459 episodes

WHAT THE TRUCK?!? is FreightWaves' irreverent award-winning podcast breaking down the biggest stories in transportation and logistics. WTT?!? is all about the people that make freight move. On the show you'll hear from founders, CEOs, VCs, truckers, brokers, and influencers. Join FreightWaves' hosts Dooner and The Dude three times a week on FreightWavesTV and podcast players everywhere.

WHAT THE TRUCK?!‪?‬ Dooner, FreightWaves, The Dude

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    • 4.3 • 56 Ratings

WHAT THE TRUCK?!? is FreightWaves' irreverent award-winning podcast breaking down the biggest stories in transportation and logistics. WTT?!? is all about the people that make freight move. On the show you'll hear from founders, CEOs, VCs, truckers, brokers, and influencers. Join FreightWaves' hosts Dooner and The Dude three times a week on FreightWavesTV and podcast players everywhere.

    The Trucker Purge

    The Trucker Purge

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are talking about how a rapid shift in the trucking market is purging small carriers. It’s not the fall that kills, it’s the landing and with the spot market in the tank and diesel costing record amounts to fill the tank, we now find ourselves in the midst of a small trucker purge. FreightWaves Editorial Director Rachel Premack fills us in.

    Domestic freight may be softening, but what does that mean for ocean freight? Salvatore Mercogliano, chair of the Department of History, Criminal Justice and Political Science at Campbell University, lets us know just what in the hell is going on with shipping.

    Long weekends and theft go hand in hand in trucking. Scott Cornell, transportation lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, warns us of the latest threads to watch for.

    Back The Truck Up’s Rooster and SuperTrucker have the latest on the tragedy in San Antonio that led to the deaths of over 50 migrants; exploding fireworks trucks; as well as their new podcast and newsletter.

    • 55 min
    Is now a good time to get a job in freight?

    Is now a good time to get a job in freight?

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are talking about the job market in freight. With the economy flipping upside down and more and more reports of layoffs rolling in, is now the right time to get a job in freight? If so, where should you be looking? We’ll look at the prospects for drivers, brokers and FreightTechers.

    Plus, tips and tricks on how to save on wheel ends.

    In news, U.S. companies move to break China’s dominance of the rare earth industry; a trucker is fined $5,000 for reuniting an Albanian family; police are looking for a man who knelt in front of a semi; killer alligators; and more. 

    With special guests Abby Hafenbredl, vice president of sales at Sage Freight; Bob Bortner, mid-Atlantic territory manager at IMI Products; Graham Gonzales, director of strategic accounts at Reliance Partners; and Tyler Damazo, manager of Midwest operations at PGT Trucking.

    • 55 min
    Lunar logistics: How NASA plans to land Americans back on the moon

    Lunar logistics: How NASA plans to land Americans back on the moon

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are talking to NASA about their Artemis mission to land Americans back on the moon.

    What’s the mission all about? According to NASA, “The agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit. There, two crew members will transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon. After approximately a week exploring the surface, they will board the lander for their short trip back to orbit where they will return to Orion and their colleagues before heading back to Earth.”

    But, how does it all work? We’re talking to Tara Polsgrove, HLS Program Engineer at NASA about the logistics behind landing on the moon.

    FreightWaves’ John Kingston gets us up-to-speed on what the fuel tax holiday may mean for trucking as well as the latest on AB5.

    Locomation’s Michelle Chaka assesses autonomous truck safety.

    In news, DB Schenker buys USA Truck; Slync.io blames liquidity issues after employees go month without pay; Asia-US container shipping rates are flashing two bearish signals; idiots in 4 wheelers; Ohio State trademarks “the” and more.

    • 54 min
    The lies of double brokers

    The lies of double brokers

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are talking about one of the most hated practices in trucking: double brokering. We’ll also find out how bad actors are stealing MC and U.S. Department of Transportation carrier numbers to steal trucking company identities.

    FreightWaves’ editorial director, Rachel Premack, has the latest on retail inventories and reports on a record-high net revocation of trucking authorities.

    FreightWaves’ Detroit Bureau Chief Alan Adler says used truck prices are trending downwards. Is now a good time to buy a truck?

    Trucking Fitness Co. founder Mark Manera is getting drivers in gear with a healthy pretrip inspection aimed at lightening your load.

    Back The Truck Up’s Rooster and SuperTrucker talk about the double brokering shell game; a semi used in a bank robbery; trucker couture becoming the it summer fashion; Karen vs. a truck; a croc vs. a frying pan; and more.

    • 55 min
    Realist mother truckers on the road

    Realist mother truckers on the road

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are cutting through the negative news and focusing on what three powerful real women in trucking are doing to better the industry. We’ll see how they’re advocating for parking, safety, and improved conditions at the port.

    A look at using reverse logistics to eliminate waste in the supply chain.

    We’ll also learn how to revitalize customer relationships amidst the digital freight trend.

    Plus, the mythical “hot shipment” is found.

    With special guests: Ingrid Brown, writer at Back The Truck Up; Desiree Wood, founder and president of Real Women In Trucking; Sadaya Morris, owner operator at Pink Transportation; Annette Luyten, Senior VP of Domestic Brokerage at Ascent Global Logistics; Frank Dreischarf, VP of Supply Chain Solutions at R2 Logistics

    • 55 min
    Surviving the summer as a small fleet

    Surviving the summer as a small fleet

    On today’s episode Dooner and The Dude are coming to you live from FreightWaves Small Fleet & Owner Operator summit. Today the focus is all on empowering small fleets to weather what is shaping up to be a cruel cruel summer.

    They’re joining by special guests Jett McCandless, Founder & CEO at project44; Tobenna Ariodiogbu, Co-Founder & CEO at CloudTrucks; David Kessler, Vice President Expedited Fleet and Operations at ArcBest and Jay Gustafson, Executive Vice President of Brokerage Operations at Echo

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

iadams1989 ,

Fix the extremely irregular volume levels

I enjoy the podcast and learn a fair bit but sometimes there’s too much frivolous banter. While listening in the car I’m frequently maxing out the volume to hear some people and then one of the hosts or the music/sound effects come back and I get blasted. Please fix this.

DoomerT ,

Well worth the listen

I may be biased. Just a bit ;p

Thanks for pressing play.

MomBonJovi ,

The show about freight

There are few freight shows that get how to have fun and how to make these concepts relatable. This show isn’t one of them. It’s not just a great show about supply chain, it’s simply a fantastic podcast in general. The guy who doesn’t like the enthusiasm sleeps in dirty underwear under a wet blanket.

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