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Top 10 freight markets of 2020

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The complications COVID-19 created for supply chains could be felt across all aspects of life in 2020, whether you were in the freight industry or shopping for groceries in a store with bare shelves.

Repairing the routing guide: How mini-bids add flexibility

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What’s the best way to repair a broken routing guide? In these days of COVID-19, the question comes up with increasing frequency, with widespread market disruptions and network imbalances leaving many supply chain experts scrambling for solutions. Best Practices and Benchmarks


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Gulf Coast freight haulers prep for Hurricane Laura’s wrath

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The Port of Houston handles about 70% of the container cargo making land in the Gulf, so even a brief closure will have ripple effects across the spot market and supply chain for weeks to come. Trucking Industry Trends

Have truckload rates reached their peak?

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With freight markets already upended by COVID-19, supply chains are in a precarious position heading into hurricane season. Further complicating matters: This season is expected to be an especially active one. Market Update

Webinar on Demand: 3 Ways to Make your Operational Execution More Robust with S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

What an extra-active hurricane season could mean for freight

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This season is proving to be very different, with COVID-19 adding another layer of complexity to supply chains. And since many markets are already behaving like they do when hurricanes hit, shippers, brokers and carriers will need to communicate even more than usual. . Best Practices and Benchmarks

2021 Shipper Readiness Checklist: Key strategies for transportation

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Supply chains faced unprecedented disruptions in 2020, but the pandemic provided fresh perspectives for 2021. Members of the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium (FMIC), a group of leading shippers who use DAT iQ for benchmarking, identified two key strategic trends. .

How is COVID-19 affecting capacity and freight rates?

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COVID-19 has become one of the most disruptive events to hit supply chains in our lifetime, and the DAT Analytics team is publishing regular reports to track its impact on freight markets. Trucking Industry Trends

The next generation of freight analytics is coming soon

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DAT has acquired the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium, allowing us to give our customers unrivaled logistical insight and a stunning 360-degree view of the entire supply chain from both the contract and spot side of the market. DAT Product News

COVID-19 uncertainty spurs truckload rate increases

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COVID-19 is causing the mother of all supply chain disruptions. Two weeks ago, we worried that the gap in imports reduced demand and rates for trucks in seaport markets, but then consumers started emptying store shelves of cleaning supplies and canned goods. Rate Trend of the Week

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

Spot rates stall for van freight in uncertain market conditions

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Van carriers may be glad to see February recede in the rearview, as rates and volume slid lower in a typical winter slump. As of last week, rates seemed to have hit a plateau, and truckload volumes were picking up. The much-anticipated spring recovery may be delayed or canceled, however, due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on supply chains worldwide

Will coronavirus affect your supply chain?

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Coronavirus is getting a lot of attention, but it hasn't had much impact on domestic freight in the U.S. so far. If the slowdown in Chinese exports continues beyond the end of February, however, the effects could ripple through worldwide supply chains and reduce demand for freight transportation here. Trucking will likely be the last transportation mode to be affected. Trucking Industry Trends

How hurricanes affect freight

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Hurricane season always brings the risk of massive disruptions – not just to supply chains, but to people’s lives and well-being. Best Practices and Benchmarks

Hurricane disrupts supply chains, increases rates

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The approaching hurricane tightened capacity and boosted rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds. . Rate Trend of the Week

Digital Order Fulfillment: The Game Has Forever Changed

Achieving cost-effective OTIF delivery across multiple channels requires a dynamic approach. Digital order fulfillment can help businesses adopt a more intelligent, agile, and holistic strategy that drives true optimization and customer loyalty.

Harvests and hurricane combine to boost reefer rates

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Apple harvests and the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the East Coast rearranged supply chains, tightened capacity, and boosted rates on several lanes last week. Rate Trend of the Week

Strong Midwest harvests offset woes in Texas

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Flooding in the Houston area disrupted the supply chain in Texas and beyond, while strong harvests led to rate increases in several Midwest markets. Rate Trend of the Week

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Tropical Storm Imelda disrupts supply chains

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Tropical Storm Imelda hit the Gulf Coast last week, bringing up to 40 inches of rain to the Houston area, and disrupting supply chains throughout the region. Rate Trend of the Week

VIDEO: How is coronavirus affecting the supply chain?

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In the latest "Ask Me Anything" video, hear first-hand how the coronavirus is affecting drivers, fleet owners and 3PLs. COVID-19

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How Does Your Inventory Optimization Process Compare to Peers?

The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your inventory optimization process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

Leading indicators show positive signs for flatbed demand

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Last week's release of January housing and permit data from the U.S. Census Bureau reported a 4% month over month increase in new single-family building permits. That puts this leading indicator of flatbed demand up 30% year over year. Flatbed markets

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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? Visit our Emergency Freight page for resources regarding FEMA loads, emergency services and reports on supply chain disruptions.

Reefer capacity tightens in winter storms, while imports fuel demand

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Even though local growers in the Rio Grande Valley in the McAllen, TX, market have been hit hard by last week’s freezing cold air, damaging citrus and leafy green crops, carriers should keep an eye on imports. Reefer markets

West Coast port congestion creates a ripple effects for freight

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Truckload capacity is tight and expected to get tighter, but judging where truckload demand is headed remains challenging as COVID-19 headwinds ease and increasing tailwinds from the vaccine distribution and economic stimulus converge. Market Update

Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?

Winter and import produce drive reefer demand

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Late-season and long-lasting apples are shipping from the Grand Rapids, MI, market, where outbound capacity is tight this week. Reefer markets

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 Michael, on the other hand, went from a tropical depression to a Category 4 storm in just two days. That caught many people and businesses off guard, and the storm left near-total destruction in many coastal towns.

Winter weather pushes intermodal freight to truckload

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Last week, two of the seven Class I Railroads announced extreme winter weather and sub-zero temperatures were impacting rail operations. From a truckload perspective, around 48% of all railcars are classified as intermodal, which competes heavily with truckload on the longer lengths of haul.

Manufacturing gains add to van volumes

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Dry van load post volumes on the DAT network increased 7% last week and are now up 121% year over year. Van markets

GEP Outlook 2021 Report

It’s 2021, and many enterprises are still reeling from the unprecedented disruption of last year. Get a leg up with the GEP Outlook 2021 Report, featuring eight critical leadership themes that will help you navigate uncertainty and thrive in the new normal.

Lessons learned from 2020: Trucking industry analysts on what's ahead

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The pandemic has turned many aspects of life upside down, and commercial transportation is no exception. What are the lessons learned from 2020 and will they carry over into 2021? We asked DAT’s team of industry analysts. Trucking Industry Trends

Imports continue to create dry van demand

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Port congestion on the West Coast in 2020 pushed import volumes farther east and closer to major population centers on the East Coast. Van markets


Severe weather causes freight rates to slip

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Just as rates were about to turn around, they took another hit last week. Extreme weather closed highways and forced cancellations and delays. A huge snowstorm in Denver last week closed three interstate highways: I-25, I-70 and I-76. In Nebraska, snow followed by rain led to “historic flooding” that shut down traffic on I-80.

What the Polar Vortex means for freight

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While the recent Polar Vortex events have many thinking back to the winter of 2014, Winter Storms Uri and Viola took a different path, resulting in a very different impact on freight markets. Market Update

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!