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Spot market activity continues up for vans, reefers, amid Roadcheck effect on demand indicators

With Roadcheck cutting some truck posts, the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in three years, and van rates on the top 100 lanes rose to some of the highest prices seen in two years. Overall, posting activity was up overall as well.

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Doft aims for greater freight transaction transparency

The start-up, launched last March, charges a $4.99 transaction fee to both shipper and carrier upon successful matching of loads via iOS shipper and driver apps.

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Spot demand heating up to levels not seen since 2014

A 5:1 load-to-truck ratio on DAT Load Boards was seen for dry van freight last week. It's the highest load-to-truck national average since March 2014, when demand skyrocketed with polar-vortex-related severe weather and led a big rates rally on the spot market that year.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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Spot market: Van rates get a penny back, reefer demand shifts slightly north, west

Reefer activity has slowed in Southern Florida, while demand for reefer trucks has picked up farther west, but in North-Central Florida, the Lakeland area is still No. 2 for reefer load posts on DAT load boards. Van load-to-truck nationally inches toward 4, where it really starts to favor carriers.

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Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week’s spot market update

Perhaps the biggest evidence comes in the national picture for flatbed freight, which continues to show very high load-to-truck ratios in most states after another strong month in March.

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Demand edges down, but freight volumes steady in van, lagging a bit in reefer with weather

A little "bitter fruit" in the spot market update this week, notes Ken Harper of DAT. "We're still seeing good volumes on freight, especially on the Top 100 van lanes, but unfortunately the capacity is there as well, so rates haven't lifted."

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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