Alabama produces less than 5% of the nation’s total crops, including cotton that is still an important crop. Other crops are peanuts, corn for grain and are all grown in Alabama but when it comes to flatbed shipping drivers have to remember that Alabama has some of the most dangerous highways in the United States better known as Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released their annual report naming Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell’ one of the world’s most dangerous Highways.
Local communities, government officials, and businesses are evaluating how to pick up the pieces as the rubble and debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has settled in the wake of the destructive hurricanes.
The trucking industry has paid in up to one third of Colorado’s federal and state roadway taxes in the most current years. Vehicle miles traveled by the trucking industry on CO roads amounts to only eight percent of all roadway miles traveled. Continue reading “Trucking in Colorado Safety Concerns”
Technology sure can play a major role in roadway safety. In an attempt to eliminate rear end collisions caused by roadwork projects that require abrupt slowdowns coupled with some slow driver reaction times there is a push to add these safety devices.
Truck drivers don’t have an easy lifestyle because it’s physically tiring with long days, long waits for loading and unloading, and the constant adjustments looking and booking loads. A good broker or freight consultant understand the person in front of the load is the most important person and should be paid top dollar for that service, same day.
Let me go through the different types of flatbeds and how we can determine what an overall rate for a shipment should cost. This information should be used as a base line and not an actual rate.
Mileage is the factor in your total cost, however not all freight lanes cost the same. Cost also depends on freight volumes in and out of the area you choose. Texas and Florida for example consumes more than it produces so there is more freight going into Florida and Texas then are coming out of Florida and Texas. So, it costs more to ship a truck into Florida or Texas then out. Most Brokers and Truckers use and online program like Power DAT as guide to assist with state to state rate costs that include fuel and tolls.
Is Transportation Factoring for Flatbed Carriers?
Should motor carriers utilize factoring in their day to day operations as a necessary cash flow solution? Factoring allows for immediate payment which can be handled without factoring if a carrier has a good relationship with their shippers. This can be handled in a viable network without the aid of brokers. I suppose the risk of nonpayment from some Black Hat shippers would convince a carrier to always use factoring, but just what is it doing to their bottom line?
Electronic Login Devices: Oh no, paperless! IFTA, RODS What!!
RODS [Record Of Daily Status], IFTA report [International Fuel Tax Agreement] acronyms that you need to be up to speed with and in compliance with this year. There are some inexpensive solutions that can be used in conjunction with your Android devices. You also can purchase and dedicate a device to your truck if you wish.
As a freight broker, you are always looking for another steady shipper and how can you help those shippers gravitate towards your network of flatbed hauling solutions.