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How is COVID-19 affecting capacity and freight rates?

COVID-19 has become one of the most disruptive events to hit supply chains in our lifetime, and the DAT Analytics team is publishing regular reports to track its impact on freight markets. See what's new this week.


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Spot Premium Ratio hits 2-year high. What does that mean for contract rates?

As we move into the fall, the truckload market is still seeing record-high spot rates. Read More

The fastest tools for freight rates just got faster

Our new 3-day average rate is the Goldilocks of rate benchmarks: the perfect blend of time and density. Read More

Freight volumes are down this year, but it varies by industry

Last week we reported on several reliable and unbiased industry volume indices (ATA Truckload Tonnage… Read More

The fast-moving CPG rollercoaster continues

This week… Read More

4 strategies for transportation procurement

Transportation is a significant expense, and for many companies, it can mean the difference between profit and loss. Read More

Localized capacity constraints create spot market ripple effects

Constraints on trucks and drivers continue to keep spot market truckload rates high… Read More

What to expect in Q4 for freight markets

As retailers get ready for the holiday shopping season… Read More

Truckload supply dictates price in imbalanced freight markets

Historically, increased spot market activity signaled higher overall truckload demand and tighter capacity. Read More

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Changes in inventory strategies add new wrinkle to fall shipping season

Abandoning their lean-inventory strategy… Read More

Long-awaited Hours-of-Service (HoS) rule changes may be put on hold following a legal challenge filed last week

Late last week the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters… Read More

How to make National Truck Driver Appreciation Week an event that lasts all year

At this time last year we were finalizing our agenda for DATCON 2019, our user conference for brokers and 3PLs. Read More

Divided consumer spending habits drive freight imbalances

In a lot of ways… Read More

If By Bid: The good and bad in annual transportation procurement events

Annual bids are exceptionally important to shippers to set their plans and budgets… Read More

Motor carriers are using lessons learned from 2018

While spot rates continue to spike, many motor carriers are making business decisions based on what they learned from… Read More

Freight markets still searching for stability

As we reach the five-month mark of the pandemic, the freight market has yet to reach any semblance of equilibrium… Read More

Gulf Coast freight haulers prep for Hurricane Laura

The Port of Houston handles about 70% of the container cargo making land in the Gulf… Read More


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