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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

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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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

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

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

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

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?

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.

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

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I got started early in candy logistics. After I got my MBA in transportation, I managed a fleet based in Melrose Park, IL, and negotiated rates with the suppliers at E.J. Brach. I was in my 30s at the time, and I told the guy that I’d been handling Brach's candy for 25 years.

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.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

How the best shippers manage capacity challenges

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What can shippers do to make their freight attractive to carriers? Three shippers answered that question during a panel discussion at the 2018 DAT User Conference in Portland, OR. Here's what they had to say.

Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

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Large swaths of the U.S. often suffer from all kinds of severe weather during the first quarter, impacting freight movements. This winter could be one of the coldest yet.

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.

How the best shippers manage capacity challenges

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What can shippers do to make their freight attractive to carriers? Three shippers answered that question during a panel discussion at the 2018 DAT User Conference in Portland, OR. Here's what they had to say.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

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.

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.

What happened to peak season?

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In recent years, there's been a spike in spot market rates in December. That hasn't happened so far in 2018. Prices could still go up if there's a capacity crunch around the holidays or if winter weather disrupts supply chains. But for the time being, rates are going the opposite direction.

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

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.

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.

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.

Van freight stabilizes in early October

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Spot market line haul rates are now only 5% higher for vans now than they were a year ago, rising from $1.74 to $1.83 per mile not including the fuel surcharge. And the number of van loads that have moved in early October is nearly identical to 2017.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

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.

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.

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.

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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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

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.

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?

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

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