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Stiff freight challenges await trucking in coming decade, says trucking economist

Long-term freight challenges loom for the trucking industry as the economy and the supply chain become more efficient, more digitized and, thus, less reliant on transport needs, said Noȅl Perry, a chief economist for FTR and Truckstop.com.

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Flatbed rates hit multi-year high in August as van, reefer slump pre-Harvey

The effects have Hurricane Harvey have pressed van and reefer rates higher to start September, but the two segments both saw declines overall in August from July, according to monthly rate data provided to Overdrive by Truckstop.com. Flatbed, meanwhile, hit its highest average in nearly three years in August, according to Truckstop.com’s data.

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Research broker histories before taking load from new source

Using resources available on different load boards to research a broker's credit history, days to pay and more can help prevent a bad experience.

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Five Apps for That: Tools for grabbing a quick load

Spot market load matching evolved from physical bulletin boards at truck stops to digital displays and then to websites. Today, those websites increasingly are accessed via a mobile browser and, in the case of the five mobile boards featured here, via smartphone apps.

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FTR’s Perry joins Truckstop.com as chief economist

Perry specializes in analyzing risks in the transportation market and focuses on the underlying fundamentals of transport demand, operations and competition. 

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Rates gain momentum in May, truckload segments climb for second straight month

Per-mile rates on the spot market soared in May, with rates in all three major truckload segments -- van, flatbed and reefer -- posting solid gains from the month prior.

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Rates find solid footing in April, flatbed soars

Per-mile spot market rates for all three major truckload segments -- dry van, reefer and flatbed -- rose in April, according to data from Truckstop.com. The gains are in line with seasonal trends, but they could also reflect the beginning of a rate swell predicted by trucking analysts to occur this year.

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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Truckstop.com sets sights on ELD marketplace

After the coming discontinuation of its uDrove ELD, Truckstop.com is committed to assisting customers in finding a new vendor individually and, as was revealed in conversation with Overdrive, collectively. The company is building an ELD marketplace for vetted companies to debut this summer.

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Load boards’ mobile evolution

Trucker Path and its Truckloads app join major players DAT and Truckstop.com in an increasing number of operators' load board experiences, optimized for mobile devices.

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