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ELD Phase 3 is Looming. Are You Ready?

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December 16, 2019 marks the date where full compliance of the ELD rule is required by all carriers and drivers.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! And a Gift Guide for Drivers

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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at UWT! Along with getting all the Thanksgiving food to the retail stores, truckers transport all those Black Friday deals across the nation. Without them, there would be no Black Friday!

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.

5 Perceptions on Demand Forecasting and How it's Changing

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? This webinar shares research findings from a recent survey among supply chain planning professionals to help you answer these questions.

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.

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.

Market Indicators Say Trucking Industry Will Grow Slowly in 2020

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Many experts are noting that there is a slowdown coming for global trade into 2020. The good news is that it isn’t at recession levels. But the US and Canadian economies are expected to grow in 2020 by less than 2%; not a robust amount by any means.

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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10 Essential Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

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Last week, we posted about shifting into winter and making sure you have your chains ready. Chain requirements go into effect tomorrow! If you are new to trucking, this might be your first winter on the road.

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Will Greater Data Granularity Lead to Better, Faster Decisions?

Speaker: Dave Food, Strategy Director at Prophetic Technology

With the increasing granularity of data coming from consumption points through extended data ecosystems of the Internet of things and with the integration of networks meaning net real-time change can be dynamically modeled and executed, what is the role of Supply Chain planning? Join Dave Food, Strategy Director of Prophetic Technology, on December 11th and learn how data is changing your supply chain!

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.

Driving Downhill – How to Stay Safe in One of the Most Dangerous Driving Conditions

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Driving downhill is one of the biggest tests when taking your CDL. Mountain passes, driving with a full and/or heavy load, and steep grades can be some of the biggest contributing factors to making driving downhill a stressful experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Time Management Tips for Truckers

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Perishable transportation is perhaps one of the most time sensitive industry segments that truckers can operate in. A day late might mean spoiled product.

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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.

The Beyond Belief Impacts of VUCA on Supply Chains and Commerce

Speaker: Jim Tompkins, Chairman and CEO at Tompkins International

We are fortunate to have Dr. James A. Tompkins, one of the world’s leading supply chain thought leaders, to address the impacts of VUCA on today’s supply chains and commerce. Jim recently stated that “the impacts of digital commerce on supply chains and commerce are far greater than the ending of the Cold War in 1991. The lifting of the Iron Curtain was minuscule when compared to the impacts of VUCA on how business works and how people live.”

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 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.

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.

Shift Into Winter: Do You Have Your Chains Ready?

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Washington State trucks need to make sure that they are carrying their chains as of November 1st. That’s next Friday. To make sure you are prepared, here’s the list of requirements for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California: Washington: Chains must be carried November 1 through April 1.

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Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.