The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, the West Coast wildfires are creating hazardous conditions for truck drivers and affecting freight movement. Plus, trailer orders are rising once again and volatile supply chains may become the new normal.
Wildfires putting drivers at risk
The wildfires on the West Coast are creating dangerous conditions for people living in the area, but they are also impacting freight movement. Shippers are shutting down and truck drivers are working in unhealthy conditions.
Linda Baker talks to drivers being affected: Truck drivers navigate the world’s worst air quality
Trailers showing order strength
Any lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to be exiting the equipment markets. Truck orders have been rising and now new data shows that trailer orders have reached highs not seen since October 2019.
Alan Adler details the trend: August trailer orders post best month since October 2019
Adapting to a new world
COVID-19 has altered supply chains across the globe, but the volatility that has come from that may not disappear once the virus is no longer a threat.
John Gallagher explains how shippers can adapt: COVID-19 makes volatility the new norm for supply chains
Forward Air has expanded again with another acquisition. The Tennessee-based company has acquired last-mile delivery provider CLW Delivery for $5.5 million.
Todd Maiden explains how CLW fits into Forward Air’s growth strategy: Forward Air acquires another final-mile provider
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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said it will renew its push to Congress to provide funding for additional truck parking. A bipartisan bill introduced in March has not moved forward, but the association remains hopeful legislators will support the effort.
John Gallagher has details on what OOIDA is hoping for: OOIDA will push for more truck parking in next Congress
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