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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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Blockchain: Uncertain future for factors, brokers with less reliance on building relationships, more trust in verified data

Blockchains have been called “trustless,” which isn’t intended to be as negative as it sounds. Rather, the term refers to the trust created by the structure of information contained in a blockchain, which could virtually eliminate the necessity of the personal touch that traditionally has been required to build trust in business relationships

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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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Is it business as usual in the grocery world?

Mixed bag of reports coming from groceries around the country in the middle of this holiday week -- are empty shelves a result of the ELD mandate or the "perfect storm" of holiday freight pressures? ... A little analysis here, and: What are you seeing?

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Spot market extremely tight, favoring truckers, ahead of Christmas week

A lot of truckers took time off last week ahead of Christmas, which meant there were already fewer trucks on the road. It was also the first week under the electronic logging device mandate, and the combination of the upcoming holiday and new regulations pushed the national load-to-truck ratio for vans up higher than it’s ever been – 10.1 loads per truck.

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Uber Freight adds pre-planning tools in app

Advance truck posting and load searching tools are being added to the Uber Freight brokerage's mobile software for truckers utilizing it.

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Reefer temps cool a degree during between-holidays ‘lull’ on spot market, but demand, rates continue strong

Van rates are at their highest national average in three years, and though many of the crazy-high averages for reefer lanes have fallen back down to earth in the last week, reefer rates are still a good bit higher than usual for this time of year.

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When ‘being in the red is a good thing’: Van spot market hot states — all but Mass., Fla.

The national van average rate is back up to $2.09/mile post-Thanksgiving, and the load to truck ratio is a record 9:3. All states but the two named are shaded deep red, indicating high demand for trucking services ...

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Evotrux’ new freight-bid platform

The new Evotrux shipper/broker-carrier connection platform, based in Canada, has launched its online-bid system in which carriers can bid on loads posted by shippers and brokers.

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MyRiteLoad shipper-carrier freight platform ‘reboots’

MyRiteLoad hopes to fulfill the promise of what has been called the "elusive holy grail" of load matching, providing load-board-like spot market connections for independents and small fleets to direct shippers rather than brokers.

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