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Freight Efficiency with NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends

Freight Efficiency with NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends is a regular podcast series that focuses on current technologies and practices that help fleets achieve the best possible freight efficiency for their given application. It also provides insight into emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on freight efficiency.

NACFE’s Executive Director, Mike Roeth, chats with his industry friends — both old and new — about various ways to improve the overall efficiency and sustainability of goods movement in North America.
Mike and his guests cover a wide range of topics, including how they became friends. Each guest provides unique insights from their vantage point as a key trucking industry stakeholder.

If you would like to be a guest on Mike’s podcast, please contact Denise Rondini, NACFE’s communications director, at denise.rondini@nacfe.org. But remember, you have to be among Mike’s list of friends in order to be a guest.

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June 19, 2024

Rob Swim, a trucking industry veteran, talks about his 35-year passion in the truck business, the International CXT, the complexity of vocational vehicles, and what it takes to be a successful truck dealer. He also shares his thoughts on all the powertrain options available, about the Scout and its battery electric reincarnation and about the perfect places for electric trucks.

April 30, 2024

Amory Lovins, co-founder and chairman emeritus of RMI, talks about why he thinks we have only scratched the surface of how much efficiency is available and worth buying. He also talks about the importance of integrative design and the role of both speed and drivers in improving efficiency. And he shares how he thinks NACFE has helped the trucking industry and how he views various alternatives to diesel.

April 2, 2024

James Menzies, editor of Today’s Trucking, talks about the efficiency of Canada’s long combination vehicles, how getting his CDL made him a better trucking journalist, and reporting in the digital age. He shares his thoughts on the difference between the Canadian and U.S. trucking industries and the transformational changes that are happening in trucking.

March 5, 2024

Henrik Holland, global head of Prologis, talks about how he views the current pace of electric vehicle deployment and the importance of engaging all stakeholders early in the electrification process. He also shares how his previous jobs prepared him for the role he has today, explains how Prologis operates and shares his thoughts on the Electric Vehicle Working Group.

February 20, 2024

Coralie Cooper, deputy director of NESCAUM, talks about the role of the organization and how medium- and heavy-duty trucks fit into her work. She also talks about what influenced her work including her Noble Prize-winning father’s influence. She also shares her impression of NACFE’s day at the White House, and what’s on NESCAUM’s 2024 agenda.

January 30, 2024

Amanda Devoe, Fleet Strategy and Transformation Director for PepsiCo, talks about Pepsi being an early adopter of new technology as part of its effort to propel the fleet forward. She also provides insight into the metrics used to assess the fleet’s decarbonization efforts, and the importance of diverse opinions in problem solving. And she talks about how the Tesla Semis are performing for PepsiCo.

January 9, 2024

Rachel Ellenberger, owner of Green Seed Collective, and NACFE’s manager of industry engagement, talks about her early work with Clean Fuels Ohio and how she went from politics to trucking. She also shares what it is like to be a young woman in the industry, the benefits of having a diverse set of people working on industry issues and suggests we remind ourselves that even though it can feel like we are solving the hardest puzzle, we also have the smartest people working on.

November 28, 2023

Marie Brougham, manager of account management and sales, Sacramento Municipal Utility District talks about the inner workings of SMUD, its goals to be carbon free by 2030, and her view of fleet electrification. She also shares lessons learned from the PepsiCo depot in Sacramento, including the importance of partnerships and collaboration in the electrification process.

October 17, 2023

Ari Kahn, manager, carbon free transportation, RMI, talks with Mike about his views on the opportunities for zero-emission trucks, the differences in electrifying various classes of trucks, and the importance of getting the utility and transportation systems to work together. He also shares what he is most excited about when it comes to the truck electrification and what he sees as the big challenges that need to be overcome.

October 3, 2023

Ep. 81: Dave Beasley, vice president commercial tires – North America, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, talks about his 40 years at the company including his time in blimp operations. He also talks about trucking as a relationship business, the role of retreading, why cheaper tires are not always the best choice, the importance of sustainability and why you need to continue to learn and adapt.

September 19, 2023

Ali Javidan, founder and CEO of Range Energy, talks about electrified, powered trailers, how a Venn diagram led him to trucking, the role of empathy in product development and the importance of factoring in drivers when developing a new technology. He also explains how he is applying lessons learned during his career in racing and at Tesla and Google, as well as the need to lead with humility when developing new technology.

September 6, 2023

Brady Matoian, CEO of OK Produce, talks about being on the cutting edge of reducing emissions, his lifelong concern for the environment and passion around sustainability. He provides insight into OK Produce’s move to electric vehicles, the connection between the products they deliver and the best way to deliver them. He also says that while it hasn’t been easy or cheap to operate sustainably, it has been worth it.

July 11, 2023

Ed Chipalowsky, NACFE’s vehicle service and support manager, talks about his career as both a technician and an educator of technicians. He shares his thoughts on how the biggest changes in trucking impacted technicians and why older trucks are not better than new ones. He also talks about the most important skills today’s technicians need to be successful, the urgency for training for high voltage vehicles and why technicians should be proud of their skills.

 

June 20, 2023

Matt McLelland, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Covenant, talks about why he loves his role at the truckload carrier, brags about the strides the trucking industry has made on reducing carbon, and explains the green premium. He also shares his thoughts on why he is a huge fan of renewable diesel and the fact that there is a lot for the trucking industry to be excited about.

May 31, 2023

Jason Cannon, editor in chief of CCJ, talks about what brought him to trucking, why he’s stayed for a decade, the history of CCJ and what he sees as his role in covering the industry. He also shares his thoughts on the benefits of Run on Less, the industry’s ability to handle all the new technology it is facing and offers advice on how the industry can navigate through the current market changes.

May 9, 2023

Cristina Commendatore, editor in chief at Fleet Owner, shares the unique place Fleet Owner occupies in the trucking industry media, the role of a trucking journalist and about her career path. She also comments on how she thinks NACFE is doing, the opportunities in the trucking industry, why it's a great place for young people to work and the progress the industry has made in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

 

April 18, 2023

Melvyn Roeth, father of NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth, talks about his commitment to farming, making equipment buying decisions, the importance of data to improve operations and the benefits of being involved in industry groups and associations. He also talks about becoming a conservationist and setting aside part of his farm for wildlife.

 

April 11, 2023

Seth Clevenger, managing editor of Transport Topics, talks about the role of the trade press in informing industry leaders, facilitating conversations and sparking discussions. He also talks about his career as a journalist and what’s changed for him in reporting on the industry. He comments on the transformational times trucking is in and encourages everyone in trucking to be open to all the new possibilities.

March 28, 2023

Dan Burrows, founder and CEO of TruckLabs, talks about the complexities of managing the tractor-trailer gap, the importance of wind speed and direction and the fuel savings that are possible when that gap is optimized. He also explains what average speed really means, shares lessons learned that can help other entrepreneurs that are bringing products to the real world of trucking and reminds us that a dollar saved is better than a dollar earned.

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