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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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany