Snow, ice and other hazardous winter conditions forced ABF Freight to close 130 service centers around the country last month, President Seth Runser told investors on a Q4 earnings call Tuesday.
That’s more than double the 57 service center closures last January, which was in line with the typical January average, Runser said.
ABF Freight and its trucking competitors are no strangers to wintertime challenges. “But January was a little bit more extreme than traditional Januarys that we've seen,” Runser said.
Extreme weather is the top risk facing supply chains in 2024, according to Everstream Analytics. With the trucking industry carrying most U.S. freight, carriers are paying close attention to weather forecasts.
In earnings calls and interviews with Trucking Dive, executives shared their perspectives on how the snowstorms that swept across the country affected their operations — and their outlooks for the first quarter.