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Understanding HAZMAT Placards

Posted by Becky Harris on June 22, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Hazardous material signs: what you need to know

Have you ever noticed diamond-shaped signs on the back or sides of a semi-truck trailer and wondered what they are and why they’re there? They’re called HAZMAT placards, and they provide details about the kind of cargo a truck is carrying.  

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) also requires carriers to display these signs when moving hazardous goods because they inform emergency responders of what substances are involved in case of an accident.  

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The Impact of DOT Week on Shippers

Posted by Paige Stewart on May 20, 2019 - 2:58 PM

What shippers need to know about DOT Week

Each June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) hosts the International Roadcheck — commonly known among shippers as DOT Week. Since its beginning in 1988, more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have taken place to promote commercial motor vehicle and driver safety. The 2019 dates are June 4-6.

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Cargo Security: Protecting Your LTL Freight

Posted by Jeff Ferber on February 1, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Cargo theft in North America

Cargo theft isn’t just a big issue for shippers and carriers. It also has a significant impact on the economy. When freight is stolen, supply chains are disrupted, freight isn’t delivered as planned, customer satisfaction is impacted, and downstream costs are incurred (including higher insurance rates). The costs for all of this ultimately gets passed on to the consumer.

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The Importance of Geo-fencing Technology in the Trucking Industry

Posted by Paige Stewart on February 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Use geo-fencing technology to protect your freight

Imagine this: You’re shipping two trailers full of electronics with a combined value of $8 million. The carrier you hired loads the freight on a Monday and has strict rules to go directly to the destination for delivery on Tuesday evening. Except the trailers never show. Six months later, they’re still nowhere to be found, and you’re out millions of dollars.

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Professional Truck Drivers Keep America Moving

Posted by Justin Bates on September 11, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Truck driver appreciation week

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), semi-truck drivers transport nearly 70 percent of all freight distributed in the United States — making the trucking industry an integral piece in our economy. To honor commercial drivers for their hard work and dedication, the ATA hosts National Truck Driver Appreciation Week each year. The 2017 celebration takes place September 10-16.

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