Trucking Updates: What You Need to Know This Month

  Freight Index:  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, freight transported via trucks, rail, air, waterways and pipelines decreased nationwide by 0.8% in June.1  The loss was mainly suffered by trucks and waterways while freight via air, intermodal and rail carloads saw an increase in freight.1 Self-Driving Trucks:  Nevada may be seeing its first test …

Shippers/Carriers Hit Hard by Chargebacks

  Vendor chargebacks can be costly, with shippers and carriers being hit hard with financial deductions on their invoice for a number of violations.  Common chargebacks include late/early shipment arrivals, paperwork errors, invalid advance ship notices (ASNs), utilizing the wrong carrier, incorrect packaging/labeling, shortages, damage…the list goes on.  Examples of penalties from one such vendor include 10% off the total …

Cargo Theft Declines in Second Quarter

  CargoNet recently released its quarterly cargo theft report for the U.S. and Canada.  Here were their findings: How Many: *Cargo theft was down in 2017’s 2nd quarter, decreasing from 358 supply chain risk incidents (these include theft of vehicles and cargo as well as fraud) in 1Q 2017 to 296 in 2Q, a 53% drop when compared to the …

Trucking Company Owners Accused of Lying About Spoiled Products to Collect Insurance Money

  Whereas Road Scholar Transport takes several measures to ensure that your temperature sensitive cargo does not lose its integrity during the transportation process, one trucking company duo did everything in their power to assure that it did. Alexei Legassov and Ekaterina Khlaponina, both of Palm Coast, FL, owned/managed numerous trucking companies operating in NJ.  Among these were Akmos Trade …

Win a Flat Screen TV with Road Scholar’s NFL Challenge!

  The 2017 NFL season kicks off Thursday, September 7th with the Chiefs taking on the Patriots and Road Scholar Transport has your chance to watch all of the sports’ action on a brand new flat screen TV! Road Scholar Transport’s NFL Challenge is FREE to play and prizes are awarded weekly with an overall grand prize winner chosen at …

Customer Retention Suffers as Drivers Lack Quality/Skill

Drivers are said to be one of (if not the most) important asset for trucking companies.  Not only are they responsible for the successful and safe transportation of products, but overall act as brand ambassadors for their company, often spending more time with customers than traditional salesmen.  The impression they leave behind plays a large role in customer retention as …

New Study Releases SMS Recommendations

  In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) replaced the previous SafeStat System with a new Safety Measurement System (SMS) in an effort to quantify the performance of drivers and carriers as well as identify those who are at high risk of an accident.  Since then, groups have been lashing out over the misrepresentation of publicized motor carrier …

FMCSA Suggests a Dozen Regulations to be Considered for Elimination

  Last January, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”).  In order to comply with the order, which would eliminate two “burdensome regulations” for every one new regulatory action, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) presented a PowerPoint containing a list of a dozen rules that they suggest …

How Much Do Product Recalls Really Cost?

  Recall…a dreaded word that no manufacturer wants to hear, sparking media attention, hampering your hard earned reputation, and no doubt posing a financial burden on your company.  Thousands of recalls happen every year and the number of cases has been growing. One of the factors attributing to such increases over recent years is greater “outsourcing and captive offshoring of …

Proposals Would Make it Easier to Obtain CDL, Aid in Driver Shortage

  Yesterday, two proposals brought forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were published in the Federal Register and would make it easier to obtain a commercial driver’s license. The first proposal, The Commercial Learner’s Permit Validity rule, would extend the expiration date on a CDL learner’s permit from the current 6 months to one year before the individual …