freight

Spot market rates finally respond after weeks of major-market load volume improvement

Freight and rates are picking up pretty much all over the country, but lanes favoring carriers (more than 3 loads per truck) are in the Southern "belly band," from South Carolina/Georgia, over to California.

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The flat, van, reefer markets bucking the national downward rate trend in the last week

All equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Why? Load availability was up in the largest van freight markets last week, accompanied by a 30 percent increase in reefer freight movements compared to the previous week. Flatbed is also gaining strength.

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Spot market slips again as loads dip; a look at top states for freight activity

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index decreased 3.6 percent in the week ending April 18, due to a 3.3 percent decrease in load availability. Compared to the same month last year, load availability was down 16.5 percent, and the overall MDI was down a comparable 16.6 percent.

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Reefer, van ‘warming market’ maps for the week

Spring freight volumes are exactly hot in van and reefer, but warming. Usually this time of year, notes DAT's Ken Harper, rates will follow. Some local markets where owner-operators can bring confidence to negotiations detailed here.

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Audio mailbag: Broker freight transaction transparency rears its head amid rate doldrums

What exactly are those with the biggest stake in any freight movement getting today separated by middlemen? Not much, at too high a rate, one caller among others to the Overdrive Radio podcast line contends.

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Overhaul bringing high-end shippers into secure freight platform

When Overhaul launches in July, the company says, it will be debuting a fully direct-shipper booking engine to connect with owner-operators/small fleets whose drivers will gradually build trust among customers within the platform.

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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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Eight owner-operator takeaways from a trucking economist’s talk

Here are some points made by trucking economist John Larkin, plus Overdrive's take on how they could have some bearing on owner-operators, especially independents.

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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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Van spot market: Demand ticked up in the last week

Last week saw van demand rebound from the winter doldrums slightly last week, with the average load-to-truck ratio moving up to 1.4 loads per truck.

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