As 2019 quickly approaches, here are five things you should be aware of in the trucking industry for the upcoming year.
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!
Expected to be the “first Category 3 hurricane to hit the US in 12 years” as well as the first major hurricane in America since Hurricane Katrina produced its damaging effects back in 2005, according to FEMA, Hurricane Harvey has now reached a Category 2 as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.1
It’s a dreaded word that no food manufacturer wants to hear…RECALL. The cause of over 48 million illnesses annually, nearly 25-30 food contamination incidents occur globally each week. 1 According to a study conducted by Ohio State University’s Robert Scharff, food recalls cost an estimated $55.5 billion a year when factoring in medical expenses, productivity loss and mortality. 2But how does this translate from a company standpoint?
It comes as no surprise that the driver pool in the trucking industry is dominated by males. In fact, while gradually increasing, still only 5.8% of truck drivers are women. But why? We reached out to truck drivers and industry experts asking them what they believe to be the challenges women are currently facing in the industry and what needs to be done to attract more females into the driver’s seat.
Drivers are said to be one of (if not the most) important asset for trucking companies. Not only are they responsible for the successful and safe transportation of products, but overall act as brand ambassadors for their company, often spending more time with customers than traditional salesmen. The impression they leave behind plays a large role in customer retention as a negative experience can lead to lost future sales while a pleasant and memorable experience can cause a shipper/consignee to want to increase their business together. Knowing this, it comes to question as to why many carriers would hire less than qualified drivers to represent their company. Perhaps to fill capacity restraints? Or maybe because they do not have to pay them as much as they would an experienced/skilled driver? Whatever the case, industry experts agree that the quality of drivers is decreasing.
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!
Last week, police arrested 31-year-old truck driver John Manuel for stealing close to $200,000 worth of electronics destined for Walmart. Upon delivering to the Louisiana store, Walmart employees noted 90 televisions and sound bars to be missing from load. Authorities discovered that Manuel was stealing the merchandise and selling them on Craigslist. He is currently being held without bail.1
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nearly 48 million Americans are the victim of foodborne illnesses each year. 1 Food can become contaminated from a variety of means including environmental contamination (chemicals that are released into the air can enter food products), contamination during processing, the development of natural toxins on food crops due to climatic conditions, improper safety methods during transport, storage, packaging, and other levels of the supply chain process, and of course, adulteration (which is especially seen in stolen cargo situations). 2