"I'm more excited about the supply chain enabler side of it, that's actually building some of that tech to help brokers get more efficient, help shippers get more efficient, and help carriers get more efficient."
Elite Transit's Payment Crisis
EO of Elite Transit fails to pay employees and carriers, leaving the company in turmoil. Ex-staff and carriers await overdue wages and payments.
Earlier this month, we reported on the layoff of a significant number of staff at the freight brokerage, Elite Transit Solutions and the issues surrounding the company.
Since then, there have been murmurs about unpaid staff and broken promises. FreightWaves provides a deeper view of what happened after the layoffs.
Elite Transit's Rocky End
Elite Transit Solutions, once a thriving freight brokerage in Pittsburgh, is teetering on the brink of collapse. Its CEO, Michael D. Johnson, is holding on amidst financial tumult, leaving ex-employees and carriers unpaid and anxious. The firm's promise of imminent payroll release, as conveyed in Johnson's email, looms against the backdrop of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, leaving many in limbo.
Signs of Struggle
- Former employees recount ignored red flags and evasive responses from Johnson regarding the company's declining financial health.
- An unspecified number laid off via Microsoft Teams, with final paychecks overdue since November 10.
Those loyal to the company during its last days, buoyed by hopes of a rescue deal, now face the reality of unfulfilled promises and three weeks of unpaid labor. Elite's counsel Kushal Dave denies the collapse of any deal but remains tight-lipped on future plans.
Claims of DAT barring Elite from posting freight due to non-payment complaints add to the turmoil, although Dave disputes this. DAT stresses its commitment to network integrity and the expulsion of fraudulent players.
The financial disarray at Elite has had a profound human impact. Stories of truckers struggling to stay afloat, with one carrier even forced to sell personal assets, underscore the gravity of Elite's alleged payment failures. Employees, once hopeful, now grapple with uncertainty and broken trust, compounded by the stressors of the holiday season.
Multiple alerts, like the one below, regarding the company have been floating around the web for months.
We will just have to wait and see if Elite makes good on its promises, but the whole situation underscores the fragility of trust and the human toll of business mismanagement.