Now streaming: Mothership CEO Aaron Peck on the State of LTL

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Wondering how Yellow’s bankruptcy is affecting the LTL landscape? Mothership CEO Aaron Peck appeared on FreightWaves’ "What the Truck!?" podcast to discuss the dynamics of the LTL market in a post-Yellow world.

The bankruptcy declaration of U.S. trucking giant Yellow Corp. has sent shockwaves through the industry. Amid a tense standoff with the Teamsters Union and despite a substantial pandemic-era federal loan, Yellow's mounting debt led to its downfall. The void left by Yellow, a key LTL provider for numerous businesses, has unleashed a tidal wave of volume into the market, putting considerable strain on other carriers.

With this surge in volume, carriers find themselves at a crossroads. They must strike a delicate balance between maintaining their service quality for existing customers while accommodating the influx of new customers who were reliant on Yellow's services.

Mothership is actively leveraging its powerful local network to collaborate with multiple carriers. Our thousands of box trucks are able to help manage pickups and deliveries to terminals where capacity is lacking. By expertly handling the line-hauls, these carriers can effectively absorb the influx of volume without overextending their infrastructure. Mothership CEO shared his insights on how the remaining LTL carriers can leverage their infrastructure along with Mothership’s network to handle the capacity:

“Optimize around the thing you’re really good at, and you get more throughput from terminal to terminal. Let Mothership handle the P&D operations, to which there is no limit. 28,000 box trucks would make us one of the largest carriers in the country by far. So you’re essentially putting a carrier on top of another carrier. And everything we do is same-day, so we don’t need to know about the pick-ups and deliveries until the very morning we’re going to deliver them. Which is advantageous for them, because they can unload the tractor-trailer early in the morning and roll deliveries throughout the day. There is an opportunity for the best carriers who think outside of the box to get this done, and we’re here to help."

The ramifications of this situation will echo throughout the upcoming peak season, resembling the challenges experienced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yellow Corp.'s struggles were exacerbated by bureaucratic constraints, hindering their ability to provide top-tier service to their customers.

Unlike others, Mothership exclusively partners with top-tier carriers on our local network. Real-time monitoring of carriers' on-time percentages and performance is an integral part of our approach. Drivers who consistently excel are rewarded with more freight, while those falling short are promptly removed from our network.

The unfortunate predicament of Yellow's drivers highlights the upheaval faced by many. As we move into the peak season, we hope to see them find new opportunities within the industry.

Stay informed and listen to Mothership CEO Aaron Peck's illuminating insights on the "What the Truck!?" podcast. Discover how Mothership is not just navigating the post-Yellow freight landscape but reshaping it with innovative solutions and a commitment to excellence.

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