Archive for September, 2010

2 Million Safe Shipping Container Miles

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Two More truck shipping professionals were recently celebrated and congratulated for a long career of safe driving on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America in the century of the environment. The two most recent truckers honored for years of safe cargo transport on the roads of America are Virgin Shell of Columbia, S.C., and Dennis Howard of Goodwater, Ala. These two professionals were honored during a luncheon and presented with cash and gifts during the National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week, for over 2 million safe transport miles during their careers. This is a great accomplishment for any trucker and one that will certainly make these two truckers proud to say they’re in the trucking business, and the professionals that work with them proud to say they know these two truckers.

Virgil Shell and Dennis Howard are flatbed trucking professionals that think about transport safety first, according to these truckers, and they use daily alerts and reminders to always keep their minds on safety first, while out on the roads of America. The professionals that work with these two truckers indicate they’re normal hard working American truckers that exhibit discipline and patience on the job. These two truckers are definitely an example of how the transportation services industry in the United States thinks safety first, while still delivering the goods on time and budget. Just two American truckers with experience and skills they can pass onto younger truckers traveling down the roads of the United States of America.

Improving the Roads Shipping Services Uses

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Professionals trucking cargo on the roads and highways of the United States probably won`t be surprised by the fact that the number of applications for Tiger II grants for road construction and other transport infrastructure investment in the United States exceeded the amount available to be invested. Sources in the transport industry of America report that almost 1,000 construction applications were sent in, worth about $19 billion, before the recent August deadline to get applications in expired. The demand for money to be invested in improving the transport roads and infrastructure of America is hardly a surprise and it might even surprise some professionals that more applications weren`t received by the United States Department of Transportation.

The amount available for the applicants through the Tiger II process is only $600 million, which is far below the total amount asked for by the states that have applied, so there will be a few disappointed people, once all of the dust settles around this news. We can certainly expect the trend of more applications and money being requested for improving the freight transport bridges and roads of the United States of America in the years ahead to continue. In fact, with this news we could see some states starting to look at other sources of financing the work they need to do on their transport roads. Just what these new sources of investment could be will of course be the question that will be running through the minds of the professionals working at the trucking companies of the United States of America.

Handheld Computerized Help for Trucking

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Professionals in the business of shipping customers goods to destination in the United States looking for a little handheld computerized help in their daily operations should check out Panasonic Solutions Company’s latest member of its Toughbook U1 family, the U1 Ultra. According to Panasonic Solutions Company, this handheld toughbook combines the portability of traditional handheld devices, with the features and benefits of a full Windows operating system that will even run Windows 7. Tested to MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards, the Toughbook U1 Ultra can survive a drop from a height of six feet, and is great for the mobile transportation worker delivering to destination, or working in the warehouse. Optional features, like a 29-key numeric keypad for quick data entry and easy navigation, GPS, barcode reader, camera and mobile broadband, are also available.

Panasonic Solutions Company indicates that the new Toughbook U1 Ultra comes with a TransflectivePlus display that makes viewing in direct sunlight easier for users conducting heavy equipment transport. A 64GB solid state hard drive is also included, along with 2GB of memory, and a Z530 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom processor. The optional 2 megapixel camera of the U1 Ultra comes with updated software that allows users to take advantage of faster auto-focus and improved features included with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The optional bar reader also includes new software that allows users to better configure onboard data, a feature that can save you time and money down the road.

Professionals in the business of transporting freight that want to check out the new Toughbook U1 Ultra, should contact their local dealer of Panasonic Solutions Company’s products, or check out the company’s website for more information on where to find the Toughbook U1 Ultra.

Freight Forwarders Watching Carefully

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Professionals in the business of freight forwarding will be interested in the news that transport experts from around the United States of America are reporting an increase in a tool known as transloading on the West Coast, over directly shipping freight to the Midwest via intermodal rail. Sources indicate that shippers have been repacking inbound container shipments into larger domestic containers, which sources indicates reduces inland transportation costs and gives the firms in question more flexibility with their inventories. This allows for the combining of various goods that need to be shipped to one store and decisions on where the goods are needed in the supply chain can be left until later, according to transport professionals.

The professionals providing customers with a great freight quote note that this strategy isn’t all gold for shippers as reports are coming in of additional handling costs being involved and the process could be a little more complex on the front end of the deal, once the cargo arrives. Firms using this strategy indicate that in the end they ship fewer containers inland and the ability to postpone the destination of a shipment is turning out to be important in the current marketplace.

Professionals in the business of logistics will certainly find this news interesting and this shift in transport strategies could be something that will continue to be utilized in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment in the United States. There have been a few cries of problems from exporters in America concerned about the availability of containers and their use, and we’ll have to see where this news heads in the days ahead.

Heavy Hauling Pilot Program Continues in Maine

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

American trucking companies operating in Maine will be happy to hear that sources indicate that the administration has agreed to a request by transport professionals in America to make permanent the pilot program that allows transport trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to travel on federal interstate highways in Maine. The administration originally included the provision in 2011, and it appears the funding of this program could continue for awhile, if the transport professionals have their way. It appears all the talking and discussion concerning this topic has gotten the attention of the administration and hopefully this trend continues as the United States travels further down the road in the century of the environment.

This is news that a trucking company or two operating in Maine has probably been hoping to hear and they’ll certainly be smiling a little brighter today, once they hear this news. The professionals in the business of transporting cargo to destination in Maine believe this news is going to allow them to transport more goods across the state in a much more reliable and efficient manner in the century of the environment. They also believe this is going to mean that transport drivers will be able to stay off of the secondary roads in Maine and this could be safer for all drivers on the roads.

One thing is for sure, the freight forwarders in the offices of transport firms in Maine will be looking at this news as something that is going to help transport more freight in the United States in a more reliable way, and they’ll be looking at using this news to help them transport more freight in the weeks and months ahead.

New Wheels for Heavy Equipment Transport

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

American shipping firms looking for a new tool to help them when trying to determine steel and aluminum wheel alternatives available on the market should check out Alcoa Wheels 2.0 version of CalcuLighter. Sources around the transport industry indicate that Alcoa Wheels CalcuLighter is an easy-to-use on-line tool designed to help transport professionals trying to decide on the type of wheels they want to use. This tool apparently generates instant financial information, calculating fuel, payload, scrap value and wheel maintenance information that can help transport professionals find the wheels they need. Sources report that CalcuLighter 2.0 compares the N.A.D.A. official Commercial Truck Guide trade-in value and carbon emission data to help transport professionals determine the best wheel to invest their money in.

CalcuLighter 2.0 allows users to input fleet profiles, including the number of tractors and trailers in the fleet, and select the wheel alternatives they think are best to take a look at. The results users obtain changes constantly as new information is entered and users can also print out the results they obtain and file them away for future use, when buying additional tires for your trucks conducting trucking services. The new version of CalcuLighter also includes interface enhancements, along with all the statistical data reflecting the recent changes in the transport industry and the purchase of wheels, due to CSA 2010.

Long haul professionals that want to check out CalcuLighter 2.0 should contact Alcoa Wheels directly, or take a look on Alcoa Wheels website, for more information on where to find CalcuLighter 2.0. This decision could be the move that saves you money on truck tires and a new tool to help you as you travel down the road in the United States of America in the century of the environment.

Heavy Hauling Services in Demand

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The professionals in the freight office providing customers with a great freight quote will be happy to hear that TransCore’s latest North American Freight index was at its highest level in the past five years in August, 2010. This news was reported in Portland, Oregon recently and the professionals on hand to hear this announcement apparently applauded the news that the business of transporting cargo to destination in the United States of America and the world is picking up momentum. Hopefully, this continues to be the trend in the business, and customers begin shipping more cargo in the weeks and months ahead in the century of the environment.

What exactly does TransCore’s latest North American Freight Index indicate according to the professionals in the business of providing efficient, reliable and cost-effective shipping services? The index indicates that the volume of cargo requiring transport was up by about 75 percent in August, 2010, as compared to the same time period in 2009. At the same time, the volume of cargo transported in August was down by about 14 percent, over the volume of cargo transported during the month of July. This is all part of a seasonal pattern in the industry during the past five years, according to many, as the volume of cargo that needs to be transported declines at the end of the summer months. Hopefully, it means there will be a lot more freight forwarding going-on in the freight offices of the United States of America as we head further down the transport roads of North America in the months ahead.

Freight Shipping Highway Angel Named

Friday, September 17th, 2010

American long haul professional are known for their kindness and desire to help out people they find need help on their journeys across North America. This desire to help was in full display on August 19, as another American transport professionals has been named the Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel, after stopping to protect a young child from harm. Barry Eckert of Greenboro, North Carolina is the latest Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel, after he stopped along Highway 24 in Beulaville, North Carolina, in response to another trucker flashing his lights at him. Apparently, a young child had slipped out of her guardians home, and walked half a mile down the highway, and was standing on the shoulder of the road.

Barry Eckert used his flatbed truck, along with another trucker, to block traffic from harming the young girl, while Barry phoned 911, and his fellow trucker chased after the little child. Once the police arrived, a passing pedestrian, who knew the child and her grandparents, told the police where the girl lived, and they took her home. Barry will receive a Highway Angel lapel pin he can wear proudly and display, for all to see for his efforts, along with a certificate to remember the occasion by, and a patch to give away or wear.

This news will likely fill the freight forwarders back in the office where Barry works full of pride, knowing they work with a professional that has been recognized for his humanity and kindness. Barry is likely back at work by now, just doing the job he normally does, but you can be sure he’ll always be watching for Americans along his route that need help.

Enhance Logistics with New Cantilever Liftgate

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Trucking companies in North America have a new tool to help them during loading and unloading of freight loads that the designers and engineers of this tool hope is going to be popular with firms that want to increase the efficiency of their operations. Maxon Lift Corporation has announced the introduction of their European-designed and North American manufactured cantilever liftgate to the North American transport market. This liftgate has four separate cylinders for lift and tilt operations that allows users to level the freight load in any position desired, according to Maxon. Maxon indicates that this cantilever liftgate is available in a variety of platform sizes, and steel and aluminum, depending on which you prefer, and can accommodate a wide range of bed height requirements.

The Maxon cantilever lift features stainless steel pins, low maintenance bushings and grease fittings on all pivot points, and a heavy-duty motor with thermal protection. In addition, engineers have also included lock valves on all cylinders, optional dual cart stops, and bolt-on installation plates for your convenience that should make shipping freight more efficient.

This is great news for professionals providing shipping services looking for a new liftgate system to help increase the efficiency of the services they provide. Hopefully, this new cantilever liftgate system is as good as advertised or better, which will mean we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Maxon’s new cantilever liftgate in the days and months ahead in the century of the environment.

FMCSA Listens to Freight Professionals

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

American freight shipping professionals concerned about the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s requirement that mandated EOBRs be able to operate in extreme temperatures can take a deep breath. The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has heard your concerns and has decided to make a few technical changes to the new electronic onboard recorder rule. The USFMCSA apparently agrees with EOBR suppliers and the American Trucking Associations belief that the temperature range included with the new ruling is a little excessive. These groups believe current EOBR devices can withstand temperatures between -22 and 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also making a few other tweaks to the electronic onboard recorder rule that will interest each American trucking company doing business in the United States of America. In the future, the FMCSA will no longer require EOBR devices to come with a specific type of USB connector or wireless connectivity. The FMCSA also stated that it would clarify its fault code requirements for EOBR reporting in the days ahead in the century of the environment in the United States.

The news that the USFMCSA is listening to the concerns of American professionals in the business of transporting goods to destination is definitely what the freight forwarder sitting in his office wanted to hear. Hopefully, this trend continues as we head down the road into the second decade of the century of the environment, and we are able to take care of all concerns the professionals have with the new electronic onboard recorder rule.