A Podcast Brought To You By Old Dominion Freight Line

Cargo Shorts tackles all things related to the transportation of goods. Each episode digs into a key issue facing North American surface transportation with expert insights from economics, automation, and logistics professionals. Learn more about the complexities in the supply chain you’re facing in your business.

Episode 1: Just-In-Time When Supply Chains Are Backlogged

The domestic supply chain and how manufacturers are navigating today’s complexities.

For decades, companies have used a just-in-time inventory model to reduce excess supply and create a lean production process. But recently, we’ve seen firms take a more conservative approach with a just-in-case supply used to avoid running out of stock. The pandemic-induced devastation of supply chains put a spotlight on some of the challenges we face and exposed vulnerabilities in the just-in-time model. Does this mean the just-in-time process is no more? What lessons have we learned and what more needs to be done to ensure reliable, on-time delivery of goods?

Bob Costello is the American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist and senior vice president of international trade policy and cross-border operations, the trucking industry’s national trade association. As Chief Economist, he manages all of the ATA’s collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information

Greg Plemmons is the senior vice president of sales for Old Dominion Freight Line. He’s been with the company for more than 25 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Greg is responsible for OD’s sales strategy, national accounts, global services, and field sales.

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Episode 2: Creating Resilience In Your Logistics Operations

How to calculate your total cost of transportation and strengthening the shipper-carrier relationship.

The rising cost of transportation bottlenecks and service delays have left logistics managers with much to manage. Calculating the total cost of these issues is difficult when only addressing a predetermined price per transaction. Strategic partnerships between shippers and carriers can mitigate pain points and lead to a better customer experience. But, how can logistics partners improve the supply chain and reduce cost in today’s operating environment and create resilience in logistic operations?

Lisa Anderson is the Founder and President of LMA Consulting Group. LMA Consulting provides expertise and advice on end-to-end supply chain strategy and business transformation. She’s the author of three books, including Future Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post Covid-19, and I’ve Been Thinking. Turning Everyday Interactions into Profitable Opportunities.

Ed Garner is the Director of National Accounts at Old Dominion Freight Line and has been in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. Ed lead’s OD’s National Accounts team and is responsible for growing and fostering the relationships with OD’s top shippers. He is passionate about the shipper-carrier relationship and problem-solving the most complex LTL shipping challenges. 

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Episode 3: The Future Of Freight Payment & The Race Towards Automation

It takes collaboration between the shipper and the carrier to make transformation happen.

The trucking industry, specifically less than truckload carriers, has reached an inflection point where digitization and automation are critical parts of the industry’s future. But who will drive that transformation? Like most things we experience in life and business, change takes time and leadership. As manual processes are being replaced by automation, this leads to many downstream benefits for both the shipper and carrier.

Curtis Garrett is the senior vice president of LTL at Freight Plus, and the founder of Understand LTL. Curtis is a consultant whose goal is to bring transparency, automation, and common sense to the less-than-truckload industry. He also spent some time at Old Dominion earlier in his career. 

Todd Polen is the vice president of pricing services for Old Dominion Freight Line and has spent more than 35 years in the LTL industry, including 32 years with Old Dominion. He’s served as an executive for OD since 2008. Todd oversees rating and auditing, weights and inspections, pricing, and yield management. He is a former board member of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA).

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Episode 4: Keeping Our Domestic Supply Chains Operating During Disruption

Reducing volatility to maintain business continuity.

During 2022, the industry has continued to experience global supply chain challenges and the effect it has had on the American economy. The pandemic disrupted global supply chains and it tested the resilience and flexibility of supply chain leaders. While COVID-19 was not a typical risk event, it underscored the need for organizations to reexamine and manage their supply chains to ensure business continuity and growth for the future.

Professor Jeffrey Bergstrand is Professor of Finance in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, and international finance in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs since 1986. He has his B.A. in economics and political science from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. He has authored over 50 papers on determinants of international trade flows, foreign direct investment, multinational firm behavior, and real exchange rates. 

Chip Overbey is the senior vice president of strategic planning for Old Dominion Freight Line and a 35-year veteran in the surface transportation industry. Chip oversees OD’s strategic planning, real estate team, OD Technology, marketing, travel, and customer service teams. He joined OD in 1995 and has since helped the carrier become one of the industry’s most respected, profitable, and operationally driven LTL carriers through long-term investment and building capacity. Chip spent time leading national account sales and global services for OD. 

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