analysis

Spot market demand tilting toward a stronger environment for carriers in 2017

FTR analyst and COO Jonathan Starks feels truckers' demand position in the spot market will improve well into 2017, particularly if movement toward electronic logging devices picks up. As in any improving-demand situation, rates will follow up.

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Regulations to present challenge, opportunity in the new year

At Truckstop.com's first user conference in Dallas, company head Scott Moscrip expressed cautious optimism about the coming year and previewed new payment, rate, insurance and other products.

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Spot market van freight: As volume grows slowly, pricing lags

Freight trends this week: Nationally, van rates dropped a couple cents, but opportunity exists in local markets in N.Y., Pa., Md., Va. and Ind.; Charlotte-to-Buffalo lane still ripe for triangulation.

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The Roadcheck effect

Take a visit to the mechanic? Go through the truck with a fine-toothed comb? ... How do you prepare for the annual 72-hour inspection blitz? It's coming soon -- June 2-4.

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Trucker demand on the West Coast with the port backlog: Update

As of last week Tuesday, Los Angeles outbound was showing a load-to-truck ratio of 0.7 on DAT boards -- the company considers 2.5 a balanced ratio. Look for demand to heat up mid-March.

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Top 10 state truck enforcement departments ranked by performance

Access Overdrive analysis of data on the top 10 high-performance states when it comes to truck enforcement, as ranked in the brand-new report from the American Transportation Research Institute, out today.

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Rates, lanes on Labor Day weekend and beyond: A new resource

Where'd you load Friday? As owner-operator Chad Boblett of the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook group and Rates and Lanes podcast notes, the answer probably had a lot to do with the rate you were able to negotiate for the long weekend.

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Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle’: More voices on potential mandate

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

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Investment banker’s front-line info source: You

A banker who looks to drivers for front-line economic information predicts some good times ahead -- what does business look like where you sit?

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DAT launches RateView

DAT's new RateView revamp of the Truckload Rate Index with several new features can be helpful for owner-operator load, lane and price analysis for profitable load planning.

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