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Weekly spot freight update: Reefer, van volumes still strong compared to 2016

The normal seasonal slow-down has been leading to lower demand and lower rates, but van volumes continue to look solid compared to 2016 in the spot market. And: How to maximize Cleveland-to-Chicago via Fort Wayne.

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Loadsmart freight platform lands shippers

Anheuser Busch (AB InBev) recently signed a contract with Loadsmart, the latest in a series of Fortune 500 companies the company says is utilizing Loadsmart’s technology to shift how they quote, book and ultimately move their freight.

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Website maps 2016 ‘year in truck spills’

Think you've seen it all when it comes to highway accidents? For those among you who might answer in the affirmative, the folks behind the AtlasObscura.com argue otherwise with this map of notable spilled loads of 2016.

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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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Fall freight season spreading out beyond Thanksgiving? Spot market update illustrates e-commerce trends

"The very decided trend toward e-commerce for holiday shoppers" holds the chance of extending, or at least re-ordering, "the historic notions of the 'second freight season' ending by Thanksgiving." --DAT's Ken Harper

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Xypper launches new app/web-based brokered freight tool

The company Xypper, Inc., has developed and launched a smartphone-app- and web-based system optimized for independent owner-operators to receive brokered load offers based on geographical location and availability.

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

The past couple of years have seen the Fall freight season dwindle in intensity, but it's lasted through December and January due to e-commerce. In this weekly spot market update, intel on just what markets are benefiting dry vans and reefers.

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Convoy tech-enabled brokerage inks deal with Unilever to handle ‘millions’ in freight in 2017

The Convoy deal with shipper Unilever is victory for a young brokerage operating in something of a nontraditional way, enabled by technology to streamline elements of the freight transaction (think "uberization of trucking") -- in an increasingly crowded market.

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Spot market: Mixed bag for flatbed, dry van, reefer

Surging van freight in the Southeast post-Matthew fell off as flatbed picked up there last week. Reefers were in demand in markets along the Mexican border with produce coming north.

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Negotiating rates without needing ‘extra blood-pressure medicine’

Conceive of negotiations over loads/rates as an opportunity to start or extend a potential long-term business relationship -- don't leave money on the table, but always keep in mind this rule of thumb: "If both sides aren't happy in the end, it's not negotiating."

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