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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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Van shows sluggish volume signs on spot market

The national average van rate was down 2 cents to $1.68 per mile, but the average rate on the top 100 van lanes was up, suggestive of bright spots among the otherwise flat to down picture. Reefer hot spots, van hot spots and more detailed here.

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Reefer rates follow van to winter lows, particularly out West

With last week's spot market update, it looked like van rate averages on many lanes might have been near the bottom for this slow season. It’s looking that way for reefer rates now, and spot market volumes have been relatively constant in the segment.

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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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Roadcheck rates effect in evidence on spot market, with attendant volume surge

Rates got "a shot in the arm" last week as Roadcheck slowed trucking down, affecting capacity overall through the week. Close looks at dry van, reefer demand geographically here, as freight volume continued to pick up overall.

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National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

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East Coast markets — where demand is warming for dry vans

Demand has fallen in many strong areas for van freight since the last weekly trends update, but a turnaround could be approaching. Strong freight volume on the East Coast held the national load-to-truck ratio steady.

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82-year-old gets a trucking wish; Minnesota horse northbound and down

Queen of the road A story in the Doylestown, Pa., Intelligencer newspaper details the Twilight Wish Foundation's efforts to grant a long-haul wish to 82-year-old Margarette Kirsch. In late May, she set out of a 15-day journey from Philly to California and back to her Merritt Island, Fla., home with trucker Annabella Wood at the wheel, the culmination of events Intelligencer reporter Kristina Kristofic details in the piece. It's a fantastic look at a singular individual ...

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‘Is it a 10-speed?’

What's that line at the end of the Canadian slapstick classic Strange Brew? It's on the tip of my tongue... Oh wait, I remember. The McKenzie Brothers, Bob and Doug, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, are given the keys to a big rig loaded with beer after saving the brewery's day by averting an evil brewmeister's plot toward world domination. Someone asks, "Do you know how to drive one of these things?" "If it's a 10-speed..." ...

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Paccar to open engine plant

Paccar announced the official introduction of its MX series diesel engines and the opening this summer of its new engine plant in Columbus, Miss., during a press event at the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Feb. 5. Not many companies are taking such steps during “the worst economy in decades,” said Paccar Chairman and CEO Mark Pigott. He credited Paccar’s ability to invest more than $1 billion in its engine initiative over the ...

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