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)

Road Scholar Driver Veronica Kuratnick Sets Off to Raise Money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Road Scholar Driver Veronica Kuratnick Sets Off to Raise Money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Road Scholar Transport is proud to sponsor our driver, Veronica Kuratnick, as she bikes her way from Wellsboro, PA to Jersey Shore, PA, a 62 mile journey, to raise money for the children and their families at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Onboard Video: The Next Big Thing?

Onboard Video: The Next Big Thing?

The trucking industry is showing major flexibility in adapting to ELDs; however, more digitally-driven changes are on the horizon.  The rapid development of inexpensive high-resolution digital video is one such technology moving into the driver’s cab.

A Shipper’s Guide in a Carrier’s Market

A Shipper’s Guide in a Carrier’s Market

With a 7-to-1 available load to truck ratio, an increasing driver shortage, regulations putting intolerance on driver detainment, and capacity continuing to tighten, carriers are being careful when selecting which shippers and consignees that they want to conduct business with and at what price.

Truck Orders Soared in July, But Where Are the Truckers?

Truck Orders Soared in July, But Where Are the Truckers?

There's no doubt that trucking is a busy industry right now, but what do you make of the conflicting reports that are coming out?  More shipments, fewer truckers, more trucks: it's a bit difficult to sort it all out.  Here's a quick look at a couple of stats that came out recently along with our take on what's actually happening in the market.

Cargo Spills: Causes and Consequences

Cargo Spills: Causes and Consequences

Earlier this month, Javier Macias filed a suit against Garner Trucking for an accident occurring on Nov. 15, 2017 in which his 2007 Honda Civic was struck by cargo that had fallen off of one of Garner Trucking’s tractor trailers.  Macias, who was seriously injured, is looking for $100,000 in compensation.(1) 

Is Digitization Driving LTL Growth? Here's a Glance at the Market

Is Digitization Driving LTL Growth? Here's a Glance at the Market

If you're wondering what's up with this digitization thing, you're not alone.  The transformation is impacting virtually every industry, including shipping.  We're seeing changes that will not only impact our current situation, but long into the future.  One change that is here to stay is the trend towards ship-to-home options.  Here's a quick look at how this trend is helping drive LTL growth in the market.

Truck Driver Shortages and How to Handle Them

Truck Driver Shortages and How to Handle Them

If you noticed that there seems to be a few more bare shelves or delays in stocking items at your local stores this spring, you're not alone.  The increasing growth and recovery in the economy has led to two specific issues that are impacting supply chain and cost: increased consumer demand and fewer truck drivers to haul the loads being shipped.  It's expected that the industry will be short 63,000 drivers this year.  But how do you handle truck driver shortages to keep your supply chain moving?  Here's a quick look at some options to consider.

HOURS Act: Four HOS Reforms You Should Know About

HOURS Act:  Four HOS Reforms You Should Know About

Last Thursday, Reps. Rick Crawford, Sanford Bishop, and Bruce Westerman introduced the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety Act (HOURS Act).  If passed, the Act would provide changes to the hours-of-service regulations, allowing drivers more flexibility, especially those running short-hauls.  Here are some key sectors that would be affected: