freight

Van rates holding, spot-market demand rising

Good news in all segments nationally is that load-to-truck ratios were up significantly in the past week.

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Poll: Chief attraction of maintaining your own operating authority?

Is it that control over all aspects of the business yields greater cost-saving opportunities, better income (particularly with direct customers), or something else? Tell us what you think here.

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How would you fix the problem of excessive loading/unloading delays?

From changes in how drivers are paid to new government regulation of shippers and receivers, the choices are many -- and none particularly easy to implement. Which do you think would do the job best?

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DAT launches RateView

DAT's new RateView revamp of the Truckload Rate Index with several new features can be helpful for owner-operator load, lane and price analysis for profitable load planning.

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July load volumes exceed June for first time; Domestic intermodal on fire in Southeast

Reports from DAT's Trendlines and the Intermodal Association of North America's quarterly trends report show volumes were strong through June and July.

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Lumper fees: Sometimes a little push-back works

Readers respond to Wendy Parker's "To lump or not to lump..." story about the lumper fees common at grocery distributors -- if carriers aren't being compensated for fees by shipper or receiver, then U.S. law has been violated.

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New load profitability planner

123Loadboard.com launched a load planning function that takes into consideration driving time, deadhead mileage, fuel and toll costs toward a goal of stringing together hauls for maximum profitability. The "Load Planner" reduces the time required to locate a sequence of the highest potential paying loads to plan a trip without having to perform countless load searches. “The Load Planner automatically sorts trips based on profitability," said A.J. Sansoye, company operations director. "This ensures that you will always work with ...

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Demand rising for spot market flat freight

Rates reversed a downward trend in late July due primraily to growing volume in flatbed freight, DAT reported.

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Educational opportunity at the grocery

For want of JIT load: "I watched a little kid have a near seizure because there were no Lucky Charms on the shelf. (I myself was somewhat disappointed, but refrained from throwing myself to the floor and screaming, unlike the kid.)"

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POLL: Freight rates: up or down since the end of June?

With seasonal and regulatory changes (hours of service) in play, this poll interrogates rate conditions for owner-operators around the nation.

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