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Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

In this week's spot market update, owner-operator James Woods urges more owner-operators to use tactical patience/time to their negotiating advantage -- and demand maps, more for dry van, reefer loads in the last week.

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New uShip CEO Mike Williams hoping to increase business freight in principal marketplace

In an interview with Overdrive, Williams also stressed uShip's Pro platform as one that could be adopted by more brokers and 3PLs as the tech backbone of their freight-management operations, as has been done in Europe by D.B. Schenker.

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MacroPoint hits load-tracking milestone

MacroPoint, creator of patented freight tracking software designed to give shippers, brokers, 3PLs and carriers real-time visibility into load status, announced that its platform now includes one million drivers.

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Truckloads opens up carrier visibility to brokers

Truckloads opens up carrier visibility to brokers

Brokers that post freight on Trucker Path's Truckloads platform can now search for verified carriers who could be a match to haul a load based on location, equipment type and the carrier's safety rating.

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POLL: How long on average do you stay on the road at a time?

How much time do you typically spent on the road between stints at home? Weigh via this poll.

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Demand edges down, but freight volumes steady in van, lagging a bit in reefer with weather

Demand edges down, but freight volumes steady in van, lagging a bit in reefer with weather

A little "bitter fruit" in the spot market update this week, notes Ken Harper of DAT. "We're still seeing good volumes on freight, especially on the Top 100 van lanes, but unfortunately the capacity is there as well, so rates haven't lifted."

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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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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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New heavy-haul load marketplace

New heavy-haul load marketplace

The FR8star marketplace employs a patent-pending rate calculator for pricing oversize/overweight loads, including up-to-date state permit fees and escort costs.

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Flurry of Northeast loads boosted van demand indicators ahead of storm

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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