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Report: FMCSA Offers up to $2k for Participating in Study

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute need about 250 drivers to complete a Congressionally mandated hours-of-service study, Overdrive online reported. Participating drivers could be compensated up to $2,000.

FULL STORY

VTTI study sign-up page


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Avoid Possible New Driver Training Headaches With One-Way Trailers

Make One-Way Trailers Part of Your Equipment Strategy

Report: Emerging Technology Lowers Transportation Costs, Raises Margins

REAL BUSINESS 101: Hostile Workplace Prevention

REAL Business 101: Regulatory Compliance

Transportation Trends & News Roundup: Cargo Theft Trends, Teamsters Sue DOT and More

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2014 Cargo Theft Trends: Increased Threat, More Sophisticated Thieves

FreightWatch says cargo thieves in the U.S. are becoming more sophisticated, with data “suggesting organized thieves offset the lack of access to a high quantity of shipments by targeting higher value merchandise,” Overdrive online reported. FULL STORY

Teamsters Sue DOT to Block FMCSA Cross-Border Trucking Expansion

Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent move to expand its cross-border trucking program with Mexico, Commercial Carrier Journal reported. FULL STORY

Industry Indicators: Freight Edges Down, Rates OK, Diesel to Remain Flat

Trucking industry and economic indicators in recent months have sunk some from the up-and-up seen in the latter part of last year, Commercial Carrier Journal reported. FULL STORY


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Report: Emerging Technology Lowers Transportation Costs, Raises Margins

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REAL Business 101: Regulatory Compliance

Avoid Possible New Driver Training Headaches With One-Way Trailers

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The Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee began proceedings in its first meeting in Arlington, Va. late in February, Overdrive online reported. The ELDTAC is tasked with negotiating terms of a proposed rulemaking for pre-CDL entry-level driver training requirements.

Spare Yourself the Regulatory Headaches

You’re trying to stay nimble, be ready for anything, including possible new rules setting pre-CDL license training requirements that could suddenly figure into the costs of getting equipment where you need it, when you need it there.

One-way trailers can be part of the solution, enabling you to avoid many equipment maintenance, storage, insurance, financing and other fleet-related costs. Your operation will be leaner, enabling you to maintain value and quality to your customers, no matter what comes your way,

Keep Your Shop Lean and Nimble With One-Way Trailers

Work smarter, not harder, and make more money. Make one-way trailers a part of your lean, mean shop. Meet twice the demand with half the headaches while thrilling your customers and fattening your margin. Contact Nationwide Equipment Control today.


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Report: Rising Capacity, Falling Fuel Prices, Falling Rates

REAL BUSINESS 101: Hostile Workplace Prevention

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There are two ways to obtain knowledge: study and experience. Both are valuable, but when it comes to business, there’s a lot that you can’t learn from a book or in a classroom.

We’re not knocking school. We just want to help folks in the real business world. So we’ll be posting articles with a healthy dose of plain-spoken, real world insights and tips. We hope they help.

Man’s World?

Not so much. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 report on women in the labor force found that, while women made up 47 percent of the total workforce, they accounted for 52 percent of all management across all U.S. industry. So in considering compliance processes and policies, start by understanding, unequivocally, that this is not, in fact, a man’s world. Nor is it a white world or any other homogenized world.

So, What?

Ok, so the business world is steadily becoming more diverse, but it’s business, so why bring all this gender and culture diversity stuff into it, right? You’re exactly right: it’s business. And friendly, respectful business is easier, more effective and, most importantly, more profitable for all involved.

Protect Your Employees and Company

If your shop doesn’t have a policy to protect workers from harassment (sexual or otherwise) that makes them feel like their workplace is hostile, consider creating one for your their protection and yours. You can find useful resources to help you by searching “hostile workplace prevention” on LinkedIn.


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REAL Business 101: the In’s and Out’s of Business Courtesies

Make One-Way Trailers Part of Your Equipment Strategy

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 report: Women in Labor Force

REAL Business 101: Regulatory Compliance

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There are two ways to obtain knowledge: study and experience. Both are valuable, but when it comes to business, there’s a lot that you can’t learn from a book or in a classroom.

We’re not knocking school. We just want to help folks in the real business world. So we’ll be posting articles with a healthy dose of plain-spoken, real world insights and tips. We hope they help.

Rules, Rules, Everywhere Rules!

Let’s face it; rules are a hassle. And when they’re imposed by federal, state or local governments, they become even more tiresome. Regulations can hinder productivity, holding up business and costing you and your business associates money. In many cases, it seems like the people who draw up all the regulations have no understanding of the business they seek to regulate. It almost seems like government agencies simply want to bury you in paperwork and make it hard to do business.

But there’s another side to regulations and regulatory compliance.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Fences that accurately define the boundaries between yours and your neighbor’s properties make you both feel that your rights are protected. In turn, your relations with your neighbor are likely to be amicable and, in terms of neighbor relations, successful.

Similarly, regulations are aimed at protecting rights. In theory, if everyone has a fair shake, then the whole system will be successful. Sure, it’s debatable whether or not they are effective, fair and advisable. But it helps to understand that, unless you have a personal beef with a legislator, they’re not conspiring to take down your company or industry.

Face Reality

It may or may not help to realize that regulations are aimed at protecting rights, as onerous as they may be. Regardless, here’s the simple reality: Whether you agree with them or not, you have to comply with your industry’s regulations in order to do business. So you had best know and understand the regulations that apply to your business, implement an aggressive compliance system and aim to exceed the spirit of the rules.

Get Regulatory Compliance Smart, Fast

Whether you’re a small shop or a big operation, you should have a formal regulatory compliance process. You can learn more about the regulatory requirements that apply to your business from connections and professional groups on LinkedIn, as well as from government and industry sources. Here are a few resources to help get started:

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Noise and Environmental Regulations

FMCSA Hours of Service Requirements

DOT Regulation Info

More on Regulatory Compliance


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Report: Rising Capacity, Falling Fuel Prices, Falling Rates

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Operators who have been scrambling to add capacity have begun to move the needle, edging January rates down, Overdrive reports. But don’t panic. Falling fuel prices have enabled operators to back off of fuel surcharges, which accounts for a chunk of the reported rate decreases. FULL STORY


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Transportation Trends & News Roundup: Industry Safety Report Card, Uber Trucking and More

Report: Driver Turnover Rises as Shortage Looms

Transportation Trends & News Roundup: Industry Safety Report Card, Uber Trucking and More

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Trucking Exec Touts Industry Safety Record to Congress

In his address to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee on surface transportation, Jim Mullen, executive vice-president and general counsel of Werner Enterprises, said, “The trucking industry is justifiably proud of its commitment to safety. These investments in safety have yielded impressive dividends for the industry. Over the past decade, the number of large truck-related fatalities has dropped 21% and the large truck fatality rate has dropped 37%,” truck news.com reported. FULL STORY

Entrepreneurs Are Working to Uber-fy the Trucking Industry

In an industry that does hundreds of billions of dollars of business each year, making sure no trailers move empty is a lucrative goal. FULL STORY

The Sustainability Impacts of Fuel: Understanding the Impacts of Transportation Fuel for Trucking in North America

Regardless where you stand regarding climate change, it is prudent to stay apprised of developments that affect your industry. This is an issue that will affect the trucking industry for the foreseeable future. FULL STORY


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2014 Trucking World Trends Overview

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From Amazon’s speculative shipping patent to Rolls Royce’s shipping drones … World Bank logistics competitiveness ratings (by country), to a late-session spending bill signed into law that suspends enforcement of the 34-hour restart provision for US truck drivers until late 2015, a Supply Chain Digest 2014 overview gives insights that can help you navigate the challenges to come in 2015.

FULL REPORT


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Report: Trucking Companies Seek Solutions to Deepening Driver Shortage

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As the U.S. economy grew through 2014, with consumer demand and housing starts rising, trucking companies found themselves scrambling to find drivers to bring goods to market, Reuters reported:

“The industry is short about 35,000 truck drivers, according to industry lobby group the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The shortage has left major carriers struggling, pushed up freight rates, and could contribute to an increase in inflation, analysts said. The shortfall could grow to around 240,000 drivers by 2020 if it is not addressed, the ATA said.

To combat the problem, trucking companies are offering incentives to lure truckers to fill vacant jobs. Some are picking up the cost of licensing and many offer signing bonuses.

“Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises Inc with a fleet of around 7,000 trucks, said the company needs several thousand new drivers in the next year. ‘We have freight today we can’t haul because we don’t have the capacity,’ Leathers said.”

Read the FULL STORY.


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