Create Custom Themes on your SONAR charts!

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Did you know? You can change the color of your charts in SONAR to match your favorite sports team. Want to display your company colors for presentations? Here’s how! What can I do? Within the SONAR charting widget, you have the ability to change the colors of the lines, background, grid lines and axis text! Maybe you have a favorite … Read More

How can you measure a shippers reaction to current market conditions?

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Did you know? You can measure a shipper’s reaction to capacity changes with SONAR’s Outbound Tender Lead Times Index. What is it? Outbound Tender Lead Times (OTLT) – is a daily index that measures the length of time in days between the load being offered and the requested pickup date. For example, shipper A sends a load request on June 8th with … Read More

Stay up-to-date on unemployment numbers with SONAR.

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Did you know? You can measure weekly reports for unemployment insurance claims in SONAR. What is it? Initial Jobless Claims (IJC) – The U.S. Department of Labor releases a weekly report  of unemployment insurance claims throughout the country. The initial claims are those filed by an unemployed individual upon separation from his/her employer. These are individuals who are filing for unemployment insurance … Read More

How does your Operating Ratio compare to the best in the business?

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Did you know? You can monitor carrier operating ratios using SONAR’s OPRAT index. What is it? Operating Ratio (OPRAT) – This index provides total operating costs divided by operating revenue, which is derived from Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) members and is reported on a monthly basis. OPRAT is segmented into dry van, reefer and flatbed carriers. OPRAT is a measure of how … Read More

East Coast Or West Coast? SONAR Weighs In.

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Did you know? You can easily compare the all-in shipping costs from China to Chicago via the West Coast ports and the East Coast ports? What is it? Intermodal Spread (IMSPRD.PANA) – Intermodal spread is the difference in the cost to ship one container from China to Chicago through the U.S. East Coast ports and the cost to ship one container from … Read More

Do you want to know which freight is being accepted?

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Did you know? Outbound Tender Volume Index – Length of Haul can show you which lanes in a market are shipping the most freight. What is it? Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI):  An index of electronically tendered volumes on a given day.  A tender is a load offer from a shipper to a trucking company that is sent electronically. These are actual loads … Read More

Your online shopping habit is keeping trucks rolling!

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Did you know? You can measure the trends in Retail Sales to help predict shifts in the freight markets. What is it? Retail Sales (RESL) – The U.S. Census Bureau releases a monthly estimate that tracks purchases of durable and non-durable goods at the consumer level. This helps measure the demand for finished goods across a variety of categories such as … Read More

Check Wait Times With SONAR.

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Did you know? You can track the average number of minutes a truck spends waiting to load or unload? What is it? Wait Time (WAIT, WAITRR) – Wait time is a measure of the average number of minutes a truck spends at a shipper or receiver location to load or unload.  In addition to wait time by city (such as WAIT.CHI for … Read More

Use retail diesel price data to determine the best markets for buying fuel

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Did you know? You can see daily fluctuations in retail diesel prices around the country, either as a national average or in specific markets. What is it? Diesel truckstop retail diesel prices – We gather data from hundreds of truckstops to produce a SONAR series that provides daily updates on the average price at the pump. SONAR has data on individual cities … Read More

See how produce is shipping using SONAR.

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Did you know? You can gauge the all-in rates of produce shipments from different regions of the U.S. using SONAR’s AGRATE index. What is it? USDA Produce Truckload Spot Rates (AGRATE) – A weekly average total truckload price (all-inclusive) based on a USDA survey of produce shippers in the main agricultural regions throughout the U.S. organized in origin-destination market or lane … Read More

Find out which ports are importing the most goods with SONAR

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Did you know? You can track the market share of each U.S. port in regard to all U.S. imports. What is it? Port Import Market Share (PIMS) – Port Import Market Share of U.S. Customs Maritime Import Shipments (PIMS). This is the market share that each U.S. port is capturing of the total U.S. Customs Maritime Import Shipments on a monthly basis. … Read More

Set greater expectations for predicted market activity.

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Did you know? You can measure which direction the manufacturing segment is moving by using the Purchasing Managers Index. What is it? Purchasing Managers Index (ISM) – The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is the largest not-for-profit professional supply management organization in the world. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is a diffusion index published by the ISM that gives the direction … Read More

What’s your ALOHA?

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Did you know? You can gauge carrier decisions on freight availability and pricing with SONAR’s Average Length of Haul. What is it? Average Length of Haul (ALOHA) – Average Length of Haul captures the number of reported monthly miles, divided by the number of reported loads during the same interval by carriers participating in the Truckload Carrier’s Association’s TCA Profitability Program, … Read More

Monitor domestic and global tonnage.

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Did you know? You can track inbound and outbound Air Cargo Tonnage going forward for 12 weeks in SONAR?   What is it? Inbound and Outbound Air Cargo Tonnage – The Air Cargo Capacity Index is a measure of the scheduled airline available tonnage capacity for passenger wide-body and freighter aircraft serving a market or an airport on an outbound (OACT) and … Read More

Understand freight demand in major trade lanes.

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Did you know? You can monitor spot prices for 40-foot ocean containers across 12 major maritime lanes. What is it? Freightos Baltic Daily Index (FBXD) – The Freightos Baltic Daily Index measures the daily price movements of 40-foot containers in 12 major maritime lanes. It is expressed as an average price per 40-foot container (in US$). This index is the world’s only … Read More

Monitor intermodal spot rates for faster decision making.

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Did you know? You can see domestic intermodal spot rates throughout the U.S. and easily compare them to truckload rates? What is it? Intermodal 53’ Container Spot Rates (INTRM) – This displays the weekly average door-to-door intermodal spot rates for 53’ containerized movements.  The intermodal rates are presented on a per-mile basis, and SONAR users can see the weekly average for all … Read More

Analyze the effects of truck utilization and rates.

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Did you know? You can see how rates and truck utilization are affecting revenue by using SONAR’s revenue per driver per week index. What is it? Revenue per driver per week (DRVREV) — This index captures the total amount of Linehaul and Accessorial revenue generated per week, expressed on a “per-driver” basis. Please note that fuel surcharge is excluded from this index. … Read More

Truckstop.com rates keep you moving forward.

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Did you know? You can see actual lane rates across the top 103 lanes by using SONAR’s Truckstop.com Rate indices What is it? Truckstop.com Rate Index – This is the 7-day all-in average rate along 103 of the most heavily trafficked lanes in the Truckstop.com Rate Analysis Tool database. The rates are available for Van (TSTOPVR), Reefer (TSTOPRR) and Flatbed (TSTOPFR) … Read More

What are the largest markets in the nation?

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Did you know? SONAR’s Outbound Tender Market Share Index can tell you how fast volumes are growing or declining in relation to the rest of the U.S. markets. What is it? Outbound Tender Market Share (OTMS): A relative index that measures the number of outbound tendered loads in individual markets in relation to total tendered load volume for the day in the … Read More

Are spot market rates increasing or decreasing?

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Did you know? You can find trends and changes in spot market rates using Outbound Tender Rejection Rates. What is it? Outbound Tender Rejection Index (OTRI) rates are measurements of carriers’ willingness to accept the loads that are tendered to them by shippers under contract terms. It is expressed as a percentage of loads rejected to total loads tendered. OTRI can be … Read More