Posts Tagged ‘shipping container’

Logistics Business Strong

Friday, 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.

New Tool for Freight Drivers on the Road

Friday, 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.

New Long Haul Dispatch Tool

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Transport firms and drivers in the shipping container transport industry looking for a new tool to help them deliver cargo in a more efficient, reliable and cost-effective manner during the weeks and months ahead have a new tool to use in this desire. Aljex Software has just announced the release of customizable dispatch screens for all transport modes used by brokers, carriers and 3PLs, that the firm believes will help make the job of transporting cargo to destination on time and budget easier to accomplish during the miles ahead on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America.

Aljex Software indicates that Aljex Vision customers can now simply drag-and-drop entire columns of data to and from dispatch displays to suit virtually any transport job. Also included is a map to help freight shipping firms track cargo shipments across America and the entire continent, according to Aljex Software, and shipment and customer information displayed spreadsheet-style with columns representing categories of data essential to the job of making sure cargo arrives on time and budget during the weeks and months ahead in the transport industry of the nation and world.

Freight transport firms and drivers that want to check out Aljex Software’s new offer should contact the company directly for more information on where they can find this new service, or talk to other transport professionals that have used Aljex Software products to see what they think. This could be your chance to save more time and money and possibly make your boss smile a little brighter about the transport services being provided.

Keep Track of Freight Vehicles

Friday, February 11th, 2011

One of the most important tasks in the shipping container business is making sure you keep track of every container and vehicle out on the transport roads and highways of the United States during transport. Vnomics, a telematics solutions provider for the transport industry of America based in Rochester, New York, has recently announced the introduction of its next generation vehicle monitoring system, FleetKnowSys, designed and engineered to help you keep track of containers and vehicles out on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America.

FleetKnowSys is driven by the Vnomics NowEngine, a cutting-edge technology with a built-in intelligence system designed to help freight shipping companies utilize transport data to make the decisions that save money and time. FleetKnowSys is also supported by a robust set of services to help transport firms maximize profits and make the best business decisions possible. A combination that could definitely help transport firms keep track of containers and vehicles and at the same time possibly save time and money for other tasks.

Transport firms and drivers in the heavy hauling business of the United States of America that would like to check out Vnomics FleetKnowSys should contact the company directly, or drop by a local dealer of Vnomics products to see what they say. This could be your chance to find a better, possibly cheaper, and more efficient way to keep track of transport containers and vehicles, and make the services you provide a little more efficient.

New Heavy Hauling Hub Rebuild Kits

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Transport firms and drivers in the shipping container transport business looking for a new heavy-duty hub rebuilt kit to help them keep transport vehicles in top condition can stop looking. The Timken Company has recently announced the introduction of Timken 454-Series Set-Right Hub Rebuild Kits, an expansion of the Set-Right Heavy Duty Hub Rebuilt Kits line that transport firms and drivers have been using to help take customers cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner for years, according to many transport drivers.

The Timken 454-Series bearings incorporates a special design to help accommodate the 2-in offset loads found in lots of new axle designs of trucking services out on the roads and highways of the United States of America, according to Timken. The new Timken 454-Series will also make it easier for fleet operators to maintain consistency in the installation procedures they use for preset wheel ends. In addition, this news also provides fleets with complete bearing options to serve a variety of wheel-end configurations, including wide-singles and present types, according to many transport drivers looking at this announcement.

Transport drivers driving for a trucking company that want to check out the Timken 454-Series Set-Right Hub Rebuilt Kits should talk to maintenance personnel, or contact Timken directly for more information on where they can find this product.

New Wingfoot Trucking Company Care Centers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Transport drivers out on the roads and highways of the United States providing shipping container services for customers will be interested in the news that Wingfoot Commercial Tire recently announced the opening of the 34th and 35th Wingfoot Truck Care Centers. Wingfoot Commercial Tire has been providing services for transport firms and drivers in America for years and this news will certainly make heavy haul firms and drivers that have benefited from Wingfoot Commercial Tire services before smile.

Wingfoot Commercial Tire’s 34th and 35th Truck Care Centers are located in Russellville, Arkansas and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Russelville center is located at 185 Interstate Road on Interstate 40, exit 184, adjacent to the Flying J facility, the Tuscaloosa truck maintenance center is located at 4400 Skyland Boulevard East on Interstate 20/59, exit 76, on the Pilot Travel Center property. Both centers provide heavy hauling trucking firms and drivers with preventative maintenance service, including oil changes, and light mechanical service, like brake, electrical, and heating/air conditioning repairs. In addition, transport firms and drivers can find new tires and retreads on site, and roadside assistance is available for customers requiring this service.

Transport drivers that want to check out these two new locations should talk to another driver about Wingfoot Truck Care Centers and the services provided. This could help you make sure customers cargo is delivered on time and budget, should you happen to need a little help while out on the roads and highways of the United States.

Port Trucking Services Study

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Independent shipping container haulers interviewed during a study conducted by the National Employment Law Project will be interested in the news that the experts looking at the results of this study believe they indicate that independent container haulers are essentially misclassified employees. The study in question interviews about 2,000 drivers at seven of the major ports of the United States and indicates that independent drayage drivers work up to 60 hours per week for wages many consider to be at the poverty level, according the experts. In addition, the people analysing the study believe that the independent container haulers in this study lack the autonomy that’s the hallmark of an independent transport driver under federal law.

According to the National Employment Law Project the results of this study indicate that heavy haul firms in this case determine when, where, how and in what time frame drivers work. They also determine when truck inspections and drug tests are conducted and have very detailed and tight requirements under which drivers conduct business. Driver behavior is looked at constantly, evaluated and correcting measures are implemented if the companies believes some are needed. All of these facts make the port trucking industry vulnerable to misclassification, according to the people looking at this latest study.

This news might not surprise many drivers in the business of international shipping operating in the seven ports in question, or many transport firms doing business in a port in America? Hopefully, during the miles ahead something can be done to help these truck drivers take care of these problems, according to many people looking at this news.

Flatbed Trucking Tracks Fuel and Mileage

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Transport firms in the shipping container transport business currently implementing ALK Technologies PC MilerFuelTax 15 in the transport services they use to transport customers cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner will be glad to hear that ALK Technologies has announced the release of PC MilerFuelTax 16. PC MilerFuelTax 16 automates fuel and mileage tax tracking , calculating and reporting for motor carriers and private transport fleets of the United States of America implementing this tool in their fleet operations. The latest version of ALK Technologies tool for transport fleets simplifies the entire fuel tax process, which saves you time and money down the road, according to ALK Technologies and the transport professionals that implement it to help them in the business of international shipping.

ALK Technologies indicates that PC MilerFuelTax 16 generates easy to read and use forms and tax rates for all of the United States and Canada, and instantly calculates fuel and mileage taxes, refunds, and credits available to transport firms using PC MilerFuelTax 16. This application also provides state mileage summaries, fleet performance reports and quarterly updates for compliance with the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP) provisions. This application also provides extensive reporting capabilities summarizing critical data stored in the program, to help trucking companies with their tax returns, and the Fuel Conflicts Report identifies possible data entry mistakes along with gaps or overlaps in odometer readings. It also seamlessly integrates with PC Miler, PC Miler Streets, and now PC Miler Tolls to automatically calculate distances, trip times, and toll costs along your route, or can be used as a stand-alone application.

Terminal Trucking Goes Hybrid

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Professionals in the business of international shipping will be interested in the news of the first hydraulic hybrid drive terminal tractor for the transport industry of the United States of America and the world. Offering improved performance, significant costs savings in fuel and significant reductions in nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions, the new Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor by Cargotec has been paired with the Kalmar Ottawa 4×2 off-highway terminal tractor, and will at first be available for customers operating in North America, according to sources at Cargotec. Sources in the business of providing customers with a great freight quote indicate that the first hydraulic hybrid drive terminal tractor is the result of Cargotec’s partnership with Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, and subsidiary Kinetics Drive Solutions, a developer of hybrid technology for the transport industry.

Cargotec indicates that the Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor is equipped with a parallel system that simultaneously transmits power from two distinct power sources; the primary diesel engine and secondary hydraulic motor. The company also indicates that the coordination of these two power sources maximises fuel economy, while satisfying the performance and power needs of firms implementing the new Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor in shipping container operations.

The job this new hybrid terminal tractor will be put to work completing is a difficult one that will require the Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor start and stop on many occasions during the work day, with lots of idling while waiting, and the frequent need to back up to complete transport. We’ll have to wait and see if this new hybrid terminal tractor can do the job Cargotec says it can do.

New Tool for Transportation Services

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Transport firms and drivers implementing McLeod Software’s LoadMaster in their heavy hauling activities will be happy to hear that they can now install the newly integrated SkyBitz asset tracking and management module into their operations. Sources at McLeod Software indicate that this new offering provides users with transport data that’s essential to making sure the cargo they transport for customers makes it to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner, and allows firms to better manage their business operations. This new offering from McLeod Software also provides users with information on the trailers in a fleet, like whether the doors of a trailer are open or closed, if the trailer is full of cargo or empty at a particular moment in time, and if the shipping container is currently moving down the road, or stopped by the side of the road.

McLeod Software and some freight forwarders looking at this new offering think that this new tool could allow firms in the business of transporting freight to destination better manage their operations in the months and years ahead. They also believe that this new tool is going to allow firms to make better decisions concerning the use of their trailers in the miles ahead, by allowing them to always know where their trailers are and what they’re currently doing. This will allow firms to identify available trailers closest to the load that needs to be picked up and delivered to destination, reduce the number of miles trailers travel empty and maybe decrease the possibility of losing track of a trailer.