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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.

Van Rates Continue Seasonal Decline

Truckload capacity has been tight all year, but we're finally starting to see some easing from the June peak. On the top… Read More

Van rates drift back down to earth

Van rates continued a seasonal slide last week, but the national average van rate was still 1¢ higher than the June… Read More

Hot Flatbed Segment Shows Signs of Cooling

Demand for flatbeds has been red hot for months, and so are rates. It seems like every week we set a new record for… Read More

4 ways to avoid overpaying for transportation

Some markets make it harder to find trucks when you've got a load that needs covering. Read More

Van Rates Rise Ahead of Roadcheck Inspections

The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz is taking place June 5 - 7. This is the first… Read More

Memorial Day Brings Higher Van Rates and Tighter Capacity

Demand outpaced capacity during the week that included Memorial Day. The scarcity of trucks pushed van rates higher… Read More

First Post-ELD Roadcheck Coming June 5-7

International Roadcheck will hit North American highways June 5-7, and this year's focus will be on hours-of-service.… Read More

Florida Reefer Rates Take a Dive

Peak season for Florida seems to have come to a close, and reefer rates responded accordingly. Prices… Read More

Fuel Prices Keep Pressure on Van Rates

The average price for a gallon of diesel hit its… Read More

Fuel Prices Keep Pressure on Van Rates

After getting off to a hot start in May, van trends took a slight dip last week in terms of… Read More

National Carrier Hiring Standard Moves Forward

A national carrier hiring standard moved a step closer to reality, as the House of Representatives included it in an… Read More

1980s Freight Matching Secret Weapon: High School Students

When Jim Syfan, CEO of Syfan… Read More


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