Spot Freight

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September 7, 2016

Spot Market Rates, Volume Rebound from Last Week

The spot truckload market finished August on a higher note as rates and the number of available loads moved higher during the week ending Sept. 3, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

August 31, 2016

National Spot Rates Stuck, Obscuring Regional Strengths

The number of available loads on the spot freight market moved higher during the most recent week as truck capacity was unchanged, but it wasn’t enough to push average rates up, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

August 29, 2016

3 Trends in the Spot Freight Market

As FTR and Truckstop.com apply "big data" analysis to spot market pricing, Noel Perry, FTR transportation economist, offers some insights into the volatility of spot pricing and how spot prices correlate with contract pricing.

August 25, 2016

Spot Truckload Rates Fail to Gain Except in Louisiana Flood Zone

A 0.9% decline in the number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market outweighed a 0.2% drop in truck postings for the week ending August 20, resulting in freight rates showing no improvements, except for areas in Louisiana affected by flooding, while fuel prices ticked higher.

August 17, 2016

Less Freight, More Trucks Push Spot Truckload Rates Lower

A decline in the amount of freight on the spot truckload market coupled with an increase in the number of trucks needing cargo pushed rates down across the board, according to new weekly figures from DAT Solutions that are based on its network of load boards.

August 15, 2016

Spot Truckload Rates Improve, Freight Availability Matches Year Earlier

Average spot truckload dry van rates increased in July from June for the first time in six years, while July spot market freight availability caught up with 2015 levels for the first time this year.

August 10, 2016

Spot Truckload Rates Generally Stable Over Past Week

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market fell 3.9% for the week ending August 6 compared to the week before while rates held steady despite a reduction in the average fuel surcharge, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

August 5, 2016

Spot Freight Market Could Be Looking Up

If you’ve given up on the truckload spot freight market or have been using it less because of the past year’s depressed rates, it might be time to give it a second look.

August 3, 2016

Spot Market Flatbed Rates Continue Rise; Vans, Reefers Fall Again

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market increased 3.5% during the week ending July 30, sending load-to-truck ratios higher at the close of July, but only flatbed rates are continuing to head higher.

July 27, 2016

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Fall From Seasonal Highs

National average spot freight rates for dry vans and reefers each slipped slightly over the past week while the average flatbed rate made a small gain for the third consecutive week, according to new figures from DAT Solutions, based on its network of load boards.

July 21, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Volume Falls, Flatbed Rates Gain

Spot truckload freight rates switched patterns over the past week, following seasonal highs hit by vans and reefers and a decline in flatbeds, as overall cargo volume was lower than anticipated, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

July 13, 2016

Spot Freight Rates Surge Over Past Week Following Best Month This Year

Spot truckload freight rates showed either a big improvement or turned in a disappointment over the past week while a monthly gauge of the market reveals its best performance of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

July 6, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Post Weekly, Monthly Gains

Rates on the spot truckload freight market either moved higher or remained the same for the week ending June 2. The number of loads jumped 10% while shippers rushed to move freight before the end of the quarter and the start of the July 4 weekend, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

June 29, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Stay in Place

Despite increased load-to-truck ratios, national average spot truckload rates were unchanged as overall market activity slowed during the week ending June 25, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

June 22, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Continue Seasonal Strength

Seasonal increases in spot truckload freight rates are continuing, according to new figures posted by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

June 15, 2016

Spot Rates Barely Move Despite Big Gains Along Certain Lanes

The latest weekly numbers on the spot truckload freight market are both a good news and not so good news situation.

June 9, 2016

Spot Truckload Rates Below Year Earlier Levels Despite Monthly Gains

While spot truckload freight rates showed some improvements in May from the month before, they remain below levels from a year earlier, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

June 8, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Seeing Seasonal Improvements

Rates on the spot truckload freight market turned higher over the past week amid optimism the usual seasonal bump in the spring and early summer has finally arrived, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

June 1, 2016

Spot Van, Flatbed Rates Inch Upward Amid Higher Freight Levels

National average truckload van and flatbed rates each rose a penny on increased demand for freight hauling services during the week ending May 28 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

May 25, 2016

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Volume Fail to Post Gains

Spot truckload freight rates and volume both saw no improvements for the week ending May 21 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and network of load boards. However, load-to-truck ratios increased and diesel prices have been rising sharply, an indication that spot rates may pick up soon.

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