The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, tightness in the reefer market could complicate COVID vaccine distribution — or at least drive up the price of distribution. Plus, a charity group is helping truckers in need this year, and investment firms are buying into digital freight brokerage.
Reefer capacity could complicate vaccine distribution
As vaccine distribution is almost ready to accelerate, a refrigerated trailer capacity issue is likely to complicate the process and push rates even higher as tender rejections rise.
Zach Strickland dives into the numbers: Reefer capacity tapped out prior to vaccine release
A helping hand
Truck drivers sidelined from driving because of health concerns can find some help for the holidays through the Truckers Christmas Group Organization.
Clarissa Hawes details the nonprofit’s mission: Trucker charity delivers holiday hope to deserving families
Understanding a trend
Recent forays by Greenbriar and BlackRock into cash-burning digital freight brokerages reveal a shifting landscape for capital across asset classes that holds profound implications for venture capital-backed freight-tech startups.
John Paul Hampstead explains: Analysis: What Greenbriar and BlackRock’s digital freight brokerage deals mean
Federal regulators have granted J. J. Keller & Associates a five-year exemption that allows the company to mount its dashcam lower on a trucker’s windshield despite driver concerns of obstructed views.
John Gallagher has the story: J. J. Keller gets federal waiver for dashcam
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Did you miss this?
A California state appeals court ruled that federal law doesn’t exempt the state’s trucking sector from the contentious AB5 regulation.
John Kingston details the next steps: AB5 follow: Impact from Cal Cartage decision needs to await federal ruling
Hammer down, everyone,