Industry Insight from RXO Experts
RXO Drive Market Update
The adoption and growth of RXO Drive™, our mobile app for drivers and carriers, continues to be strong. We regularly break new records for total downloads, registered users, weekly active users, user retention, buys, bids, quotes, orders and more. Our strategic technology approach and strong product and engineering execution empowers RXO’s growth and directly contributes to our bottom line. In areas like Managed Transportation, our technology allows us to engage with carriers that don’t have their own in-house apps or integration capabilities. It also enables us to provide our customers with real-time updates about their shipments. This past month, we hit a major milestone when we reached one million downloads of our app.
RXO Drive, which is part of the RXO Connect™ platform, allows us to create stickiness and loyalty with our carrier base, which helps us improve the capacity and dependability that we provide to some of the world’s largest shippers.
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RXO in the News
RXO Leader Named to “Top Women to Watch in Transportation” List
Women in Trucking recognizes Antonia Popova, Director of Accounts, for her career achievements and support of diversity initiatives.
Three RXO Leaders Win Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2023 Pros to Know Award
Paul Boothe, Heidi Ratti and Jennifer Kaczmarcyzk recognized as outstanding leaders helping to heal the supply chain.
RXO Truck Driver App Surpasses One Million Downloads
RXO Drive, part of the RXO Connect platform, connects drivers to thousands of real-time freight opportunities
Top Industry News
Is Inflation Crushing E-Commerce Volume Growth?
There’s some evidence that e-commerce volume growth is slowing significantly. UPS was already seeing a drop in domestic parcel volume in the fourth quarter of 2022 — business-to-consumer volumes were down 3% y/y and business-to-business volumes were down 5.2% y/y.
Labor Shortage, Retention Top List of Supply Chain Concerns
MHI-Deloitte report says tech investments will be pivotal in building agile organizations, attracting qualified talent. Much of that investment is geared toward creating high-productivity roles that will appeal to people entering the field or transferring from another field, the report said.
EV Battery Aid Hangs in Balance as U.S. Finalizes Climate Law
At stake over the coming weeks is the extent to which a critical part of the battery supply chain will end up being made in North America or remain where it’s currently concentrated, in Asia.
US and Global Macroeconomics
Cross-border: Mexico, Canada and International
Tesla’s Arrival in Mexico could Boost Cross-Border Trade by $15B
New electric vehicle plant in Monterrey seen as accelerating nearshoring boom.
Mexico Recorded 237 Cargo Thefts the First Two Months of 2023
Freight crimes across the country totaled 237 cases, with 129 incidents in January and 108 in February, according to Mexico’s National Association of Vehicle Tracking and Protection Companies (ANERPV).
RXO Officially Opens Up New Laredo, Texas-Based Cross-Border Facility
This new facility, which has more than 25 employees will provide customers with warehousing and distribution services, leveraging its location “at the center of the nearshoring movement—at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Canada, IBM to Announce Chips Pact Amid Biden-Trudeau Visit
Plan Would Build Out Microchip Ecosystem in Region, Integrate With US Manufacturing.
Electric Vehicle Battery Makers Test a Future Without Lithium
While the auto world can expect to see some cars using sodium-ion batteries, they’re still at least a few years away from meaningful scale. With so much growth ahead for EV battery demand, sodium-ion has the potential to complement lithium-ion cells and help fill gaps in the global market.
Initiatives – Safety and Sustainability
Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw Grilled on Safety Measures
A bipartisan consensus that Congress should act to toughen regulations on railroads emerged March 22 as senators heard fresh testimony on the fiery hazardous train derailment in February on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee peppered Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw with questions about what enhanced safety measures he would support. At times they aggressively questioned the CEO of one of the nation’s largest railroads on what could be done to prevent future derailments like the one that has upended life in the Ohio village of East Palestine.
Cooking Oil Shortage Looms as Biofuels Gain Appeal
A global biofuel boom is set to drive a shortage of vegetable oils — used for cooking and now increasingly to power trucks and planes — intensifying a debate over food versus fuel.