2021 NFI Wrapped

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of

Bernie Brown


NFI celebrates the life of 2nd-generation owner, Bernie Brown, the visionary behind National Freight, Inc. Brown’s direction and spirit led to what ultimately has become one of the largest and most successful family-owned and operated companies in North America. Transport Topics covers the legacy of the business mogul behind NFI.

Headlines and Milestones

3 Year Partnership with the American Heart Association

In order to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and improve the health and wellness of our communities across the nation, NFI partnered with the American Heart Association to further our shared mission of spreading awareness and resources surrounding heart health.

New Year, New Look

Over the last ten years, NFI has experienced a 225% growth in business. Envisioning a brand experience that better reflected the diversity and expertise of its modern day employee base, the NFI team embarked on giving life to an inclusive and reinvigorated online look.

Celebrations of our Diversity

NFI’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, established in 2019, has conducted bias training, commissioned an organizational analysis on inclusion, and continues to advance projects to build upon our company’s foundational values.

While we believe it’s important to focus on diversity and inclusion year-round, celebrations provide us with an opportunity to recognize specific community contributions and their impact on NFI. 

This year, NFI celebrated Black History, Women’s History, Asian American and Pacific Islander (APAC) Heritage, Pride, and Hispanic Heritage months, among others, to highlight unique perspectives from our workforce. Our employees showcased their cultures through cooking demonstrations, leadership panels, games, dance classes, educational videos, and collateral.

Act Responsible, Think Sustainable

Announced through a series of press events, NFI unveiled an ambitious electrification goal to lead the industry in sustainable goods movement. Plans include the deployment of 60 Class 8 battery-electric tractors (BETs), charging networks, solar power, energy storage, and other zero-emission technologies. Several public agencies, OEMs, and projects support these initiatives, including the Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative (JETSI) and Electrify America.

Through these initiatives, by 2023, NFI will:

  • Operate the first 100% zero-emission drayage fleet in the U.S. with the deployment of 60 battery-electric tractors
  • Establish the first zero-emission goods movement corridor in the U.S.
  • Develop one of the nation’s largest networks of commercial fleet chargers, including 38 high-capacity DC fast chargers
  • Install solar energy capable of generating 2.4 million kWh of zero-emission energy annually
  • Build more than 5MWh of energy storage
  • Help establish one of the nation’s first training programs for zero-emission vehicle techs at two community colleges
  • Build the nation’s first heavy-duty electric vehicle maintenance shop
Funding a Brighter Future

NFI aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture and workforce that embraces equal employment opportunities, broad perspectives, and engagement in our communities. 

2021 Haul of Fame Awards

Eleven company drivers from across North America were inducted into NFI’s Haul of Fame in our third annual ceremony. Recognized drivers have worked for NFI for at least 20 years, or have driven at least 2 million consecutive accident-free miles. In the same ceremony, NFI also recognized 38 million-mile drivers for over 1 million safe, accident-free miles.

The Real Deal in Real Estate

At nearly 8 million square feet of new leasing activity tracked in 2021, NFI is listed as the third largest occupier of space in the U.S. year-to-date by CBRE. With a total portfolio of over 60 million square feet, NFI’s real estate footprint is one of the largest and most comprehensive in North America.

Over the last eighteen months, NFI’s Real Estate team has helped customers navigate the ins and outs of the industrial real estate market. The current market boom comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequently, demand for new properties is higher than ever. As the transition from “just in time” to “just in case” inventories continue, much of the same can be expected for 2022.

Redefining the Road with Transportation Management

A dedication to customer service and nimble decision-making define NFI’s customizable Transportation Management (TM) solutions. From supply chain engineers and operation specialists, to our solution developers committed to strengthening your operations, this year our team talked about what it means to take TM to the next level by delivering functional, flexible solutions.

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2022 Supply Chain Outlook eBook

Nearly eighteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic turned the global supply chain on its head, the industry remains in the throes of the disruption caused by its shutdowns. With a predicament at the ports, dwindling warehouse capacity, a growing labor shortage, and economic inflation impacting the country — we turned to our resident experts to learn more about the state of North American logistics.

This eBook consolidates interviews with NFI’s logistic leaders, weighs in on the ongoing impact of supply chain disruptions, and highlights opportunities for 2022.