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Small Fleet recap: Meeting small carrier needs with Werner

Digital brokers, technology improve life of drivers, Werner SVP says

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This fireside chat recap is from FreightWaves’ Small Fleet & Owner-Operator Summit Wednesday.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: How asset-based brokerages leverage experience to meet small carrier needs.

DETAILS: Matt Parry joins FreightWaves’ Thomas Wasson to talk about how asset-based brokerages add value and access to smaller carriers’ freight networks. With decades of experience and thousands of trucks, these brokerages can provide additional benefits compared to brokerages light on digital assets in terms of customer mix, technology solutions, equipment assistance and trained staff with backgrounds in fleet operations. 

SPEAKER: Parry is the senior vice president of logistics at Werner Logistics.

BIO: Werner Logistics is a key component of the company’s portfolio of transportation services solutions. Parry is responsible for all of Werner Enterprises’ fully developed intermodal, brokerage, freight management and final-mile service offerings. He has more than 30 years of experience in logistics and began his career at Werner in 1999. Prior to joining Werner, Parry spent nearly 10 years working in a variety of roles for Schneider National.


“When you’re a one-truck operation, every decision you make is critical to the long-term health of your business. As you get larger, those needs change. We think it’s really valuable to work with somebody who has got that heritage and background and that can help understand a carrier, where they are in their cycle, and help them through those challenges.”

“I think that the digital brokers and the technology have really improved the life of many of the drivers out there on the road and many of the people in the office.”

“Ways to be more productive allow us as individuals to focus our time on the things that are really important instead of tasks or jobs.”

“We’re not competing in this space with our small to medium-sized carriers. We’re empowering them because if they’re successful, they’re going to help us be successful.”

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Alyssa Sporrer

Alyssa is a staff writer at FreightWaves, covering sustainability news in the freight and supply chain industry, from low-carbon fuels to social sustainability, emissions & more. She graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Marketing and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about all things environmental and enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and soccer.