Ep. 13: Growing the freight community | Chris Thomas of Autumn Transport

January 19, 2024

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In this episode, Jacob Eischen interviews Chris Thomas, also known as the Indie Trucker. They discuss Chris's background in trucking and his involvement in the freight community. Chris shares his experiences and insights on broker-carrier relationships, being the voice of the driver, and passing on knowledge to the next generation. They also touch on topics such as professionalism in customer interactions, understanding market trends, and the future of trucking, including the potential impact of autonomous trucks.
  • Building relationships and being a positive voice in the trucking industry is important.
  • Trucking is a challenging industry that requires patience, professionalism, and continuous learning.
  • There is a need for better communication and understanding between drivers and dispatchers.
  • The future of trucking will involve advancements in technology, such as autonomous trucks, but human drivers will still play a crucial role.
00:00 – Introduction and Background
03:09 – Involvement in the FreightX Community
08:32 – Being the Voice of the Driver
09:01 – Broker-Carrier Relationships
10:31 – Passing on Knowledge and Experience
17:38 – Advice for New Truckers
19:19 – Professionalism and Customer Interactions
20:53 – Understanding the Market and Trends
25:36 – The Next Generation of Trucking
28:12 – Working with Dispatch and Internal Relationships
31:50 – Autonomous Trucks and the Future of Trucking
35:24 – Bold Prediction for the Future of Trucking
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