Transportation TIP List: Week of September 25th, 2016

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down and fall is officially upon us. And while we’re excited about all of the festive changes that the new season brings, we’re even more thrilled about some of the positive developments that are happening in the transportation industry. This week’s TIP List includes new logistics innovations, changing FMCSA regulations and increasing retail sales. Dive in to all of the details below!

  • The Feds Just Got Real about Self-Driving Cars: The idea of autonomous cars used to be farfetched, but that has begun to change. Within the past year, the government has defined what it means to be a driver, put new guidelines in place and implemented more industry regulations.
  • New Food Safety Regulation Impact Truckers: A new checklist of rules implemented by the FDA aims to help manufacturers make their products safer while on the road. The rules fall most heavily on food manufacturers, but they also impact truckers.
  • Texas Legislators to Consider Higher Truck Weights: A heavyweight fight is brewing over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways. On one side are producers of plastic and forest products, and on the other are communities near ports, railroads, and independent drivers.

What are some of the positive industry trends you’re keeping tabs on this week?

Transportation TIP List: Week of September 18th, 2016

With the NFL season off to an official start, we’ve been thinking about how many transportation and supply chain technology advancements are out there to tackle. Here’s to hoping we see some big gains in ELD adoption, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and other trending topics on our TIP List this week. Check out the blitz of stories below!

  • Hanjin Says U.S.-bound Ship is Being Held ‘Hostage’: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd., the failed South Korean container carrier, says a U.S.-bound vessel was held “hostage” by disputes over payments, adding to the struggles in getting $14 billion of cargo off its ships stranded at sea.
  • Five Tips for Managing Your Logistics More Effectively: The more steps in your logistics plan, the more efficient your entire process needs to be. If several different materials need to be supplied to a certain location at different times, your supply chain not only needs to be efficient, but also able to quickly respond to problems as they arise.
  • Capacity Crisis, Rate Boom Likely in the Coming Year: The regulatory swath barreling toward the trucking industry — highlighted by ELDs and greenhouse gas emissions standards —could push the trucking industry into a full-fledged capacity crisis as soon as late next year.

What top technology trends are on your radar this week? Has a Fresh, New Look!

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Siphiwe Baleka Talks Living Healthy While on the Road

At our recent Shipper Symposium, keynote speaker Siphiwe Baleka took the main stage to discuss the importance of living healthy while on the road as a truck driver. A former world-class competitive swimmer, Baleka is unofficially titled the “Fittest Truck Driver in America” because of his combined success as an entrepreneur and a health and fitness coach for truck drivers across the country. Baleka’s presentation addressed his firsthand experience with food and fitness while driving, as well as how he overcame the challenges of having inadequate access to good nutrition and exercise while on the job as a truck driver. Here are the key takeaways from his presentation.

The Issue at Hand: Truck Driver Health

Truck driving is one of the unhealthiest professions in America, as 69% of truck drivers are obese. Since these drivers lack access to a kitchen, a way to store food and appropriate exercise facilities, Baleka compares long haul truck driving to being an astronaut in outer space without the proper space suit.

And there is a direct connection between the health of a truck driver and the amount of accidents they may get in. This makes the health of truck drivers an issue that everyone should be concerned about because we all share the roads.




After recognizing this problem, Baleka saw that there was “a nutrition and fitness program for everyone in America, except one that was designed specifically for long haul truck driving in their unique environment.” He set out to create such a program in order to boost truck driver health, longevity and overall wellbeing.

Health: The Prerequisite to Everything That You Want to Do

When Baleka posed the question, “What’s most important to you?” many responded with “family.” While family is important, Baleka pointed out, “Your health is the prerequisite for taking care of your family, doing your job and living your life. Health is the most important thing. When it comes to your health, in the moment of truth, when you have to decide to go do your workout, you’re not actively thinking of the consequences.”

Changing Your Mindset: Considering the Consequences

As individuals, we are motivated to work hard at our jobs, complete tasks and strive to be successful, because if we don’t, there are going to be consequences.

However, we hardly look at our health through this lens. Each time that an individual has an unhealthy meal or skips a workout, they fail to think about the negative long-term health consequences. By changing that person’s mindset about nutrition and exercise to focusing on long term consequences, his or her life will have a healthier outcome overall.

Optimal Health and the Abundant Life

Siphiwe Baleka’s main goal for himself and when working with clients is to reach “Optimal Health.” When you live a healthy lifestyle with limited stress, healthy eating and exercise, you increase your vitality. This is what Baleka calls being “fit in all areas of your life.” An increase in vitality leads to a growth of opportunities and experiences in everything that you do and want to do, or what he refers to as an ‘Abundant Life’.”

The Four Minute Movement

The “Four Minute Movement” is what Baleka has created to help anyone, especially truck drivers, lose weight. He helps individuals “turn their metabolism on” by exercising for four minutes with maximum intensity and eat lean proteins every three hours. He says this is something “everyone can do, not just truck drivers, but before a shift at your computer, too!”

To learn more about what Siphiwe Baleka had to say about the strategies and importance of living healthy while on the road as a truck driver, watch the video from Shipper Symposium below!


ELD Survey Series: The Data, the Facts and How ELDs Affect Carriers


By: Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Consulting

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, created to improve safety within the transportation industry, is currently the hot topic on everyone’s mind. ELDs synchronize with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record driving time for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) logging, which translates to greater safety on the road.

Carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline – those using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017, and those using AOBRDS prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than December 16, 2019.

This mandate has left both shippers and carriers with many questions about how the industry is going to react to the full transition to these devices, such as:

  • How will this impact driver productivity?
  • Will drivers leave the industry as a result of ELD implementation?
  • Will smaller carriers close up and leave the industry?
  • How will this impact industry capacity moving forward?

The Electronic Logging Device Survey

Recently, Transplace surveyed over 2000 carriers in order to gain insight into the implementation preparedness of transportation carriers and the expected industry impact of the widespread use of these devices. The survey included responses from more than 500 carriers and allowed Transplace to hear directly from our carrier partners and gain first-hand insight into how they are responding to the mandate and their expectations for how the use of ELDs will impact their businesses.

One of the key takeaways from the survey shed light on how ELDs are being implemented across the transportation industry. Most importantly, we learned that ELD device implementation varies by fleet size, with large fleets leading the implementation charge. The study revealed a significant difference in the amount of implemented ELD devices between large and small fleets:

  • 81% of large fleets with more than 250 trucks reported that they had achieved full ELD implementation, with the remaining 19% currently working towards implementation.
  • However, small fleets of less than 250 trucks have been much slower to integrate ELDs, with only 33% having fully integrated ELD devices into their fleet.
  • Another 29% have begun the implementation process, while the remaining 38% stated that they have no immediate plans to begin implementation.
  • One response noted, “I am a very small fleet with only two trucks. I have just begun doing my homework on the program and will implement it by December 1, 2016.”

ELD Impact on Small Carrier Fleets

The implementation of ELD devices has been significantly slower for carriers with smaller fleets, and while some carriers are still researching the different technologies and creating implementation plans, others indicated that they are holding out in hopes that the mandate will be overturned in court. For example, one carrier responded to the survey by saying, “I will sell out first” and another remarked: “Hoping this is overturned in court. Will comply when all efforts have been exhausted.”

This slow rate of EDL adoption by small carriers, a significant part of the nation’s truckload capacity, is a real concern for shippers and a threat to continued access to capacity to meet shipper volumes. And while a lot can happen between now and when the mandate takes full effect on December 16, 2017, most carriers – large and small – anticipate a noticeable impact to utilization and capacity.

You can find more information about the ELD Survey here, and be on the lookout for part 2 of this series coming up on Logistically Speaking.

How is the ELD mandate affecting your organization?

Transportation TIP List: Week of September 11th, 2016

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation week, we’re saluting trucking heroes here on Logistically Speaking. These drivers excel at one of our nation’s most important and demanding jobs, and they definitely deserve our appreciation! In this week’s TIP List, we’ve highlighted some of the top trucking trends that take an in-depth look at what it means to be a trucking hero. Read on for more!

  • ATA Leads National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 11-17: “Truck drivers are safe, dedicated individuals who help provide our daily goods and I hope the public celebrates and thanks all 3.5 million of them during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
  • Nearly 92, Woman Fulfills Dream to Drive Big Rig: The rumble of the diesel dynamo, the scream and hiss of the air brakes and 18 wheels rolling along the pavement: “It was exciting!” exclaimed Louise Spencer, 91, who lives in St. Anthony, Minnesota.
  • CDL or Bust: Students Train to Become Truckers: In an era of a persistent driver shortage, Transport Topics decided to take a look at a small slice of the segment of men and women who will be driving America’s trucks in the years to come by following a driver training school class.

What are some of your favorite stories of truck drivers on the road?

Be sure to stay tuned here on the blog and on our social media channels for more special National Truck Driver Appreciation Week activities!

Thank you, Truck Drivers!

Happy National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! Truck drivers represent the backbone of our country and are a part of our lives on a daily basis by delivering the items that we need or want.

We know it’s not an easy profession or lifestyle and that’s why we’re so thankful for our country’s valuable truck drivers. We’re highlighting just how much we revere these road warriors on our Logistically Speaking blog every day this week – in fact – see what our CEO, Tom Sanderson, and President and COO, Frank McGuigan, had to say about truck drivers. And stay tuned for other special posts that will go up during the week.


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How are you thankful for truck drivers? Share with us in the comments below!


National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2016: Thank You Truck Drivers

By: Tom Sanderson, CEO and Frank McGuigan, President & Chief Operating Officer, Transplace

This week, September 12th-16th, is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and we wanted to take some time to say “thank you” to all of the hardworking truckers on the road. Truck drivers play a huge role in our everyday life and our country’s economy, and they deserve our deepest respect and gratitude.

To all professional truck drivers: thank you for all of the long hours you put in. These dedicated individuals haul 9.2 billion tons of freight annually to feed us, shelter us, and keep this economy rolling. Hauling that much freight requires nearly 3 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and 3.5 million drivers. And these suppliers of capacity are the backbone of transportation here in the United States. Over 80% of communities in the U.S. today depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities. These dedicated drivers drove over 279 billion miles in 2014, which is more than double that of 25 years ago.

We also want to recognize truck drivers for their incredible record of safety on our highways. For every 100 million miles driven by truck drivers, incredibly only 1.44 fatalities have occurred. Driving a truck is truly a hard job, and we’re always trying to work with shippers to help make that job just a little bit easier and support our country’s drivers.

This week means a lot to us and we’ll be highlighting it all week here on Logistically Speaking to help celebrate truck drivers and showcase our appreciation in a number of ways. Stay tuned for much more to come, and be sure to share your thanks with a truck driver this week.




How will you celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week?


Your Next Transportation Management System: TMS 2.0 – Part 1: The Supply Chain Never Sleeps

mike-dieterBy: Mike Dieter, CTO, Transplace

The supply chain never sleeps. At all hours of the day and night, shipments are moving, data is being produced and exchanged and external factors that can impact your operations can arise. In part one of this two-part blog series, I’ll explain how today’s advanced technology systems now give you the visibility and capabilities necessary to control your supply chain more effectively than ever before.

An Agile Supply Chain with TMS 2.0

What if you wake up one morning to find out that there is a blizzard in the northeast, and you have 100 times-sensitive shipments heading into Boston that day? What do you do? For organizations with a traditional or out-of-date transportation management system (TMS), your ability to respond is limited. Fortunately, the days of TMS that only allow you to create a shipment and track it are gone.

The next generation of TMS now allows organizations to harness data from multiple sources and apply it to deliver a real, sustainable impact on your logistics and supply chain operations. Gathering data and monitoring shipments is only the beginning. Some systems can even predict the future and alert shippers of potential disruptions, such as severe weather, and allow you to proactively take steps to address those disruptions in order to maintain smooth operations and high levels of customer service.

What a Next-Gen TMS Looks Like

As the supply chain has evolved, so too has the TMS technology that allows shippers to access and leverage data, including the ability to combine internet data with logistics data. A true “TMS 2.0” can incorporate a graphical view of shipments and active dashboards of key performance indicators (KPIs), including:

  • Active shipments
  • On-time arrivals/departures
  • Carrier performance
  • DOE fuel index

Additionally, information from the web, including weather and traffic alerts, should also be integrated with shipment data to give organizations a 360 degree view of their transportation network at all times. This “control tower” type of approach to transportation management gives shippers a singular, all-encompassing, real-time view of their supply chain. Being a cloud application, this type of TMS provides organizations with a data center application at a significantly lower cost of ownership.

It’s also important to remember that shippers that are diving into the next generation of TMS solutions can trust their 3PL provider to leverage its inherent technical and industry expertise to help leverage all of these new capabilities and data possibilities. As technology progresses, TMS providers can help deliver a next-gen experience that will take your supply chain operations to the next level and beyond. These logistics providers have the experienced personnel to support your business and keep your shipments out of that impending blizzard.

In part 2 of this two-part series, I’ll discuss the specific software, data and analytics that are an important part of a true “TMS 2.0.” Stay tuned!

Is your organization considering implementing a “TMS 2.0”?

*Note: A version of this article originally appeared in CIO Magazine.

Transportation TIP List: Week of September 4th, 2016

Autumn’s arrival brings shorter days, colorful foliage and pumpkin-spiced everything. But even if trendy lattes aren’t your beverage of choice, our first TIP List of the fall season is showcasing some of the trendiest transportation and supply chain topics. Below you’ll find details on the truck driver shortage, artificial intelligence and how the U.S. intermodal rail network is going to take on this year’s bumper crop harvest.

  • Trucks Continue to Haul Most NAFTA Freight by Value, DOT Says: Trucks remained the most heavily-used mode for moving goods to and from the United States and its NAFTA trade partners. According to the DOT, trucks accounted for $31.2 billion of the $49.2 billion of imports, or 63.5%, and $29.4 billion of the $43.5 billion of exports, or 67.5%.
  • Truck Driver Shortage Is A Shortage Of Imagination: In the U.S., the driver shortfall is estimated at around 50,000 drivers, and age distribution of the 850,000 currently on the road suggests it will get significantly worse in the next five to ten years. This problem is not new.
  • Six Trends Impacting the Trucking Industry: From increasingly stringent fuel efficiency regulations to the regionalization of fleets, a number of trends continue to impact the North American trucking industry. Here’s a look at six of the top trends within the segment.
  • AI May Take Over the World, But it Won’t Improve Forecasting: You may have heard that Stephen Hawking, and others, has warned that super-intelligent machines “could spell the end of the human race.” But before AI does take over the world, can supply chain practitioners use it to improve supply chain operations? Don’t hold your breath.
  • US Intermodal Rail Network Primed for Expected Bumper Harvest: U.S. exporters are bracing for what could be another historic harvest this year, providing Western railroads with more intermodal cargo. The intermodal network is primed to accommodate that load, and healthy competition from markets overseas should relieve pressure on intermodal equipment demands.

What are some of the trends that you’re watching as we head into fall?