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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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Spot demand heating up to levels not seen since 2014

A 5:1 load-to-truck ratio on DAT Load Boards was seen for dry van freight last week. It's the highest load-to-truck national average since March 2014, when demand skyrocketed with polar-vortex-related severe weather and led a big rates rally on the spot market that year.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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Spot market: Van rates get a penny back, reefer demand shifts slightly north, west

Reefer activity has slowed in Southern Florida, while demand for reefer trucks has picked up farther west, but in North-Central Florida, the Lakeland area is still No. 2 for reefer load posts on DAT load boards. Van load-to-truck nationally inches toward 4, where it really starts to favor carriers.

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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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Flatbeds, van rates start May relatively strong on spot market

A bit of a volume slide in the last week on the spot market for flats and vans, but rates are up and demand remains good. Perhaps more truckers in high-demand areas are taking to heart what recent tactical patience discussions: The best things come to those who wait.

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Rates find solid footing in April, flatbed soars

Per-mile spot market rates for all three major truckload segments -- dry van, reefer and flatbed -- rose in April, according to data from Truckstop.com. The gains are in line with seasonal trends, but they could also reflect the beginning of a rate swell predicted by trucking analysts to occur this year.

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Van rates edge up nationally, reefer freight moving out of growing areas to the South

DAT's Ken Harper notes the freight-volume picture was more or less the same as in March to close out the month. The final week of April, "we had expected a bigger bump with the usual end-of-month inventories being cleared, but the bump didn't happen," Harper says.

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When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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