freight

Truck availability rose on spot market last week, moderating rates even as reefer/van volumes increased

The post-Easter lull in reefer volumes didn’t last long. Load counts were up 15 percent last, close to where they were at the close of the first quarter. Produce is moving out of Southern California and Central Florida, but we’re just getting started.

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Amazon: The 800-pound gorilla still in need of a few good lumpers

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast edition tells the story of an Amazon load hauled by Gary and Ondena Caraway, whose fine print said 12-48 hours would be required for unload at the Edwardsville, Ill., facility. When that 48 hours turned into a week.... Well, let's just say they were not happy indeed....

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Spring has sprung on the spot market

So much for March going out like a lamb. Nationally, the final week of the month featured a 3.5 percent increase in available freight, a 3.1 percent decrease in capacity, and another record high load-to-truck ratio for flatbed freight, and rates continued to rise in the early week.

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April Fool’s Day ELD-OOS nightmare may not be tough as some have guessed

In the weekly spot market update, a little intel from a recent DAT survey suggests FMCSA's 96 percent ELD compliance rate is probably close to correct. Meantime, spot rates hold firm, and may be on the rise this week with volume trends in dry van, flat segments.

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Brian Hardman, broker of Fulmer Logistics: ‘Load boards are a gamble, for me and for carriers’

And more from Hardman, whose two decades as a broker follow time driving OTR, among other things. His business, built on close relationships with a core team of owner-operators, is the focus of the second installment in "Long Haul Paul" Marhoefer's "Faces of the Road" series.

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Podcast special edition: Lay of the land for owner-ops, by the numbers again with ATBS’ Todd Amen

This special edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast features audio from ATBS President Todd Amen's March 20 conference call for owner-operators outlining annual mileage, revenue and income averages from 2017, among other metrics, for segments among its clients -- with a look ahead through this year.

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Resources for broker credit checks, collections and filing against a bond

Further information on avenues toward researching any broker's credit history, filing on a broker's bond and collections activity.

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Van, reefer demand update: Rates reverse course, heading up in the last week

Van volumes have been rising for two weeks, and rates followed last week. Meanwhile, reefer has mimicked van trends, though swings have been sharper. At once, spot rates have on average been above contract rates for reefers since September, perhaps portending more positive moves to come there.

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Highway robbery: Ask the tough questions during negotiations to root out the crooks

There’s plenty truckers can do to avoid getting involved with the crooks among brokerages.

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Uber looks to ‘take the driver out of the vehicle’ on long-haul lanes, demonstrates transfer-hub system for loads

Uber ATG, the self-driving-tech side of Uber's business, is moving freight with at least one carrier and shipper partner each across Arizona in ongoing tests of their autonomous technology and a transfer-hub trailer hand-off system the company envisions being "what trucking and freight could be" primarily in the future.

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