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A hot August: New development for the spot market in van, reefer

Find load-to-truck demand indicator averages for van and reefer below -- for last week, when volumes declined for vans nationally but remained well higher than what is typical for August most years. "Temperatures in our part of the woods have come down from their unseasonably torrid highs," noted DAT's Ken Harper, "but it's still very warm. The same can be said about spot market freight." In July, the national van load-to-truck ratio was 5.5 on DAT ...

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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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After hot end of July on the spot market, lucky lanes in van, reefer

The central question remains whether we'll see the typical August slump in freight and rates for vans and reefers, or if the economy has enough oomph to make August as relatively exceptional as July was.

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Flatbed volumes/rates remain well above average, van holding, as midsummer rate doldrums loom

"The fireworks are over," says DAT's Ken Harper, but flat and van volumes remain above average for this time of year in the last week. At once, "rates slipped for vans as urgency around the end-of-quarter inventory moves, holiday shipments and Amazon Prime sales" fell off a bit.

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Short holiday week on the spot market: Rates rose, though demand indicators lagged

The spot market last week saw lower load volumes than in recent weeks on DAT load boards, notes the company's Ken Harper, mostly given the Fourth of July landed on a Tuesday this year. And though freight volumes were down, average rates for vans, reefers and flats were up by a dime, a nickel and a nickel respectively. 

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Spot market rates spiked in June

Van and flatbed rates soared to multi-year highs. Reefer rates rose to their strongest point in a year.

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Pre-holiday, end-of-quarter demand boost extends into this week for flats, vans, reefers

Friday last week marked the end of the second quarter, likewise the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a combination that boosted demand indicators, which average rates followed up.

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Spot market opportunity: End of month, end of quarter, pre-holiday picks

Given it's the end of June and the end of the second quarter of the year (when freight typically rises in volume as shippers move inventory) and we're headed into a four-day-ish Fourth of July, conditions are strong for van, reefer freight.

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Mixed week on the spot market for vans, reefers

This week's spot market demand update sees capacity loosening up a bit -- truck posts. However, volumes remained high, and rates held for vans on most top-volume lanes.

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Spot market activity continues up for vans, reefers, amid Roadcheck effect on demand indicators

With Roadcheck cutting some truck posts, the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in three years, and van rates on the top 100 lanes rose to some of the highest prices seen in two years. Overall, posting activity was up overall as well.

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