Record-setting rates for reefers, vans; flatbed hits a high plateau, too
Following February's weather disruptions, truckload freight shipments settled into more normal patterns during the week ending March 14, said DAT Freight & Analytics, yet rates hit record-setting highs even so in dry van, reefer.
March 19, 2021
Brass tacks, bad brokers, big loads to count down the hours with a long run into 2021
Business brass tacks, bad brokers, big loads -- and plenty more in this year-in-review in audio. Join us to listen in with Overdrive Radio to ring in 2021.
December 31, 2020
Cost increases are coming — your rates need to reflect that sooner than later
Take advice from a veteran owner-operator and begin adjusting your own cost basis and rates now, rather than waiting until increases have long taken place.
December 21, 2020
Spot freight demand indicators soften, yet rates hold in the past week
DAT Freight & Analytics shows a slight increase in both van and flatbed and just 2% drop in refrigerated rates. Demand indicators overall, meanwhile, are down.
December 16, 2020
Post-Thanksgiving spot freight — mixed pictures for flatbed, dry van, reefer
While spot rates have been setting records, there are signs that pricing is beginning to soften for the first time in more than seven months. Details here.
December 9, 2020
Flatbed and dry van rates continued to accelerate in Nov.; reefer relaxed
Spot market per-mile rates averages show dry van and flatbed continue to accelerate while reefer rates are up year over year but have slipped since Oct.
December 3, 2020
Volatile year shows growing pains of in-app freight pricing, value of negotiation
Rate extremities brought on by COVID-19 have accelerated trends in increasing utility of brokers' mobile freight engines, with an explosion of new entrants.
November 25, 2020
Mid-month spot market check-in: Reefer, van rates rise even as demand indicators fall
Van and reefer spot rates continue to improve even as volumes tick down, and platform loads' rates crept from October highs. Get all the details on Overdrive.
November 19, 2020
Despite slowed growth, per-mile spot rates in October continued skyward
According to data from Truckstop.com, refrigerated freight in October continued to be the stand-out, with per-mile rates climbing another 25 cents to $2.84.
November 3, 2020
Spot freight: Load post volumes dip for fourth straight week
Truckload rates and volumes seem to be plateauing; however, the spot truckload freight market remains strong year over year. Details on Overdrive.
October 30, 2020
An indie dispatcher’s growing pains meet an owner-op in search of service after ‘every man for himself’ pandemic crunch
In unfamiliar areas, Jose Williams thought to turn to a young dispatch service after reading about them here during the summer. Here's his mixed experience.
October 28, 2020
‘It’s right there in the law’: Owner-operator talks forced ELD switch, pressing brokers on rates transparency
"As a trucking company and as a contractor, you have the right to take advantage of that and have the broker submit that info to you. It's up to you."
October 21, 2020
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