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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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Interesting approach to accessorials for Uber Freight app users

It's not exactly common when dealing with a broker that accessorials like truck-ordered-not-used, detention and the like are up-front accessible and available to anyone -- or guaranteed should situations arise that cause them to come into play. How does $200 + $2/mile deadhead on a canceled load sound?

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After hot end of July on the spot market, lucky lanes in van, reefer

The central question remains whether we'll see the typical August slump in freight and rates for vans and reefers, or if the economy has enough oomph to make August as relatively exceptional as July was.

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Van freight volume, rates ease off recent hot streak

Coming off of two-year highs just two weeks ago, van rates and volume dipped slightly in the most recent week. Reefer saw similar declines.

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Flatbed volumes/rates remain well above average, van holding, as midsummer rate doldrums loom

"The fireworks are over," says DAT's Ken Harper, but flat and van volumes remain above average for this time of year in the last week. At once, "rates slipped for vans as urgency around the end-of-quarter inventory moves, holiday shipments and Amazon Prime sales" fell off a bit.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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