Don't Get Blindsided! Take a Look at the Transportation Road Ahead in 2019

Oct 31, 2018

Let's be honest. Between ELDs, natural disasters and a growing economy, 2018 has been a tough year for transportation and logistics professionals.

The good news is that capacity appears to have eased a bit, but don't kid yourselves—controlling your freight costs in 2019 could prove to be a bit of a challenge unless you take a look in to the future and plan accordingly.

To give you a glimpse of what that future will look like, we interviewed the following two influential leaders in the supply chain industry for their insights and observations about the Transportation Road in 2019: Tracy Rosser, SVP of Transportation and Supply Chain for Walmart, and Don Daseke, President and CEO of Daseke, the largest flatbed carrier in the country.


In these interviews they shared some outstanding insights and addressed questions such as:

  • How much more will drivers be paid in the future? (Answer: A lot!)
  • What does a "Shipper of Choice" look like and what should shippers do to work well with carriers?
  • How will "Precision Trucking" requirements impact your transportation costs and supply chain operations?

I know you're extremely busy but when I listened to Tracy talk about the value of their On Time In Full (OTIF) for both Walmart and its suppliers program, I couldn't help but think: You need to find the time to listen to these interviews!

Finally, what I learned from both of these interviews confirms a point we have been making in these Two Minute Warnings: Innovative and forward thinking companies know that even with freight rates going up, they can actually reduce their freight costs and use this as a competitive advantage in beating their competitors. If you're asking: How can my company take advantage of this environment, or if you have any questions about these interviews or anything else, please give us a call at 630-833-0890 or send us an email.

We provide all of this because we're on your team, here to help and passionate about seeing you be successful.