freight

Trucker Path launches public beta version of freight marketplace

During the public beta testing, fleets, owner-operators or drivers won’t need to pay a transaction fee to use Trucker Path's new Truckloads freight-marketplace platform.

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The Dispatcher app: More book-now freight options via smartphone

Billing itself as a "concierge service" for independents, the Dispatcher app offers automation of the freight-booking process. Since its soft launch, a few thousand operators now use it regularly.

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When will the next economic downturn hit?

"Owner-operators better tighten their belts now. If I'm seeing the cards right, there is rough water ahead." --Owner-operator Richard Fassett

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Latest ‘uber for trucking’ brokerage launches app

The Transfix brokerage's app offers a variety of free services in exchange for the opportunity to push load offers to drivers well-situated to cover them.

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Rates interactive: Explore online tool charting negotiation strength cycles

With Overdrive's new interactive rate tool, gain insights into the day of the week when spot-market rate negotiations on average most favor your trailer type.

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National average rates: 2014 heat maps show best, worst states’ quarterly change

Explore 2014 average paid rates data in your niche -- van, flat or reefer -- via these interactive heat maps plotting state-by-state, quarter-by-quarter outbound rate changes.

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Freight volumes: Up last week on the spot market in spite of falling economic conditions

All the same, economist Noel Perry of FTR and Truckstop.com sounded some sour notes on economic outlook in the weekly Trans4Cast newsletter on spot freight trends and more.

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If these walls could talk

With tropical plants in the van, the opportunity for snakebite by hungry, marauding python increases exponentially. "Trucking is a dangerous job. Be safe out there."

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Rates hall of fame: Top 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Does knowing historical rate performance on average help you in your day-to-day negotiations and planning? Find 2014 top performing states and Q2 outbound averages nationwide here.

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Uberization postscript, with Truckstop.com head Scott Moscrip

"The transportation industry is kind of like the Middle East, there’s always turmoil." --Truckstop.com President and CEO Scott Moscrip on neverending broker-carrier-shipper back-and-forth on rates, unlikely to change with so-called "Uber-style" brokerages...

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