freight

Spot market update: Harvey ripple effects, lookback on dry van demand through 2017 so far

The demand map for the dry van segment continued to be on the darker, truck-favorable side in the last week, part of a somewhat uncommon trend in the spot market for this time of year. Run through the shifting sands of van demand so far this year in a video, and more in this week's update.

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Harvey effect: Texas rates climbing, diesel could jump 15-25 cents, high-dollar FEMA loads available

Per a seven-day rolling average maintained by load board DAT Solutions, van rates between Dallas and Seguin, Texas, (about a 250-mile run) have shot up 49 percent in recent days to a $3.46 per-mile average, with some loads paying above $5. More here on rates and fuel prices here...

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August shaping up well on the spot market, all things considered — van, reefer updates

For vans, reefers, signs still point for strong rates for this time of year, which bodes well for the rest of the third quarter and through to the end of the year on the spot market.

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Engage.Bid tool can be effective for small carriers working large-shipper RFPs

Devliering the ability to "price with conviction" is the goal of the tool, released by TMW last year -- it enables carriers to pull shipper RFPs' lane-by-lane requests for rate bids into a proprietary module and apply analysis tools. Then output bids quickly back to RFP lane files, speeding up the process.

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‘The Drive’ owner-operator-focused three-day conference; NPR radio and truckers

"The Drive" conference, the brainchild of Patriot Star small fleet owners and Trucking With Authority podcast hosts Kenny and Elizabeth Long, happens October 17-19 in North Kansas City.

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A hot August: New development for the spot market in van, reefer

Find load-to-truck demand indicator averages for van and reefer below -- for last week, when volumes declined for vans nationally but remained well higher than what is typical for August most years. "Temperatures in our part of the woods have come down from their unseasonably torrid highs," noted DAT's Ken Harper, "but it's still very warm. The same can be said about spot market freight." In July, the national van load-to-truck ratio was 5.5 on DAT ...

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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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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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Uber Freight update: Regional emphasis shift, personalized app update

With an update beginning roll-out today, the Uber Freight app will learn progressively about user preferences, delivering a “For You” pack that will show owner-operators all of their personalized load recommendations. Also: The broker's new regional emphases around freight hubs on both coasts and in the Midwest.

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Sleek Fleet tech-enabled brokerage launches

Sleek Fleet LLC launched its web- and mobile-enabled brokerage, designed to directly connect owner-operators with shipper customers' loads. 

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