John Wagner Jr

John Wagner Jr

Since joining the family business in 1976, John Wagner Jr. has done just about everything including sweeping the floors and loading trucks and boxcars. His job titles have evolved from Warehouse Manager, Traffic Manager, VP Operations, to his current role as President.   John is a graduate of the University of Kansas, received his transportation certificate from UMKC, and is a licensed ICC Practitioner. He is active in numerous civic and professional associations, including posts as past Chairman at Kansas City Smart Port, past President of the CSCMP Kansas City Roundtable, past President of KCTA, and he has been active in WERC. John currently serves on the Legal & Risk committee and Governmental Affairs Committees at the International Warehouse Logistics Association. He speaks on a regular basis across the country regarding issues of interest to the 3PL industry as well as the national economy. John also writes the Wagner blog, providing customers and other readers with timely, in-depth analyses of economic indicators and other important industry issues. This informative blog is becoming a must-read for leaders seeking to find meaning and value for their own companies behind the tsunami of numbers in the news every day. John focuses on the successful growth of Wagner Logistics by listening to customers and being their voice as solutions are shaped to fit their needs.   For additional information: John E. Wagner Jr., President Wagner Logistics 1201 East 12th Avenue North Kansas City, MO 64116 T: 816.421.3520 ext. 1303 M: 816.918.5308 E:

Trucking Sizzles

Apr 26, 2018
Despite the ongoing drama in Washington, the economy continues to roll with inflation rising and oil trading at the highest levels since 2014 closing in on $70 a barrel.

Economic & freight disruption continues

Sep 28, 2017
The cleanup from Irma and Harvey continues while Maria threatens the east coast.

Hurricanes, recovery and a stronger than expected economy

Sep 14, 2017
While still cleaning up from one hurricane in Houston, another is tracking to hit Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas this weekend into early next week. As one would expect, there is tremendous personal loss and business disruption from these events.

Will August numbers eclipse July?

Aug 25, 2017
As we approach mid-August, children are getting ready to return to school and we await the total solar eclipse on the 21st in Kansas City. Business is showing a continuance of our positive trends as we are awarded significant new business.

The summer temperature is rising, so is consumer confidence

Aug 10, 2017
As we wrap up the month of July consumers are being more positive. I should say, very positive.

Retail sales improve while the economy inches upwards

May 25, 2017
It’s been a productive couple of weeks since I last wrote. I have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the IWLA Government Affairs Fly In and attended the Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum in Durham, NC.

More Economic Questions than Answers

May 18, 2017
The economy continues to perform well although there are weak spots. Consumer confidence remains high giving hope for what’s to come.

Consumer confidence soars, freight market continues to improve

Apr 12, 2017
I've been digesting all the information I learned at the International Warehouse Logistics Association’s (IWLA) annual conference last week. The state of industry is good and growing. A study on the economic impact of the 3PL industry was commissioned and PWC will publish its findings next month.

Loving our customers in a growing economy

Feb 15, 2017
As we close in on Valentine’s Day, let me start by saying how much I appreciate our associates and customers. It takes a great team to satisfy the varied requirements and performance that metrics our customers expect from us. I am indeed grateful for the team at Wagner Logistics. Customers are the lifeblood of any business and at Wagner we have some of the best.

A New Year, a New Administration Begins

Feb 1, 2017
Consumers found their collective wallets over the holidays, inflation is on the rise and housing continues to roll. The new administration has inherited an improving economy, with Trump’s tax policies and solid corporate earnings it’s driving the stock market higher. Consumer confidence is high.