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Golden Rule Applies to Logistics, Too

Golden Rule Applies to Logistics, Too Of all the management advice we’ve seen in the past three decades, none is more important than the simple lesson we were taught as children: Follow the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When assessing a company or management team for the kind of business they run, you can sum up their integrity and character by the way they treat their employees, contractors and customers. A manager who puts fairness and respect above all else is more than half way there. All the performance metrics are smoke and mirrors if people are not treated with decency. That life lesson was brought home once again recently after we read a stunning USA Today investigative report about the worst of some port trucking companies in Southern California. These companies reportedly profit by squeezing their drivers for every hour and penny they can get from them — forcing them to finance their own trucks, take on debt they can’t afford, and then using the debt as leverage,…

A Case for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

A Case for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Early in February the American Trucking Association’s Infrastructure Task Force met in Washington with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to press for a long-term solution to the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. We applaud the effort. The association’s plea for infrastructure improvements comes shortly after a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that nine percent of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient and highways and transit systems will require a $926 billion investment for repair and modernization. The Trump administration has vowed to invest heavily in the nation’s infrastructure and there appears to be bipartisan support. Our businesses and many of our fellow citizens are daily being harmed by long delays, unsafe conditions, and poorly maintained roads and bridges that damage their vehicles, delay the transport of their goods and increase the cost of operations. There is no mistaking that our nation’s…

Freight Shippers Gear Up for Big Changes in the Trucking Industry

Freight Shippers Gear Up for Big Changes in the Trucking Industry If you’ve been reading logistics trade publications, you’ve noticed that shipping freight by truck is getting more complicated all the time. And, since 70 percent of the cargo in the U.S. is moved on trucks, that means big changes for all of us. Just last week, a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation known as the “Driver Coercion” rule took effect. It prohibits carriers, shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries from trying to make drivers violate federal regulations. Among the concerns the rule addresses is limits on hours of service. This government rule comes on top of a push from inside the industry to promote risk management, including driver safety and the reduction of preventable crash rates that impact the cost of insurance. Fleet tracking devices with GPS are being installed, even by smaller carriers, to ensure that drivers don’t speed, exceed their hours or stray from their routes. Drivers, carriers, shippers and…

Making Sure a U.S. Trucking Crisis Is Not Your Problem

Making Sure a U.S. Trucking Crisis Is Not Your Problem There’s a serious and growing shortage of long-haul truckers in the U.S. that is driving small freight-hauling companies right off road. By some estimates the U.S. is light about 40,000 truck drivers, a number that could double as the economy improves. As a result, there are available trucks, loaded with cargo, sitting idle for lack of a qualified driver. If you’ve seen the statistics, you and your supply chain professions might be worried. We want you to know that the changes are not affecting our customers. At ICAT Logistics DTW, our transport partners are large, dependable and thoroughly vetted. And although most of our domestic shipments are by truck, we’re increasing our mix of trucks and trains to get your shipments where you want them, safe, and on time. Earlier this year ICAT Logistics clients voted our national operation to the SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners’ List.” The honor was based on our outstanding service, creative…

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: How Large Freight Is Shipped Across the Country

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: How Large Freight Is Shipped Across the Country Domestic shipping is a major business, and did you also know its a pretty good indicator of how well the United States economy is performing? According to Business Insider, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffet prefers tracking railroad activity, but data shows that rail activity is just a small part of a major industry. Every five years, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics runs the Commodity Flow Survey (most recently 2012), which follows certain types of goods across the country and the means they take to get there. In 2012, more than $13.6 trillion worth of freight made its way around the U.S., and trucking accounted for a dominating $10 trillion. Trucking also eclipsed rail, water, and air when it came to total weight shipped with upwards of 8 billion tons. Rail was the next closest with just shy of 2 billion tons. However, just because trucking dominated dollar value and total weight, doesn’t mean it was putting in the most legwork – in fact, just the opposite. The…


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