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.
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.
Companies such as Hasbro, Kellogg, and Tyson Foods have been in the news recently speaking on the impact that higher freight costs are having on their bottom line, with Tyson’s CEO Tom Hayes noting that the company’s shipping costs are expected to grow by $250 million this year. In fact, according to DAT Solutions, the cost per mile for spot rates is up 29% year-over year and tightened capacity is definitely one of the culprits.(1)
Imagine docking your trailer at a shipper’s facility, asking to use the restroom while you are waiting, and being denied. Better yet, imagine being told to go relieve yourself behind your own trailer “like everybody else does,” by one of the employees. So was the case a few years back when one driver made headlines for the treatment he received at a food packaging facility. The facility later told the driver that they would be changing their policy within the next month to allow drivers to use their facilities’ restrooms.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) recently released its projections for the industry, stating it to be strong for at least the next 18 months. The chief economist at the ATA, Bob Costello, noted that three major factors have come together to provide a solid future for the freight industry: strong online sales growth, low unemployment and booming housing starts. In fact, Costello told a group of investors via a conference call that not since 2010, when the country was recovering from the recession, have these factors come together to provide a concrete environment.
Freight rates continue their climb north in a year that has already shown a 28% increase in trucking spot quotes from Jan. 1st through March 23rd, according to a Bloomberg report. But the higher prices in freight transportation (and ultimately consumer goods) should not be unexpected. The northeast, for example, was embraced with three Nor’easters within the first two weeks of March, with seven of those states getting hammered with over 20 inches of snow, shutting down roads and hampering businesses.