ORKIN ARTICLEDealing with pest control in logistics can have its challenges.

By Tim Husen 

Winter is known as invader season and pests, just like people, seek to stay warm during the colder months. Many storage areas, warehouses and transportation vessels provide the resources pests need to survive — food, water and places to hide. With multiple entry points and consistent incoming shipments, pest control in the logistics industry can certainly have its challenges.

EXCISE TAXFuel distributors are finding success through excise tax automation.

By John Beaty

There’s never a simple answer when it comes to calculating excise taxes, particularly in the secondary fuel distribution market. In the midst of an ever-changing landscape of tax laws that are complicated by differences between products, states and municipalities, it’s hard for tax managers to stay abreast of legislation. According to Avalara Excise, in the last two years alone, 77 percent of fuel excise tax rules have changed. Mix in route changes, fuel splits and diversions, and it’s fair to say that anyone would be overwhelmed. 

DRONE DELIVERY BOTS2018 will be the year of next generation deliveries, but not where you might expect.

 By Roei Ganzarski

This past year was a big step toward the next generation of delivery. Amazon tested small package deliveries by drones in the UK, countries like Rwanda and Switzerland incorporated drones into their healthcare system operations, and Domino’s Pizza trialed deliveries by sidewalk bots. However, chances are you personally did not receive a package via drone or bot in 2017. Will next generation deliveries become more mainstream in 2018? The short answer is maybe – but it depends on where you live.

5 SECRETS TO FLEET COMPLIANCEThere are five secrets to fleet compliance.

By Erin Cave

For fleet managers, following the Federal Motor Carrier Association’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative is both essential and beneficial. Eliminating compliance violations can pay off quickly, you’re also less likely to be targeted for inspections and the chance of incurring additional violations is further reduced. Even with a good CSA score, the benefits of effective compliance make every dollar spent on it a wise investment. Below are five secrets for helping ensure a compliant, successful fleet.

 SUCCESSFUL INTL 01There are methods for building successful international partnerships.

By Bill Lealos

For carriers looking to expand their service area or chase new revenue streams, expanding to international markets can be a good strategy. A company can go all in and expand their business into a whole new region or take a more measured approach and partner with an existing carrier that is already established in their desired international market. 

 SAFETY RECORDS 01A Fed program allows trucking firms to defend safety records.

By H. Peyton Inge IV

Imagine driving down the road on a sunny day, observing speed limits, tracking your hours of service and keeping a safe distance from the weaving and darting now commonplace on U.S. highways. From out of nowhere, in a seeming instant, a passenger car barrels into the back of your trailer.

RECRUITING AND RETENTION 01Companies must do a better job of keeping new hires and seasoned drivers.

By Kent Ferguson and Steven Spencer

Transportation companies are bullish about growing their companies, according to the 2017 HireRight Employment Background Screening Benchmark Report, with 72 percent reporting they expect to grow their workforce. But with that growth comes challenges: 55 percent of truckers are 45 or older, and that aging workforce is starting to think about retirement – particularly those drivers who struggle with health issues, such as sleep apnea, which may affect their ability to retain their CDL.

 MICHELE CUNNINGHAM 01There are strategies you’ll need to consider in the age of mobility management.

 By Michele Cunningham

Companies currently managing fleets are starting to think differently about how they move people and goods from point A to point B. The most successful companies will be the ones who not only acknowledge the evolving role of the fleet manager, but who also embrace the new mindset of mobility management. To do this, companies must change culturally and adopt more holistic and strategic processes. Here are three new strategies companies will need to consider as they shift from fleet management to mobility management. 

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