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Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

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Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. That doesn't mean nothing has changed.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014. That was back when demand for trucks skyrocketed because extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to supply chains.

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California Freight Heats Up, Spurred By Hanjin Collapse

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Spot market activity often ramps up in the West during the fall season, but there's added pressure this month. Hanjin Shipping recently filed for bankruptcy , and a number of its ships pulled into port last week, after a lot of delays and uncertainty.

Hanjin, Hurricanes, Harvests May Boost Truckload Rates

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The spot marketplace remains tame despite occasional surges that cause scattered rate hikes. Capacity finds those opportunities, and throughout 2016, spot markets have restored 'normalcy' without generating the ripple effects that typically drive contract rates higher.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Gap Widens Between Contract and Spot Market Freight Rates

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Spot market freight was stuck in neutral for most of the third quarter , with some pockets of seasonal activity.

Imported Produce Volume Outpaces Home-Grown

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There is a shift underway right now in the refrigerated freight segment. Two main factors are involved. More restaurant spending, more contract freight. The first, and perhaps the most important influence, is on the consumer side.

Who's Looking Out For the Interests of Freight Brokers?

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Editor’s note: This is a guest blog post by Tom Malloy, director of sales and membership for the Transportation Intermediaries Association. There are many trade associations and organizations that represent carriers, but what about about freight brokers and 3PLs?

August Demand Stays Hot for Truck Freight

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Load-to-truck ratios declined for vans and flatbeds on DAT load boards last week, but the average ratio rose for reefers. Rates lost a penny per mile for each of the three equipment categories, as a national average.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Here's How Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Have Affected Van Freight

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DAT employees are donating to American Red Cross to help support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and DAT Solutions is matching those contributions. To learn more about how you can help, visit the Red Cross website.

ELD Impact Could Be Greatest on 450- to 600-Mile Lanes

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Assuming that the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect on December 18, which seems highly likely, all fleets will be forced to install an ELD on every truck by that date.

2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

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The freight recession is over. An 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Energy exploration and fracking petered out, and the accompanying freight dried up. Fuel prices dropped, and carrier revenues fell due to the declining fuel surcharges.

Cash Flow Strategies for Freight Brokers

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(This is a guest blog post by Steve Hausman (right), president and CEO of Triumph Business Capital, DAT's exclusive provider of factoring services for carriers and brokers.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Rates Rise Unexpectedly in Early August

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July ended and August began, so you might have expected a quiet week. Load posts edged down on DAT load boards , but national average rates rose 3¢ per mile for vans and flatbeds, while reefers added 4¢ Van Load Counts Stay Near All-Time High.

Flatbed Demand Skyrockets. Why?

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If you read our weekly e-newsletter Trendlines , or follow daily load-to-truck ratios in DAT RateView , you may have noticed this: flatbed demand is skyrocketing. Load-to-truck ratios measure the number of load posts on DAT load boards versus the number of truck posts.

Van Rates Hit Highest Mark in 2 Years

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Brokers and shippers had a harder time finding trucks last week, so they paid a premium in most major markets and lanes.

Van Ratios and Rates Hit Record Highs at End of Quarter

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Friday was the end of the second quarter, and also the start of the July 4th holiday weekend. The combination boosted demand, as shippers wanted to move freight out the door before the end of June.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Flatbed Rates Hold Steady at 2-Year Highs

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Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July. Instead, there were almost 50% more loads last week than the week before, and rates are holding up at the highest levels in two years.

Van Rates Remain at 2-Year Highs

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National average van rates remain at their highest level in nearly two years. Two weeks ago van load-to-truck ratios spiked. That was the result of going from a 4-day work week (Memorial Day week) to a 5-day week, which coincided with the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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Rates on the top 100 van lanes showed the strongest surge of the year. Freight patterns showed increased retail trade ahead of Memorial Day weekend, and since some drivers finished the week up early ahead of the holiday weekend, capacity also tightened.

5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

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With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

ELD Secrets That Every Broker Should Know

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I've been an owner-operator for six years, and I was a company driver before that. I have built great relationships with freight brokers, and we share advice and tips to be successful in the spot freight market.

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2-Year ELD Delay Proposed in Congress

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Truckers will have until 2019 to install electronic logging devices (ELD) if newly proposed legislation becomes law. The ELD Extension Act was submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by Rep. Brian Babin (R, Texas) who announced the bill today. "If

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5 Threats to Capacity in 2017

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Overall, 2016 was a year of relatively loose capacity. Don't count on the same for 2017. There are a number of looming factors could put a squeeze on capacity in the coming year. Here are five: 1. Strong demand. The biggest factor affecting capacity is, of course, demand from shippers.

Spot Rates Begin Seasonal Slide, but From Higher Peak

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It’s normal for spot market rates and volumes to slip this time of year, but loads posted to DAT load boards were only down 3% last week. Truck posts edged up 2%, so load-to-truck ratios fell, but spot market demand is still strong.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

Southern States are Red-Hot for Vans

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Freight volume continues to be strong for vans, especially in the South, where some rough weather disrupted freight movements last week, and produce harvests occupied the reefers that might have hauled dry van freight in the off-season. Van rates are holding steady at a national average of $1.79

New Food Safety Rules: You'll Feel the Pain Next Week

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New rules regarding the safe transportation of food will go into effect April 6 for large carriers, brokers and shippers. What makes these rules different is that brokers are defined as shippers and they become equally responsible for ensuring the safety of food during transportation.

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“Detention is Killing Us” Say Carriers

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"Detention is killing us.". That pretty much sums up how carriers feel about driver detention, as related in a recent DAT survey of 257 carriers and 50 freight brokers. Of the carriers surveyed, 84% said detention is one of the top five problems affecting their business.

Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

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We got a welcomed surge of spot market freight to close out July. It's unusual to see an uptick in volumes at this point in the summer, but the top 100 van lanes set all-time records for volumes last week. That led to an uptick in load posts on DAT load boards , but rates didn't respond.

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.

2015 Truckload Contract Rates Rise, as Spot Rates Fall

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Trucks were readily available on the spot market in 2015 , and at bargain prices -- at least when you compare to average rates in 2014. If you take a longer view, however, it's 2014 that looks like the exception. Spot market rates were higher in 2015 than in 2013, the most recent "normal" year.

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Who Makes More Money? Owner-Operators or Company Drivers?

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Wages have stayed stagnant for most Americans, except for one group of workers: Truck drivers. Since 2013, the average annual income for long-haul truckers rose 17%, while wages rose less than 4% for everyone else, according to the Wall Street Journal. Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A $34 Profit on a $1,500 Load? Really?

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If you own or manage a freight brokerage, you’re keenly aware of all the expenses associated with running the business. But do your employees know how much you spend for payroll, benefits, rent, taxes, etc.—and —and does it matter?

How to Handle FEMA Loads Without Losing Your Shirt

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Everyone wants to help out in a time of emergency, and truckers are some of the most charitable and compassionate people I know. So a lot of owner-operators are looking for an opportunity to haul emergency supplies to Houston and other areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

5 Steps to a Smart Supply Chain

Industry leaders are 3.5 times more likely to take advantage of analytics. This drive toward intelligent business is redefining how organisations need to operate if they hope to be successful.