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Check Call with Chris Cassidy: Making new Trax

Sustainability and the future of freight audit and payment

On this week’s episode of Check Call, Chris Cassidy, executive vice president of global sales and strategic partnerships at Trax Group, joins host Mary O’Connell to break down the future of freight audit and payment with sustainability.

Key quotes from Cassidy:

“Forty-three percent of transportation emissions are attributed to the transportation of goods and that’s what we do, we audit the transportation invoices. As we started to think about what we’re really after, being a quality- and data-driven company, we’re sitting on a gold mine of invoice data.” 

“As they are thinking about their transportation mode by region, we can help by looking at invoice data, we can start to calculate that clean air goal and help them track against those goals more effectively.”

“Start with it as a project, they’re already there working with carrier contracts. Start at social responsibility. Ask the carriers, ‘Are you investing in alternative fuel types, etc.?’ Many of the big players are moving towards carbon neutral or zero waste into their fleets. Make it a part of the procurement process. We are selecting carriers and making them carriers of choice that are investing in this space.”

“Many large shippers have these sustainability targets at the CEO level down and now as supply chain leaders get these targets themselves. It’s all about how you can get visibility into the data.”

Also on the podcast, O’Connell talks about the ongoing negotiations for the West Coast dockworker contract. The contract expired July 1, but the dockworkers are continuing to work in good faith of the negotiations. The fact that the sides are communicating with a single voice rather than issuing separate press releases in an effort to gain public support is considered a good sign by those familiar with the history of labor relations at the ports.

Got any pain points or things you wish were better in the supply chain and the world of transportation? Contact O’Connell to be on a future episode of Check Call.

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Mary O'Connell

Former pricing analyst, supply chain planner, and broker/dispatcher turned creator of the newsletter and podcast Check Call. Which gives insights into the world around 3PLs and Freight brokers. She will talk your ear off about anything and everything if you let her. Expertise in operations, LTL pricing and procurement, flatbed operations, dry van, tracking and tracing, reality tv shows and how to turn a stranger into your new best friend.