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deville215

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Anyone have any idea what freight rates look like YoY and QoQ? Have any numbers to provide? Curious how things are trending as we lap the hurricanes from last year. Any regions looking markedly different from the rest of the country?
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Over the last year some lanes have almost doubled. Fuel surcharge usually is around 20-25%. The worst part is just getting things in a timley fashion. Lead times on orders are going to 2-3 weeks because of the shortage of drivers. You’ll expect a delivery on Tuesday which comes in on Friday really makes inventory levels harder, leading to shortages on trucks, upset customers and so on. In a simple word it “sucks”. Delivery rates are where inflation is really coming from in my opinion.
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deville215

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And if you're at USF, has centralized replenishment gotten any better yet? Are you beginning to receive product in a more timely fashion? Management back in Rosemont is talking s big game that case trends are getting better.
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Retiredfoodpro

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On the west coast at least, much of the freight has been on rail for sometime now as a work around for the lack of long haul drivers. Distributors can now back haul out of freight yards and keep shipping rates in check.  Lead times are subject to the rail carrier but at least the product is getting where it belongs in a somewhat timely fashion.

Obviously chill freight desires a truck and driver but anything else can be shipped via rail. 

   
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deville215

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What do overall freight rates look like in Sept/Oct YoY? How much are they up? 5%? 10%? More?
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LovinlifeafterSYY

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DAT.COM   has a ton of the info you are looking for
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deville215

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I'm aware of the site but don't subscribe and was looking for more regional color and commentary on things like produce vs. dry goods vs. proteins and whatnot.
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snoman

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Working on a business plan to obtain my own authority w/a focus on produce to Foodservice distributors/Grocers throughout the southeast region.
Interested to learn from those following here the hierarchy to establish contacts directly minimizing the use of truck brokers.
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