Optimizing Shipping with Lean Operations

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Optimizing Shipping with Lean Operations
They say teamwork makes the dream work, and in implementing lean business practices for your organization this idea is integral. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a burgeoning small business, embracing collaboration and visibility will help transform your supply chain by reducing waste and increasing longevity. Lean operations require a mindset that’s open to collaboration, strategizing and recognizing inefficiencies. Business owners and managers Read More

Effect of Fuel Prices on Shipping Costs

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Effect of Fuel Prices on Shipping Costs
The two main driving forces behind the logistics industry are people and fuel. No matter the transportation mode (road, rail, air, etc.), freight remains stationary without capable hands at the wheel and fuel in the tank. Unfortunately, fuel costs are one of the most volatile aspects in the shipping industry; prices change overnight – sometimes Read More

Six On-The-Road Apps for Drivers

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Six On-The-Road Apps for Drivers
It can be difficult to decide which apps to download to your device. Especially for truck drivers, finding the right app can be crucial to your job. Apps range from those that offer reviews and services of truck stops to radar apps that alert truckers to bad weather along their routes. These apps and all Read More

How To Avoid Cargo Theft

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on How To Avoid Cargo Theft
The good news regarding cargo theft in 2015, (if there is good news about cargo theft), is the 6% drop in theft volume and 21% drop in the average value per incident according to FreightWatch International. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news stops. At $184,101, the average value per incident of cargo theft still poses a serious risk to carriers, particularly Read More

Building a Company Culture around Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA)

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Building a Company Culture around Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA)
Implementing a safety culture is a goal of every commercial carrier. At the core of any safety plan should be the Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Administration’s (FCMSA) Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative. Originally rolled out by FCMSA in December 2010, the CSA is the standard for safety practices in the trucking industry. In order Read More

FMCSA To Publish Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

August 15, 2016 Comments Off on FMCSA To Publish Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule
The FMCSA is set to publish its Commercial Drivers License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule on August 29, 2016 in the Federal Register. This new rule sets requirements for reporting to FMCSA on failed drug tests or refusals of drug tests by drivers. Rule requirements for carriers: Query the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse annually Read More

Commercial Passenger Seatbelt Law Takes Effect August 8

August 2, 2016 Comments Off on Commercial Passenger Seatbelt Law Takes Effect August 8
On August 8, a new law will go into effect requiring passengers in commercial trucks to wear seat belts. Previously, only the driver was required to wear a seatbelt. This change comes after National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics revealed that 37 unbuckled passengers in commercial trucks died in crashes in 2014. One-third were ejected from the truck Read More