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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.

What to do when shipper demands "Where's my load?"

If you're a freight broker and your customer calls and demands "Where's my load?" you'd better have an answer. And it… Read More

Hurricane Florence path includes 4 port cities

Although the coastal towns in the path of Hurricane Florence are generally at the receiving end of the distribution… Read More

Senate considering National Carrier Hiring Standard

Legislation intended to protect freight brokers when hiring carriers is making its way through Washington.The… Read More

Flatbed ratio reverses 10-week decline

The load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds rebounded last week to 28.4 loads per truck, after losing traction for ten straight… Read More

Van Demand Increases Ahead of Labor Day

Last week there was a rebound in van freight volumes—up about 8%—as stores move back-to-school merchandise and stock… Read More

FMCSA wants your input on HOS regs

You never thought they'd ask. But the FMCSA has issued… Read More

Reefer demand dips, but fall harvests await

Reefer produce continues to trend down, but fall harvests should reverse the falling volumes and stabilize rates in… Read More

Van rates return to spring levels

Van rates stepped down for the sixth week in a row. That's not to say they're low. They're still about 20% higher than… Read More

2 capacity-finding tools you may not know you have

If you're a freight broker using the DAT Power load board, you may… Read More

Life before load boards

Mark Boyer has spent his whole career in the trucking and logistics industry, with a front row seat for all kinds of new… Read More

Flatbed rates recede from record highs, but remain elevated

Flatbed rates are coming down from record highs, but remain elevated even after sharp drops.There is less activity… Read More

Flatbeds in July: High rates despite sharp drops

Flatbed pricing has been volatile lately, with large swings in both directions. There were sharp declines last week, with… Read More

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