The Last Ride of the Road Gang

At the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, radio legend Dave Nemo announced his retirement from full-time hosting duties of The Dave Nemo Show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Channel 146. After over 50 years of entertaining truck drivers, Dave is slowing down a little so he can travel some more as he celebrates “The Last…

Reefer Report: Cherries live in the fast lane

The cherry season in California, a crucial period for the agricultural industry, has already begun its peak which will stretch into mid to late June. This intense period lasts for a mere six weeks, contributing a significant 22% to the national annual volume. The heart of this production is Lodi, CA, in the Stockton freight…

Dry Van Report: Long-haul carrier profit margins mirror 2019

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) short-term outlook for diesel prices around $4 per gallon is holding for the moment and providing truckload carriers with some breathing room. Despite the harsh operating conditions, small carriers are showing remarkable resilience. As spot rates continue to bounce along what appears to be the bottom of the current freight…

Dry van report: Truckload freight volumes remain lackluster

The contract freight market, a key indicator of the industry’s health, continues to soften despite last month’s slight increase in the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index. The ATAs tonnage index, which includes truckload and LTL freight, is dominated by contract freight with minimal spot market loads. Compared to…

Flatbed report: Raw steel production cools

According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), domestic raw steel production was 1,716,000 net tons, while the capability utilization rate was 77.3% for the week ending April 20. Compared to last year’s period, when production was 1,769,000 net tons at 78.6% utilization, raw steel production is 3% lower year-over-year (y/y). Production for the…

Unpacking the latest freight broker Launch and Learn

  On April 24th, DAT’s panel of experts hosted another broker Launch & Learn webinar. This session was packed with demonstrations and updates designed to empower freight brokers and logistics professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive.  If you couldn’t make it or just need a summary of what you heard, look…