In the trucking industry, we’re always looking for new tricks and trends to move business forward. So what’s the new trend in trucking? Partnering with China. That’s right. A company across the world wants to help the American trucking industry find and keep customers and improve business in American trucking.
According to JOC.com, Renren, a multi-million dollar holding company and social media platform in China, is investing in Trucker Path out of San Jose, California. Ivan Tsybaev, CEO of Trucker Path, explains that Trucker Path is a marketplace for freight transportation. They connect shippers, carriers and brokers together. A new mobile brokerage platform that leverages Trucker Path’s smartphone app is is being beta tested.
Renren, a social media platform similar to Facebook, is continuing to develop and innovate for their core social networking system, according to Renren chairman and CEO, Joseph Chen. And because of the desire to innovate, Renren is interested in the logistics of Trucker Path. Renren invested in the similar company, GoGoVan, out of Hong Kong last year. This company uses a mobile app to arrange deliveries of small shipments within a city. E-commerce is growing rapidly in China, as is evident in the growth of companies such as GoGoVan and SF Express. Because of this growth in E-Commerce, the technology behind Trucker Path could be beneficial in China after a major reconstruction of their trucking scene.
Tsybaev hopes Renren and Trucker Path will connect shippers in China and others who want to ship to the US. He wants to help people who need US transportation. When Tsybaev started the company, he brought on Charles Myers, the formal general manager for uShip. He came with many years experience and connections. With Myers on his staff, Tsybaev is hoping to see the trucking industry move further away from older business models and more with the trend of mobile usage.
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Most semi truck driver news involving health focuses on sleep issues, but truck driving can also take a toll on drivers’ physical fitness as well. Drivers spend a good part of their workdays sitting behind the wheel, keeping irregular hours and relying on convenient fast food places for meals.
Thanks to the work of swim champion and Ironman triathlete Siphiwe Baleka, drivers at a major trucking company are getting regular feedback on their health and fitness levels. Baleka tracks this info for Prime Inc., a company that specializes in long-haul trucking. Baleka’s work is an important part of ensuring that truckers maintain healthy weight levels, since many are at risk of becoming obese.
The fitness guru started the Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) program at Prime, which encourages drivers to get out of their trucks and move around more during their hauls. Baleka focuses on making fitness simple and convenient for truckers. They’re not required to lug around exercise equipment or find time to visit local gyms. Instead, these drivers wear fitness-tracking armbands and use apps that send fitness data back to Baleka. They also keep track of how much physical activity they’re getting on the road and log all of their meals, which helps Baleka analyze their nutrition and fitness levels and offer feedback as needed.
The DHF program, which focuses on fitness and nutrition, lasts for 13 weeks and includes a one-day orientation. Many of Prime’s drivers say that the lessons they learn during the program stay with them for the long run, allowing them to reduce their risk of obesity and stay in shape, even while logging long hours on the road. As a result of Baleka’s work, Prime Inc. was recognized as the healthiest company of the year in 2014.
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Carrie is the 2015 Spring winner of the $500 Trucking School Scholarship Award from Trucker to Trucker.
She’ll be attending the Southeastern Illinois College truck driving program http://www.sic.edu/academics/applied-technology/truck-driving starting June 1st. The intensive 6 week course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to successfully operate an 18 wheel tractor trailer.
Carrie already has her Class B CDL license and several years of experience behind the wheel as a school bus driver. Now that her kids have graduated high school and moved out on their own, she is ready to become a team driver with her husband who has been a professional driver for over 20 years.
Something that helped Carrie to really stand out among several great applicants is her commitment towards giving back to the community and desire towards being a role model as a woman in trucking.
“I want to empower young girls and other women in what has been a predominately male profession the same way I have been empowered by other women and what better way for me to do that then with the firsthand experience that I would receive by being a Professional Truck Driver,” says McNamee.
She also plans to join her husband as a member of the Trucker Buddy Program, a great way for drivers to partner with teachers on educating young children on Highway Safety, Seat Belt Safety, and Commercial Vehicle Safety.
We at TruckerToTrucker.com feel incredibly fortunate to have a small part in making her dream come true.
Don’t forget that we offer several scholarships throughout the year.
Also, we recently launched our Scholarship Resource page with information over $18,000 in different scholarships and awards available to the driving and transportation communities.
While politics makes strange bedfellows, it is often the lobbyist who are paid to get into bed with special interest groups. Thus is the case in the current we-say, they-say debate about longer and heavier trucks on the highways. According to The New York Times, it was an organization known as the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks that footed the bill for David Latimer, a retired South Carolina state trooper and vice chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, to go to Washington and warn Capital Hill of the dangers to good American citizens if 33-foot trailers are allowed on the nation’s highways.
The rail industry
The railroad industry could lose as much as $6 billion annually if heavier trucks are allowed on the road. Though many people think the railroad industry is in decline, it remains an economical, albeit painfully slow, method of moving goods across country. Just in time (JIT) manufacturing works better with the faster over-the-road transport of more precise amounts of needed product. It was also a railway strike in 1992 which idled a General Motors plant that employed 75,000 people by halting their essential supply of incoming materials.
Rather than sending some company executives or industry experts to Washington, the railroad industry opts for someone who dedicated their career to public service to make their case against bigger trucks. In addition to Mr. Latimer, it paid for the trips of state troopers, sheriffs, and police chiefs from Texas, Michigan, and Ohio.
Mr. Latimer was also paid $70,000 a year by the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks. He eventually had to step down from his position with the National Troopers Coalition, after his pay from the rail group came to light.
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Although unemployment rates in the US have been slowly recovering since the economic downturn in 2008, the trucking industry continues to face a steep and steadily worsening shortage of truck drivers. As freight volumes keep increasing, this shortage is becoming an even bigger problem for the trucking industry.
How Bad Is It?
The American Trucking Associations use turnover rates at truckload fleets to determine how bad the driver shortage is. In the latest semi truck driver news, turnover at bigger fleets was 96 percent during the fourth quarter, while turnover at smaller fleets was 95 percent. Typically, the gap between turnover at large and small fleets is wider. The ATA believes it’s becoming narrower mainly due to drivers from smaller fleets leaving and joining larger fleets that offer higher pay and bonuses. Overall, the ATA estimates that the trucking industry is short by roughly 35,000 to 40,000 drivers.
What’s Causing It?
The driver shortage in the trucking industry is partly linked to an increase in freight volumes. More drivers are needed to transport these higher amounts, but the industry is having trouble finding enough drivers to handle it. Another issue that’s believed to be causing this shortage is an increase in trucking regulations, such as the amount of sleep drivers are required to get while on the job and the amount of pollution truck engines are allowed to emit.
What’s Being Done About It?
The trucking industry is working on ways to deal with the driver shortage, although the ATA anticipates that it will temporarily become worse until these solutions are put in place. Until then, fleets are struggling to keep up with growing volumes and fewer drivers.