The Relay

– Episode 37

Trucking Trends: Is the Industry Driving in the Right Direction?

In this episode of The Relay, Maddie Cook from Customer Success at Gulf Relay is joined by Andy Vanzant, Chief Operating Officer. During the conversation, Maddie and Andy discuss the current state of the market in the asset division. Andy notes increased optimism among public carriers, stabilization of rates, and a rise in loads and volume from major customers. He also highlights positive trends in driver recruitment and seated truck numbers, market indicators, including a significant summer spike in freight tenders, and potential impacts of the Substance Abuse Program changes. The episode concludes with Andy expressing optimism for the future, the importance of monitoring market dynamics, planning for industry changes, and more.
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Highlights from this week’s conversation include:
  • The market trends (0:29)
  • Impact of SAP program changes (3:51)
  • Pre-buy considerations for 2027 truck emissions (4:40)
  • Market indicators and project work (5:52)
  • Final thoughts and takeaways (7:17)
  The Relay is a podcast produced by Gulf Relay. Each episode, we dive behind the scenes of our operations, teams, and industry. From the unique challenges of the job to anecdotes about life on the road, our guests will provide a window into a profession that is crucial to our economy and way of life. Let’s hit the road!

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