How do I find which lanes are hot at the moment?

Discussion in 'Freight Broker Forum' started by dlstruck, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW No Filter

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    They have what they call rate mate, I don't know where they get their information from. But to me, I'd say it is not accurate at all, and I never really look at it.

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  3. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    For a one truck guy self dispatching DAT Power is the premium service they offer. They actually do offer higher levels for more money but those are geared more to large carriers and/or brokers doing other things. Their customer service is second to none. You may not see any value in it I don't know. It would take forever typing out issues here and there things I saw using one versus another. I had membersedge for a long time and found it to be virtually useless so I was a skeptic upgrading to Power. Just try and see what works. Cull what you don't like.
     
  4. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    I will say what I like about ITS over DAT is the fact if you click on a load on ITS the broker can see that and will sometimes call you just because you clicked on the load. Or if you do a load search the brokers can see you as a "hot prospect" based off that search and what loads they have, again causing them to call you.. ..and you are not even posted. You want to generate incoming calls that's where you get the best rates from.

    DAT doesn't do that and it's one of two faults I see with DAT. The other is when you are posted on DAT it shows where you are based out of. Luckily my company is based in another state altogether so I had them change it to that to try and help keep everyone from always low balling me on loads to TN.

    On DAT Power you can do a truck search and see exactly who is posted around you. I don't think you can do that on ITS Pro (Pro is $150 a month) you must have a broker ITS account to see that info.
     
  5. zmster2033

    zmster2033 Light Load Member

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    What is the cost of each? Looks like ITS Pro is $150/month, how much is DAT Power? Sorry may have missed that....
     
  6. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    $149 a month for DAT Power. I think they have some kind of promotion you can try it a month for free.
     
  7. iRookie

    iRookie Light Load Member

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    You got three options:


    • Use an old skool glass thermometer. REALITY CHECK: ( I doubt it the broker will let you use it on his ##* hole)
    • Modern Infrared Laser thermometer. REALITY CHECK: (Tools like DAT POWER but it cost $$$ and it can give you a fever and other side effect like living in a dillusional world)
    • Common sense REALITY CHECK: (It's free but some people just don't have it.... For some people they miraculously got it when their equipment broke down.)
     
  8. Oscar the KW

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    Not sure what my package is called, but it costs $125 per month.
     
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  10. CaseFreight

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    The one issue with the rate data is that as long as the major load boards allow brokers to post loads with no rate listed then the average divider will drive the rate lower because there are either not enough input dollar amounts or two many numbers of loads to make the division and come up with an accurate average rate.
    I think this is one of the main reasons rates are being driven lower while there is still seems to be a shortage of trucks.
    Disclaimer: I can only speak for flat bed rates, not enough experience in van rates
     
  11. dlstruck

    dlstruck Medium Load Member

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    I don't think loads without a rate are used to calculate rate data. The rates looks a little low but then again, there are tons of $1.25/mile flatbed loads out there that are driving the rates down. Plus on ITS, you go in and actually submit your paid rates yourself. I always put a higher amount on to try and bring the averages up.
     
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