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Did Santa save on shipping this year?

A year ago, the spot market was a much more volatile place. Demand was soaring for retail freight, and the ELD mandate that had just taken effect led to a major capacity crunch. Amid all that uncertainly, shipping rates skyrocketed, and it got even crazier in the month to follow.That's worth mentioning because this has felt like a down December. Rates spiked early in the month, but load counts have been in a slow decline ever since.… Read More

What happened to peak season?

In recent years, there's been a spike in spot market rates in December. That hasn't happened so far in 2018. Prices could still go up if there's a capacity crunch around the holidays or if winter weather disrupts supply chains. But for the time being, rates are going the opposite direction.Dry van pricing and activity continues to slow as we creep closer to winter. On the top 100 van lanes, rates fell on 62 of them. … Read More

Today's market conditions are not "unprecedented"

Investment analysts debate on TV about the timing of the next recession. The Dow is on a roller coaster ride, and the pundits keep using the word "unprecedented" to describe each day's results. Yes, it's a volatile market. But unprecedented? Not so much. Get weekly updates on national freight trends. Sign up for the DAT Trendlines… Read More

Reefer freight sizzles in South Texas

Demand for fresh produce remains strong, even though most fall crops have already been harvested in the U.S. and spring is still a few months away. As we get closer to Christmas, a larger proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables are imported from Mexico through a handful of border crossings in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. McAllen, TX, is the easternmost border crossing for those produce moves, so it's a gateway to… Read More

6 ways truckers can lower their 2018 tax bill

The year is coming to an end, so the clock is ticking on a few things you can do to take advantage of the new tax laws and pay less in 2018.There are several ways carriers and owner-operators can lower the amount they owe to Uncle Sam, but below are the six things you can get started today.Visit ATBS for an… Read More

Freight economy continues to grow, despite market volatility

Recent weeks have seen a high level of volatility and a sense of growing uncertainty in both the U.S. and global financial markets. Despite all the hand-wringing on Wall Street, however, the transportation economy continues to signal economic expansion. The hard data of physical goods flow confirms that people are still making things, shipping things, and buying/consuming things. Perhaps this activity is not achieving the scorching pace… Read More

Many carriers threatened to quit after ELDs. Did they?

Four months before the ELD mandate took effect on Dec. 18, 2017, DAT surveyed TruckersEdge users to learn how they planned to deal with the new regulation. Most of the respondents were owner-operators and small carriers, and 30% of them said that they would leave the industry rather than use an ELD. That didn't happen. While some may… Read More

Early winter storms could cause freight schedules to slip

It’s snowing at the wrong time and in all the wrong places. That means a lot of freight delivery schedules are going to slip. Over the weekend, Winter Storm Diego blanketed Charlotte, Raleigh and many miles of highway in North Carolina, extending east to Tennessee and north to Virginia. Snow and ice are everywhere, and tens of thousands are… Read More

Early winter storms could cause freight schedules to slip

It’s snowing at the wrong time and in all the wrong places. That means a lot of freight delivery schedules are going to slip. Over the weekend, Winter Storm Diego blanketed Charlotte, Raleigh and many miles of highway in North Carolina, extending east to… Read More

4 lessons the Marines taught me about owning a business

After 10 years in the Marine Corps and 3 years as a professional driver, I decided to start my own trucking business in 2010. Over the years, I've been running my business based on four important lessons that I learned as a Marine.Build your business with access to the largest digital freight marketplace. DAT load boards connect carriers and freight brokers, with more than 279… Read More

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