Freightonomics top 10 of 2020

Anthony Smith Zach Strickland

The best of Freightonomics from Anthony Smith and Zach Strickland

It was a topsy-turvy year for freight, with the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in an explosive growth in e-commerce. 

The guys rank their favorite Freightonomics episodes from a year when anything went in the freight market. 

How long will the bull run: Live from the FreightWaves Carrier Summit, Strickland and Smith talk about the booming freight market in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the trenches: Hear from Smith’s cousin with...

Operation Warp Speed chief showers praise on FedEx, UPS

Split screen of UPS jumbo jet on left and FedEx cargo plane on right, with Operation Warp Speed logo down the middle. It's all about COVID vaccine delivery.

U.S. Army Gen. Gus Perna is not one to be awestruck by a well-executed logistics plan. But he’s enamored with FedEx Corp.’s and UPS’ performance during the first week of distribution for Pfizer Inc.’s (NYSE: PFE) COVID-19 vaccine.

The military is a no-excuses, bottom-line world: Get the job done. And Perna has spent years helping manage the Defense Department’s massive logistics requirements, most recently as commander of Army Materiel Command. He also logged time at the Pentagon as Army deputy...

Freight Executives to Testify at Senate Panel Dec. 10 on Vaccine Logistics

Freight industry executives are scheduled to update a panel of senators Dec. 10 on the logistics associated with delivering the COVID-19 vaccines.

Richard Smith, regional president of the Americas and executive vice president at FedEx Express, as well as Wesley Wheeler, president of global health care at UPS Inc., are among the witnesses appearing before the Senate Transportation and Safety Subcommittee. The hearing comes as the country prepares to launch a massive vaccination program.

Reefer capacity tapped out prior to vaccine release

Chart of the Week:  Reefer Outbound Tender Rejection Index, Van Outbound Tender Rejection Index – USA SONAR: ROTRI.USA, VOTRI.USA

The national reefer — industry slang for temperature-controlled trailers — rejection index (ROTRI) topped 48% for the first time since the index’s creation this week, which could move even higher once the vaccine for COVID-19 begins being distributed in the coming months. This means that shippers that utilize temperature-controlled equipment should be prepared to...

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