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The new year is an excellent time to take a look at policies and procedures within your company. One of the things to take into consideration is well you manage your logistics. Tightening government regulations, equipment costs and changes in demand all weigh heavily upon your time, and your budget. However, when you partner with an experienced OTR trucking company for your long-haul cargo needs, you avoid these issues. Instead you enter into a relationship that benefits your company and customers in three distinct ways. (more…)

Long, heavy steel pipes are a common material used in large-scale construction projects. These massive pipes are too large to be hauled inside a dry van, or enclosed trailer, and instead must be loaded onto flatbed trailers. As is always the case when transporting construction materials, it is vital that drivers understand the importance of proper load securement. Due to their size and shape, pipes present a particular set of challenges. Special care must be taken, therefore, to ensure they do not shift, slide, or otherwise move during transport. (more…)

Flatbed truck drivers that haul building materials to job sites play a major role in construction projects of all sizes. They carry lumber, steel, coils, wall board, and even bagged materials, such as concrete and cement. Most cargo transported by a flatbed company fall under one of two categories; either short-haul, or regional flatbed shipping. While they may seem to be similar, there are three distinct differences that set these two methods apart from one another. (more…)

Just like every other industry, trucking has its own jargon, which can be confusing to outsiders. One area of confusion pertains to the different types of carriers that operate on the nation’s roadways, hauling everything from food to consumer goods and even hazardous materials. So, just what are private, common, contract and independent carriers, what attributes do they share, and what sets them apart? (more…)

Large-scale and industrial construction projects require a unique blend of materials, quite different from those used in home construction. One of these is pre-cast concrete components such as stairways, beams, floors and walls. These elements lend structural integrity, fire safety and insulation benefits. For companies that transport heavy construction materials, great care must be taken to ensure they arrive at their destination in a timely, safe, and efficient manner. (more…)

Flatbed trucks are the workhorses of the transportation industry, hauling everything from lumber to steel to large potted trees and massive generators. Flatbeds loan themselves to carrying odd-sized loads due to their open configuration and ease of loading/unloading. Flatbeds can be articulated or rigid depending on the make and manufacturer of the vehicle. (more…)

The construction industry is ever-changing, with demand increasing and decreasing depending upon several factors. Lumber and other building material producers must find ways to not only keep up with demand, but to also manage costs and ensure consistency for their customers. Oftentimes, they rely upon brokered loads to transport their cargo. The benefits of this type of arrangement are three-fold; greater access to reliable providers, flexible capacity and cost controls. (more…)

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The trucking industry provides transportation services for nearly every industry on the planet. While dry vans and refrigerated trailers are common, flatbed trucks are, by far, the most versatile of all semi-truck trailers available to shippers. They are used for a variety of cargo from heavy equipment to construction materials and even shipping containers. Here are some specifics on three most common flatbed shipping methods and when they are most useful to shippers. (more…)

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has mandated that all new class 7 and 8 trucks should have electronic stability control systems(ESC) installed by 2017. A safety technology designed to prevent rollover and loss of control, the ESC has already been successful in passenger cars and light trucks. This comprehensive safety technology on large tractors addresses both roll and directional stability control. (more…)

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As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect upon the business year, and what has worked and what hasn’t. When you evaluate your supply chain, for instance, it’s wise to consider making changes to some of your procedures to improve efficiency. Such is the case with your private fleet, especially if it’s comprised of older model equipment. Your company image is greatly impacted by how your fleet looks and performs. Your logistics processes have to be on point to keep customers satisfied, but, perhaps you also need to delegate the responsibility so you can focus on what matters most to you. These are the key reasons that you should consider private fleet outsourcing. (more…)

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