spot market

‘Freight recession over,’ analyst says — flat, van, reefer demand updates

Following an "18-month malaise" in freight sparked by the collapse in oil prices at the end of 2014, says DAT analyst Mark Montague, the freight recession is now officially over.

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Van, reefer demand and rate picture mixed the first week of the year

DAT's Ken Harper says owner-operators might be right to be expressing optimism about their business prospects for 2017: "With the economy picking up, and economic forecasts showing growth, it should (could?) be a very good year for spot freight."

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Christmas-New Year ‘downtime week’ rates some of the strongest this year for reefers, vans

This weekly spot market update, covering last week's Christmas-New Year interregnum for a sizable chunk of the American economy, showed van and reefer rates remaining strong, "perhaps even stronger" than prior weeks, noted DAT's Ken Harper.

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Van, reefer ending the year on fairly strong footing

In the past week, the focal point of a lot of activity was on the Midwest and along the East Coast, where freight had to arrive at its final destination before the end of the week.

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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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Though the weather turns colder, spot market temps turn up for vans, flatbeds

Winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast could push rates even higher the week of Christmas, since parcel freight will be moving until Saturday the 24th, and those lanes will be slower and more difficult.

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Christmas gifts for spot market carriers in e-commerce

According to Adobe’s digital index, shoppers have spent $1 billion online on all but one of the 35 days between Nov. 1 and Dec. 5, and Cyber Monday was roughly double that -- $1.94B. Obviously, the goods had to get to distribution centers in order to be fulfilled.

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Video: A roll into and through the fall freight season’s demand for dry vans

Van, reefer demand continued relatively strong in this week's spot market update following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hot markets, rising and falling rates on specific lanes, and more in this update.

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Hot markets for flat, van, reefer loads in the last week

E-commerce continued to extend the fall freight season, and season-specific freight was on the road in large volumes last week, with Christmas trees, as well as potatoes, cranberries, and other fall produce indicating that grocery stores were still stocking up on fresh food during the week before Thanksgiving. "We expect this week to be quieter, for all the right reasons."

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Fall freight season spreading out beyond Thanksgiving? Spot market update illustrates e-commerce trends

"The very decided trend toward e-commerce for holiday shoppers" holds the chance of extending, or at least re-ordering, "the historic notions of the 'second freight season' ending by Thanksgiving." --DAT's Ken Harper

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