Would You Drive 13 Miles for $395?

Would You Drive 13 Miles for $395?

Say you’re making a trip that’s longer than 550 miles. That’s probably more than a one-day trip. Since shorter hauls typically pay higher rates per mile than long hauls, it might be worth taking a look at alternatives for that long return trip.  In these cases, a triangular route that adds a second stop on the way home makes really good sense. Look for a pair of shorter trips that, added together, pay much better than a long haul lane.  A good example is Chicago to Philadelphia, currently paying an average van rate of $2.59/mile or $1,963 on the spot

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Freight Loads Remain Plentiful, but Rates Slip

Freight Loads Remain Plentiful, but Rates Slip

Although freight loads have been readily available on DAT Load Boards this month, truckload rates are drifting down. That’s because truckload capacity is becoming looser, as demonstrated by a steady increase in truck posts on DAT Load Boards. I know some people who read this blog are skeptical, and there are valid reasons to wonder about the data. Brokers post loads more than once, carriers post trucks more than once or not at all. All true. Even so, those behaviors increase when there is pressure in the marketplace. All trends are local, in freight transportation as in real estate. Also

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When Your Headhaul Becomes a Backhaul

When Your Headhaul Becomes a Backhaul

As truckload demand shifts across the country, some of the lanes that were paying headhaul rates just a few weeks ago have turned into backhauls for the spring season. Those shifts also create new opportunities elsewhere, but the bottom line is that one-way rates don’t offer the full picture. We’re defining “headhaul” as the higher rate in a pair of moves. If you’re offered a rate that seems unusually high, use a tool like DAT RateView to do a quick survey of market rates and the load-to-truck ratio for the return trip. Does it look like you’re going to have

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5 Advantages of Using Fuel Cards vs. Credit Cards

5 Advantages of Using Fuel Cards vs. Credit Cards

Even with diesel prices dropping, fuel is still one of the largest expenses for carriers. The better you’re able to control that cost, the more profitable your business will be. One of the easiest ways to manage fuel costs is using a fuel card rather than relying on a corporate credit card or cash for diesel purchases. Below are five advantages of using a fuel card. 1. Spending Control for Fleet Managers Best Practices Fuel Card Offers Discounts Find the Best Loads Fast Carrier Adds Brokerage With fuel cards, you can set limits on how much can be spent, how

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