Ways to Reduce Fuel Use in Truck Fleets

As we have heard before, driver training and education on how to run their vehicles appropriately and efficiently is one of the most important pieces in proper fuel use.  The article talks about how the driver “may have as much as a 20 to 30% impact on over fuel efficiency”. When this is summed across a whole fleet, or across all of the trucking fields of one nation alone, the results can be staggering.

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How Mexican Shippers Are Protecting Their Cargo

Since the truck drivers in Mexico are the ones moving a super-majority of the cargo, they have decided to take matters into their own hands as much as possible.  The truckers utilize 24 hour “cargo monitoring desks”, where they are able to track the movement of shipments and can be notified if things go wrong. They work to stay vigilant about the whereabouts of the shipments.

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Multiple Labels for Dangerous Cargo Leads to Confusion

When an ocean carrier is transporting a dangerous cargo load, the items need to be declared as such.  However, there are a “myriad of different cargo classifications and codes” that are causing confusion among those involved with the products.  This confusion is dangerous, because differing labels may prompt different product care.

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Concealed Damage Claim Tips from CDS

In their overview of concealed damage claim tips, CDS talks about how these claims are “the most difficult type of claim to recover”.  One thing that makes this type of claim a bit more challenging is the limited time frame; they have to be reported to the carrier within five days.  Although this may sound difficult, it is not impossible to resolve situations involving concealed damage.

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TSI Email System

The rise of tech-based communication has added an element of efficiency and timeliness to communication efforts.  However, just like standard snail-mail, there is still the slight possibility that emails and other forms of electronic communication may face incorrect handling, accidental deletion, get lost or rejected, or even corrupted.  Because of this, it is important that all mail of a critical nature utilizes a secondary verification process to ensure that delivery was successfully completed.

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The Supply Chain: Robots Shouldn’t Replace People

A lot of big companies, such as Walmart, are testing the waters when it comes to using robots and AI in their supply chains.  The general thought on automated technology is that it will be good for business: it is efficient and mostly cost effective. The robots can also perform more reliably and consistently in some cases.  However, there are a variety of reasons why the supply chain should never move to be fully automated.

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Amazon Talks about Moves into FedEx, UPS Shipping Territory

Because Amazon is already set up to deliver products to homes already, any extra surcharges are already factored into the cost of purchase.  This way, the consumer won’t be hit with any added cost that they might see if their product was brought to them by way of FedEx or UPS. By taking more of the delivering into their own hands, Amazon will begin to break away from the U.S. Postal Service, among other carriers.

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