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Spot market van, reefer, flat update: March living up to its name

Here's the skinny -- and more detail on hot markets -- on activity and rate movement within the last week in flatbed (up), reefer (up in spots) and van (fairly flat) segments.

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Spring freight season has sprung? Spot market volume up in the last week

"Spring appears to have (been) sprung," notes DAT's Ken Harper with this week's spot market update. "Loads up, rates up, hyacinths too" in comparison to the previous week's numbers.

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‘No surprise’: Voices following report on driver pay’s historic fall

Reader Thomas Lawson had this to say about news of a new analysis of driver wage growth -- lack thereof, in fact -- over the 35 years since 1980: "And this is a surprise to whom?"

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Rates took a nosedive in February, major segments drop nearly a dime each

February’s rate declines were the continuation of about a now 18-month-long trend, as flatbed, reefer and van rates have steadily fallen since peaking at record highs in mid-2014. Here are the latest per-mile numbers for each.

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Flatbed volume growing in Southeast — rates still lag

While Spring might be coming a little early for flatbeds in the Southeast with freight volume and demand indicators rising, rates continued to move lower in the last week of February.

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Van spot market: Demand ticked up in the last week

Last week saw van demand rebound from the winter doldrums slightly last week, with the average load-to-truck ratio moving up to 1.4 loads per truck.

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Diesel’s roller-coaster ride: The thrill is gone, but not for all

Now that fuel surcharges are more entrenched, the plunge to below $2 a gallon after about three years in the $4 range has generated much less notice than similar price swings in prior years -- though that's not a blanket truth for everyone.

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February on the spot market: The good, the bad and the ugly

"We’d like nothing more than for March to come in like a lion, and go out like a pack of lions," noted Ken Harper attendant to this week's spot market update from the DAT network of load boards. "But we have to get through February first."

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Dinner options and falling surcharges

"Ahhh, the good old days." --one operator's suggestion for a caption to this photo showing $4 diesel in 2011. Sarcasm? Could be -- amazing, though, how a falling fuel surcharge can expose an inadequate base rate, isn't it?

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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