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Commercial Truck Freeway
June freight could set the tone for rest of year

Jun 24, 2019

Posted by Mark Montague on 18 June 2019 11:11 am It’s no secret that truckload rates aren’t where they were a year ago. We don’t expect prices to reach the same levels we saw in 2018, but we’ve been predicting a second quarter rebound for quite some time now — really since last December, when […]

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

May 15, 2019

Posted by DAT Guest Author on 3 May 2019 12:00 am 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 […]

Commercial Truck Driver and Pet
Driver shortage or truck surplus?

Mar 07, 2019

by Mark Montague You’ve likely heard reports that there’s a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. There have also been reports that a record number of heavy-duty truck orders from last year is creating a capacity surplus. So, which is it? How can we have a surplus of trucks and a shortage of drivers?  […]

Commercial Truck Snow
Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

Jan 31, 2019

by Mark Montague 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. It’s taking many people by surprise, though, because January started out with unseasonably warm weather in many parts of the country. Then temperatures […]

Truckload spot and contract rates tell different stories

Dec 04, 2018

by Mark Montague There are really two truckload rate stories this year. For one, spot market rates have declined sharply this fall. In the second story, contract rates have mostly held up, and in some cases may still have room to climb higher. Those two stories from 2018 lead to two different rate forecasts for […]