The Perfect Storm
A reflection on this past year
Like a tropical storm looming over the open ocean, picking up speed and intensity while it barrels toward the coastline; the perfect storm is on the horizon for international shipping.
The Lunar New Year is a massive event in the Far East. This holiday begins on January 25th, 2020 in China, and usually lasts for around 15 days. Every business and factory in China will close its doors to allow workers to return home and partake in the festivities.
The culture of TayLog & Why it’s important to keep your team motivated
When people ask someone to reflect on the past year – Be it in business, in their personal life, whatever the case may be, the cliché response would be to say “It’s been a crazy year filled with ups and downs!” But the reality is that I have been so busy and pulled in so many directions over the last year getting this company up and running, opening a subsidiary and putting my own trucks on the road that my head is still spinning – Sometimes to the point where I can barely speak in full sentences by the end of the day. Thankfully I have some of the finest logistics professionals in my office – Truly my backbone at this company.
Throughout all my professional experience regardless of what industry it was in, it seemed that there was one thing that every company had in common: a lack of camaraderie. In fact, it was almost as if everyone was in competition. Individual sales goals or quotas, coming up with better ideas, being the most creative, the most well-liked by the customers, colleagues or students, the list goes on.
The Transloading Solution
Starting up a new business certainly has its adventures! And you, our customers and carriers, are at the forefront of them all! Getting started almost always comes with surprises, unexpected costs and a never-ending list of learning experiences. From setting up multitudes of accounts and learning new software to establishing long-lasting relationships with customers and carriers. It is a juggling act and let’s face it, we’re human, things happen.
Drones vs Logistics
Everyone loves a simple import or export move where you pick up a container from the port, bring it to a supplier or receiver, it loads/unloads and all is right with the world. Sometimes though, it’s not always that simple. What happens when you realize your receiver overseas will not accept a floor loaded container? Or what if the receiver in the U.S. doesn’t have room in their warehouse to accept any more cargo when your import container is due to port? Maybe your buyer hasn’t paid yet, and you need to hold the cargo until that transaction has occurred, but endless port demurrage is not in your budget. While these scenarios and more can be an inconvenience, there is a solution: transloading!
Operation: Safe Driver Week
The world of logistics is always changing and growing. For the past few years drones have been a hot topic and are starting to make some serious headway. Companies are gaining access from air traffic control, running test drone runs, upgrading to different models, and creating flight patterns and decision-making skills to name a few. While there are many benefits to faster and automated shipping services, this also leaves cause for concern.
China has a monopoly on fireworks, what that means for the 4th.
We never want to hear from our drivers that they have been pulled into a DOT checkpoint and we ourselves groan when we see that speed trap on the way to work. As much as they seem like an inconvenience, we must remember that inspections and checkpoints are a way for us to keep from being complacent on the road because at any given time, anything can happen. We need to be as proactive as we can in order to preserve our own safety and that of others, our vehicles and in the case of our commercial vehicles – the goods we may be carrying.
The 4th of July is certainly among the most beloved American holidays. We all have our own traditions cultivated from the time we are children that for us define the 4th. Barbecues, time with family and friends, baseball, maybe just a day off in the middle of summer and of course, fireworks! Beautiful firework displays light up the night sky from sea to shining sea as we all come together to celebrate what it means to be free. As you are pondering where to watch the best fireworks display on July 4th, those who put on the displays have other concerns.
Impending Tariffs & Their Effect on the Trucking Industry
People are always asking me, “Why Logistics? How did you decide that this was the career path you wanted?” And honestly, I didn’t go looking for logistics. Logistics found me. And by complete accident.
I was 21, majoring in Psychology at a local college and in need of a job to pay my bills while doing so. I applied at a local staffing agency to see what types of positions were out there and shortly after, I interviewed to work for an NVOCC where I would continue to work as a trucking coordinator for the next five years.
Technology in Trucking
President Donald Trump has issued statements recently that have caught the attention of many United States & Mexican citizens, especially those that work within the logistics industry. He has proposed placing a tariff of 5% on all Mexican imports to the US on June 10th, and increasing that number by 5% per month, up to a shocking 25% in October, if the flow of immigration from Mexico to US is not substantially mitigated. Whether or not this situation will be resolved before tariffs are put in place is still an object of speculation, but if they are, there will be many implications.
Produce season affects all shippers
The world is continually evolving, and logistics is an industry on the forefront of growth. Technology is a tool that expands upon human capabilities while offering revelations in safety, routing, dispatching and so much more!
Safety has remained a priority for universal innovation. As we know, electronic logging devices (ELDs) were mandated on December 18th, 2017 altering the ways that drivers are obligated to record their compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) requirements.
Spring is now upon us, and that means that produce season is here! Even though you may not be shipping produce, that does not mean your FTL and LTL loads will not be affected.
As the temperature rises over the months, you will see capacity tighten and rates increase starting with the southern regions first, and working their way upwards to the North as spring turns into summer. This is due to the urgency of getting produce moved quickly as their expiration is nigh!