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Uberization postscript, with Truckstop.com head Scott Moscrip

"The transportation industry is kind of like the Middle East, there’s always turmoil." --Truckstop.com President and CEO Scott Moscrip on neverending broker-carrier-shipper back-and-forth on rates, unlikely to change with so-called "Uber-style" brokerages...

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Preferred pricing from Canal Insurance with dual-camera-system use

Lytx announced it has signed an agreement with Canal Insurance Company to offer the Lytx DriveCam Program to insureds in exchange for preferred insurance rates.

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Freight from the ports: Savannah benefiting from West Coast freight diversions

If trends continue, watch for well better van rates out of Georgia as freight heats up with the Spring.

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Rates hall of shame: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Turns out it's true: Colorado on average is on the list for outbound freight -- so are many Northeast states. At once, some states in the NE region show some of the highest rates for inbound freight. More data, discussion here.

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POLL: How far in advance do you negotiate your loads?

Independents, this poll probes the extent to which you pre-plan loads (negotiating a day or days ahead of time) or look to maximize rates by negotiating "the day of" the load.

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Reefer, van, flatbed all see rate increases in March

That’s the first across-the-board rate increase since June 2014 and at least a temporary bright spot in an otherwise rocky 8-month period, with gross rates largely trending downward in that time period and gains built up prior erased.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s on the way

Tech startups aimed at long-haul TL need critical mass of freight, carrier capacity and more to compete with systems entrenched in the freight market, themselves adopting some Uber-like functionality.

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POLL: How many freight-rate negotiations do you conduct in a week?

Independents, how negotiation-heavy is your business when it comes to rates? This poll asks how many rate conversations you have in any given week with a broker or freight agent.

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POLL: Best day of the week to negotiate for and book a load?

Independents, in your experience, what day of the week yields the best rates during broker negotiations? Tell us in this poll -- further thoughts on the reasons why/anecdotes, sound off in the comments.

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‘Cheap diesel’ makes my eye twitch

"I think the FMCSA should implement a rule that says if anyone uses the argument that 'diesel is cheap'" to justify low rates "they are rendered a swift and brutal throat punch."

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