In the U.S. cargo theft regularly spikes over Memorial Day weekend, particularly in trucking. The reason behind this spike is the increased number of shipments that are left unattended over the holiday. There are not many places open during this holiday weekend which means a lot of trucks are parked in unsecured parking lots making them more vulnerable. Between 2013 and 2019 there have been 126 thefts reported over Memorial Day weekend with a combined value of approximately $20.36 million,1. Experts say the best ways to ward off these Memorial Day thieves includes GPS Tacking, not leaving trucks unattended or unlocked, and verifying the authenticity of shipments and the drivers. That’s where Road Scholar Transport has you covered.
We are all aware of the commercial driver shortage in the United States. The trucking industry is primarily composed of people aged 45 and older.1 In order to compensate for the shortage, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a pilot program to lower the required CDL age from 21 to 18.2 Currently, there are 48 states that allow drivers to obtain a CDL at the age of 18, but federal regulations prevent them from crossing state lines until 21.3
Congressional leaders and President Trump came to an agreement to seek a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. There is no agreement on how to pay for the improvement of the nation’s roads, bridges, waterways, and broadband. A meeting will be held to determine funding for the package and also what types of projects should be included.
Summer time is generally seen as a happier time of the year. It means the sun is shining, trips to the beach and lots of outdoor activities. Children are off from school and families are together. It’s viewed as a time with less stress and more fun. Unless you need to ship a product that is temperature sensitive.
FleetNet America and the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council collaborated on a benchmarking study that found a continued increase in the average cost of mechanical trucking repairs. Costs rose in the industry for the second quarter in a row. The Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study covered events in the fourth quarter of 2018.
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!
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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:
The trucking industry is now preparing for Phase 3 of the Electronic Logging Device legislation that began the implementation process on February 16, 2015. The legislation to better control hours-of-service reporting was set to phase in after the final ELD rules were published in December of 2015 with a compliance date of December 2017.
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)
Internet of Things, 3D printing, sensors, self-driving vehicles, electric logs: if there's one thing that stays the same in shipping and logistics, it's that everything changes. One big change in logistics that will reshape how we do business is the impact digitization will have on our industry. But even though it's a huge buzzword right now, many people in logistics don't know what digitization will mean to our industry. Here's a brief overview to help get you started.
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.