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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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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Podcast: Most Beautiful champ Brita Nowak on independent business, expansion limits, and more

Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio talks through Most Beautiful winner and one-truck independent owner-operator Brita Nowak about, among other things, her run from one to five trucks -- and back.

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Owner-ops asked to rank trucking’s top issues in survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking input from industry stakeholders about the top issues in the industry.

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Owner-operators for CEVA deemed contractors, not company employees

Owner-operators leased to CEVA Freight were rightly classified as independent contractors, an Oregon appeals court ruled. The carrier challenged the state's labor department's assertion that they should have been classified as company employees.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Dog days of freight, rates setting in?

"Bad news, good news," says DAT's Ken Harper, looking at the spot market picture within the last week -- less freight, suggesting the typically "Summertime Blues" this time of year may finally be settling in.

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Serious excess-detention issue lost on many brokers, survey says

A new survey conducted by DAT shows something of a disconnect between carrier/broker views on detention. While detention is one of the top 5 business issues for 8 in 10 carriers, only 20 percent of brokers agreed that detention was that significant for them.

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Post-July 4 spot market fireworks

Spot market rates typically take something of a dive after the July 4 holiday, but that wasn’t the case in the "short week" last week.

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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