schedule. There's been seasonal weakness, but we're already seeing volumes firming up, which is something we don't usually expect until mid-March. In other words, rates are gearing up for a rebound. While DAT predicted in early December that the spot market in Q1 would be weaker than in previous winters, trends are already… Read More

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

About DAT

DAT operates the largest truckload freight marketplace in North America. Transportation brokers, carriers, news organizations and industry analysts rely on DAT for market trends and data insights derived from 256 million freight matches and a database of 65 billion of market transactions.

The Original Load Board - Trusted Since 1978

The company was established in 1978 as the Dial-A-Truck (DAT) load finder service at Jubitz® truck stop in Portland, OR.

TIA
OOIDA
CSCMP
MATS