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National Tire Safety Week

“National Tire Safety Week” has just passed and Q Ship USA would like to remind you of the importance of checking your vehicles tires before every trip.

According to Trucking Info, not only do these inspections help save lives, the cost benefit of having well maintained tires is high! Studies have shown that tire under inflation by as little as 10% can result in a 1.5% drop in fuel economy, and under inflation by 20% results in a 30% reduction in tire life.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association sponsors National Tire Safety Week as a way of raising awareness about the importance of maintaining tires in working condition.  “National Tire Safety Week is an opportunity for the tire industry to focus its collective efforts to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care,” says Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. “Regular tire maintenance is critical to promoting a safe driving experience; optimizing fuel efficiency and maximizing tire tread life.”

These reasons highlight the importance of checking your tires often.According to the article, the ATA is aware from many government and industry studies that tire inflation maintenance is not good across the industry. This is the right time to be reminding drivers across the nation the significance of tire maintenance.

Here are 5 things to look out for when reviewing your tires:

1.      Inflation (Pressure Checks)

2.      Inflation (Balance Across Duals)

3.      Inflation (Automatic Tire Inflation Systems & Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

4.      Cuts & Damages

5.      Irregular Wear

With summer here, and the excessive heat it brings along, means tires will be exposed to additional damage. Spread the awareness to other drivers and technicians to improve tire quality and fuel economy. “Nobody likes tire maintenance, but it’s critical to safe and profitable operation.”

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Heading Higher

 

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Heading Higher

 

Linehaul rates for truckload shipping continue to rise, according to the latest Cass Linehaul Rate Index. On average, North American shippers paid 7.2% more in July of this year than last in their truckload linehaul rates.

With the concentrated 2014 bid season now over, and more than 95% of the public carriers’ freight based on contract rates, it is likely that the new contracts contain significantly higher rates than the ones they replaced, according to the investment firm Avondale Partners, which partners with Cass Information Systems to publish the index.

“The message on supply and demand is the same, freight volumes are growing, despite a June decline that should prove to be a brief seasonal dip, and capacity continues to shrink as a high number of carriers are exiting the business,” said Avondale.

When it comes to rate expectations, Avondale Partners said, “We continue to expect truckload pricing to rise 4-6% in 2014, with the higher end looking increasingly likely.”

Meantime, intermodal shippers also continue to see increased transportation costs in 2014, with all-in intermodal costs up 3.4% in July year over year, according to the Cass Intermodal Price Index.
With all these new inflations, the smart thing to do would be to rely on a trustworthy freight broker, like Q Ship USA, to get you the best prices and the best service your shipment deserves.

Trucking Safety Must Be A Higher Priority For The U.S, NTSB Says

 

Trucking Safety Must Be A Higher Priority For The U.S, NTSB Says.

By Jorge Garzon

 

Trucking fatalities have increased in large numbers over the past four years, as highway regulators have failed to act upon more than 100 recommendations to improve truck and trucker safety.

Being in the era of technology, priorities must change in 2015 in regards to trucking safety. Anti- auto collision technology is now on the market. There must be better limits on driver hours and tightened regulations of trucking companies with high accident rates.

In June, 2014, a truck belonging to a large chain store crashed into a limo van on the NJ Turnpike which was occupied by famous personalities.  The crash left five seriously injured and one dead. When investigators examined the truck driver’s log book, they came to realize that he had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the accident. The driver rear ended the limo van with his 18 wheeler by going 65mph in a 45mph zone at the time of the accident.

In the lawsuit against the chain store, the attorneys stated: “They were careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused many to suffer severe personal injuries.”

This accident shed new light in regards to America’s 2 million truckers who are involved in crashes that kill almost 4,000 people a year. The National Transportation Safety Board director Donald Karol said “There’s a whole suite of technology that’s ready to help reduce crashes.”

The NTSB is urging truckers to make it a mandatory feature on all trucks to use sensors to warn truck drivers when they’re about to strike someone from behind or to alert the driver when a vehicle changes lanes.

The NTSB, which examines transportation accidents, has no regulatory authority. It uses its annual Most Wanted Transportation Improvements List to highlight the areas most in need of improvement. This year it focuses on lowering the amount of distracted, drug and alcohol impaired, or fatigued drivers.

Q Ship USA guarantees that the drivers out on the road deliver your freight with the royal service it deserves, and they are dedicated to get your shipment delivered on time safe and secure. You Can Rest Assured!

 

Trucking Industry Faces Uphill Battle To Recruit Drivers

 

Trucking Industry Faces Uphill Battle To Recruit Drivers

 

The trucking industry’s marketing catchphrase for years has been, “If you’ve got it, a truck brought it.” But as trucks increasingly sit idle because of a growing shortage of drivers, the slogan might morph to: “If you can’t find it, there were no trucks to bring it.”

Already, there are up to 40,000 truck driver openings going unfilled nationwide, and it’s only going to get worse. According to the American Trucking Associations  association, more than a million new drivers will be needed over the next 10 years as demand for shipping by truck grows, and more aging baby boomer drivers retire. The average age of truckers is now nearly 50 nationwide, up from 40 less than a decade ago.

Recruiting drivers is a key initiative of the state and national trucking associations, but it’s not an easy task, said Rodrigo Suarez, an economist for the national group. Nationwide, the industry is pushing to make truck-driver training “more commonplace in community colleges”.

“There’s some misconception of what trucking is all about,” he said. “It’s more professional and safe than most people realize. But it’s also a very scrutinous industry, which requires a high level of professionalism and stringent background checks. It’s tough to find qualified applicants.”

 

Are you supervising your online reputation?

 

Are you supervising your online reputation?

By Jorge Garzon

 

Let’s face it, the majority of people all ages nowadays are more connected to the internet than ever; and the statistics don’t seem to be going down. With technology playing a huge role in our everyday lives, businesses around the globe see opportunities to broaden their publicity by stimulating public interest and putting their names all over the sites millions of visit.

However, although having your name all over the internet can be good for publicity; chances are you’re going to run into some bad reviews.

 

Not only are companies using paid advertisements to get their name out there, but there are also many free online directories that people go on to review a business and help other people looking for the same product, food, or service. People now find themselves searching the company on Google to find out more information about a business and see what others have to say about them.

 

Why is this important? Because the customers already have a first impression of your business before they even contact you, by reading reviews other customers have left; either good or bad. Ratings usually range from 1-5 stars and comments can really drive away or motivate a customer to call you.  Sites such as yelp.com has thousands of businesses listed with even more reviews on each business. It Helps people find reliable local businesses. Having 138 million monthly users in Q2 of 2014, and having over 61 million local reviews, people really seem to want to know what others think of a business before the interact with them.

 

Although not every business is perfect, and especially in the freight brokerage company some problems may arise from time to time, handling a bad review or complaint that is resolved promptly after a series of “good” reviews looks excellent for public relations. A way to handle a negative review is to introduce yourself, thank them for the review, apologize, acknowledge their complaint and explain what you have done to address it. Invite them to respond or if necessary contact you offline. If the comment is unsubstantiated, Always take the high road and offer to resolve the issue offline. Other eyes will be watching.

GPS: Leading Truckers Down the Wrong Road?

 

GPS: Leading Truckers Down the Wrong Road?

 

The most useful navigational and route plotting tool since the Atlas, GPS technology is available inexpensively on virtually every communications device from smartphones to note pads to laptops and widely used by motorists — especially commercial truck drivers — to successfully wind their way through America’s highway systems. But using GPS can lead truckers into disastrous situations, especially if drivers are relying on routing technology not specifically designed for commercial vehicles.

 

While navigation systems are becoming increasingly commonplace in the nation’s commercial vehicles, the impact that these devices have on driver behavior, decision-making and safety is not fully understood, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). According to ATRI, there is mounting anecdotal evidence that GPS navigation units are being blamed for large truck crashes where bridge strikes and other crashes in which the truck driver was using a navigation system designed for passenger vehicles.

 

In a move to help educate truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun distributing cards to truck drivers warning them that using navigation GPS devices meant for smaller vehicles can be dangerous. FMCSA posted its official recommendations on its website as a “visor card,” meant for drivers to keep in their trucks.

 

Using a freight broker like Q Ship USA, you can be confident knowing that your shipment is being driven by a responsible and educated driver. We use the best carriers out there, ensuring its safe journey and arrival.

Getting Creative! Slight Change results in less damage

 

Curved Upper Edge on Trailers Avoids Tree-Branch Damage

 

The idea came from truck bodies, but Darry Stuart put it to use on trailers.

Damage to trailers from overhanging tree branches got Darry Stuart to thinking.

Stuart, a contract maintenance manager under his DWS Fleet Services considered the problem faced by a wholesale grocery fleet and came up with a solution: a curved leading upper edge.

“The curved upper edges have been used on truck bodies for years,” he notes, “so I figured they’d work on trailers, even if no one offered them. What I was after was to reduce damage from branches” said Darry.

Tree limbs are common above streets and country highways and usually can’t be avoided. Branches hit against the roofs and corner caps of trailers because they get stuck against metal pieces. He reasoned that curved surfaces up there would let the branches slide past harmlessly.

Stuart talked with designers at Hyundai and got them to incorporate a curved surface. He settled for galvanized steel. It cost very little more than a standard design.

The damage done to these trailers has been greatly reduced, he says. “And if they do get damaged, it’s easy to fix because you don’t get into the roof.” The curved top nose rails should help them last that long.

Cheap Pallet Wrap Can Cost More in Terms of Damage to Freight

UK – EUROPE – According to pallet wrapping specialists Golden Valley, there is anecdotal evidence which suggests that Police forces across mainland Europe are robustly enforcing laws on cargo security which require anyone transporting palletised loads to be able to demonstrate that the pallet wrap used to secure each pallet has been applied to measurable parameters. Whether or not this is correct, common sense dictates that correct wrapping of pallets on certain types of freight is essential to maintain both safety and security standards.

For many shippers, the cost factor alone when insufficiently secured goods topple from a pallet is the key point to consider. Better to pay for a packaging product to a guaranteed standard, than a cheap copy which will fail at the crucial moment a fork lift offers a pallet up to the back of a vehicle, causing the goods to crash to the floor below.

At Q Ship USA, the experienced drivers who are transporting your freight will make sure that everything is packaged safe and secure. Even without the police enforcing it, good judgement and care will ensure your shipments safe arrival.

Q Ship USA Exhibiting at Upcoming Trade Show Kosherfest

Q Ship USA is exhibiting at various B2B Trade Shows all over the USA. At this time we are happy to announce attendance at the 2014 Kosherfest Tradeshow, November 11th & 12th in Secaucus, NJ.

Upcoming B2B tradeshow Kosherfest, at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, is most important for businesses in the kosher food industry, attracting a diverse community of attendees who share a common goal: growing their businesses and showcasing their latest products.

Q Ship USA will be attending Kosherfest as an exhibitor, offering its acclaimed suite of shipping

options to the industry’s leading food service businesses. At the annual B2B tradeshow, Q Ship

USA will introduce the kosher community’s leading businesses to innovative and customized

shipping strategies.

At Q Ship USA, we’re here to help every company by finding the best ways to move products

into new markets. As a Freight Broker and Forwarder, we help every client chart a path to

greater success. At Kosherfest, and all future B2B Trade Shows that Q Ship USA will be

attending, we are ready to help attendees cut costs, blaze trails, and discover opportunity by

demonstrating our new technology of getting instant freight quotes and tracking shipments

online.

 

We at Q Ship USA pride ourselves in delivering to our clients “The Royal Service Your Freight

Deserves”.

Shipping Fun Facts

Did you know??

 

  • The trucking industry logs in a year an estimated 432.9 billion miles – enough to circle the world 17 million times!

 

  • There are about 15.5 million commercial trucks in the United States. If U.S. trucks stacked end to end they would exactly reach the moon!  (240,000 mi)

 

  • The trucking industry is responsible for the transportation of 9.2 billion tons of freight, which is 67% of the total tonnage shipped in the U.S. every year! Without the trucking industry, how would we survive?!

 

  • Simply put; without trucks – America stops. To move 9.2 billion tons of freight annually requires nearly 3 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3 million truck drivers. It also takes over 37 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Wow! That’s an awful lot involved.

 

  • There are 6.8 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2010, excluding the self-employed! Makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger, doesn’t it?