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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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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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ATRI rebrands website, looks to better promote research efforts

The organization says it is doing more to promote its research efforts to the trucking industry, such as its top industry issues survey, the cost of congestion report and top freight bottlenecks report.

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After hot end of July on the spot market, lucky lanes in van, reefer

The central question remains whether we'll see the typical August slump in freight and rates for vans and reefers, or if the economy has enough oomph to make August as relatively exceptional as July was.

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Uber Freight update: Regional emphasis shift, personalized app update

With an update beginning roll-out today, the Uber Freight app will learn progressively about user preferences, delivering a “For You” pack that will show owner-operators all of their personalized load recommendations. Also: The broker's new regional emphases around freight hubs on both coasts and in the Midwest.

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Brokerage app Convoy lands $62M to fund nationwide rollout

The platform’s shipping customers include Fortune 500 brands Unilever and Anheuser-Busch, as well as Niagara Bottling and Tenaris and its fleet force is comprised of a technology-connected network of approximately 10,000 trucking companies.

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Sleek Fleet tech-enabled brokerage launches

Sleek Fleet LLC launched its web- and mobile-enabled brokerage, designed to directly connect owner-operators with shipper customers' loads. 

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Flatbed volumes/rates remain well above average, van holding, as midsummer rate doldrums loom

"The fireworks are over," says DAT's Ken Harper, but flat and van volumes remain above average for this time of year in the last week. At once, "rates slipped for vans as urgency around the end-of-quarter inventory moves, holiday shipments and Amazon Prime sales" fell off a bit.

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Comdata launches mobile app to send, receive funds

The Comchek Mobile app gives users the ability to send, receive and access funds on their Comdata cards. The company says the app builds on its Comchek Express Checks paper-based money transfer system.

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State of insurance for independents with new authority: Pricey, and getting pricier

When it's time to shop coverage around: With a fleet at around four years old and no significant history of claims, a seven truck fleet's liability insurance rates had risen substantially in its fourth year to roughly $15,000 annually per truck, all in. That's not how it's supposed to go, noted presenters at an insurance session at Expedite Expo.

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