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The flat, van, reefer markets bucking the national downward rate trend in the last week

All equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Why? Load availability was up in the largest van freight markets last week, accompanied by a 30 percent increase in reefer freight movements compared to the previous week. Flatbed is also gaining strength.

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Spot market slips again as loads dip; a look at top states for freight activity

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index decreased 3.6 percent in the week ending April 18, due to a 3.3 percent decrease in load availability. Compared to the same month last year, load availability was down 16.5 percent, and the overall MDI was down a comparable 16.6 percent.

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The end-of-quarter rush on the spot market closes out March transition month

Spot market loads posted in March showed volume 42 percent higher than in February — but 28 percent lower than the same period in 2015. Here's how the last week of the quarter played out in vans and reefers.

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Flatbed volume growing in Southeast — rates still lag

While Spring might be coming a little early for flatbeds in the Southeast with freight volume and demand indicators rising, rates continued to move lower in the last week of February.

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February on the spot market: The good, the bad and the ugly

"We’d like nothing more than for March to come in like a lion, and go out like a pack of lions," noted Ken Harper attendant to this week's spot market update from the DAT network of load boards. "But we have to get through February first."

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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Driver shortage: Where are the empty shelves?

How the "driver shortage" topic became a mainstream media staple, marked by stories that often stress the job opportunity angle, occasionally conjuring images of empty trucks and bare store shelves.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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Fuel prices putting a damper on rates as winter freight season settles in

Rates fell for hauls originating in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but strong freight volume may lead to a rebound on the most popular lanes this week or next.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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