The trucking industry is currently plagued with challenges surrounding the driver shortage issue. The problem, however, is not just driver shortage. Many companies are finding it difficult to grow their fleets due to a lack of qualified drivers and high turnover rates in the first 90 days. With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new CSA challenges at hand, a driver’s record is an even more critical piece of the hiring process. Bob Costello, Chief Economist – American Trucking Associations (ATA), and Elisabeth Barna, Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs – ATA, spoke about this topic in their presentation Taking Action: Driver Shortage at the AOC Symposium, held on July 27, 2014 in Washington, DC, as part of the GCCA Assembly of Committees. A graphic recording by artist Jim Nuttle captured elements of the full presentation. Continue reading
IARW reminds you to participate in a new web-based survey and reporting platform for the 2014 IARW Productivity and Benchmarking Report that will help public refrigerated warehouse companies better evaluate their operations and performance. It is a powerful tool that we are certain you will find valuable! Members will be able to input data for inclusion until August 31, 2014. Continue reading
According to a recent article in Food Logistics magazine, intermodal growth has grown significantly in North America. In fact, the pace “in the second quarter more than tripled from the prior quarter.” The Journal of Commerce attributes this to the “movement of backlogged cargo from a severe winter, U.S. manufacturing growth and a surge of imports ahead of the expiration of the U.S. West Coast longshore contract.” MORE
Richard Tracy, Vice President of International Programs, visited La Paz, Bolivia, to explore the cold chain. Here, he examines avocados which had been shipped four hours in an unrefrigerated truck, to be sold at an open-air market in high temperatures.
IARW invites its members to participate in a new Web-based survey and reporting platform that will help public refrigerated warehouse companies better evaluate their operations and performance. Members will be able to input data for inclusion in the 2014 IARW Productivity and Benchmarking Report until July 31. Contact IARW for information on how to access the platform. MORE