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Weekly spot freight update: Reefer, van volumes still strong compared to 2016

The normal seasonal slow-down has been leading to lower demand and lower rates, but van volumes continue to look solid compared to 2016 in the spot market. And: How to maximize Cleveland-to-Chicago via Fort Wayne.

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Van, reefer demand and rate picture mixed the first week of the year

DAT's Ken Harper says owner-operators might be right to be expressing optimism about their business prospects for 2017: "With the economy picking up, and economic forecasts showing growth, it should (could?) be a very good year for spot freight."

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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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Custom fuel hauler stretches the limit for navigating Chicago fueling stations

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

The past couple of years have seen the Fall freight season dwindle in intensity, but it's lasted through December and January due to e-commerce. In this weekly spot market update, intel on just what markets are benefiting dry vans and reefers.

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Spot market UP-date, weekend edition: Good news for a change

The weekly demand charts from DAT came in a smidge later than usual this week, so I thought I'd host them here on the blog this time around. Data is for the week prior to Labor Day, and the good news is that volume and load-to-truck ratios rose on the spot market and rates followed, especially for vans and reefers. Van rates added 6 cents, and reefers got 3 cents themselves. Flatbeds gained just a penny per mile. ...

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Fiery two-truck crash on I-55 near Chicago halts highway traffic

An accident involving two tractor-traoilers and multiple cars on I-55 in Chicago near Cicero resulted in one fatality, according to local reports, and halted traffic on both sides of the Interstate for hours.

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