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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Reefer rates climbed in August, flatbed and van rates fell

Per-mile rates on the spot market mostly continued to tumble in August, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer rates were the lone bright spot in the month’s rates report, climbing 4 cents a mile. Dry van and flatbed rates both posted declines.

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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‘Shippers have a soul’ –Overhaul cofounder on pitch to customers for better rates to owner-operators

In the transportation ecosystem, says Overhaul cofounder Barry Conlon, "the most important guy is the driver," too often getting the short end of the compensation stick. High-end shipper customers are hearing that message, he says, in bid to connect owner-operators directly via freight marketplace.

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Why does Gorilla Safety have a ’97 Lamborghini at the center of its GATS booth?

The ELD and management platform provider may hope it illustrates a desired "fresh approach" to the potential for tech to assume more of the burden of what is becoming ever more of a paper-pushing, record-keeping-intensive business -- trucking.

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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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POLL: Small fleet owners, where do you most-often find your driver candidates?

If you've been in the position of hiring a driver, what most commonly generates the successful job candidate -- direct referrals of various natures, ads in local or far-flung places or something else entirely? Weigh in here.

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Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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For-hire trucking gains 1,700 jobs in July

For-hire trucking employment in the month totaled 1.455 million, according to the DOL’s figures.

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Spot market van rates showing strength — relatively speaking, that is

DAT Load Boards' network showed July van rates above June's, atypical this time of years. It's one of a couple "good signs that we're watching to see if they hold up," says DAT's Ken Harper. Flatbed picture remains volatile, though the Southeast is showing strength.

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