With this freight/rate weekly report, DAT’s Ken Harper notes that this time of year is one when, typically, van freight begins to see the benefit of the Christmas season to come. Yet, as he noted, “freight remains relatively soft for this time of year…. The question is why.”
E-commerce continues to grow as a shopper’s option, which Harper notes has to one degree or another negated some of “the need for the amounts of retail inventory required in the past” for individual local businesses to keep on hand, shifting more freight to distribution centers.
On a lighter note, another possible explanation, Harper says, “is that there are way too many naughty people in the U.S. and Santa Claus is [planning] fewer stops this year.”
In Seattle, which has been fairly warm for vans in the past month, it cooled off a bit last week as outbound rates dropped. If you’re stuck in Seattle and you need to get back to Los Angeles, a tight schedule with a load to Twin Falls, Idaho, then another to L.A., might fit your hours. If you negotiate at least these average rates, derived from those in DAT RateView, you’ll fill your wallet with an additional $1,400 for the roundtrip. Examine the numbers below: