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Spot market van, reefer, flat update: March living up to its name

Here's the skinny -- and more detail on hot markets -- on activity and rate movement within the last week in flatbed (up), reefer (up in spots) and van (fairly flat) segments.

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One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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Rates took a nosedive in February, major segments drop nearly a dime each

February’s rate declines were the continuation of about a now 18-month-long trend, as flatbed, reefer and van rates have steadily fallen since peaking at record highs in mid-2014. Here are the latest per-mile numbers for each.

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Flatbed volume growing in Southeast — rates still lag

While Spring might be coming a little early for flatbeds in the Southeast with freight volume and demand indicators rising, rates continued to move lower in the last week of February.

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So, what’s for dinner?

"I saw box freight running for more than three dollars a mile the other day. When we had a box that was the running rate for flatbed and we were eating $1.90/mile... Grass is always greener, yaddah yaddah..."

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These latest numbers show the Thanksgiving effect on the flatbed spot market

Where it's hot and not: The holiday week saw flatbed load availability, predictably, fall -- bright spots exist in Medford, Ore.; Rapid City, S.D.; Omaha, Neb.; Little Rock, Ark.; Shreveport, La.; and Montgomery, Ala.

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Rates dip again in October: Charts on van, reefer, flatbed trends

This is the third straight month all three segments have seen a decline in their national averages. Rates have been trending down since hitting record highs last summer. Here are the latest numbers for reefer, dry van and flatbed rates.

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Where freight’s hot and not: National van, flat, reefer demand update

Nationally, demand for owner-operators pulling dry van rose with load availability, but reefer and flatbed both showed declines in DAT's load-board network.

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Holding on: Independent Zach Beadle and the ’76 Peterbilt cabover he won’t soon sell

More on emissions-system maintenance problems from one independent in Texas: "If a truck is always broke down and it takes forever to get it fixed, I'll stick with my old truck!"

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Rates continued to tumble in September, all three major truckload segments decline

Average per-mile rates on the spot market in all three major truckload segments fell in September from August, according to data from Truckstop.com, following up on big drops seen in August. Here are the numbers.

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