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Dog days of freight, rates setting in?

"Bad news, good news," says DAT's Ken Harper, looking at the spot market picture within the last week -- less freight, suggesting the typically "Summertime Blues" this time of year may finally be settling in.

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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Demand indicators for vans, reefers, flats up in the last week

An increase in the load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers particularly indicates that rates on average could rise this week as the second quarter ends and a holiday weekend begins.

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C.H. Robinson: Carrier performance program for first access to freight, online portal updates, more

C.H. Robinson's online freight-access portal gets a new look, and functionality, aimed at increasing some automated functionality and delivering on the goals of a new program to reward consistent, high-performance carriers in the broker's network.

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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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The end-of-quarter rush on the spot market closes out March transition month

Spot market loads posted in March showed volume 42 percent higher than in February — but 28 percent lower than the same period in 2015. Here's how the last week of the quarter played out in vans and reefers.

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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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