demand

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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Seasonal pattern taking hold in spot market dry van, reefer

Good news, bad news: Normal seasonal slowdowns means "we're coming down from higher volumes of freight and rates. Compared to December 2016, the strongest month of the year, we're sliding, but compared to last year at this time, we're up."

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Hot markets for flat, van, reefer loads in the last week

E-commerce continued to extend the fall freight season, and season-specific freight was on the road in large volumes last week, with Christmas trees, as well as potatoes, cranberries, and other fall produce indicating that grocery stores were still stocking up on fresh food during the week before Thanksgiving. "We expect this week to be quieter, for all the right reasons."

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Fall freight season spreading out beyond Thanksgiving? Spot market update illustrates e-commerce trends

"The very decided trend toward e-commerce for holiday shoppers" holds the chance of extending, or at least re-ordering, "the historic notions of the 'second freight season' ending by Thanksgiving." --DAT's Ken Harper

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Spot market: Mixed bag for flatbed, dry van, reefer

Surging van freight in the Southeast post-Matthew fell off as flatbed picked up there last week. Reefers were in demand in markets along the Mexican border with produce coming north.

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Negotiating rates without needing ‘extra blood-pressure medicine’

Conceive of negotiations over loads/rates as an opportunity to start or extend a potential long-term business relationship -- don't leave money on the table, but always keep in mind this rule of thumb: "If both sides aren't happy in the end, it's not negotiating."

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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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Post-July 4 spot market fireworks

Spot market rates typically take something of a dive after the July 4 holiday, but that wasn’t the case in the "short week" last week.

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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Demand indicators for vans, reefers, flats up in the last week

An increase in the load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers particularly indicates that rates on average could rise this week as the second quarter ends and a holiday weekend begins.

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