The Daily Dash: Peak season volatility; grading Trump’s performance; and Amazon’s logistics network keeps growing

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, peak season could be among the most volatile in years if current data trends continue. Plus, grading the success of President Donald Trump’s promises as he asks voters to elect him for four more years, and Amazon’s logistics network just keeps growing.

A record-setting year?

Will peak season be smooth sailing for shippers and carriers? Data coming in this week may give an indication of how capacity and rates will shake out the rest of this year.

Andrew Cox explains what to look for: Will this be a record-setting season for carriers?

Did Trump deliver for trucking?

Taxes, regulations, infrastructure and trade were all key campaign promises in 2016 for Donald Trump. As president, how many has he delivered on?

Brian Straight explores Trump’s job performance: In 2016, Trump promised trucking things would change. Have they?

Amazon’s ever-growing logistics behemoth

Amazon’s growing logistics operation is only going to continue expanding, according to the company’s CFO. Transportation network investments are now more than half of Amazon’s capital expenditures.

Mark Solomon dives deeper in the numbers: Amazon to continue pouring billions into transport network, CFO says

The future of visibility

Solutions for facility operations, predictive ETA and sustainability require an additional layer of advanced technology and clean data derived from digital freight networks.

John Paul Hampstead explores the future: The next generation of visibility solutions

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Court extends feds’ time to seek rehearing in Pilot fraud case

Universal Logistics reports better-than-expected Q3 revenue

Strong used truck market key to Ryder’s Q3 performance

USA Truck blows by Q3 estimates

Marketplace model delivers competitive spot rates with full pricing transparency

Forward Air beats estimates in quarter, raises dividend

Daimler partners with Luminar in autonomous truck pursuit

Did you miss this?

In an online listening session Wednesday, FMCSA leaders heard industry views about possible changes to current broker transparency regulations. One question came up repeatedly: What about the shippers?

John Kingston has the details: Shipper confidentiality issue arises during broker transparency hearing at FMCSA

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