spot market

Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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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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Spot freight volume: 100 percent higher than this time last year

The stat in the headline doesn't tell the whole story, however, as rates are basically flat from where they've been the past few weeks. Some bright spots, however, in flatbed.

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Reefer rates follow van to winter lows, particularly out West

With last week's spot market update, it looked like van rate averages on many lanes might have been near the bottom for this slow season. It’s looking that way for reefer rates now, and spot market volumes have been relatively constant in the segment.

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Winter doldrums in the spot market for vans, reefers

Van rates may have hit bottom for the season, says DAT's Ken Harper. "There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic, however, for spot freight. "Volumes on the top 100 van lanes were up 2.5 percent over the previous week, and about the same month over month."

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Top 10 cities for van, reefer, flatbed freight in 2016

For the second year in a row, Atlanta was the top city for van and reefer spot truckload freight in 2016, according to DAT Solutions. Little Rock, Ark., held also held its spot as the top city for flatbed spot freight.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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‘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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