THON Weekend Kicks Off Today and We Are Giving Away Die-Cast Trucks to Celebrate!

THON Weekend Kicks Off Today and We Are Giving Away Die-Cast Trucks to Celebrate!

Over 16,500 student volunteers will come together today in what is known as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, to participate in THON, Penn State IFC’s 46-hour dance marathon.  The event, which takes place every February, is a year-long fundraising effort that goes towards the fight against pediatric cancer through Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center.  Last year, the event broke its record, bringing in $10,920,014.83, all of which benefits the families and children affected by pediatric cancer.  Since 1973, THON has raised over $157 million in its efforts.

Storage Trailer Trend Continues to Climb as Warehouse Availability Drops

The utilization of empty trailers for storage purposes became an increasing trend in 2018, when warehouse vacancy hit a nationwide record low of 4.3%, according to CBRE.  In fact, during 3Q 2018, empty warehouse availability dropped by 7.1%, with the problem worsening during the holiday season when retailers look to stock up on product prior to a surge in purchasing activity.

E-commerce, no doubt, plays a large part in this.  In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, domestic e-commerce sales reached $130.9 billion in 3Q 2018, a 14.5% increase from 3Q 2017, and making up approximately 10% of the total US retail revenue.

Another factor relates to building limitations for those facilities built prior to the mid-2000s, most of which have “limitations that preclude their use for e-commerce distribution, such as low ceilings, small footprints, uneven floors, and inadequate docking.” (1)

It comes as no surprise that the decline in warehouse availability is leading to higher rental rates for industrial space, with asking prices increasing 1.7% in 3Q 2018, another record high according to CBRE. 

But there is another option and the trend is catching on quickly…storage trailers.

Shippers have found that utilizing a truck’s empty 53’ trailer provided a mobile, cheaper, and reusable solution to the growing problem.  As an article in the Wall Street Journal notes, “one national retailer has used as many as 1,000 of their trailers to store returned goods,” freeing up space on their dock and saving the company from finding and renting warehouse space. (2)

Here’s how we can help:

Road Scholar Transport is renting and leasing storage trailers in the following areas surrounding our terminals:

-Dunmore, PA

-Leominster, MA

-Jersey City, NJ

-Philadelphia, PA

-Denver, PA

-Mechanicsburg, PA

Our trailers provide a short-term solution to overage, saving you money and space!

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Road Scholar’s storage trailers are:

-Available for long-term and short-term lease/rental

-Available in 48’ and 53’ sizes

-Roadworthy… newer and older trailers are available

-Weather-tight…preventing damage to your freight

-Equipped with GPS tracking

-Available in swing or roll-up doors

-Available in dry van or reefer

-Secured with Navalock

-Available in wood or aluminum flooring

-Provides a mobile warehousing solution

For questions, rates, and availability, please contact Bob Norton at Bob.norton@roadscholar.com or 1-877-288-8336.

 

(1)https://talkinglogistics.com/2019/01/09/excess-inventory-trailers-yard/

(2)https://www.wsj.com/articles/swamped-with-inventory-u-s-companies-turn-to-mobile-storage-11546020910?mod=e2li

 

Cargo Theft: Tips on Keeping Your Freight Safe

Cargo Theft:  Tips on Keeping Your Freight Safe

It only takes thieves seconds to steal a tractor trailer, accounting for over $15 billion in cargo theft each year in the United States and leading to product recalls/health alerts, hits to your company’s brand, financial losses as well as lawsuits and more.  While we have seen patterns in cargo theft over the years, a company never knows when it is going to hit so it’s best to take precautions at all times.

Pharmaceutical Transport: Protecting Your Freight from Freezing Weather Conditions

Pharmaceutical Transport:  Protecting Your Freight from Freezing Weather Conditions

The cold weather is among us and if there’s one thing that all pharmaceutical manufacturers are aware of, it’s that one temperature fluctuation can pose large concerns for their products.  This is especially true during the transport process, stressing the need to choose a freight hauling company that is equipped to handle such high-value, temperature sensitive products.  Here are a few tips to help reduce your risk of product endangerment.

Exploring the Benefits of Female Drivers in the Trucking Industry

Exploring the Benefits of Female Drivers in the Trucking Industry

While slowly on the climb, the number of drivers composing of women in the trucking industry remains a mere 7.89%.  According to statistics, hiring more females into driving careers can serve many benefits to your company, the industry, as well as other drivers on the road.  Here’s a closer look.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…Road Scholar Edition

As tradition, Road Scholar Transport is bringing you our rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house,

Everyone was crying, including the mouse.

 

For the news on the internet was dreadfully sad,

That Christmas this year, was not to be had.

 

The problem being, there is no snow,

The reindeer and sled, just could not GO.

 

Santa had a problem spreading smiles and joy,

unable to deliver presents to each girl and boy.

 

Walking, pacing, wondering what to do,

He turned to Rudolph for his point of view.

 

Santa!  Santa!  I know what to do.

Call a trucker to do what you do.

 

Pick up the toys at the North Pole,

And deliver the goods to each and every soul

 

Rudolph, pray tell, who might we call,

To fix this problem, that is NOT small?

 

Time is short and the weather stinks.

Give me the name of the trucker you think.

 

Santa, Santa, I know of a hauler.

Get on the internet and find Road Scholar.

 

They have the trucks to get this job done,

And, quite frankly, they are the only one.

 

So off to the desktop did St. Nicholas run,

To Google Road Scholar to get the job done.

 

As soon as he clicked on the web page required,

Road Scholar appeared, ready to be hired.

 

Hey Scholar, Scholar, I need your help.

Can you help me and my number one elf?

 

Our sleigh needs snow and we have none.

Will you move our toys and distribute the fun?

 

Santa, Santa, of course we shall do,

To support you, the elves and Mrs. Claus too.

 

Our trucks are fueled and ready to go.

We are especially quick, when there is no snow.

 

So off to the satellite did Road Scholar type,

To all of its drivers their runs on this night.

 

Joey, Jim, Walter and Mike,

Would run west with all of their might.

 

Bob, Mario, Tim and Tom will head east in a hurry,

And regarding the speed traps, will not worry.

 

The Philly team will handle points south and about,

While Worcester will deliver the New England route.

 

Time was short and the sun was rising,

As the trucks ran without compromising.

 

They left not a skid, the speed they did obey,

And their expedited service had it there the same day.

 

Giving a tug on the horn they did blow,

Heading back to the terminal the trucks they did go.

 

Santa had been tracking his shipments on Road Scholar’s website,

For never was a boy, girl, or toy left out of his sight.

 

When the status read ‘Delivered’ he left out a sigh of relief,

Knowing Road Scholar had saved so much grief.

 

He turned off his computer and headed for bed,

Without worry of one damaged or stolen toy in his head.

 

But I heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight,

For reliable and fast service, choose Road Scholar to do the job right!

 

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Trucking Industry Outlook for 2019

Trucking Industry Outlook for 2019

As you prepare for the New Year, it’s important to take a close look at the trucking industry outlook for next year.  Areas including freight rates, shipping capacities, and truck orders indicate a booming and in-demand industry.  Take stock of where your trucking company can expect growth in 2019 and where you need to adapt for the year ahead.  

Holiday Cargo Theft Continues to Strike Retailers as Value of Stolen Goods Rise

Holiday Cargo Theft Continues to Strike Retailers as Value of Stolen Goods Rise

Cargo theft is nothing new to supply chain professionals as thieves continue to utilize new and adaptive ways to steal freight.  According to National Retail Federation’s 14th annual organized retail crime (ORC) study, 92% of retailers that were surveyed acknowledged having an ORC within the last year (29% stating that they occurred during the supply chain process) and 71% found the problem to be increasing.(1)  According to retailers, the digital environment is making it easier and easier for thieves sell stolen goods and that harsher penalties need to be enforced for cargo theft, with 73% of surveyors believing that there should be a federal ORC law in place.(1)

Joining the Trucking Convoy With Wreaths Across America This Holiday Season

Joining the Trucking Convoy With Wreaths Across America This Holiday Season

Whether you are a military truck driver or simply want to show your support for those who have served, here is an opportunity for you.  Each December, Wreaths Across America makes sure veterans are never forgotten.  The organization arranges wreath-laying ceremonies for cemeteries and memorials across the nation.  As a truck driver in New England, you have the chance to drive for the Wreaths Across America convoy.

Serious Considerations When Hauling Temperature Sensitive Loads

Serious Considerations When Hauling Temperature Sensitive Loads

Whether your business is frozen food, pharmaceuticals, fine chocolates, chemicals or home improvement products, shipping your materials or products at the wrong temperature can mean major problems down the road.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with temperature sensitive loads.

Trucking Industry Loses 1.2 Billion Hours Annually Due to Congestion

Trucking Industry Loses 1.2 Billion Hours Annually Due to Congestion

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is giving drivers one more reason to loathe congestion on our nation’s roads, stating that slow moving and dead standstill traffic is costing the industry billions of dollars in productivity a year...that’s right, billions. 

Do You Know Your Carrier’s Safety Scores? If Not, You Could be Liable

Do You Know Your Carrier’s Safety Scores?  If Not, You Could be Liable

With nearly 2,000,000 tractor trailers on the road in the U.S. hauling roughly 71% of total freight tonnage in the country, according to the American Trucking Association, poor maintenance of trucks and their equipment cannot be overlooked.(a)  Faulty brakes, windshield wipers, tires, and distracted drivers can all lead to serious accidents.

This Winter Will Be Cold: Temperature Protected Trailers Can Help

This Winter Will Be Cold: Temperature Protected Trailers Can Help

Winters can be stressful times for companies that need to ship products across the country.  Depending on the product, the cold weather can be very harmful and can even damage the product to the point that it can no longer be used.  This may be more of a problem with perishable goods such as food, but it can also be an issue for sensitive products such as electronics and chemicals.  While some of these items can handle minor temperature fluctuations, they aren't good with the extreme cold that can be a big part of the winter months throughout a lot of the country.  Fortunately, Road Scholar Transport offers temperature protect trailers to help protect your freight from freezing.

Trucking Updates: Costs Rise as Driver Shortage Tightens With No End in Sight

Trucking Updates:  Costs Rise as Driver Shortage Tightens With No End in Sight

Driver Shortage: 

According to the American Trucking Associations, the industry is short nearly 63,000 drivers with that number expanding to over 270,000 for the entire Class 8 truck market according to FTR Transportation Intelligence.(1,2)  Capacity tightened this year with enforcement of the ELD mandate in April and is expected to worsen by 2020 when carriers must comply with the online driver drug testing database.(3) Within the next 10 years, the industry is expected to be short 890,000 drivers.(4)