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Thomas Wasson

Based in Chattanooga TN, Thomas is an Enterprise Trucking Carrier Expert at FreightWaves with a focus on news commentary, analysis and trucking insights. Before that, he worked at a digital trucking startup aifleet, Arrive Logistics as an Account Executive, and 5 years at U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. with an emphasis on fleet management, load planning, freight analysis, and truckload network design. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a MBA in 2020 and a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2013.
Feb - 2023 -
02 February
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Lunar New Year outlook; boxpocalypse now

Christopher Thornycroft, executive vice president at Redwood, joined us to talk about the Lunar New Year and what it means for freight demand. For those unaware, the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday began Jan. 22 and typically lasts two weeks. This year, it will end with the Lantern Festival on Sunday.

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Jan - 2023 -
26 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Morgan Stanley report says carriers, brokers ‘hungry for freight’

A report published Wednesday by Morgan Stanley Research highlights demand expectations and how carriers and brokers are hungry for freight.

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24 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Interview with Variant’s Josh Smith; Bank of America transportation outlook

Josh Smith, vice president at Variant and over-the-road operations at U.S. Xpress, spoke to FreightWaves about the Variant program and how technology and operations are vital to success in trucking.

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19 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Werner CIO on tech partnership; FTR Trucking Conditions improve

On Tuesday, FreightWaves interviewed Werner Chief Information Officer Daragh Mahon about the company’s recent partnership with Samsara, diving into how AI and updated legacy systems are transforming Werner’s 8,500-truck fleet. 

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17 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Congress debates age-old question; Class 8 orders’ December finish

A Republican-backed bill introduced by U.S. Rep Brian Mast, R-Fla., seeks to exempt underage truck drivers from rules that prohibit them from hauling containers to and from marine terminals.

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12 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: J.B. Hunt and Wabash make a deal; Susquehanna trucking outlook

Wabash and J.B. Hunt Transport have signed a multiyear deal that will supply J.B. Hunt with 15,000 trailers. The size and scope of the pact are significant, as the past two years saw pandemic-related supply chain disruptions throttle up new trailer orders, causing the average age of existing trailers to rise.

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10 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Scope 3 emissions; World Economic Forum vs. empty miles

On Tuesday, FreightWaves interviewed Josh Bouk, president of Trax Technologies, about the recent Securities and Exchange Commission rule-making recommendation back in March 2022 regarding scope 3 emissions. Scope 3 is a part of a larger greenhouse gas emissions overhaul by the SEC, the intent being for companies to disclose their impact on the environment.

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07 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: C.H. Robinson CEO out; Daimler Truck CEO’s outlook

Bob Biesterfeld, president and CEO of C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., stepped down Tuesday. FreightWaves’ Mark Solomon wrote that according to a person familiar with the matter, this departure had been planned months in advance and mostly was a matter of timing. 

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04 January
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Inventory levels impact truckload contracted rates

Persistently higher inventory levels are causing a drag on truckload tender volumes as 2023 begins. 2019 and 2018 SONAR data indicates we may approach levels of pre-pandemic seasonality, but higher truckload capacity will continue to negatively impact rates until enough truckload supply leaves the market.

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Oct - 2022 -
12 October
Thomas Wasson

Loaded and Rolling: Party like it’s 2019; ATRI data on crashes

Outbound tender rejection rates, a measure of the percentage of truckload shipments tendered to carriers by shippers, have reached a record at 5.05%. For trucking, this will be a cause of mostly stress instead of celebration. 

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