Top 10 Logistics Leaders: John N. Roberts
Since becoming President and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport Services in January 2011, Roberts has led the organisation to solidify itself as one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America.
He graduated with a BSBA degree in Marketing at the University of Arkansas in 1988 and is currently a member of the board of Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis.
Upon graduation, Roberts subsequently joined J.B. Hunt in 1989 as a Management Trainee, before serving as an EDI Services Coordinator, Regional Marketing Manager for the Intermodal and Truckload business units, Business Development Executive for DCS and Vice President of Marketing Strategy for the organisation.
Prior to stepping into his current position as President and CEO, Roberts was the Executive Vice President and President of Dedicated Contract Services.
J.B. Hunt About
“Our mission is to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.”
J.B. Hunt provides safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Through an integrated, multimodal approach, J.B. Hunt offers capacity-oriented solutions centered around delivering customer value and industry-leading services.
Originally founded in 1961, the organisation’s offerings include transportation of full truckload containerized freight, which are directly transported through company-controlled revenue equipment and company drivers.
J.B. Hunt is based in Lowell, Arkansas, United States.
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Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal
Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn.
The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions.
“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.
Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain
Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services.
The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.
Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding.
Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services.
“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron.
Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added.
History of Uber Freight
Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany.
The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.