Archive for April, 2013


trucking83The FMSCA has shut down four Olathe, Kansas – based trucking companies: Royal Transport Inc., Nationwide Inc., Freight Inc. and Midwest A, Inc., because of evidence that they are reincarnated “chameleons” of an unsafe truck company previously shut down by the agency.

The agency discovered that Binder Singh had started one trucking company after another, in an attempt to avoid the negative consequences of Royal Transport’s conditional safety rating and its negative compliance history, and also, to get around the civil penalties the FMCSA had imposed.

The history of this case reads like a trucking soap opera.

The case itself is a lot like others,where a second carrier was started to carry on the services of a prior carrier that had out-of-service for safety violations.

In every case,the management and/or equipment involved with the second company was the same as the company put OOS.

The perpetrator stores the data on the applications for new trucking companies and data on OOS orders in separate information systems with the FMCSA that do not electronically share data. By doing this, applications filed by executives of a company put OOS can go undetected for long periods of time.

The FMCSA is presently developing a Unified Registration System which would combine all data in one system. This would prevent violations as described above from going undetected.

The agency served an Operations Out-of-Service and Record Consolidation Order against the four companies in January.

Singh was allowed to request an administrative review,because the companies were not considered imminent hazards in terms of safety.

That review upheld the decision to shut down the companies because they were considered illegal chameleon carriers.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

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trucking81On Monday, April 15th, federal agents armed with four search warrants descended on Pilot headquarters in West Knoxville.

Allegations that Pilot Flying J has engaged in fraud with its fuel rebate program has been a jolt to some of the company’s customers named in FBI documents.

Paul Wieck, president of Nashville-based Western Express Inc., said,

We are very, very disappointed in what we thought was a good partner.

By that Thursday, the government had released documents in which the FBI cited recorded conversations and information from unnamed informants.

These documents allege that Pilot has taken advantage of some trucking company rebate customers by charging them a higher price than agreed upon for fuel.

The way a fuel rebate works, is that a company agrees to buy a given amount of fuel from a supplier like Pilot Flying J and then, receives a rebate based on that amount.

Because of its ability to buy fuel in heavy volumes, Pilot is able to buy it cheaper than many of its smaller competitors, and can therefore, offer larger rebates.

The FBI investigation actually began in May 2011, when an informant got in touch with them, claiming to have been informed of the rebate fraud scheme by a Pilot employee.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

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trucking78U.S. Class 8 trucks sales increased slightly in March over February.

Ward’s Automotive reports that 13,101 Class 8 trucks were sold in March, 4.4 percent more than the February total of 12,546.

Slightly bothersome though, is the fact that, when comparing year-to-date totals, the 38,805 Class 8 truck sales in the U.S. during the first three months of the year was 17.6 percent below sales during the January, February and March of 2012, which reached 46,845.

March’s 2013 total came in at 24.3 percent,which was below the March 2012 total of 17,308.

If you extend this quarter’s Class 8 Sales out for a year, the data for the first three months of 2013 would equal less than 160,000 trucks sold for the entire year.

The majority of trucking industry executives have predicted that 2013 sales would be on par or slightly more than the 194,715 sold in 2012.

 MEET OUR EMPLOYEES

Please allow us to introduce you to a very important person…

Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson is our Vice President of Business Development.

According to Stephen, an avid golfer, working in the Transportation Industry is like playing golf, “Avoiding the pitfalls and the rough is something one should try to do from the start. Here at the Transportation Firm, we keep

our clients driving right down the middle of the fairway.”

Stephen graduated from Southaven High School. After which, he furthered his education at Mississippi State University, where he honed his skills as an International Business major.

Stephen has worked in the field of warehousing all over the globe. Having worked with multiple fortune 500 companies, his background in Problem Solving has time and time again proven to be a great asset to The Transportation Firm.

Stephen is widely known for exemplary service to his clients throughout the Greater Memphis Area. His hard work and business expertise has helped The Transportation Firm, LLC stay at the top of our industry.

Stephen may be reached at Stephen@transportfirm.com where he stands ready to help you get your business to market, quickly and efficiently.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Committment, Results”

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NAFTA Numbers Rise

trucking24The number of commercial truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico, increased this past year.

2012’s total was 10.7 million in 2012, 3.6 percent more than in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

This increasee follows a 1.7 percent rise from 2010 to 2011 after four years of decline from 2005 to 2009, a period that includes the recent recession. The truck-crossing numbers are included in the 2012 border-crossing data posted on the BTS website.

Collection of border-crossing data was begun after the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. These numbers are used to track cross-border traffic. The data has also been proven beneficial in transportation planning, port studies, travel analyses, and corridor assessments.

MEET OUR EMPLOYEES

Jock PicPlease allow us to introduce a Very Important Person…

Jock Marx is our Regional Vice-President of Sales.

Born in Santa Monica, California, he lived in California and Oregon, before graduating from Sunriver Prep School. From there, Jock enrolled in the University of Iowa.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, he served in the Navy for 6 years, performing his duty to his country during 6 War Patrols on the USS Daniel Boone. His service to his country found him right in the heart of Desert Storm.

His civilian credentials are no less impressive. Jock was a manager in the Hospitality Industry for 15 years, including stints at O’Charleys (4 years) and Hueys Southaven, Dowtown, and East.

Jock is also a proud graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership DeSoto. According to Jock,

Being a leader is something you become by doing.

He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for 14 years and have two childen, a son Talon, 6, and a daughter, Belle, 3.

Jock says that he enjoys working in the Transportation Industry.

“With my background of meeting challenges head on, both in service to my country, and in business, I enjoy using the skills I’ve acquired to come up with solutions to potential and existing clients’ freight issues.

With his strong Customer Service and Leadership abilities, Jock is an integral part of our stellar sales force.

Jock Marx may be reached at Jock@transportfirm.com .

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

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trucking74The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has launched a new virtual training and education platform called Truckload Academy On-demand, or TAO for short.

TAO replaces the Truckload Academy Live Learning Center.

By using the word “on-demand” in the new title, it more accurately reflects TCA’s virtual presence and the fact that users receive high-quality content, at a reasonable price, with 24/7 accessibility, according to TCA officials’ news release.TAO will make it easier and faster for users to locate the training learners want, and, after payment is made, training is available immediately. There is no lag time.

Initially, TCA is branding TAO with the theme “Gear Up and Go.” According to the organization, it hopes that trucking company personnel will come to count on TAO for the tools they need to “go” and advance their careers. Since TAO is fully compatible with mobile devices, the theme can be taken one step further: “Gear up and go — mobile,” as participants literally take their training with them.

MEET OUR EMPLOYEES… 

Bob 5Bob Carney is our Vice President of Sales.

According to Bob,

Good service is the only kind of service.

Bob graduated from Elliston Baptist Academy. After which, he furthered his education at the University of Memphis, sharpening his skills in business management.

Bob has started several companies from the ground floor to top producing rank and succeeded with continuing their operations with record growth. He has worked with multiple fortune 500 companies, using his extensive background in Sales and Marketing to provide a great business experience for them as clients of The Transportation Firm.

Bob has created an energetic atmosphere that is welcomed by his sales staff whom he supports every step of the way, eager to help them to succeed.

With Bob manning the rudder, The Transportation Firm, LLC has sailed to the top of our industry.

Bob may be reached at Bob@transportfirm.com and will be quick to respond to your needs.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Committment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!