Spot Freight Volume and Rates Drop in August: DAT Freight Index

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 15, 2015)—Following a common seasonal pattern, spot market freight volume declined 8.8 percent month over month in August, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. The Index declined from July to August in four of the past ten years. This year's fall freight season, which sometimes begins in mid-August, appears to be starting a few weeks later, the company reported.

By equipment type, van freight levels dropped 3.7 percent month over month, refrigerated ("reefer") freight edged down 0.4 percent, and flatbeds were off 18 percent, for an overall decline of 8.8 percent compared to July. The company added that early indications suggest improving van and reefer freight availability in September.

Strong Freight Volume Adds 9% in June: DAT Freight Index

Strong Freight Volume Adds 9% in June: DAT Freight Index

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 9, 2015)—Spot market freight volume increased 9.0 percent in June, compared to May, due to seasonal trends that also drove rates up for all equipment types. Last month’s strong volume exceeded same-month totals for all prior years except 2014, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. Freight availability declined 28 percent compared to last year’s atypical results.

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Spot Market Truck Freight and Rates Dip Seasonally in April: DAT Freight Index

Spot Market Truck Freight and Rates Dip Seasonally in April: DAT Freight Index

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 11, 2015)—Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10 percent compared to March, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. Year over year, freight availability declined 27 percent compared to the extraordinary volume of 2014. When compared to 2013 and all previous years, April 2015 volume exceeded same-month totals.

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DAT Keypoint Software Adds Powerful New Reporting Feature

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 15, 2015)—DAT Solutions has added a new data reporting feature to the standard reporting tools in its DAT Keypoint broker transportation management software (TMS). The “Data Exporter” feature allows freight brokers to create ad hoc reports with very specific information such as weekly freight updates for specific clients.

DAT Keypoint Software Integrates ALK Maps

PORTLAND, Ore. and PRINCETON, N.J. (April 14, 2015)—DAT Solutions, a leading provider of actionable information for the transportation industry, and ALK, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, today announced that ALK Maps is now integrated with DAT Keypoint® broker transportation management software (TMS).

For freight brokers and 3PLs using DAT Keypoint with ALK Maps, data that used to appear as lists is now presented visually on a map. Users can see pick-up and delivery locations of all their current loads, along with total miles and estimated arrival times. The software also can optimize routes based on certain parameters, such as minimizing toll roads or finding routes that allow hazardous materials.

“Knowing the total mileage of a load is important, but seeing on a map that a load has to travel through three major metropolitan areas gives you a much better picture,” said Steve Blair, general manager of DAT Keypoint.

DAT Power Load Board: Unprecedented Speed and Efficiency

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 9, 2015)—DAT Solutions today announced the availability of its new, web-based DAT Power load board that delivers results faster, reduces clicks and keystrokes, and has unique teamwork features that enable users working in groups to see what each team member is working on.

A complete redesign of its flagship load board, DAT Power uses proprietary emPower technology, which learns how the user works, becoming faster and smarter the more it’s used.

Port Recovery? It's in the Numbers

There’s no shortage of opinion about how long it’s going to take West Coast ports to return to normal operations. It’s easy to say, “It’ll take months.” But I’m a numbers guy. We can be more precise than that.

Let’s look at trends in load-to-truck ratios in the Los Angeles area. 

In October, the outbound load-to-truck ratio peaked at about 6.5—that is, there were 6.5 loads available for every available truck in that market.

This number began to drop sharply in November as shippers diverted more cargo to the East Coast. By Feb. 21, the load-to-truck ratio in Los Angeles was just 0.3. Brutal.

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Truckload Freight and Rates Dip Seasonally in February

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 9, 2015)—Spot market freight availability declined for a second consecutive month in February, a seasonal pattern that mimics the first quarter of 2013, but at higher volume.

Month-over-month freight volume dipped 6.0 percent, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. Compared to the extreme demand created by the Polar Vortex in February 2014, however, volume was 37 percent lower.

Compared to January, freight volume by equipment type declined 3.9 percent for vans, 3.4 percent for flatbeds and 18 percent for refrigerated (“reefer”) trailers. Truckload freight rates on the spot market drifted down 1.9 percent for vans, 3.2 percent for flatbeds, and 5.2 percent for reefers.

Compared to the extraordinary market environment of February 2014, freight volume by equipment type declined 34 percent for vans, 45 percent for flatbeds and 15 percent for reefers last month. Line haul rates trended up, however, to compensate for declining fuel surcharges. Van rates added 6.7 percent, reefer rates increased 7.7 percent, and flatbed rates rose 8.4 percent, year over year.