From medical conditions to missing persons and even our furry friends, Road Scholar Transport’s awareness campaign has been attracting the attention of people all across the nation and continues to grow each year. This May, our trucks are working overtime to help spread the word during Lupus awareness month.
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.
CargoNet recently released its quarterly cargo theft report for the U.S. and Canada. Here were their findings:
*Cargo theft was down in 2017’s 2nd quarter, decreasing from 358 supply chain risk incidents (these include theft of vehicles and cargo as well as fraud) in 1Q 2017 to 296 in 2Q, a 53% drop when compared to the same quarter 2016.
*Out of the 296 incidents:
-Nearly 50% were cargo theft1
-58% involved vehicle theft (110 tractors and 109 trailers) 1, 2
-9% involved fraud1
*The value of theft decreased from $28.7 million in 1Q to $17.2 million. Compared to last year, cargo theft is down $35.1 million in value.2
*The average loss per incident was $202,774, which was higher than 1Q ($149,522).2
It comes as no surprise that food and beverage was the most stolen commodity and once again, household goods came in second.
*The location in which the thefts occurred switched positions quarter-over-quarter with warehouses taking the number one spot followed by unsecured yards.2
*While theft in California decreased 53% since 2016, it remained the top state for cargo theft followed by Texas.2
Learn more about “Cargo Theft Hot Spots, Where Cargo and Freight Theft Occurs, and Cargo Theft Prevention Tips” in the video to the right.
Reduce Your Risk
Cargo theft will always be a threat to the supply chain industry but there are ways to help reduce your risk by choosing a secure carrier who is well versed in cargo theft prevention.
Road Scholar Transport’s self-created “Pentagon Distribution Model” provides 100% accountability and secure transport by focusing on technology, visibility, protocols, equipment, and audit trails. Here are some of the ways we are protecting your high risk freight:
*Locks: TS4A-Instantly locks all air breaks, preventing unauthorized movements
Navalock-U.S. Customs approved
Babco lock-Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv0oUYvL2iI
*Weekend Delivery: It is statistically proven that cargo at rest is cargo at risk with the greatest number of cargo thefts occurring on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Road Scholar Transport, however, offers weekend delivery service for our customers, getting their products delivered quickly and reducing the risk of theft.
*Asset-tracking: Both on the tractor and trailer along with aerial and satellite tracking (down to street level).
*Vivid colors: Our brightly colored awareness trucks make it harder for anyone to steal our trucks.
*Security gate trailers: Internal security gates allow us the ability to separate your cargo from other freight, preventing damage concerns by securely locking your freight within a portion of our trailer. See how it works at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31_ZYxmMc6Y
*Drivers: Uniformed drivers who undergo toughest driver background checks in the business, constantly trained on the latest cargo transport threats.
*Geofencing: Route or facility specific
*Facility Security: Around the clock dispatch and operations center. All facilities are physically fenced and have 24 x 7 x 365 video surveillance.
*Expedited Service: 24-hour expedited service throughout our core service areas.
*Electronic door monitoring
This is part of why we never suffered a full cargo theft in our company’s history!
Many of us remember where we were and what we were doing the moment we heard that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. Not soon later we learned about additional strikes on the remaining tower, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, PA, avoiding the terrorists’ intended target, the Capital building. The hijackings on September 11, 2001 will forever be etched into the minds of Americans and this September, we ask everyone to remember the men and women who lost their lives that day.
In a technology-based world where people look for speed and convenience in doing everyday tasks, the shipping industry isn’t any different, as more and more shippers rely on brokers to schedule the transportation of their freight, brokers posting these loads online for bidding, and trucking companies replying with their rates on load boards. But is this process leading to a greater number of fictitious pickups? Cargo theft experts say yes.
Last May, Otto’s driverless truck performed a test drive on Nevada’s roads and in October, the first ever shipment to be delivered in the U.S. via a driverless truck was made, traveling 120 miles throughout Colorado to deliver over 51,000 cans of Budweiser beer. The following month, Ohio became the third state to have driverless trucks travel its roads.