rates

Fuel prices putting a damper on rates as winter freight season settles in

Rates fell for hauls originating in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but strong freight volume may lead to a rebound on the most popular lanes this week or next.

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POLL: The future of rates and driver pay models?

Looking out over the next decades, what do you see for mileage, percentage, hourly (or salary) pay models for leased and/or company drivers, and what's the future of rates for independents look like? Choose up to three of these scenarios or suggest your own under this poll.

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Van, flatbed rates ticked up in December to end five-month decline, reefer rates continue tumble

Per-mile sppt market rates in van and flatbed segments climbed a penny in December, while paid reefer rates fell three cents, according to Truckstop.com data.

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So, what’s for dinner?

"I saw box freight running for more than three dollars a mile the other day. When we had a box that was the running rate for flatbed and we were eating $1.90/mile... Grass is always greener, yaddah yaddah..."

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Spot market rates, volume: Hot markets for van and reefer across Midwest, South

The brief "reminder of 2014" we got in last week's spot market update in the very high van load-to-truck ratio came back down to earth this, though it's still high for this time of year.

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Shipper to owner-operators: Come on down!

Some shippers' common bond with owner-operators -- when it comes to procuring transportation, they'd rather not deal with brokers or large asset-based carriers, either.

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Defining competitive factors: What about price?

Whether you're better at "sharpening your pencil" or you're the "high-end guy" with a specialized service, don’t sell yourself short in today's market on rates.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Owner-operator 2016 business outlook trends pessimistic

Results of recent polling show a trend toward a pessimistic outlook following a 2015 that didn't exactly live up to expectations as they stood this time last year.

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Holiday spot market update: Freight activity falls, though demand boosted with weather

Van load posts on DAT load boards slowed by 22 percent, and truck posts declined 33 percent, during the Christmas holiday week. Weather-led disruptions boosted demand in spots.

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