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Rates and volumes way up in the spot market

Any owner-operators shutting down this week in protest of the electronic logging device mandate might have missed some of the best freight and rate conditions on the spot market that have been seen in the past several years. Updates for dry van, flatbed, based on last week's data.

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Spot update shows high demand across the country — vans, flats in detail, disaster-relief opportunities, more

Freight lanes re-orient North-South as demand picture shifts for dry vans. Some platform opportunity exists, notes FEMA contractor Foxhole Logistics, and in general terms the typical late-September-beginning fall freight season may be getting an early start.

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In the freight rate/availability weeds this disastrous week

With Hurricane Irma on the way and Harvey's effects being felt, the two natural disasters are "coming on top of a robust economy," notes DAT's Ken Harper, which could bode well for parts of the national freight market in the coming weeks.

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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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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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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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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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