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Owner-operator analyst on 2017: ELD rate boost still looms, income to be ‘flat to up’

ATBS' Todd Amen predicts ELD implementation will spur rate growth until about mid-2018. Rates could grow by as much as 10 percent in that time, he said. Income for owner-operators in 2016 dipped slightly from 2015. Amen said he expects owner-operator income in 2017 to be “flat to up,” he said, “but better than some expect.”

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Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

In this week's spot market update, owner-operator James Woods urges more owner-operators to use tactical patience/time to their negotiating advantage -- and demand maps, more for dry van, reefer loads in the last week.

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Rates report: Flatbed gained big in March, reefer sank

March was a mixed bag for spot market rates, as flatbed pricing soared and reefer rates tumbled, according to monthly rates data from Truckstop.com. Van rates remained flat in the month.

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Demand edges down, but freight volumes steady in van, lagging a bit in reefer with weather

A little "bitter fruit" in the spot market update this week, notes Ken Harper of DAT. "We're still seeing good volumes on freight, especially on the Top 100 van lanes, but unfortunately the capacity is there as well, so rates haven't lifted."

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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Sun-up in the oil patch, and: ’14-hour rule is the real issue’

G'mornin', drivers. One beauty of a scene from the Reader Rigs gallery, posted on Tuesday by John Reinhardt, a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas "way out in nowhere," Reinhardt wrote, north of Pecos. And: More from Gary Carlisle on the 14-hour rule/ELDs one-two punch.

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Flurry of Northeast loads boosted van demand indicators ahead of storm

On the top 100 van lanes, however, rates rose on most, but the overall trend was neutral. Spot market volumes remain strong, though, and if the winter storm leads to tighter capacity, rates should rise to follow. More reefer, van hot (and not-so-hot) markets in this week's report.

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Cross your fingers and say, three times, ‘Spring freight season’ …

As on a teeter-totter, as on the spot freight market -- what goes down must come up. Well, sort of. Spot market volumes on DAT Load Boards continued their climb last week, enough to finally put pressure on rates to rise.

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POLL: ELDs and business income — what’s your view of the likely (or actual) impact of running electronic for hours?

Whether you're already running an electronic log or not, how do you believe the move from paper to the engine-connected electronic environment would or did (if at all) impact your net income?

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