While tools such as a TMS, load board, ELD and back-office systems are not new to the trucking industry, TMS solutions have not typically been available for small carriers who often don’t have access to the same technologies enjoyed by large carriers. A new partnership between DAT and Axele aims to correct that.
Coronavirus is getting a lot of attention, but it didn't have much impact on domestic freight in the U.S. at first. If the slowdown in Chinese exports continues beyond the end of February, however, the effects could ripple through worldwide supply chains and reduce demand for freight transportation here.
Reefer rates rose everywhere in the first week of January, with the biggest increases on lanes that are associated with importing fresh produce. Volumes declined compared to the holiday rush, but the change was not dramatic.
The national average van rate hit $1.98 for dry vans last week. That's 4¢ per mile above the December average and higher than any monthly rate since 2018. Freight volume rose on half of the top 100 van lanes, compared to the previous week. Volumes were much lower than in the run-up to Christmas, however.