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:

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.

The Economy is on a Roll

Dec 19, 2016
The slow U.S. economy is picking up steam as we head into an era with the promise of lower household and corporate tax rates, employment security and consumers spending. While the country is divided over politics, it appears the next administration is being handed a growing economy.


Nov 16, 2016
The American electorate shocked the country and the world with the election of Donald Trump this week. How will this affect the logistics industry?

The Economy isn't so Scary (but the transport industry is)

Nov 3, 2016
As mentioned in my last blog, I took part in a trade mission to Havana, Cuba. Wow, what an experience!

Insight from CSCMP

Oct 19, 2016
I attended the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference last week in Orlando and came away with optimism for the future

Summer bring slow economic numbers

Aug 24, 2016
Dog days of summer bring slow economic numbers

Politics aside, the economy improves

Aug 4, 2016
Another week and another political convention. As for the economy there is probably too much emphasis placed on the role of the President.

Economic challenges continue springtime

May 18, 2016
I’m back from family vacation on the beaches of Florida and ready to dig into the latest economic and logistics news. Here is what we know.