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Reefer market update: Rates, demand tumble nationally, with some bright spots in local markets

National average reefer rates continued to show declines last week, but outbound rates continue to trend up in key agricultural markets, including Grand Rapids, Mich.; McAllen, Texas; and Nogales, Ariz..

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Rates continued to tumble in September, all three major truckload segments decline

Average per-mile rates on the spot market in all three major truckload segments fell in September from August, according to data from Truckstop.com, following up on big drops seen in August. Here are the numbers.

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National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

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Owner-operators’ decade of ‘working less and making more’

What’s changed about trucking since 2003? All manner of things, from the emissions systems put on engines to all manner of regulatory overload. There’s also been no shortage of change in the balance of miles and money that drives owner-operator businesses. Because of its role as a financial services provider for thousands of owner-operators, ATBS has lots of interesting data to precisely document that evolution. In this video excerpt from his presentation at the Partners in Business ...

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Flatbed demand, rates flat to declining nationally

Bright spots for flatbed truck demand last week could be found in the the Pacific Northwest on DAT Load Boards. South Dakota was also a hot state for flatbeds, with concentrated demand in the Rapid City market.

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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Why you deserve $64/hour for detention

Calculating a fair detention rate: A majority of operators indicate either total revenue per mile (38 percent) or profit/net income per mile + fixed cost per mile (45 percent) as appropriate benchmarks for detention rates.

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Reefer demand surge in the Pacific Northwest, other local markets

Views on load/truck-posting activity on DAT Load Boards around the nation in the refrigerated spot market. And: hauling potatoes to L.A. out of Idaho? Reposition to Phoenix before the return to maximize revenue.

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Detention détente: Cadle Trucking

"When capacity gets even tighter – when electronic logs become a mandate ... it will be a good opportunity for us to recover costs that we’ll have to pass along to drivers to pay them to sit.” --9-truck fleet owner-operator Ben Cadle

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Detention détente: Tables turn in carriers’, drivers’ favor in pay/rate negotiations

The tables finally are turning, as examined in this multipart feature. Fleets and owner-operators, for years in a losing battle with brokers and shippers over compensation for wasted dock time, are exercising improved leverage in negotiations.

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