spot market

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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DAT’s premium Power load board updated

DAT Solutions today announced the availability of its updated, web-based DAT Power load board, delivering results faster, reducing clicks and keystrokes, and containing unique teamwork features.

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Reefer, van, flatbed all see rate increases in March

That’s the first across-the-board rate increase since June 2014 and at least a temporary bright spot in an otherwise rocky 8-month period, with gross rates largely trending downward in that time period and gains built up prior erased.

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Trucker demand on the West Coast with the port backlog: Update

As of last week Tuesday, Los Angeles outbound was showing a load-to-truck ratio of 0.7 on DAT boards -- the company considers 2.5 a balanced ratio. Look for demand to heat up mid-March.

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The rest: Tying the knot on 2014

The third and final part of the Channel 19 2014 year in review, threading the needle through the most-read posts to the blog, here with an emphasis on rates and pay, parking and more.

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Spot market volume and van, flat rates edge up

According to DAT's analysis of the spot market for the week ending October 4, freight availability rebounded 1.5 percent at the close of the month and quarter.

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Getting the best rates: Two approaches

Owner-operators Rico Muhammad and Chad Boblett share Tortoise-and-Hare approaches to using data toward commanding better rates.

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Taking control of load-matching

What has emerged through the years is the ability for owner-operators to quickly and accurately pinpoint the markets where they’re in high demand, even before arriving.

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