John A. Smith will be FedEx Freight’s new president and CEO come August. Smith, currently senior vice president of operations at FedEx Freight, will succeed Michael L. Ducker, whose pending retirement was announced recently.
A bi-annual survey into home delivery and final mile finds that customers want their e-commerce orders faster and faster – and they want them free. But it’s hardly free for the companies doing the delivering, and it’s driving changes in the retail supply chain that may affect even carriers not in the final-mile business.
Among the research projects currently on the front burner at the American Transportation Research Institute is an effort to determine if “we can identify younger drivers with the same characteristics as safe, older drivers,” said Dan Murray, vice president of ATRI, in his keynote speech at the National Private Truck Council’s annual meeting.
Trucking companies releasing their first quarter earnings on Thursday continued a trend seen this earnings season of better results than a year ago, despite drags from winter storms, with Schneider and Old Dominion Freight Line setting company records.
David Wangler, head of TMW Systems and president of Trimble Transportation Enterprise, died suddenly April 26. He was 56.