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Hurricane Michael halts shipments

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Once again, the supply chains were dealt a major disruption last week from Mother Nature. With Hurricane Florence, the advanced warning allowed businesses to plan ahead, reschedule shipments and reposition their trucks.

Hurricane Florence path includes 4 port cities

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Although the coastal towns in the path of Hurricane Florence are generally at the receiving end of the distribution chain, there are 4 port cities in the hurricane's path that will certainly affect freight movements — and likely result in rate increases in those markets. Want to help?

Van freight gears up for the holidays

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The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand last week. Load-to-truck ratios in Los Angeles hit 12.2 on Friday, even stronger than the prior Friday when it was just over 10.

Spot market settles after Hurricane Florence

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As people in the Carolinas try their best to return to their normal routines, the freight markets have settled back down into typical seasonal trends following Hurricane Florence. Unlike with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the impact from Florence on freight movements was mostly felt regionally.

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Hurricane Michael could bring spike in FEMA freight

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Hurricane Michael has made landfall with the Florida panhandle as a very scary Category 4. That is the second-highest category, with winds of 130 to 156 MPH.

Expect truckload market volatility to continue through the fall

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To say that the first half of 2018 was "a period of both extreme volatility and unprecedented imbalance between capacity and demand for trucking services in North America" at first sounds like hyperbole. But if you ask anyone who lived through it, they'll probably tell you it's an understatement.

Freight Gathers Strength in Early November, Led by Western Region

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We look at national trends every week, but sometimes the detail can get lost. Then we look at lane-by-lane reports, and we might miss a broader trend. I decided to look at last week's rate trends by region.

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.

Intermodal Appeal Grows as Truckload Capacity Tightens

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Will the ELD mandate spur an increase in market share for rail intermodal? Some believe the mandate is a watershed event for the intermodal segment, as electronic logs add to transit times for trucks, making intermodal even more competitive on long hauls.

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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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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.

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.

Visit DAT at the TIA Conference, April 8-11

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DAT will be at the 2018 TIA Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition on April 8-11 in Palm Desert, California. Do you plan to attend? Stop by the DAT booth and check out the educational sessions that feature DAT staff.

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Spot Market Carriers Get Higher Rates Than Contract Fleets

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I look at freight transportation statistics all day long, and I am astonished by the rapid growth of the past few months, especially in the truckload spot market.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 - DAT Freight Talk Blog

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The ELD mandate, rising freight rates, and the impact of multiple hurricanes on the supply chain were among the topics readers were most interested in last year. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of 2017, from the DAT Freight Talk Blog.

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E-Commerce Disrupts Freight Seasons, Boosts Spot Market Volume

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The rapid growth of e-commerce has led major online retailers to re-design their supply chain models, according to Mark Montague, DAT senior pricing analyst.

Rates Hit Multi-year Highs. What's next?

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Over the past few weeks, freight rates have surged to multi-year highs and capacity was diverted, causing truck shortages in some key markets. Consider these recent milestones, compiled from DAT RateView : Vans - During the first week in October the national average van rate rate hit $2.09

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West Coast Heats Up for Van Freight

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So far, the national averages for spot market rates in October are the highest they've been since the Snowpocalypse of 2014. Back then, it was a series of winter storms that disrupted supply chains and pushed load-to-truck ratios unusually high for several months.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

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Seasonal harvests are winding down, but capacity is still tight for reefer freight. That’s led to higher reefer rates on the West Coast and in the Midwest. Potato shippers seem to be feeling the effects of the ELD protests that have been scattered across the country.

Spot Market Van Rates Soared in September

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The national average van rate rose for the fifth week in a row. At $1.97 per mile , the average rate in September was 18¢ higher than the August average, and 35¢ higher than September 2016. The national load-to-truck ratio also hit 7.0

Panama Canal Expansion Boosts Freight in an Unexpected Place

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The Panama Canal opened a new lane for larger ships this week, and East Coast ports have been expanding efforts to attract Asian imports that would otherwise arrive on the West Coast.

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Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

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Relief efforts are underway in Florida, and our hearts go out to those recovering from Hurricane Irma. We’ve seen a big increase in van freight moving from Atlanta and Charlotte down into the state. Some of that is also the result of pent-up demand from shipments that were delayed by the storm.

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.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

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?

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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.

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.

Technology Fuels Freight Logistics: Jeff Tucker in Wall Street Journal

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Jeff Tucker 's guest column in yesterday's Wall Street Journal pointed to the pivotal role of technology, including DAT Load Boards , in freight logistics today. Jeff also highlighted the contribution of freight brokers to the efficient movement of cargo.

5 steps to get 'pre-booked' for loads

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When demand for trucks slows down, like it does every year during this time, the trend among many owner-operators is to pre-book loads to stay employed until the really good stuff comes out in later in the year.

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