The Daily Dash: Strong freight demand to continue flowing into 2021

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, J.B. Hunt is not expecting a slowdown in freight through at least the first quarter of 2021. Plus, Nikola Corp. and General Motors continue talking about a battery agreement, but a deal remains out of reach for now. And some roads are just made for truckers.

No slowdown ahead

In a presentation at Baird’s 2020 Global Industrial Conference on Tuesday, executives from J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ: JBHT) said the current high-demand freight environment should continue through at least the first quarter of 2021.

Todd Maiden explains why the outlook remains strong: J.B. Hunt sees elevated demand through at least Q1

Nikola, GM talks moving slowly

Talks between Nikola Corp. (NASDAQ: NKLA) and General Motors (NYSE: GM) are continuing, but a deal for GM’s battery technology remains elusive.

Alan Adler has more on where the proposed agreement stands: Talks continue but Nikola plans beyond uncertain GM deal

Have truck, must travel

Professional truckers who spend their lives traveling America’s 4 million miles of roads try to avoid certain roads when they know the weather will be nasty. But when Mother Nature is nice, there are roads they simply must travel.

Nick Austin explores where truckers want to go most: America’s best roads for truckers (weather permitting)

Driver retention firms join forces

Tenstreet is acquiring Stay Metrics in a combination of two leading driver retention companies. The marriage of the two companies should boost the overall success of their respective customers, the companies said.

John Kingston has more: Tenstreet buying Stay Metrics in merger of driver retention firms

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The trucking industry has been clamoring for government to allow hair testing for drugs, but a new proposed rule to do that could weaken the effectiveness of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, some say.

John Gallagher explains what has them concerned: Carriers warn feds’ hair-testing plan may undercut drug clearinghouse

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