Dooner and The Dude bring some rock ’n’ roll to your Friday, plus show you a good cause that needs your help
It’s Friday and that means it’s time to take a look at the DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index.
It hit another high, at 85 points, which continues to be in the carriers’ favor; also reaching peaks are tender rejection rates, hitting 27.84%, which means one in every four loads is currently being rejected.
Both these indexes are forecast to keep rising as people head home for the holidays and consumer spending keeps ramping up.
Speaking of holidays, Christmastime is almost here and WHAT THE TRUCK?!? is getting in the holiday spirit with a Christmas special airing Dec. 14!
Be sure to tune in for a holly jolly special and maybe some festive Wheel of Stupid Questions.
Jeff Booth, head of product at OpenDock, made his second appearance this week on FreightWavesTV to talk data delivery with Dooner and The Dude.
OpenDock is a data lover’s dream, helping carrieres get a gauge on their metrics through clear looks at how well pickups and drop-offs are being executed.
Booth says OpenDock is in the game of efficiency, changing the idea of the “first-come, first-served” dock schedule to a more streamlined version.
Seamless transition between pickups and drop-offs only happens when the warehouse and the transportation team have a good connection, and connecting them is the goal of OpenDock.
Jon Galletly joined the show all the way from Ontario, Canada.
He works for Crossdock Systems but is really in the business of making music.
Galletly is the drummer for the metal band Hammerhands, and COVID-19 has affected not only his work for Crossdock, but his band as well.
He says Crossdock does lots of work with home improvement materials, and movement of those through his warehouse has significantly increased during the pandemic.
However, Hammerhands has been sidelined due to travel restrictions and tour cancellations.
Check out Galletly and Hammerhands here!
The holidays mark a season of giving, and Robert Palm, CEO of truckersfinalmile.org, joined the show to raise some help for kids in need.
truckersfinalmile.org is a nonprofit started in 2013 to reunite deceased truck drivers with their families.
Palm started the group after enduring tragedy himself with the passing of his stepbrother, as well as being witness to several near-fatal incidents while on the road.
He calls it “divine intervention” that drove him to start the charity; since its inception, it has brought 294 drivers back home after tragedy struck.
2020 has been a rough year for Palm and the charity, as they have lost many opportunities to raise funds.
The cancellation of trucking shows has taken away their opportunity to connect with possible sponsors and thank current sponsors.
Palm needs your help; the second half of his charity is called Sleighbells and Santa and delivers Christmas presents to kids who have lost a trucker parent.
“Kids are an easily forgotten part of this industry … but we go trucking to feed our families and take care of our families,” Palm says.
Sleighbells and Santa also helps to support kids by setting up a $500 education savings account for them to use down the road.
Go to their website to give to truckersfinalmile.org.