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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: How will carriers leasing owner-operators treat it?

Answers here from respondents to a recent carrier survey conducted by CCJ. And: Reader Gary Carlisle's thoughts on the limited potential for the ELD mandate to impact rates for the positive.

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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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