• ITVI.USA
    15,909.400
    -330.930
    -2%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.776
    0.014
    0.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    21.610
    -0.170
    -0.8%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,915.300
    -318.010
    -2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.520
    0.380
    12.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.960
    -0.660
    -18.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.610
    0.250
    18.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.340
    -0.130
    -3.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.100
    -0.250
    -10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.860
    -0.220
    -5.4%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    -2.000
    -1.6%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,909.400
    -330.930
    -2%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.776
    0.014
    0.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    21.610
    -0.170
    -0.8%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,915.300
    -318.010
    -2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.520
    0.380
    12.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.960
    -0.660
    -18.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.610
    0.250
    18.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.340
    -0.130
    -3.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.100
    -0.250
    -10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
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GSCW: Weathering the storm at Texas ports — WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

What recovery looks like across the Lone Star State

For the last episode of WHAT THE TRUCK?!? during Global Supply Chain Week, Dooner and The Dude checked up on Texas and the impacts of last month’s winter storm. 

They welcomed Patrick Maher, vice president of business development at Gulf Winds International, to talk vessel delays, port congestion and chemical plant shutdowns. Maher said recovery is going well: “We bounced back as an industry, I believe, better this time around than even during [Hurricane] Harvey.”

Even with that recovery, the shutdown of chemical plants is causing shortages in petrochemicals because the plants are not running at full capacity. Maher said the situation at the ports is not as dire; things are delayed but not at a standstill.

The next guest was Juan-Jose Ruiz, head of strategy for TradeLens. He discussed how TradeLens is using blockchain to increase visibility of ocean freight. Ruiz said it was the challenge of leveraging information about ocean shipping that droveTradeLens to develop its ideas and that blockchain can provide information to the correct people securely. 

Last up was Jenna Bryant, co-founder and CEO at Embedded Ventures, to talk about her thoughts for investing in FreightTech, like what TradeLens provides. Bryant said there are so many facets to FreightTech she has been diving into lately to decide where capital should be invested; one of those areas is failures in GPS infrastructure.

Bryant also talked about her role as a woman in deep tech and venture capital. She called her “impostor syndrome,” which stems from existing as a minority in the industry, a superpower that lets her focus on the problems that need changing in venture capital. 

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Kaylee Nix is a meteorologist and reporter for FreightWaves. She joined the company in November of 2020 after spending two years as a broadcast meteorologist for a local television channel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kaylee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and immediately made the Tennessee Valley her home. Kaylee creates written summaries of FreightWaves live podcasts and cultivates the social media for FreightWaves TV.

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