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July Talking Freight Webinar (Trucking Industry Resilience During Disruption Events)

July 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT


July Talking Freight Webinar (Trucking Industry Resilience During Disruption Events)

Date/Time: July 21, 2021 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET (12:00 – 1:30 CT)

Topic: Trucking Industry Resilience During Disruption Events

Registration: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm

Description and Presentations: Disruption events have a significant impact on all modes of freight transportation, regardless of their geographic extent or duration.  In the trucking industry, changes in overall sector demand or by business segment can make it challenging for carriers to adequately forecast crisis demand compared to “normal” demand relative to the season of the year.  These challenges are exacerbated when businesses that serve truck drivers, such as restaurants, themselves close or limit their hours, reducing drivers’ flexibility to access necessary services.

The challenges the freight transportation industry has faced since early 2020 clearly indicate a need for freight carriers across all modes, including truck carriers, to find ways to become more resilient with their operations and recover from disruptions.  Carriers have tried different ways to sustain their operations.  In some cases, increasing resilience involved restricting fleet capacity when freight demand was low or inconsistent.  Some truck carriers also attempted to become more resilient by diversifying the kinds of products they were willing to transport, enabling them to capture “new” freight.  Regardless of the exact methods used, freight carriers have needed to increase their resilience to deal with unpredictable future conditions or demand.

This webinar will discuss some of the challenges the trucking industry has faced in the recent past that have required carriers and the industry as a whole to become more resilient.

Lack of Resilience in Transportation Networks: Balancing Efficiency and Resilience

This presentation will provide an overview of how a lack of transportation network resiliency can have a significant impact on a region’s or even country’s overall economy.


  • Dr. Igor Linkov and Dr. Andrew Strelzoff, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Examining Freight Transportation Resiliency in the For-Hire Trucking Industry

This presentation will examine various metrics in the for-hire trucking industry and discuss how those metrics impact truck carrier resiliency.


  • Dr. Jason Miller, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Trucking Industry Lessons in Resiliency and Response – Long-Haul Truck Drivers and Accessing Food to Eat

This presentation will talk about how the challenges many long-haul truck drivers had in spring 2020 accessing restaurants and other sources of food during their daily driving routines.


  • Scott Grenerth, Truck Specialized Parking Services (TSPS)



If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm Links to past presentations and recordings are available on http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/freightplanning/talking.htm.

Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

In addition, those who are interested can obtain a certificate for 1.5 PDH hours.

If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or chip.millard@dot.gov. If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248, Jennifer.symoun@toxcel.com.


July 21, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT