Owner of Titusville’s John Greene Logistics Company speaks on Shipping Shortages


The Talk of Titusville will always be free to access.
If you love what we’re doing, please consider becoming a monthly Patreon Supporter HERE.  It would help us grow, by adding more people to the team, helping to cover more of the Latest Talk of Titusville.

The John Greene Logistics Company, headquartered in Titusville, FL and serving North America, was recently featured in a major New York Times article about shipping and the supply chain.

The company is well-known in the produce world, operating since 1962 with about 70% of its business coming from the produce side. JGLC trucks have become a familiar sight on American highways.


On Oct. 29, JGLC was featured in an article titled, The Truck Stops Here: A Shipping Broker on the Supply Chain Madness.

Jeffrey Greene is a second-generation truck broker in Florida, serving an integral role in an intricate system that helps goods get from A to B. As global supply chain problems continue to mount, Mr. Greene, 61, has had an inside view of how messy shipping has become. The issue is not going away just yet, he says.


“We’re the middle person between a trucking company and a customer. Companies like Shaw’s Supermarkets, Alcoa, Del Monte, Chiquita, Walmart, Publix – pretty much all the big boys. So they send over maybe six or seven loads a day. And we broker the load out. When they send it over, they tell us what it’s going to pay and we find a truck. On a weekly basis we do about 1, 200 truckloads. It’s probably up around 15 percent since before the pandemic.

“LOTS OF COMPANIES HAVE MULTIPLE TRUCKS SITTING THERE WITH NO DRIVERS.”


The Talk of Titusville will always be free to access.
If you love what we’re doing, please consider becoming a monthly Patreon Supporter HERE.  It would help us grow, by adding more people to the team, helping to cover more of the Latest Talk of Titusville.

A lot of companies are giving drivers bonuses up front to come to work. And per mile they’re paying them more. They’re definitely getting more money than I’ve ever seen. And that’s passed on to the consumer.”

“IT’S A TOUGH JOB.

“You’re on the road. You’re eating out of truck stops – – the majority are. It’s not the healthiest lifestyle. I think that’s part of the issue. My dad moved down to Florida in the early ’50s, and he realized there was a need for a truck brokerage. There were trucks coming down, but they had a hard time finding loads to go back up North. So he befriended a few of the shippers -mostly citrus shippers – in this area. And that’s how he started a truck brokerage outfit in 1962. I purchased the company from ور him in the early 1990s.”

“Either they quit because of Covid or they chose to move on because they didn’t want to be around other individuals and possibly contract the virus. A lot of immigrants are taking over the job because there’s a serious shortage of labor – not just in the trucking industry, but all across the board now.”

“We’re always busy. But about a month before the holidays, things really start to ramp up. That happens every year, but this going to be way worse.

“I think there’s going to be serious shortages of commodities in stores at Christmas, such as toys and things of that nature. People need to plan in advance and order whatever they want for Christmas early. Because they’re probably going to start running out of supplies. I instructed my wife to buy early. I said, “Look, if want to order whatever you for whomever, do it now.”

His father, John J. Greene, started what became JGLC in 1962, when he was head of the Iron Workers Union building rocket launch pads at Cape Canaveral, FL.

He saw the need for a commodity shipper in the area and John J. Greene Truck Brokers was launched in nearby Mims, FL. With his contacts with local citrus and vegetable growers, business quickly grew and the company was soon shipping products throughout the United States and Canada.

In a time of crisis and shortages, JGLC is well-positioned, controlling a fleet of thousands of its own and contract trucks across North America.

Leave a Reply