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Spot market demand tilting toward a stronger environment for carriers in 2017

FTR analyst and COO Jonathan Starks feels truckers' demand position in the spot market will improve well into 2017, particularly if movement toward electronic logging devices picks up. As in any improving-demand situation, rates will follow up.

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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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Rates move, slightly: Demand indicators for flat, van, reefer

Hanjin bankruptcy impacts continued to be felt in high van demand out West, while the hurricane put a short-term damper on freight volume out East late last week. Demand pictures for all three major segments available here.

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Jay Holsomback and his workhorse 1996 KW W900L

The truck is nothing short of a work of hardworking art, powered by a 550-hp Cat with an 18-speed transmission, 3:55 rears and a 305-inch wheelbase. Take a video tour through its modifications here.

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Utility Trailer introduces new, lighter flatbed

The 4000AE comes standard with a 47,000-pound coil haul package and is 627 pounds lighter than the 4000A model fitted with an optional coil haul package, Utility says.

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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‘One out of every six Americans killed on the job is a truck driver’

That's directly from a Department of Labor blog post about workplace-death stats, explored here. And: One operator's reliable truck is another's "dream gear" -- one driver's wisecrack "comment of the week"...

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Spot market van rates showing strength — relatively speaking, that is

DAT Load Boards' network showed July van rates above June's, atypical this time of years. It's one of a couple "good signs that we're watching to see if they hold up," says DAT's Ken Harper. Flatbed picture remains volatile, though the Southeast is showing strength.

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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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Dog days of freight, rates setting in?

"Bad news, good news," says DAT's Ken Harper, looking at the spot market picture within the last week -- less freight, suggesting the typically "Summertime Blues" this time of year may finally be settling in.

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