Category Archives: Blog

Savanna Gains Freight from West Coast

By Jeff Nastoff, Industry Market Specialist, DAT Solutions Spring has sprung in Georgia, and Savannah is a hot market for freight. Savannah is home to the fourth-largest sea port in the U.S., after the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach CA and the Port of New Jersey, which handle the first, second and third […]

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6 Ways Low Fuel Prices Affect Carriers

By Ralph Galantine, Product Manager, DAT Solutions Springtime freight is coming on strong, and rates are climbing. We’re starting to see more of the seasonal trends we’re used to, but freight rates from DAT RateView show that van rates (including fuel surcharge) on the spot market for February were down 5.1% compared to a year […]

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National Carrier Hiring Standard Could be in Highway Funding Bill

By Kevin Scullin, Product Manager, DAT Solutions A bill to create a national carrier hiring standard was re-introduced in the House of Representatives in February and could become part of the MAP-21 Re-authorization Bill, due to expire May 31. National standard for hiring motor carriers H.R. 1120 calls for a national hiring standard for motor […]

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Freight Rates to Rise in Holiday Season

By Mark Montague, Industry Rate Analyst, DAT Solutions Nearly $1 trillion in retail sales will result if analysts at Deloitte are correct in their forecast of 4.5% growth during the upcoming holiday season. Consumers have 2.6% more disposable income this year, according to Deloitte, due in part to declining fuel prices. Employment statistics are improving, […]

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Find Loads on the Go

By Jorge Sanchez, Product Manager, DAT Solutions Loads have been plentiful this year, with freight tonnage records set in August and freight volume surging well above expectations in September. From January through August, spot market freight availability as measured by load posts was up by more than 55% year over year, which indicates that a […]

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Help Honor Veterans: Support Wreaths Across America

Help Honor Veterans: Support Wreaths Across America By Don Thornton, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Business Development, DAT Solutions   Once again this year, DAT Solutions is doing its part to help support Wreaths Across America. This non-profit organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies on Dec. 13 at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries […]

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Smart Tools to Keep Drivers Happy

Smart Tools to Keep Drivers Happy By Michael Tupper, Product Manager, DAT Solutions The growing consensus is that trucking is now facing a truckload capacity crunch. For carriers, that means driver recruitment and retention is even more crucial to their business. One simple way to keep drivers happy, while also providing useful and cost-effective tools, […]

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Can a Smartphone App Help Your Business? 5 Questions to Ask

By Scott McCollister, Product Manager, TransCore DAT Half of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, according to Nielsen, compared to 36% in 2011. Furthermore, given a choice between a smartphone and a conventional phone, more than two-thirds choose the smartphone. If you’ve relegated your trusty flip-phone to the junk drawer, you’re already wise to the […]

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How to Use Your Smartphone as a Scanner on the Road

By Jonathan Reeder, Marketing, DAT Solutions If you have a smartphone with a camera, you essentially have a mobile document scanner—one you can use to scan and submit invoices and other paperwork to companies you work with, including Advance Business Capital (ABC), the preferred freight factoring provider of DAT. Whether you use a document scanning […]

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How the Broker Bond Fallout Affects Carriers

By Mark Montague, Industry Rate Analyst, TransCore DAT. In December, we reported that the FMCSA had revoked authority of 38 percent of the 21,700 brokers with authority when the $75,000 bond requirement went into effect. Despite the big numbers nationally, things played out differently in the DAT Network. Even though the vast majority of brokers […]

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