Business

Van, reefer rates soared in July

Per-mile spot market rates in van and reefer segments continued their recent hot streak in July, with both segments climbing to their highest point in two years, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Flatbed rates dipped a few cents in the month, but the segment’s per-mile rate average remains at one of its strongest points since mid-2015, too.

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Van freight volume, rates ease off recent hot streak

Coming off of two-year highs just two weeks ago, van rates and volume dipped slightly in the most recent week. Reefer saw similar declines.

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Partners in Business tip: Perform regular PM

Preventive maintenance ensures your truck is running efficiently. Here are a few items to regularly check.

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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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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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ATA predicts manufacturing, other areas to fuel steady trucking growth through 2028

The trucking industry is set to be a trillion dollar industry by 2024, according to a forecast released Wednesday by the American Trucking Associations.

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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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Steve McNeal’s sleeper-/six-skid-box-outfitted custom ’17 Ford Transit expediter

Take a video run through a unit that, in a booth at the Expedite Expo (Load One's) that also included one of Brad Keselowski's actual NASCAR racecars, was getting the lion's share of the attention.

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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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