freight

Spot market rates, volume: Hot markets for van and reefer across Midwest, South

The brief "reminder of 2014" we got in last week's spot market update in the very high van load-to-truck ratio came back down to earth this, though it's still high for this time of year.

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Shipper to owner-operators: Come on down!

Some shippers' common bond with owner-operators -- when it comes to procuring transportation, they'd rather not deal with brokers or large asset-based carriers, either.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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Owner-operator 2016 business outlook trends pessimistic

Results of recent polling show a trend toward a pessimistic outlook following a 2015 that didn't exactly live up to expectations as they stood this time last year.

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Van spot market update: Can you guess the worst-performing lanes of the week?

"What goes up must come down," says DAT's Ken Harper, who notes laws of gravity as a general rule might well be applied to "to truck loads and rates on the spot market," particularly as seen this past week.

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Reefer spot-market-volume surge follows Thanksgiving holiday week

Reefer demand improved substantially with the load availability boost last week, DAT says. The national load-to-truck ratio rose 33 percent, to 5.7 loads per truck.

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Paul Pate presents ‘WIDE LOAD’

One big load: Video of a "1.7 million-pound transformer moving on Arizona Highway 160 near Red Mesa."

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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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