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Eliminating Friction in the Supply Chain
Preparing for the Next ELD Mandate
Trucking News: the Latest in Freight
The New Faces of Trucking
3 Ways Shippers are Eliminating Friction with Supply Chain ManagementAs they say, necessity is the mother of invention. While the pandemic has created major congestion in the supply chain, this friction has forced shippers to be creative and seek out new technology solutions to keep business moving. By using technology solutions to tighten up supply chain management and fleet safety, shippers have addressed immediate concerns while paving lucrative new paths forward. Read on to learn how shippers are using freight technology to eliminate friction and get a bigger piece of the pie. 1. Choose the Right Supply Chain Management Solution A strong supply chain requires businesses that continuously evolve and adopt new processes. And that means getting equipped with the right set of tools and knowing the options that provide frictionless operations. Many hardware and software providers have recently been increasing their development of new tech solutions for the supply chain. This new technology aims to assist the fearless frontline freight professionals of America, with focus on safety and efficiency so shippers and carriers can stay both competitive and...
The Road Ahead: Preparing for the Canadian ELD MandateUS - Canada border highway direction sign Whether you track hours of service using ERDs, paper logs, or ELDs, soon your processes and technology will need an overhaul. Starting June 12, 2021, any truck, tractor, or trailer with a total registered gross vehicle weight greater than 4,500 kilograms must replace paper or electronic logs with certified electronic logging devices (ELDs). While the new Canadian ELD rules are similar to American legislation, there are a few key differences. The most important difference is third-party certification, which gives the Canadian ELD mandate more teeth. What can fleet operators do to prepare? Keep reading for a few helpful tips. How Fleet Operators Can Prepare When speaking of the June 12 timeline, the Minister of Transport says he is “firmly committed.” There will be a progressive enforcement period, and fleet operators will be given adequate time to install certified ELDs without penalty. However, no one knows when this “grandfather period” will end. If you do business in Canada, now’s the time to start transitioning to ELDs....
Trending Trucking NewsGo slow: It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week When it comes to highway construction, the price of progress includes flaggers and cones, narrower lanes, sudden stops, frustrating delays, shifting traffic patterns, uneven road surfaces and more risk. This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, a time to bring attention to the critical issue of safety in and around work zones. Commercial vehicles are overrepresented in fatal work zone crashes, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has an entire campaign for with tips that dispatchers and drivers can use to navigate these areas safely and efficiently. Among them:
- Know before you go. A little research into your route can go a long way. Drivers and dispatchers can work together to plan ahead, make adjustments and possibly avoid work zones altogether.
- Expect changes. The size and scope of work zones can change quickly. Expect new traffic patterns and stay alert for workers, signs, cones, barrels and flaggers even when a work zone is on your regular route.
- Slow down. In 2019, nearly one quarter of all fatal work zone crashes involved rear-end collisions. Speed was a contributing factor in more than 31 percent of fatal work zone crashes...