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John Paul Hampstead

John Paul conducts research on multimodal freight markets and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to building a research team at FreightWaves, JP spent two years on the editorial side covering trucking markets, freight brokerage, and M&A.
Feb - 2024 -
28 February
Nov - 2023 -
08 November
John Paul Hampstead

Where does FreightTech go from here?

Venture capitalists have plenty of dry powder but they’re being choosier.

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Oct - 2023 -
24 October
John Paul Hampstead

Edge Logistics fighting through the freight brokerage winter

Edge continues to win new business on the back of a regional carrier strategy.

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19 October
John Paul Hampstead

Convoy discussing tech sale with 2 active bidders

Prospective acquirers are looking at Convoy’s platform and engineering and product teams.

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09 October
John Paul Hampstead

PCS Software: How a carrier TMS transformed itself into a digital freight network

The incumbent TMS provider is unifying its carrier and shipper platforms to generate network effects.

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Sep - 2023 -
01 September
John Paul Hampstead

Convoy and OTR Solutions resolve ‘misunderstanding’

Convoy and OTR Solutions have issued a joint statement saying that the situation has been resolved.

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Aug - 2023 -
24 August
23 August
Jul - 2023 -
20 July
John Paul Hampstead

The data to watch if Yellow shuts down

LTL contract rates and tender rejections in select markets will tell us if transportation networks can handle a sudden Yellow exit.

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17 July
John Paul Hampstead

DAT, Convoy drop lawsuits against each other

Neither DAT nor Convoy would be able to refile lawsuits against each other that they have agreed to drop.

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Jun - 2023 -
16 June
John Paul Hampstead

How Kroger expanded margins when growth was hard to come by

Kroger management reaffirmed the “low end” of 1-2% identical sales growth guidance.

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May - 2023 -
11 May
John Paul Hampstead

Even CPG volumes are slowing for brokers

CPG companies are trying to lock in low freight rates in a cyclical trough.

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Apr - 2023 -
13 April
John Paul Hampstead

Waiting for Kroger merger approval, Albertsons sees challenges ahead

Food price inflation is outstripping Albertsons’ sales growth. It’s another challenge for the grocer that’s looking to merge with Kroger.

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Mar - 2023 -
John Paul Hampstead

Load boards are broken — fixing them is critical

Newtrul has built a marketplace focused on integrity, compliance and credibility.

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Feb - 2023 -
16 February
John Paul Hampstead

Coyote to announce layoffs Friday, sources say

Expected layoffs at Coyote are part of a restructuring implemented by parent company UPS.

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John Paul Hampstead

Coyote anunciará despidos el viernes, según fuentes 

Alrededor de 200 empleados serán despedidos, dicen personas familiarizadas con el asunto

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Dec - 2022 -
Nov - 2022 -
22 November
John Paul Hampstead

Appellate Court reinstates project44’s defamation suit against FourKites

Gmail accounts allegedly connected to FourKites made accusations of accounting fraud and organized crime to project44 board members and executives.

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16 November
John Paul Hampstead

How Arrive Logistics is adapting to the down cycle

Arrive is building more intelligent technology, reaching new markets and getting creative to win freight.

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09 November
John Paul Hampstead

Brokers: Shippers are pricing down contract freight faster

Freight brokerages see more frequent bid events as opportunities to take market share.

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Oct - 2022 -
John Paul Hampstead

As US-China relations worsen, expect supply chain chaos

Trans-Pacific trade is the foundation of American retail and industry. But souring U.S.-China relations threaten that.

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26 October
05 October
John Paul Hampstead

Uber Freight economist: Contract rates edging into negative territory

The outlook for truckload demand is flat to down and more capacity continues to enter the market, according to Uber Freight senior economist Mazen Danaf.

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John Paul Hampstead

Economista de Uber Freight: Las tarifas de los contratos entran en territorio negativo 

La capacidad seguirá disminuyendo a medida que la producción de los fabricantes de camiones se recupera

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Sep - 2022 -
28 September
John Paul Hampstead

Echo CEO: Recession coming, but next capacity crunch is baked in

CEO Doug Waggoner says Echo Global Logistics’ growth will exceed its plan for both gross revenue and profitability as the company continues to look for acquisitions.

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21 September
John Paul Hampstead

Arrive Logistics unveils technology platform

A majority of Arrive’s shipments are being automated at multiple touch points.

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14 September
John Paul Hampstead

Subseasonal trucking market still soft and loose

Less than 6% of all truckload shipments in the U.S. are currently being rejected.

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07 September
John Paul Hampstead

¿Cómo afectará la crisis energética europea a los mercados de mercancías? 

La ralentización de la eurozona puede hacer bajar aún más las tarifas de los contenedores marítimos

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Aug - 2022 -
31 August
John Paul Hampstead

‘Race to the bottom’ in truckload contract rates sets in

The West Coast ocean container volume drop is here and will continue for months to come.

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Apr - 2022 -
27 April
John Paul Hampstead

C.H. Robinson posts record Q1 profits amid global volatility

Robinson’s global forwarding network, years in the making, is having its moment in the sun.

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John Paul Hampstead

C.H. Robinson obtiene beneficios récord en el primer trimestre en medio de la volatilidad mundial

El aumento de los fletes en todos los modos ayuda a los 3PL a destrozar las expectativas de beneficios

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Mar - 2022 -
07 March
John Paul Hampstead

Ramsdell joins Emerge as chief operating officer

Focusing on growing Emerge’s capacity, Ramsdell wants to offer Fortune 500 drop-drop freight to small and midsize carriers.

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Feb - 2022 -
17 February
John Paul Hampstead

FreightVana’s power-only brokerage going nationwide with more than 1,000 trailers this year

A new power-only brokerage offering drop trailer solutions to customers has emerged: FreightVana x, where the x stands for “collaboration.”

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09 February
John Paul Hampstead

Commentary: In defense of the unicorns

The current roster of FreightTech unicorns is made up of established companies run by veterans and backed by smart money.

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Dec - 2021 -
02 December
John Paul Hampstead

Supply chain tech VC investment exceeds $7B for 3rd straight quarter

Supply chain tech is increasingly driven by late-stage venture capital activity.

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Nov - 2021 -
John Paul Hampstead

Echo CEO Waggoner to The Jordan Company: ‘Let me run faster’

Private ownership would allow Echo to accelerate M&A and technology investments.

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17 November
10 November
Oct - 2021 -
20 October
Sep - 2021 -
27 September
John Paul Hampstead

Commentary: The week FreightTech grew up

Last week’s Transfix, project44 and Emerge deals herald a maturing FreightTech space.

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23 September
20 September
John Paul Hampstead

Los banqueros ‘nunca habían visto un mercado más fuerte’ para la logística de terceros (3PLs)

El mercado para la compra y venta de proveedores logísticos a terceros y corredores de carga está al rojo vivo, según los banqueros de inversión de Capstone Partners, Burke Smith y Nathan Feldman.

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07 September
John Paul Hampstead

FreightVana comes out of stealth mode

A group of former Knight-Swift logistics leaders is building something new in Arizona.

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Aug - 2021 -
Jul - 2021 -
28 July
John Paul Hampstead

Echo Global Logistics beats earnings estimates and raises guidance

Management has raised full-year revenue guidance to $3.45 billion-$3.55 billion.

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27 July
Jun - 2021 -
May - 2021 -
19 May
18 May
John Paul Hampstead

Transportation One rounds out executive team with more XPO alumni

The Chicago brokerage adds a capital allocator and carrier expert to its C-suite.

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Apr - 2021 -
07 April
John Paul Hampstead

MoLo Solutions opens Nashville office

Nashville is the Chicago-based freight brokerage’s first expansion office.

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Mar - 2021 -
24 March
John Paul Hampstead

Digital drop-freight platform Baton closes $10.5M Series A

The capital will drive volume growth and help Baton expand to new markets.

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23 March
John Paul Hampstead

LTL platform MyCarrier raises $8M Series A

MyCarrier is scaling a white-labeled LTL TMS with a unique distribution model.

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22 March
John Paul Hampstead

Truckstop.com acquires carrier compliance firm RMIS

Load board adds more enterprise-level automation to its compliance offering.

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Feb - 2021 -
23 February
John Paul Hampstead

Koffie Labs raises $4.5M to transform trucking carrier insurance

Koffie provides quotes based on individual truck characteristics within a day.

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18 February
John Paul Hampstead

J.B. Hunt partners with Google on technology, product development

Combining Hunt’s data and Google’s tools will yield differentiated service offerings.

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16 February
John Paul Hampstead

Flexport goes upstream with new Order Management suite

Digital freight forwarder Flexport can now link consignee order data to shipments from suppliers.

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08 February
03 February
John Paul Hampstead

Echo Global Logistics beats earnings estimates on strong volumes, rates

Freight brokerage Echo Global Logistics rode truckload volatility to record quarterly revenues.

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John Paul Hampstead

Freight forwarder Steam Logistics launching truckload brokerage April 1

“It’s been really easy to get the band back together,” says CEO Jason Provonsha.

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John Paul Hampstead

The Home Depot’s culture of supply chain innovation

New technology and carrier-friendly operations have kept The Home Depot’s freight moving during the pandemic.

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Jan - 2021 -
26 January
20 January
John Paul Hampstead

Startup veteran Steve Pho joins Forager’s C-suite

Cross-border logistics platform looks to scale sustainably as it prepares to raise more capital.

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14 January
John Paul Hampstead

Rethinking freight procurement and the RFP process

Traditional RFP processes consume time and money and still don’t yield permanent arrangements.

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05 January
John Paul Hampstead

Project44 sues FourKites for defamation over alleged false emails to board

Suit alleges that FourKites’s fake email accounts called project44 “the next Theranos.”

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Dec - 2020 -
22 December
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