spot market

Hot, cold states for reefer freight

Freight, rates trend of the week: A closer look at the spot market reefer segment, including; How to get back from Philadelphia to Green Bay to maximize loaded revenue.

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Van freight: Demand shift in the last week

Rates trends for the week: Van demand fell off, rates following slightly. And: How would you break up a return trip to Stockton, Calif., from Seattle? Find out the most profitable route here.

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Next recession could hit as early as late 2016, say analysts

FTR Associates' "state of freight" seminar/Q&A reflected readers' recent suggestions that owner-operators ought to start the belt-tightening now to prepare for a cyclical economic downturn -- starting as early as late 2016.

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Postscript: Analyzing base linehaul rates minus fuel

A quick glance at rate performance year over year, minus fuel, is fairly simple via DAT's Trendlines pages. And, asks a reader, If rates are flat, where's the capacity crunch everybody keeps talking about?

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Have spot market rates really dived as much as you think?

When adjusted to control for the large difference in fuel prices, by some views rates are actually stronger this spring than in 2014.

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Cycle analysis: How posted rates play out

The relationship between offered and negotiated, paid rates can be complex when analyzed by day of the week and trailer type.

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National average rates: 2014 heat maps show best, worst states’ quarterly change

Explore 2014 average paid rates data in your niche -- van, flat or reefer -- via these interactive heat maps plotting state-by-state, quarter-by-quarter outbound rate changes.

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April volume, rates: Spot load availability falls, base linehaul rates rise

Controlling for declines in fuel prices, base line-haul rates were up in April viewed year over year, suggesting a continuing good rate negotiating environment for independents able to secure freight.

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DAT Keypoint operating software, new features

Smaller and smaller carriers are feeling compelled to run parallel brokerages to satisfy customers, DAT says. Its Keypoint TMS software specifically built for brokerages fills the needs of such customers.

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Rates hall of fame: Top 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Does knowing historical rate performance on average help you in your day-to-day negotiations and planning? Find 2014 top performing states and Q2 outbound averages nationwide here.

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