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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.

Florida and California drive reefer demand

Reefer loads saw a sharp increase last week, but just as we… Read More

Drug-Alcohol Clearinghouse: Employer asset or capacity killer?

In January, a new FMCSA regulation will take effect that may help fleets avoid hiring drivers who could be a liability to… Read More

Groundbreaking tool offers clearest view of freight trends

Pricing freight is all about supply and demand, and nothing lets you measure the markets faster than DAT's Hot… Read More

Severe weather causes freight rates to slip

Just as rates were about to turn around, they took another hit last week. Extreme weather closed highways and forced… Read More

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

Van and reefer rates are stabilizing, after falling for eight straight weeks. The… Read More

Good news for reefers: California has plenty of water

California experienced a 3-year period of exceptional drought in 2014-2016, but this year the state has plenty of… Read More

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… 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… 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 —… Read More

How the best shippers manage capacity challenges

What can shippers do to make their freight attractive to carriers? Three shippers answered that question during a panel… Read More

Van rates drop to 16-month low

Last week the national average van rate dropped 4¢ to $1.97/mile. The last time the average van rate was below $2 per… Read More

TIA adds VPs to enhance membership and government affairs

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) has appointed… Read More


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