The Impact of Mexico’s Energy Reforms on Shipping Costs

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on The Impact of Mexico’s Energy Reforms on Shipping Costs
For those who utilize Mexico cross-border shipping, a big change is coming this year that could introduce new elements of risk in the form of cost variability. Recent energy reform in Mexico is essentially ending state oil company Pemex’s 75-year monopoly over the entire supply chain – from crude oil to retail fuel sales. This Read More

Filling the Learning Gap: Online Training for Commercial Truckers

January 5, 2017 Comments Off on Filling the Learning Gap: Online Training for Commercial Truckers
On the surface, commercial trucking doesn’t seem like an academically rigorous industry. But consider the wide range of skills needed to plan and deliver a single load: pricing, scheduling, fuel management, route planning, safety inspection, compliance, equipment maintenance, document management, expense reporting, financial management…you get the idea. Furthermore, owner-operators or owners of small trucking companies may be doing all these things Read More

Impacts of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

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On December 2, 2016, the FMCSA released its final rule on the creation of a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will become operational on January 6, 2020. Drivers, carriers, medical review officers, substance abuse professionals, and state licensing agencies must comply with new reporting requirements by this date. Below is a summary of the rule Read More

Using J.B. Hunt Carrier Services to Reduce Expenses

January 2, 2017 Comments Off on Using J.B. Hunt Carrier Services to Reduce Expenses
Reducing expenses and managing cash flow are key components to maintaining a healthy financial outlook for small and mid-size businesses. This is especially important to the commercial trucking industry. Up-front expenses for things such as fuel, tolls, and maintenance costs are the norm. And while large companies can hire extra staff to take care of office operations, owner-operators Read More

Speak Up! Take the 2017 J.B. Hunt Carrier Technology Survey

December 30, 2016 Comments Off on Speak Up! Take the 2017 J.B. Hunt Carrier Technology Survey
Think back 10 years ago to 2007. Most of us had cell phones – and we used them to make phone calls. If we texted, we used an alphanumeric keypad (think 1=A). Mobile apps were just becoming a “thing.” Fast forward to 2017. If our phone rings, we probably won’t answer it unless we know who is Read More

10 Healthy Truck Stop Snacks To Try in 2017

December 29, 2016 Comments Off on 10 Healthy Truck Stop Snacks To Try in 2017
Each year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves and their health. Eating a better diet is one that is commonly made…and commonly broken – usually within a few weeks. Everyone starts with the best of intentions. But changing unhealthy habits means making long-term lifestyle changes. It is challenging, particularly for truck drivers, when Read More

Ring in the New Year Safely with these Driving and Parking Tips

December 28, 2016 Comments Off on Ring in the New Year Safely with these Driving and Parking Tips
The ringing in of a new year is a time for celebration. It represents a clean slate in many cases. People make resolutions and vow to make changes for the better starting on January 1st. Not surprisingly, December 31st is typically a “last hurrah” of sorts, as the general public prepares to say goodbye to past behaviors. Read More

7 Steps to Improving Shipping and Receiving Locations

December 27, 2016 4
HOS (hours of service) regulations limit drivers to 14 hours of on-duty time each day. Most drivers try to spend as much of that time as possible on the road with a loaded trailer. However, a driver’s service hours are included in time spent at a shipper’s or receiver’s facility processing paperwork or waiting to be loaded or unloaded. Especially in light Read More

The Hidden Meaning Behind CSA’s “Driver Fitness”

December 26, 2016 Comments Off on The Hidden Meaning Behind CSA’s “Driver Fitness”
The misleading name of the Driver Fitness BASIC in the CSA safety initiative makes it the most misunderstood of the seven BASICs. Drivers may believe their physical fitness and wellness are the only topics being considered. Rather, the focus of this BASIC is ensuring drivers have the right paperwork to back up their training, experience Read More

Holidays on the Road: Staying Connected as a Truck Driver

December 22, 2016 Comments Off on Holidays on the Road: Staying Connected as a Truck Driver
The holidays are busy enough as it is, but add in collaborating with the schedule of a truck driver and you face quite a task. The majority of employees in the United States spend 8 – 10 hours at their job each day, but truckers spend upwards of 14 hours a day on duty. This makes staying in touch and organizing schedules Read More