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Storms put damper on spot rates

Despite an increase in freight volumes, national average rates slipped again last week for vans and reefers. Even the… Read More

Trucking scams: How brokers and carriers can protect themselves

Working with a broker or carrier for the first time can lead to a successful and profitable relationship that will last for… Read More

DAT's updated credit scoring gives new brokers a boost

You’ve lined up shipper customers and jumped through all the legal hurdles to start your very own freight brokerage.… Read More

5 best bets for running reefers

As we begin the second quarter of the year, I've noticed that freight volumes have picked up in the van and flatbed… Read More

Flatbed freight finds its footing

While van and reefer rates saw a decline in March compared to February, flatbed bucked the trend, making gains in both… Read More

Reefers still waiting for spring

It’s still early in the spring, but the refrigerated truckload sector is not picking up any momentum yet. I wouldn’t… Read More

Spring surge delayed again

It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for a spring surge. The spot market appeared heading for a rebound early… Read More

New ELD deadline: Will it trigger a capacity crisis?

Freight markets were upended by the capacity crunch that followed the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in December… 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

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

Driver shortage or truck surplus?

You’ve likely heard reports that… Read More

Carriers score record-high profits and record-low bankruptcies in 2018

The annual reports have all rolled in from publicly traded transportation companies, and it's obvious that 2018 was a… Read More

Winter storms bring rapid changes to freight markets

Last week's Arctic weather stalled freight movement in and out of key markets in the Midwest. But the storm passed in… Read More


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