rates

POLL: Will rates move in a positive or negative direction as a result of the ELD mandate?

What's your view of the likelihood of a rates impact as a result of the ELD mandate -- commentators have been on either side of the issue in recent time, some believing rates will rise, others doubting the projection.

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Loose capacity a ‘speed limiter’ on rising rates in van freight

The national average van rate held tight at $1.68 per mile last week. Still, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes in what’s been a slow and steady trend.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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Here’s a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

As in nails, as in trucking: "Don't cave. Don't cave on the prices, or the quality of service, because doing so only cuts your own throat in the end."

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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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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