produce

Hot markets for flat, van, reefer loads in the last week

E-commerce continued to extend the fall freight season, and season-specific freight was on the road in large volumes last week, with Christmas trees, as well as potatoes, cranberries, and other fall produce indicating that grocery stores were still stocking up on fresh food during the week before Thanksgiving. "We expect this week to be quieter, for all the right reasons."

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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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Reefer gaining ground in select markets, dry van rates improving overall

Last week looked more like a June produce peak than the first week in November for reefers. The national average rate per mile was way up, and volumes surged 7 percent nationwide. More on hot reefer and dry van markets.

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Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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Japanese ‘Dekotora’ tradition in custom rigs

A long look across the Pacific at Takuya Sosogi's custom 'dekotora' straight truck, hauling produce in the island nation of Japan. Mel Films' new short documentary shows Japanese custom traditions share a lot with those in the U.S.

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Food Cowboy grows ways to reduce waste

The Food Cowboy group, founded by a produce hauler, continues to grow unique ways to alleviate waste and hunger in the United States, with new developments and liaisons strengthening the mission.

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The Cowboy Way — nothing goes to waste

A former produce hauler and his brother's mission to feed the needy with surplus vegetables, Food Cowboy, launches its app to connect truckers to food pantries.

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Produce haulers looking for another reason not to go to California…

Look no further than recent "hot market maps" showing reefer load-to-truck from DAT ... And: rates were in positive territory last week -- Roadcheck effect, anyone?

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Short and sweet: Length-of-haul strategies at work

Operators and carriers discuss strategies toward adequate rates and compensation given declining length-of-haul in reefer and dry van segments, and how flatbed differs.

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Short and sweet: Pros, cons of length-of-haul trends

Part 1 in a two-part length-of-haul analysis presents owner-operator advantages/disadvantages of the trucking trend to shorter haul length in reefer and dry van segment.

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