flatbed

Rates up, volumes neutral to down year over year: The story so far in February for van, flatbed

With ELD proliferation constraining capacity in trucking and pushing up rates, there's evidence of some competition from rail/intermodal moderating volumes in van. Flatbed's generally volume-neutral compared to this time last year.

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Hot economy pushes flatbedders’ income way above their peers

ATBS averages for independents and dry van haulers in 2017 were close to $60,000, but reefer haulers averaged only $49,267.

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Fuel prices, post-ELD pressure sustain elevated rate picture on spot market

Rising fuel costs, topping $3/gal. nationally in recent weeks, have added pressure on freight rates, slowing their seasonal decline a bit. But the bigger story remains a capacity crunch that’s put truckers in the driver's seat on rates, partly a result of proliferating ELDs.

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Van rates, flatbed demand close 2017 strong on spot market

"Something of a perfect storm" closed out the last full week of 2017 for van rates. Winter weather, extended vacations over the holidays, end-of-year freight urgency all boosted van rates/demand. Flatbed demand indicators -- load-to-truck ratio, primarily -- were strong, but rates hadn't moved.

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Flatbed fleet offering $6,000 sign-on bonus through January

The company also announced a new financial award for company drivers who have been with the company for 10 years or longer.

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As spot market hummed into Thanksgiving week, higher rates in all three major segments emerged

"These should be happy holidays for the trucking community" when it comes rates, says DAT's Ken Harper, "especially owner-operators. Looking farther out, the prognosis is still good, although there are reports of a slowing economy. We shall see."

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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Rates and volumes way up in the spot market

Any owner-operators shutting down this week in protest of the electronic logging device mandate might have missed some of the best freight and rate conditions on the spot market that have been seen in the past several years. Updates for dry van, flatbed, based on last week's data.

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Spot update shows high demand across the country — vans, flats in detail, disaster-relief opportunities, more

Freight lanes re-orient North-South as demand picture shifts for dry vans. Some platform opportunity exists, notes FEMA contractor Foxhole Logistics, and in general terms the typical late-September-beginning fall freight season may be getting an early start.

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In the freight rate/availability weeds this disastrous week

With Hurricane Irma on the way and Harvey's effects being felt, the two natural disasters are "coming on top of a robust economy," notes DAT's Ken Harper, which could bode well for parts of the national freight market in the coming weeks.

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