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Check Call with FreightVana’s Shannon Breen: Brokerages buying trailers

The collaboration no one saw coming

Check Call the Show. News and Analysis for 3PLs and Freight Brokers.

On this week’s episode of Check Call, host Mary O’Connell and Shannon Breen, co-CEO and founder at FreightVana, sit down to talk about a brokerage that buys trailers and the importance of authenticity in your brand. 

Also on the podcast is a quick rundown of XPO Logistics’ new hire, David Phalen. Phalen will serve as vice president of pricing for the LTL segment. Phalen spent seven years with American Airlines Group, where he served as managing director of international revenue management and managing director of revenue analysis, ancillary and fulfillment.

The LTL industry created the hub-and-spoke distribution model after World War I, nearly 60 years before the airlines implemented their version after the industry was deregulated in 1978. LTL carriers use linehauls or truck routes as spokes, with terminals functioning as hubs.

The terminals collect local freight from the various shippers in their areas and use the hubs to consolidate the freight into regions or areas where those shipments are to be delivered. 

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.