Episode 29 | Bob Costello’s Q3 2022 Economic Update

Recorded on September 22nd, 2022

What does the trucking & freight economy have in store for Q4 2022 and 2023? Bob Costello with the American Trucking Associations steps in to give us a glimpse into what we can expect for shippers, carriers and the whole supply chain over the next few months.

Supply Chain Squares | September 2022

Recorded on September 20th, 2022

This month's episode of Supply Chain Squares features some of the top experts in the logistics industry. Will they lead our competitors to a win, or will they trick them into saying the wrong answers? Whichever route they choose, there will be many laughs along the way! We would like to thank our guests and contestants:

  • Melissa Davis - Triple T Transport
  • Lucas McCarty - Triple T Transport
  • Pat Musser - HP Hood
  • Thomas Kern - Kern Kendrick, LLC
  • Slate Kamp - Lighthouse Foods
  • Wendy Workman - SK Food Group
  • Matt Mahle - Triple T Transport
  • Debbie Lombardo - Tarrier Foods Corp.
  • Scott Oliver - HP Hood
  • Todd Burk
  • Joe Lombardo - Ege Avenue Associates

Episode 28 | California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) Impacts

Recorded on September 13th, 2022

Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) is a piece of legislation that will directly reduce independent contractors from the transportation industry in California. This affects both truckers and port workers. Thomas Kern, attorney with Kern Kendrick, LLC. discusses the avenues that both local contractors and business owners can take to try and reduce the high costs required by this bill.

Episode 27 | Has The Government Overstepped? PART 2

Recorded on September 6th, 2022

Wendy Workman, Senior Director of Supply Chain at SK Food Group offers her personal outlook on whether the government has overstepped into the transportation industry. John & Wendy discuss the ELD mandate and it's impact on the industry.

Episode 26 | Has The Government Overstepped? PART 1

Recorded on September 6th, 2022

Did the ELD mandate go too far? Did it have the impact that the lawmakers where anticipating? John and Wendy discuss where the law fell short on this particular instance of government intervention into the transportation & shipping industry. Wendy Workman is the Senior Director of Supply Chain at SK Food Group.

Episode 25 | Procurement During a Recession

Recorded on August 30th, 2022

Joe Lombardo with Ege Avenue Associates has decades of experience in procurement across the transportation industry. He has worked for some major distributors and manufacturers through recessions and tough times. Joe walks us through some of the things to expect in shipping procurement as we head into a possible recession.

Episode 24 | How Market Compression Affects Shippers

Recorded on August 23rd, 2022

Shippers are feeling the compression in the market! The transportation business is under more stress than ever as the cost of everything is increasing. Scott Oliver with HP Hood discusses some of the major challenges that he sees everyday as a Senior Director of Logistics at HP Hood, a large distribution company.

Supply Chain Squares | August 2022

Recorded on August 16th, 2022

Welcome to Supply Chain Squares! The show where the top experts in the Freight & Logistics industry compete to try and outsmart each other in a game of tic-tac-toe! We would like to thank our guests and contestants:

  • Melissa Davis - Triple T Transport
  • Lucas McCarty - Triple T Transport
  • Pat Musser - HP Hood
  • Thomas Kern - Kern Kendrick, LLC
  • Slate Kamp - Lighthouse Foods
  • Wendy Workman - SK Food Group
  • Matt Mahle - Triple T Transport
  • Debbie Lombardo - Tarrier Foods Corp.
  • Scott Oliver - HP Hood
  • Todd Burk
  • Joe Lombardo - Ege Avenue Associates

Episode 23 | Digital Brokerage vs. People Brokerage

Recorded on August 9th, 2022

Are digital 3PL Brokerages able to handle every logistics challenge? John & Joe outline the pros and cons of digital brokerages in today's market. Every day the average logistics company will need to resolve dozens of problems that require personal intervention. Triple T prides itself on being the high-value solution for their customers, but can a digital brokerage really automate the entire process of freight logistics better than a traditional brokerage?

Episode 21 | Choosing The Right Brokerage as a Small Carrier

Recorded on July 26th, 2022

Is the freight market flooded with small trucking companies? Billy Barstow with Barstow Transportation thinks the line haul rates are lowering because of unsustainable competition from the increase of trucking companies over the last couple years. Now, larger retailers are taking temporary losses to expand their own fleets. Combine all of this with increasing diesel fuel and bad brokers trying to overreach, small carriers are feeling immense pressure in the market today.

Episode 20 | This Year’s Challenges for Small Carriers

Recorded on July 19th, 2022

Fuel Costs are rising while Line Haul rates are falling. Smaller carriers are feeling the compression in the freight industry. Billy Barstow with Barstow Transportation walks us through this year's challenges as a small carrier. High diesel prices, low rates and bad brokers trying to undercut the small trucking companies. The current state of the freight market is not sustainable for smaller trucking companies. Billy states that if the compression continues through the 4th quarter without any mitigation, then there will be serious impacts on his business.

Episode 19 | What’s causing the high price of Diesel Fuel?

Recorded on July 12th, 2022

What affects Diesel cost? And how are the prices calculated? John and Joe dive into the reasons why diesel fuels cost more than gasoline and other fuel. Today the high diesel prices are a global issue. Declining number of refineries, higher operating costs, and much less demand than other fuel types. Diesel is still it's a major driving factor in the total costs of the logistics industry.

Episode 18 | Market Impacts on The Spot Market & Owner Operators

Recorded on July 5th, 2022

As we move closer to recession and the market is continuing to be volatile, shippers in the spot market and owner operators are starting to feel the burn of skyrocketing fuel costs. Diesel prices, holiday seasons and consumer confidence all impact major players that can benefit from strengthened partnerships.

Episode 17 | Are You Building Partnerships or a House of Cards?

Recorded on July 5th, 2022

What types of partnerships do you need to run a successful shipping operation? And, how do you maintain those relationship to withstand market impacts? Todd Burk joins us again from Icon Foods! Todd speaks upon the value of having a variety of partnerships and how those partnerships can affect shippers in the spot market.

Episode 16 | Bankruptcy Claims Are Increasing

Recorded on June 28th, 2022

As the market continues to tighten in the logistics & freight shipping industry, more businesses are feeling the burn. Shipping claims and bankruptcy claims are increasing in parts of the market that are the most impacted by the volatility. Zachary Elrod with Allianz Trade North America discusses his experience with bankruptcy support and the overall trend of the market over the next several months.

Episode 15 | Food Recall Management

Recorded on June 21st, 2022

When a food recall is announced, there is a significant amount of urgency that is needed by shippers, carriers and logistics companies to secure every lot of affected product and provide proof of disposal. John Mahle with Triple T Transport describes his experience with contacting affected retailers and warehouses, while Creg Fielding with Fusionware shares his digital solution to pinpointing every piece of contaminated food product across multiple storage facilities nationwide.

Episode 14 | Food Safety Tracking

Recorded on June 14th, 2022

Creg Fielding with Fusionware shares his experience with food tracking and John describes how the importance of food storage during transport has changed over the last few decades. Now, food safety trackers can keep track of recalled food all the way down to the genealogy of the seeds and the lot shipments as they travel through multiple checkpoints.

Episode 13 | Budgeting in an Unpredictable Market

Recorded on June 7th, 2022

The freight & transportation market has been very unpredictable over the last two years. Usually, the budgets for the year are already set by March, but many companies are struggling to make budget projections with the volatile diesel prices and fluctuating consumer demand as inflation hits the economy. Wendy Workman with SK Food Group discusses her experience with trying to navigate a budget during this uncertain time.

Episode 12 | Dan North Economic Update & Diesel Prices

Recorded on May 31st, 2022

In this episode Dan North from Allianz Trade North America describes how we arrived at this point in the North American market and what we may expect for next year in the financial markets. Meanwhile, diesel fuel prices continue to remain high after a historic increase. Dan describes how freight, shipping and the cost of goods have all been affected by the high diesel fuel prices, and has made an impact on the total inflation that has been seen this year.

Episode 11 | Impacts of Inflation on the Freight Industry

Recorded on May 24th, 2022

Inflation is the #1 topic this week in the logistics industry. John & Joe discuss last week's economic update from Bob Costello and his forecasts on the freight economy. Joe Lombardo talks us through a deeper dive on inflation and it's effects on diesel, OEM equipment, new trucks, parts and the price of goods. John talks about how E-commerce is slowing down from pandemic-highs.

Episode 10 | PART 2 – Economic Update with Bob Costello

Recorded on May 17th, 2022

John Mahle and Robert Costello with the ATA discuss the labor forecast and the diesel production for the logistics industry. Trucking equipment manufacturers are still struggling to catch up with demand but the larger carriers are not selling/offloading equipment as much as before, in preparation for future growth.

Episode 9 | Economic Update with Bob Costello

Recorded on May 17th, 2022

Bob Costello with the American Trucking Association shares his insights into what the major impacts are on the freight industry. Bob has seen economic growth increase dramatically over the last year, but slower growth into this year. We still see supply chain issues in getting new transportation equipment from the manufacturers. Drivers are still down from the pre-pandemic level but we are seeing an inflow of drivers as the demand increases and as the compensation rate matches inflation.

Episode 8 | What’s up with the market?

Recorded on May 10th, 2022

Why is the market changing so much? We've been seeing increases in fuel inflation and natural slowdowns in some areas of the industry, but John Mahle and Joe Lombardo both agree that the capacity for transportation demand can come back up quickly under the right conditions. In this episode we dive deeper into theĀ  individual capacity issues, where they will continue to tighten up and when to start seeing some relief.

Episode 7 | Either The PEOPLE Change, or The People CHANGE

Recorded on May 3rd, 2022

A common theme underlying the current strains in the transportation industry (on-time delivery, volatile pricing and high staff turnover) is the expectations of transportation managers, in the current environment, resulting in unrealistic expectations. John Mahle with Triple T Transport and Joe Lombardo with Ege Avenue Associates discuss the reality of the market and how to view the current issues plaguing the industry today.

Episode 6 | How The Market Can Affect On-Time Delivery Service

Recorded on April 26th, 2022

Service is affected by market constraints in the logistics industry. On-time delivery becomes more and more difficult for shippers and carriers as the market moves into rough conditions. Joe Lombardo and John Mahle discuss the importance of monitoring good shipping/receiving data to get in front of thes service issues before they happen. How to handle late fees and maintain a shipper/carrier relationship during the tough months.

Episode 5 | Stakeholders – Driving Long-Term Cost Up

Recorded on April 19th, 2022

Sometimes a shortcut can lead to higher long-term costs. John and Joe discuss the decisions that stakeholders in an organization have to navigate when determining the best business practices for freight shipments. Multiple stakeholders with clashing needs, brokers, consultants, deadlines and regional shipping routes, all of these factors can lead to an unsustainable pricing structure.

Episode 4 | Tired of Unloading/Lumper Fees?

Recorded on April 12th, 2022

What is an unloading fee and what does it pay for? John asks Joe Lombardo from Ege Avenue Associates if he can see an end in sight for unloading fees and lumper charges. Do they even make sense from a budgeting and auditing perspective?

Episode 3 | How To Become A Shipper Of Choice?

Recorded on March 29th, 2022

Now that we know what a "Shipper Of Choice" is, we must strive to become the best at maintaining our valuable carrier partnerships. The logistics industry is facing a critical level of challenges: supply chain disruptions, fuel price increases and a growing need for stronger partnerships to weather this storm. John walks us through the options with Scott Oliver of HP Hood and Slate Kamp of Litehouse Logistics, to see what shippers can do to become the best partners for the supply chain and for their clients.

Episode 2 | What is a Shipper Of Choice?

Recorded on March 20th, 2022

What is a "Shipper Of Choice"? Scott Oliver of HP Hood and Slate Kamp of Litehouse Logistics dive into today's challenges that shippers face when trying to manage their fleets and carriers. Being a shipper of choice means that the shippers and the carriers maintain a high value partnership through collaboration and problem mitigation. Learn about how John, Scott & Slate all strive to manage excellent shipping operations from their different roles by watching the podcast.

Episode 1 | Supply Chain Volatility in the Logistics Industry

Recorded on February 21st, 2022

In this first episode of the Stay in Your Lane Podcast, Wendy Workman with SK Food Group and Todd Burk with Icon Foods discuss some of the largest challenges in the logistics industry today such as the high volatility of freight costs and the factors that have contributed to the supply chain issues that we now see. What can we do to help mitigate these issues, and how do they affect our industry partners? Find out both the carrier AND the supplier's perspective here on the first episode of the Stay In Your Lane podcast by Triple T Transport.