July 11, 2018
Logistics Weekly
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Industry News and Advocacy

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register two notices and a request for comment pertaining to a proposed pilot program to allow persons ages 18-21 with military driving experience to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

  

In today’s digital-centric environment, third-party logistics companies (3PLs) can’t ignore the importance of technology in their marketing efforts. Although social media is more than two decades old, most marketers will inform you that it really took off in 2006. This was the year Facebook and Twitter became available to users around the world. In the past decade, the evolution of social media has been enormous. Marketers first used social media to leverage content with consumers in business to consumer (B2C) markets. However, 3PLs operate in the business to business (B2B) arena, where social media use is newer. While the tools are the same, the tactics required to market to these two critical markets are quite different.

A national shortage of truck drivers because of factors such as a competitive job market is making an impact on New York’s Long Island, forcing businesses to adapt, and driving up the pay of workers seeking to drive a big rig.

Long Island companies that depend on trucks to ship their products to stores and warehouses, bring in raw materials for production and other tasks have struggled to contend with the shortage of truckers.

Read the full Transport Topics article.

  

The misclassification of workers as independent contractors can be an extremely costly and a difficult misstep for employers to correct. In light of the new pass-through rates established under the 2017 tax law, businesses may be seeing an increase in individuals requesting to be classified as independent contractors rather than employees.


 

  

Want to learn from the best resource in the industry – seasoned TIA members? TIA's Mentorship Program will match brokerage owners needing guidance with successful members in a structured, six-month program designed around your goals. This unique program is designed to help you overcome the challenges of the highly competitive 3PL industry while also helping you increase your revenue potential.

Aljex Software, Inc.
DAT Solutions
TriumphPay Carrier Payments Demo named ‘Best in Show’
Triumph Business Capital
TriumphPay showcased the future of payments in the logistics industry at Transparency18, a logistics industry-focused conference, which drew hundreds to Atlanta in May. Triumph’s Jordan Graft and John Shields demonstrated how blockchain and shared ledgers will transform carrier payments.
Watch the short demo here.
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  • Oct. 16-18: Toronto, ON - Multimodal Americas
  • Nov. 6-7: Tucson, AZ - 3PL Technovations
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Education
  

Registration is now open for the CTB Online Study Course that started July 2. The course includes new updates and utilizes the fifth edition of the Foundations of Business textbook. The study course contains more than 80 hours of content, tailor-made to prepare you for the CTB Exam to be held Sept. 29.


 

3PLs are quick to sign and return the form contracts that customers provide, but either fail to ask if the customer accepts revisions to its contracts or fear that even asking the question will result in the loss of business.

Infinity Software Solutions, Inc.
McLeod Software

In the last few issues of Logistics Weekly we looked at some of the topics that will be covered at this year’s Minnesota seminar being held August 2 and 3. Other topics to be covered include CARB (California Air Resource Board) compliance…and how to avoid to avoid huge fines; how to eliminate the risk of late payment penalties; and how to minimize the exposure of having to pay freight charges twice for the same shipment.

With TIA’s know-how, this course is designed to provide a powerful understanding of the many intricacies of a profitable third-party brokerage logistics operation to serve its customers successfully, and it is useful for both inexperienced and experienced brokerage professionals. This course introduces you to the world of an independent contractor and covers marketing and sales, the finer points of an independent contractor’s job, information on load assignments, and even day-to-day office operations.

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Member News

Werner Enterprises has received the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. Werner was the only carrier selected among the 15 winners from 2,350 nominations.

If you have news you would like to share with other TIA members, send it to us, and we'll place it in the next issue of Logistics Weekly.

Meetings

3PL Technovations is a new meeting laser-focused on the rapid changes in technology affecting the 3PL industry. This highly energized event will feature rapid presentations by technology providers discussing the latest industry trends and issues as well as presentations and information sessions led by thought leaders. 3PL Technovations is designed to keep leading 3PLs operating at the top of their game.

November 6-7 
JW Marriott Starr Pass
Tucson, Arizona

For more information and to register, visit the 3PL Technovations site.

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