FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLESFully autonomous commercial vehicles raise questions of being a danger or a solution.

By Susan Beardslee

Long-haul trucking remains challenged by the ability to hire and retain enough skilled drivers. As e-commerce continues to increase exponentially, drivers are aging out and the driver shortage will grow from 50,000 today, in the United States alone, to more than 174,000 over the next eight years, according to the American Trucking Associations, with turnover at larger fleets at 88 percent, despite increasing wages and incentives. Trucking companies, focusing on sufficient profitability, while battling price competition may need to seek new solutions. 

 CYBER ATTACKSHaul trucking is becoming a target for cyber attacks.

By Zach Thompson

Tesla, Yahoo and Equifax. Some of the most sophisticated companies and organizations on the cutting edge of technology are falling victim to malicious cyber attacks and evolving cryptocurrency threats.  

WINTERIZECompanies need to take frigid weather into consideration when shipping.

By Randy Swart

When shippers choose a transportation provider, generally they look at the provider’s rate of on-time deliveries, service area and the solutions offered for the types of products to be shipped. Different products have different shipping needs; for example, a shipment of lumber is going to have different shipping requirements than a load of frozen vegetables. However, some products will have different shipping needs during different seasons, which shippers need to keep in mind when selecting a carrier.

VERIZON TELEMATICSYou can leverage technology to help create a safety culture.

By Todd Ewing

The National Safety Council estimates that 2016 may have been the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007, with more than 40,000 fatalities. Millions of people across the United States use the roads every day for work, but this daily activity can come with a high risk of injury or death. For anyone who drives for a living, or business owners and managers who send workers driving out in the field, this harsh reality has major implications on their organizations.

TAX REFORMYou can capitalize on the Tax Reform’s opportunities with thorough planning.

By Randolph Smith, Douglas Wood and Russell Norris

Now that the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 has officially been signed into law, there is a clearer picture of the effect it will have on transportation and logistics companies. The new tax law greatly reduces corporate rates, sets new limits on the deductibility of interest, offers full expensing on qualifying new and used equipment purchases, repeals like-kind exchanges on equipment and the itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee driver expenses, and has a number of international taxation implications. These complex changes require detailed analysis and provide ample tax-planning opportunities. Many tax decisions made during 2018 will have long-term ramifications, making it essential for companies to understand the nuances of tax reform and how each item will affect their business.

RYAN WEBBEREvery logistics and transportation firm is or needs to be an IoT company. 

By Ryan Webber

Today’s supply chains are global, deeply complex and incredibly dynamic. Already, artificial intelligence-powered robotic warehouses are commonplace; self-driving trucks, drone delivery and more could all be a reality for us soon. Barely a week goes by without the news of new technologies that promise to transform logistics. 

ROAD TO TRUCK SAFETYDriver safety can be improved by eliminating distractions.

By David Jaques

Driver safety continues to be a top industry concern, and for good reason. Did you know that truck drivers traverse an average of 125,000 miles a year? After working up to 70 hours over an eight-day period, new laws require drivers to rest for a full 34 hours before getting on the road again. These rules are in place to enhance driver safety, but long days and treacherous terrain aren’t the only realities of professional truck drivers’ day-to-day lives that should be of concern. 

ORKINIt is increasingly more challenging to control pest infestations.

By Chelle Hartzer

With supply chains spanning the globe, the shipping industry faces many challenges — especially when it comes to pest control. Because many locations around the world store large inventories, the risk of a pest infestation can affect all legs of the supply chain process. If product and supplies become infested, companies can suffer lasting blows to their reputation and bottom line. 

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