freight

Next Trucking — latest tech-enabled brokerage, freight-marketplace hybrid

Next Trucking's new Android smartphone app and freight marketplace connects broker iDC Logistics' universe of shippers directly to owner-operators.

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Van demand continues soft after summer retail inventory build-up

Receivers' outsize summer build-up of retail inventories could be responsible for continuing "soft" dry van volumes for this time of year on the spot market. Rates have followed demand decline.

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‘Convoy’ service for on-demand freight matching

Another entry in the would-be "uber for trucking" category, the Convoy app and service is initially centered around local/regional freight opportunities in Washington State.

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Reefer market update: Rates, demand tumble nationally, with some bright spots in local markets

National average reefer rates continued to show declines last week, but outbound rates continue to trend up in key agricultural markets, including Grand Rapids, Mich.; McAllen, Texas; and Nogales, Ariz..

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National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

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Flatbed demand, rates flat to declining nationally

Bright spots for flatbed truck demand last week could be found in the the Pacific Northwest on DAT Load Boards. South Dakota was also a hot state for flatbeds, with concentrated demand in the Rapid City market.

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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E-log enforcement: Will it be ‘one strike, you’re out’? That and more from FTR conference

“It’s a mandatory regulation,” said former FMCSA head Annette Sandberg, meaning enforcers likely will drop a carriers’ safety rating to Unsatisfactory, giving them 60 days to comply with the rule or be shut down, she says.

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When to take a vacation and other insights from trucking data

Smart owner-operators know they “have to hit it hard” from March through November, said ATBS Vice President Richard DeForest at the Overdrive Partners in Business seminar.

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Reefer demand surge in the Pacific Northwest, other local markets

Views on load/truck-posting activity on DAT Load Boards around the nation in the refrigerated spot market. And: hauling potatoes to L.A. out of Idaho? Reposition to Phoenix before the return to maximize revenue.

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