Shipping Industry Needs More Education

March 21st, 2011
Transport industry freight forwarders will be happy to hear that the unifying theme during the Truckload Carriers Association conference this week was the desire to make sure the trucking industry and shippers both have a clear understanding of the challenges on the road ahead for the transportation industry of the United States of America during the weeks and months ahead. The transport industry representatives on hand for the conference were apparently both on the same page in the desire for shippers to be as informed about the complexities of the driver shortage, costs of doing business, inflation and increasing fuel prices. Good news for the business of freight forwarding cargo to destination on time and budget in the United States of America.

The trucking industry officials on hand made a point of stating that the trucking industry needs to take the lead by taking the steps to help educate shippers on all of the challenges on the road before the transport industry during the miles ahead. That during the past few years there hasn’t been as much time for the trucking industry to devote to the job of educating shippers about the issues, but that during the months ahead the industry would need to spend more time talking to shippers about the issues in hand. In the hope that this education will help both parties work better together during the months and years ahead and possibly find new ideas on how to deal with some of the issues the the flatbed trucking industry, and transport trucking industry as a whole, has in hand.

Hopefully, all of these desires come true in the days ahead, but on thing is for sure, it’s always a good idea to keep all parties involved in a business informed on the issues of doing business. This idea can only help and could lead to solutions for some of the issues for the American trucking industry as we head into the second decade of the century of the environment.

New Navigation Unit for Heavy Equipment Transport

March 18th, 2011
Transport transportation services and drivers of the United States of America that could use a new navigation system to help them deliver cargo on time and budget during the miles ahead should take a look at Cobra Electronics newest navigation unit for the transport industry of America the Cobra 5550 Pro. The Cobra 550 Pro is a 5-inch navigation unit designed and engineered for use by the professional truck drivers of America and the world and has features nearly identical to Cobra Electronics larger navigation system, the Cobra 7750 Platinum, according to the people over at Cobra Electronics.

The new Cobra 5550 Pro comes with enhanced graphics, junction view with lane assist, state mileage log and a log to keep track of the number of hours freight shipping trucks spend out on the transport roads and highways of the United States. It also includes a last-mile routing ability, quick-tabs that allow you to put essential transport information, like the distance to weight stations, travel centers, rest areas and the mileage markers along your route at your disposal at a moments notice, and over 12,000 points of interest to transport driver, according to Cobra Electronics.

Freight companies and drivers out on the roads and highways of the nation that would like to check out the new Cobra 5550 Pro should contact Cobra Electronics directly for more information, or stop by a local dealer of Cobra Electronics products to see what they have on hand. This new navigation system could be a new transport tool that helps you enhance the services you provide and save time and money during the miles ahead on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America.

Flatbed Trucking Using an Older Diesel Engines

March 16th, 2011
Transport drivers and firms using a flatbed truck to deliver cargo on time and budget will be interested in the news that Navistar International is currently doing research on some exciting new ideas to reduce oxides of nitrogen in the exhaust of the older diesel trucks on the transport roads and highways of North America during the miles ahead. Navistar International has indicated that after treatment using urea in liquid form will not be one of the new ideas the company will be looking at implementing in reducing nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel freight trucks.

What new ideas is Navistar International currently looking at to help reduce nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of the older diesel engines out on the transport roads and highways of North America and the world? Navistar International is currently taking a look at using a solid form of urea injection being developed by a Danish firm the company invested in last year, Amminex, to help reduce the level of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel engines called diesel exhaust fluid. This method has been in use in the transport industry of the United States during the 2010 calendar year, according to sources in the shipping industry of the country, and is in use in many of the trucks being manufactured by firms around the world.

This news has many transport drivers and firms around the United States of America wondering what this new method of reducing nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel trucks out on the transport roads and highways of North America is going to cost to implement during the miles ahead? They’re also wondering what the fuel economy of using this idea is going to be like for transport services using this new technology during the years ahead? We’ll have to wait and see what the numbers are like, before we can comment on the cost, but if this technology is able to effectively decrease the level of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older trucks on the roads of the country, we might want to make sure to take a real close look at the possibilities, before making a final decision.

Flatbed Trucking Drivers Needed

March 14th, 2011
Transport industry freight forwarders that have been listening to the talk about a growing driver shortage in the trucking industry of the United States of America during the miles ahead will be interested in the latest news concerning this possible problem. According to sources in the freight forwarding trucking industry the problem of a driver shortage in the trucking industry could in fact be worse during the weeks and months ahead in 2011 than first thought.

This news probably isn’t a surprise to transport firms in America that have been trying to hire more professional drivers to help them keep their transport services on time and budget during the miles ahead. Especially since reports of a shortage of professional transport drivers to help the shipping industry of the United States of America deliver cargo in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner as we enter the second decade of the century of the environment have been reported previously.

At present transport experts are predicting a shortage of around 150,000 professional transport drivers during the miles ahead in the United States of America. This number could increase to as many as 300,000, or 500,000, as we travel farther along the transport roads in 2011, according to the experts, and it could be that some transport companies might have trouble finding the drivers they need to provide the transport services required by customers during the weeks and months ahead.

This driver shortage comes at a time when the transport industry of America appears to be picking up momentum and this timing could cause additional problems for the business of delivering cargo, according to many experts looking at the unfolding drama concerning the need for more professional transport drivers. Hopefully, this belief turns out to be less of a problem than the experts believe, and more Americans begin to look at a career as a professional truck driver in the days ahead.

Logistics Business Strong

March 11th, 2011
Transport firms transporting goods to destination on the roads and highways of the United States of America using a shipping container will be interested in the latest Department of Freight Transportation Services Index. The results of the latest Department of Freight index were recently released by the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics and according to the experts the index increased by 0.9 percent in January. This is also the second straight month the Department of Freight index has increased, according to the agency, and means the index has increased during 16 of the past 21 months, starting in May 2009. The index had gone down during the 16 months before this time, so this news could also indicate that the transport industry of the nation and world is starting to pick up momentum, according to some sources in the transportation services industry of America.

The Department of Freight Transportation Services Index measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index, according to transport industry experts. The Freight index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and is made up of data from for-hire trucking and other freight transport industries in the United States of America.

This is interesting news that could indicate a general increase in transport services in America and across North America, according to some transport experts, but the recent highs are still below the highs reached in 2008, so we probably shouldn’t read to much into the numbers, for now. Once we see the Freight Index increase above previous levels recorded in 2008, and the years before, we could be back on the transport road the industry was on before the recent slower period.

Shipping Index Looks Good

March 9th, 2011
The winter months have hit the flatbed trucking business hard during the last few miles on the transport roads and highways of the nation, but despite this the latest reports indicate the economy of the United States of America has continued to improve during the winter storms of the last few months. The latest Cass Freight Index has been released, and according to transport industry experts looking at the report, the index reflects a general increase in both the volume of freight being shipped on the roads of North America and the number of trucks out on the highways on a daily basis. Great news for the transport industry of the United States of America and the business of shipping cargo to destination on time and budget in general.

According to the latest Cass Freight Index transport shipments went up by 2.6 percent in February from the volume shipped during January, and 11.4 percent from the volume of cargo shipped on the transport roads and highways of the United States during the same month last year. In addition, this latest Cass Freight Index report indicates that about 11,000 new trucking jobs were added to the roster of transport firms providing shipping services in the United States during the same time period in 2011. The data on the Cass Freight Index is based on the cargo shipments of hundreds of Cass Information Systems clients, who handle about $17 billion in annual transport business, according to the people over at Cass Information Systems.

Transport drivers and firms that want to check out the latest Cass Freight Index report should contact Cass Information Systems directly for more information on where to get a copy of the report. This report could help you forecast the future road of your transport firm and make plans to take advantage of any red skies that might appear on the horizon as you turn the next corner.

Interior Lighting Timer for Shipping Cargo

March 7th, 2011
The interior lights in transport vehicles used by freight forwarders to deliver cargo on time and budget can drain the batteries of a heavy-duty truck out on the transport roads and highways of the United States and this is definitely a situation you want to avoid. Cole Hersee has recently announced the introduction of a new interior lighting timer called the FlexMod 48636 Electronic Timer that will provide you with several warning messages, before automatically turning off the interior lights of your truck to protect your batteries from being drained, and possibly saving freight forwarding services time and money, according to the people over at Cole Hersee.

Cole Hersee also indicated that the FlexMod 48636 Electronic Timer is a little different than the run-of-the-mill timers you might have seen or used over the years. You can switch the interior lights of your truck on for twenty minutes, before the FlexMod 48636 Electronic Timer will start letting you know using a series of increasing urgent messages that the lights are about to be turned off. Should you want to leave the lights on longer, you can just flip the switch on the timer and continue working at your own pace. The timer is controlled using one of two available switches, one located at the front of the compartment and the other at the rear, and is can use both 12-volt and 24-volt systems.

Transport firms and trucking services that want to check out the FlexMod 48636 Electronic Timer should contact Cole Hersee for more information on where to find this new interior lighting timer. This could be an idea that saves you time and money down the road and keeps the transport services you provide on time and budget and heading down the road to destination.

New Tool for Freight Drivers on the Road

March 4th, 2011
Transport drivers and firms using a shipping container to help transport goods to destination on time and budget on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America will be interested in the latest news from TravelCenters of America. TravelCenters of America has announced the introduction of a new smart phone application, called SmartTruck, for your iPhone featuring an interactive map of all TravelCenters of America and Petro locations in the United States of America. Great news for freight shipping drivers and firms looking for a new tool for their iPhone that will help them find a place to rest, when taking cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner during the miles ahead.

This new iPhone application also provides long haul drivers with real-time information on fuel prices, the number of available parking spaces and showers available at at location, a list of amenities on site, any current special offers, and even current weather reports that can be used to plan your route. This application even provides you with turn-by-turn directions to each location and allows users to link with TA’s RoadSquad roadside assistance program, according to the people over at TravelCenters of America. The best thing is this new iPhone application is free of charge, so you really have no reason not to at least take a look.

Transport firms and drivers that want to check out this new free iPhone application should contact TravelCenters of America directly for more information on where they can download this offer. This could be another way for you to possibly save you time and money during the miles ahead, so don’t hesitate, and take the time to see how this free iPhone application can help you during the weeks and months ahead.

Quickly Find Truck Tires for Freight Trucks

March 2nd, 2011
Transport flatbed truck drivers heading down the transport roads and highways of the United States of America that suddenly need to find the nearest truck tire dealer have a new tool to take out on the road with them that can get the job done. Continental Tire the Americas has announced the introduction of its first mobile truck dealer locator application, called the Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator, to help shipping services find the nearest authorized service provider when they find they suddenly need truck tire or emergency road services to help keep them moving to destination on time and budget. Great news for any transport drivers or firms that have been looking for a new way to quickly locate the nearest authorized service provider when needed the most.

Continental Tire the Americas indicates that the Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator can be used with your iPhone and allows you to quickly find and call service providers closest to the GPS location of your iPhone, or based on a location you specify. Continental Tire the Americas also indicated this application was created to help customers quickly access service providers and locations at a moments notice and during the times when they need the help the most.

Transport firms and drivers in the business of shipping cargo to destination on time and budget that want to check out what this new application can do for them should check out iTunes App Store. Just search for “Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator” and you should find what you’re looking for. This could be the new road tool that saves you time and money down the road that you might normally have just written off as part of the cost of doing business on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America.

Long Haul of Hazardous Materials

February 28th, 2011
Transport freight forwarding firms and drivers out on the transport roads and highways of the beautiful American state of California taking vehicles to destination on time and budget will be happy to hear that hazardous waste facility personnel they deal with are getting the HAZMAT safety training they need to work safe. Sources in the transport industry of America indicate that Lion Technology will be hosting two different two-day HAZMAT Management Workshops, one in Los Angeles on March 10-11 and the second in Oakland on March 14-15, both designed to provide hazardous waste facility personnel with the training they need to help trucking services ship hazardous materials in a safe, efficient and reliable manner during the miles ahead in the United States of America, according to the people over at Lion Technology.

Sources in the shipping industry of the nation also indicate that students taking the two-day Hazardous/Toxic Waste Management Workshops will be provided with comprehensive hands-on training on the critical rules they need to know to stay in line with the current rules and regulations. In addition, they’ll learn how to identify regulated waste, handle and store waste on site, prepare waste for off-site shipping, prepare and plan for emergencies that might occur, keep proper records, assure for proper disposal of hazardous materials and prepare a site for any new regulations that might come around the bend during the miles ahead.

Transport professionals that want to attend either workshop are encouraged to pre-register as soon as possible in order to make sure they get the seat, or seats, they need. Tuition for either one of these two-day HAZMAT Management Workshops is $795 per person, but group discounts are available for larger groups that want to attend either workshop. Registration for either workshop starts at 7:30 a.m., and the workshops will take place between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.