The Daily Dash: Dual hurricanes threaten Gulf; carriers benefiting from freight volumes

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, not one, but two potential hurricanes have the Gulf Coast in their sights early next week. Plus, carriers continue to hold all the cards when it comes to rate negotiations, and Amazon charts a new path for merchants.

Double the trouble

In a rare but not unprecedented occurrence, a pair of hurricanes could potentially strike the U.S. Gulf Coast early next week.

Nick Austin is following the storms: Potential hurricanes still on track for US landfall next week

Carriers hold the edge in rate battle

Freight volumes continue to rise, rates are following and carriers continue to hold a significant advantage in rate negotiations with shippers.

Andrew Cox explains what’s behind the trend: The second freight frenzy of 2020 is upon us

Amazon cracks down

Amazon has reportedly cracked down on merchants, placing new demands on those that sell their goods through its platform without using its fulfillment services.

Mark Solomon has the details: Amazon to get tough on sellers using outside fulfillment, delivery firms

Cold chain investment

A cold chain services provider has closed an $8.7 million funding round. Perishable Shipping Solutions helps food providers fulfill online orders.

Todd Maiden has details on how it plans to use the money: Cold chain services provider closes $8.7M funding round

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Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at