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Van rates stuck in holding pattern

Spot market van trends were a mixed bag last week. The large volume of freight we saw moving from the West Coast during… Read More

Good and bad news for reefer freight

Refrigerated trends took a step back last week due to weakness in Florida and some California markets. Read More

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

I got started early in candy logistics. After I got my MBA in transportation, I managed a fleet based in Melrose Park,… Read More

Brokers improve net profits despite lower revenue

Freight brokers enjoyed gross margins of 16% in the first quarter… Read More

5 simple ways brokers can improve their credit score

When a carrier searches for a load on DAT load boards, they'll often get dozens of… Read More

Vans still waiting for the spring surge

Just when we thought spring had finally arrived, van rates cooled off again last week on the spot market. More loads… Read More

Florida and California drive reefer demand

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

Reefer rates rise as Florida hits its stride

It's been a slow spring for fresh produce, but there are some hot spots, especially in the southernmost states. Freight… Read More

Better weather helps push van rates upward

After declining for several weeks, van rates seem to have turned a corner. The national average rate for May so far is… Read More

Post-Easter rebound doesn't reach truckload rates

Although van freight volumes recovered following Easter week, it wasn't enough to boost the national average van rate,… Read More

Lagging produce volumes hurt reefer rates

Expectations of a post-Easter rebound failed to materialize in reefer produce freight last week. Truckload demand in… 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

4 reasons flatbed should bounce back soon

After a strong first quarter, flatbed freight has slowed in April. It's been a wet month throughout the country, and… Read More

Highlights and surprises from the 2019 TIA Conference

Did you miss out on this year’s… Read More

Easter week started strong before demand dipped

Last week started with solid demand, but activity tapered off as Good Friday and the Easter weekend approached.… Read More

Reefers wanted today in Georgia, as Vidalia onions roll out

If you have a reefer trailer, you can be sure to find a load in Southeastern Georgia this week. The load-to-truck ratio… Read More


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