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Trailer Pest Contamination: A Driver’s Guide to What it is and Ways to Prevent it

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As part of the produce trucking industry, we are closely connected to agriculture. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection , agriculture is the largest industry and job sector in the US, citing more than $1 Trillion in economic activity annually.

3 Problems New Truck Drivers Face When Searching for Truck Insurance

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Finding the right commercial truck insurance can be a difficult process. Recently, insurance has become much more difficult to obtain, due to many providers adjusting their terms.

Choosing the Right Mode of Cold Chain Transportation

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Perishable goods — such as food, beverages and certain pharmaceuticals — can’t be treated the same way other products are. It’s simply not possible to load these items into a container and ship them overseas like you would a washing machine or a television.

3 Statistics Showing Truck Driving is a Wise Career Choice

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Being a professional truck driver comes with a stigma: that truck driving is not a wise or good long-term career choice. Long hours, weeks away from home, financial stresses, regulatory worries and the threat of automation are all major barriers to entry.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

What to do After You’ve Been in a Crash

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Being involved in a vehicle crash is a stressful experience. Whatever the circumstances, it is key to keep a level head. There are some steps that you must follow to ensure that all relevant information is recorded; it will make insurance proceedings (if necessary) much easier.

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Pre-Check Your Steering and Suspensions for the 2019 International Roadcheck

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It’s nearly time for the annual International Roadcheck event, are you ready? If you don’t want to follow the drivers, which were deemed “out of service,” keep reading. Last year, we saw nearly 12,000 trucks, including owner-operators and company drivers.

Know Your Tools – The Truckers Guide to Truck Engines

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Apart from your home, your truck is probably the single most expensive asset you will purchase. When you are buying such a big-ticket item, it’s always a good idea to have some knowledge. Finding the best diesel engine for a semi-truck and the best semi-truck to buy requires much research.

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Get Your Brake Hoses and Tubing Ready for 2019’s Brake Safety Week

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Are you prepared for the upcoming Brake Safety Week? If not, don’t worry – we’ve got all you need to know in this post! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for September 15-21, 2019.

2019 Trucking Industry Trends & Their Implications for 2020

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We are more than halfway through the year, and many are eagerly looking forward to what 2020 will have in store for the refrigerated trucking industry. So, what can we expect? Factors that will have a large impact on the industry are economics, capacity, tariffs, regulations, and technology. So, let’s examine each of these factors more closely. Economics. Many economic experts predict a slowdown going into 2020.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

United World Transportation Launches New UWT Carrier App to Easily Let Carriers Apply For Available Loads on the Go

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United World Transportation has recently launched a new UWT Carrier App which is designed to make it easier than ever for carriers to review available loads using their smartphone or similar digital device.

Should You File a Truck Insurance Claim or Pay for the Damage from Your Pocket for A Minor Collision?

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Insurance providers often tell their clients to report even the most minor collision, but sometimes this might not be the best move. But, on the other hand, if you hide an accident from your insurer by paying out of pocket for repair costs, you could expose yourself to some trouble.

Are You Getting Paid Enough? A Truck Driver’s Salary Guide

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A career in truck driving has many benefits: no extensive post-secondary education required, a short training time, a good supply of jobs, and the potential for lucrative pay are key benefits that draw people to the industry. But, exactly how much can you expect to earn? The good thing is, there is an abundance of readily available data that you can compare against to see if you are getting paid enough. The Data.

How Much Money Can You Save With Fuel Purchase Routing?

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According to industry experts, fuel purchases can account for approximately 25% of a trucking company’s operating expenses. The average truck driver travels around 68,000 miles per year and gets an average of 5.29 miles per gallon, which translates to over $37,000 being spent yearly on fuel.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

6 Ways to Celebrate This Year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is this September 8-14 th ! Across the nation, many take time to honor the drivers who do one of the most demanding jobs out there. In fact, it’s more than a job, it’s a lifestyle choice.

How Much Does Produce Seasonality Affect Your Rates & Capacity?

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The spring and summer months mean produce is in season for various regions of Canada and the United States. Starting in late March, the produce wave moves to the southeastern states, southern Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, and southern California, and continues to move north as summer arrives and temperatures rise. How much will produce seasonality affect rates? During a time of ample produce supply, capacity can struggle to meet shipping demands.

Owner Operator vs. Fleet Driver: Which One is Right for You?

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The American Trucking Association projects that trucking freight will have volume growth of 3.4% for 2018-2023. If you are thinking of a trucking career and how best to keep pace with this growth, we have some insights that will help you navigate your options. Drive Your Trucking Career Forward. Are you fascinated by big rigs? Have you hoped to become a truck driver since you were a toddler? Now that you’re ready to make your childhood dream come true, what type of driving career do you want?

Sanitary Food Transportation Act – What it is, What it Costs, and Best Practices

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The Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA) is one of 7 foundational rules outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since January 2013 to create a modern, risk-based framework for food safety. These rules fall under what is called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Risk Factors and Loss Prevention for Refrigerated Cherry Transport

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The Pacific Northwest cherry season is set to begin with harvesting happening mid-June. The 2018 Northwest cherry crop totaled about 25.6 million boxes, and industry experts are predicting a crop of approximately 20 million boxes for 2019, with the weather in early may being optimal for crop development. There are several risk factors that are prevalent when transporting cherries.

Depression in Truck Drivers: 5 Common Causes & How to Spot the Signs

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Today’s world is making great strides to reduce or eliminate the stigma that is associated with mental illness, including depression. According to the National Sleep Foundation, feeling sad every now and then is a fundamental part of the human experience, especially during difficult or trying times. Some signs of depression are persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness and disinterest in things that were once enjoyed.

4 Tips to Help Deal With Melon Transportation Season

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Melon season is in full swing. Reports show steady markets for cantaloupes, honeydews and watermelons. For cantaloupes, quality is good and shipments are coming out of Mendota, CA, Firebaugh, CA and Maricopa, AZ.

10 Trends Refrigerated Trucking Should Keep an Eye On in 2019

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Refrigerated trucking is an industry which is changing and growing very quickly year after year. Here we provide you with our top 10 trends that you should be looking out for in 2019 in the refrigerated trucking industry. Automation isn’t a threat… yet. Although automation in trucking is certainly on the horizon in the next few years, it is not yet advanced enough to fill the labor shortage problem that the trucking industry is experiencing.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

3 Simple Maintenance Tips to Keep High-Mileage Fleet Vehicles on the Road

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It is well known that for commercial refrigerated transport companies, including owner-operators, truck maintenance can be at time taxing. We understand that all jobs, as well as short journeys, seem to be nonstop.

The Impact of Modern Safety Systems on the Trucking Industry

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Safety, for truckers, whether you’re owner-operated or, a company driver is of paramount importance. Undoubtedly, the trucking industry has experienced an abundance of changes. The truckers, who have been around for twenty, even ten years will understand what we mean when we say “drastic” changes.

Three Things Shippers Want in a Logistics Partnership

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Nowadays, due to the dynamic conditions in the freight industry, a logistic partnership is essentially mandatory. For instance, refrigeration retailer may need frequent orders, which vary in size. Whereas consumers, demand packaged or refrigerated goods. Thus, it’s now necessary to take advantages of the technologies available through a mutually beneficial logistics partnership. So, in this blog, we will be looking at the three key things that shippers want in a logistics partnership.

5 Simple Dietary Tips for Carriers Spending Long Hours on The Road

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If you ask most carriers, are they healthy? We’re going to make the assumption and say 9 out of 10 will say “no, not really.” Although it’s difficult to maintain a healthy diet, especially on long haul drives as a carrier, you can still improve your diet. Most people, in general, who work long hours, tend to feel unhealthy for the following two reasons: 1. They don’t have time, because they work 60+ hours.

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.

5 Simple Tips to Help You Reduce Your Freight Forwarding Expenses

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In the freight and shipping industry, freight forwarding and costs are inevitably part of a company’s expenses. Therefore, if you use shipping services frequently, you will know that the prices vary, and finding a reasonable price last minute is always viable. Not only time is also formed as part of the expenditure, so freight forward has a direct effect on the delivery time and landed cost.

The Role of Blockchain Technology in Refrigerated Transportation Supply Chain

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It can be argued that blockchain technology can potentially revolutionize the transport and logistics industry. Many transportations and logistics companies alike have already begun to adopt and implement these solutions. Moreover, it seems to be the way forward for many industries. Also, it has been suggested; due to the initial implementation of blockchain technology in the transport supply chain, it can potentially save millions of dollars annually.

The Trucking Industry Is Pushing for New Supply Chain Costing Methods

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There’s an ongoing bone of contention which exists in the supply chain, as the trucking industry consistently feels undervalued and underappreciated by shippers, who largely view trucks, fleets, and drivers as interchangeable. Although freight rates are set to rise this year, which makes it easier for companies to increase driver pay, truckers still found many shippers were using so-called “Neanderthal practices” when it came to logging, despite the existence of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

6 Tips for Getting a Good Night Sleep for Truckers

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Did you know that driver fatigue and tiredness causes 13% of all large truck crashes? Not only is driving when you’re tired dangerous (especially in a huge truck) but it will inevitably start to negatively affect your mood and morale over time. As a result, here we have compiled 6 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep before embarking on a long journey. Take a power nap.

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Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

The 2019 Outlook on the Trucking Industry from Owner-Operator’s Point of View

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As you’re probably already aware, the income for owner-operators tended to hit a bit of a slump toward the end of 2018 as temperatures cooled down and US/Canadian roads became more hazardous to drive on. Of course, when you’re an independent owner-operator, you have to accept that your income is going to have ups and downs just like any other business owner – it’s just frustrating that you’re beholden to the weather, something you cannot control!