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XPO Logistics embraces diversity, equity, inclusion as pillars of success

Known as a technology-driven logistics provider, the success of XPO’s efforts rests on its development of people

When it comes to technology, XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) may be best known for its XPO Connect platform. The digital freight marketplace, launched in 2018, is used by shippers to track and trace their shipments, get quotes and manage their spend with XPO. Technology has been a driving force behind the growth and success of XPO since its founding, but that technology is only as good as the people behind it. To achieve success, XPO has embraced a culture that encourages and supports employee engagement and development.

“First and foremost, we continue to invest in our people, in addition to our technology,” Jennifer Kaczmarczyk said on Monday’s WHAT THE TRUCK?!? episode with Dooner and The Dude. “XPO is a growth organization and to sustain that growth, we have to invest in developing the people who power our technologies.”

Kaczmarczyk’s appearance on the show coincided with International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme of Choose to Challenge. “That’s daily life in the transportation industry,” Kaczmarcyzk, who leads XPO’s Ann Arbor, Michigan, brokerage office, said. “You are faced with a challenge and you have to deliver results. You have to figure out how to make it happen.”


Watch: XPO’s Jennifer Kaczmarczyk


Kaczmarcyzk noted that 2020 was challenging for everyone, and XPO was no different.

“The pandemic revealed the critical nature of the work our frontline employees perform every day to keep supply chains moving and our top priority was focusing on the safety of our workforce. From there, our team focused on delivering results to drive growth,” she said, noting that XPO’s truck brokerage saw significant growth in 2020, and her office in Ann Arbor grew 40%.

The underlying support for that growth is the people of XPO. This year, the company unveiled XPO Rise, a high potential development program aimed at providing rising leaders with an immersive approach to executive-level development with the goal to move diverse employees into executive roles across XPO businesses. Kaczmarcyzk is one of nineteen selected for the inaugural class of the program. 

In addition to developing leaders, XPO is focused on developing an inclusive and diverse culture, Kaczmarcyzk said. She noted that the transportation industry workforce is approximately 15% women, but at XPO, that number is 26%.

“XPO is committed to embracing diversity and gender equality, which is demonstrated with the critical policies and benefits programs to support its workforce,” Kaczmarczyk said. “If you are focusing on growing your family or if you are focusing on education, we have policies and programs that allow you to develop those areas of your life.”

On the diversity front, XPO employs nearly 100,000 people and continues to make investments to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion that is attractive to future talent and has stronger retention rates. Career site Diversityjobs.com recently named XPO a top employer for diversity.

“Diversity is about building a company culture that encourages teams to create innovative solutions, create better connections with customers and offer a competitive advantage,” Kaczmarczyk said. “The challenges that our shippers and carriers face demand perspective from diverse groups because that is how we get to the best solution possible.”

The WHAT THE TRUCK?!? hosts asked Kaczmarczyk for any final advice she could offer women listening to the program.

“Find a team that aligns with your core values. I joined XPO because the organization and its people embrace innovation, diversity and social responsibility,” Kaczmarcyk added. “XPO is a place where people are championed and challenged to be better today than yesterday. If that’s who you are, if that’s what you’re about, XPO is your home.”

Brian Straight, managing editor, Modern Shipper

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 fleetowner.com. 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 bstraight@freightwaves.com.

3 Comments

  1. I think were a very diverse company. I think we need to reach out to more minorities to fill vacancies in the driver ranks . We have been successfully defeating unionization in many terminals to keep our control and flexibility of the workforce to meet today’s competition. We continue to pay competitive wages ,while not the best in the industry our drivers don’t pay union dues . Our benefits are good also. I will personally see that we remain a union free workplace.

    1. I can see they got you brainwashed, what does diversity have to do with union representation? Keep kidding yourself, and get the good wages off the backs of the union.

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