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Drilling Deep: The LTL model adapts to the COVID-19 world

The less-than-truckload (LTL) sector of the trucking sector is generally more stable than the truckload carriers it shares the road with. But that doesn’t mean it has faced the pandemic without major upheaval.

On this week’s Drilling Deep podcast, host John Kingston speaks with Brian Thompson, the chief commercial officer of SMC3. His company sets the base rates for LTL shipments and he has a special insight into how the sector is faring. 

LTL’s primary base of business from industry is being squeezed, but growing last-mile deliveries of all sorts of products is offsetting some of that financial pain. Thompson discusses it on this week’s podcast.

John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.