It Wasn’t All Yellow

July 31, 2023


Yellow, One of the Largest LTL Carriers in the U.S., Faces Bankruptcy and Closure
As of July 26th, 2023, Yellow, the third-largest LTL (Less Than Truckload) carrier in the United States, is facing an imminent shutdown and bankruptcy. This development comes after a series of financial challenges and an inability to meet its pension and employee benefit obligations.Key

Yellow’s Senior VP of Sales informed employees that the company is likely to file for bankruptcy the following Monday.
Employees were instructed to take paid time off (PTO) for the remainder of the week, signaling the severity of the situation.
Sales representatives at Yellow were advised to inform customers of the impending bankruptcy.

The closure of Yellow, a major player in the transportation and logistics industry with operations dating back to 1929, will have significant repercussions.
This development highlights the ongoing struggles in the industry, exacerbated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.

Reflections on the Industry:
The supply chain and transportation industries have faced numerous challenges and disruptions in recent years, leading to increased scrutiny of business practices.
The Yellow case underscores the importance of fair treatment of employees and fulfillment of promised benefits.
Industry stakeholders may consider implementing measures to prevent similar situations in the future, such as improved financial planning and employee care.
The closure of Yellow serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and vulnerabilities within the transportation and logistics sector.

It is a situation that demands reflection on how to better support the workforce and ensure the resilience of essential industries.

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