Food Safety in the Supply Chain and The Romaine Lettuce Scare

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 4, 2018 9:20:56 AM

Food for thought in the perishable foods supply chain 

From cantaloupes to lettuce, the transport of perishable foods in the U.S. is a hot topic these days, especially for produce. In May we saw one of the most publicized food recalls in the nation's history.  More than 200 people recorded illnesses related to the E. coli virus which was linked to romaine lettuce, with 90 hospitalizations and five people dying as a result.

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Tags: Industry News, Regulations, Shipper News, Carrier News

Ready or not, here it comes - CVSA Road Check 2018

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 30, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Everyone is in favor of safety checks, especially when you are talking about 80,000 pounds of truck and cargo driving down the road, right? The obvious answer is yes, but the actual answer may be a bit more complicated.

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Are You a Shipper of Choice? 

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 4, 2018 9:46:29 AM

What can you do as a shipper to level the playing field, lessen the impact, and mitigate the high cost of getting your goods to market, while having a positive impact across the full spectrum of the supply chain? It may be as simple as becoming a shipper of choice.

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ELDs versus HOS - the debate goes on

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 16, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Depending on who you ask, the new era of required ELDs is having an impact on drivers.  Some say it's not the ELDs that are the issue, but the hours of service that make it difficult, especially when delays are inevitable.  Others we interviewed said the abolishment of paper logs is a good thing, and if you schedule your time properly, there aren't any more problems than there were before ELDs. It's an on-going debate.

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No, it's not the truck apocalypse, but high spot rates are a reality

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 24, 2018 11:44:30 AM

As transportation costs remain high, shippers should explore new strategies.

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Important tips for truck drivers when winter strikes

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 5, 2018 12:07:09 PM

As we enter the cold winter months and the roads become increasingly hazardous, it’s important that drivers are taking measures to stay safe and reduce the risk of accidents. After the last few days of East Coast bomb cyclone Grayson, drivers have been put to the test! The average number of traffic accidents always spikes during the winter season, and with unusual storms like these, drivers will need to take extra precautions.

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ELD readiness is headline news

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With 15.5 million trucks on the road the United States, it is a good bet to say that the ELD mandate is going to have an impact on capacity when December 18, 2017 arrives. Reports vary on exactly how many drivers and fleet owners are ready. Even if just a fraction of the trucks on the road today are put out of commission as a result of the mandate, the trickle-down effect to the economy could be quite significant, especially when more severe penalties go into effect after April 1, 2018. Read about rate predictions associated with the ELD mandate.

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Tags: ELDs, Regulations, Technology, Carrier News, Shipper News, Industry News

Put on your seatbelts, rates are climbing

Posted by Harriet Mills on Oct 12, 2017 4:35:54 PM

Rising spot rates, decreased capacity, peak season and impending ELDs have created the perfect storm

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Tags: ELDs, Regulations, Industry News, Carrier News

Labor Day Shipping Rates Spike

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 24, 2017 9:55:46 AM

Labor Day, like Memorial Day, is one of those “long weekend” holidays we all look forward to. Some people even confuse the two.  We ponder the origins of each one briefly so we feel good about why we are celebrating it. These holidays have grown to represent more than just the day itself. Memorial Day kicks off the beginning of summer, nice weather and vacation time -- and conversely, Labor Day, the beginning of the school year, fall foliage and the bigger holidays.

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Will autonomous trucks ever rule the world?

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 10, 2017 3:28:10 PM

 

If you’re a Marvel Comics fan and have seen the latest box-office hit “Logan” you may have noticed a scene where driverless trucks are a part of the fast-paced, futuristic landscape.  How close are we to this sci-fi reality?

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Choptank Transport Market ReportMarket Report DEC 2018

From Trump to the Griswold's...2018 in Review

A lot has happened in the world of transportation and logistics in 2018.  This could be a novel about all the things that happened in 2018 and the many predictions for 2019.  Above all of the headlines, though, we have lived through the strongest year for spot and contract pricing increases in the history of trucking in the U.S. 25% increases in the spot market rate, 30 percent in dry van and reefer, and spot market rate increases of over 25 percent in flatbed; which were followed by contract rate increases of over 15 percent in all three modes!  All that data could point to another turbulent and soaring market in 2019.  However, and lucky us, there is a mountain of data...

Here is a brief market overview and report on all the factors driving the current market, our expectations for where it’s headed, and most importantly, how to manage this market and come out on top!   

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