Posts Tagged ‘trucking operations’

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Truckers’ experiences at ports unpredictable

November 12, 2014

Venson Gunter and Clarence Epps start their workdays with the crunch of heavy metal.

It’s not a blast from stereo speakers, but thunderous clanks from the hitches on their trucks as they back into cargo containers waiting to be whisked away.

Gunter and Epps make their livings hauling boxes filled with tons of goods of all kinds to and from the port of Hampton Roads.

While the tractors are their own, they drive under contracts with Century Express, a trucking company operating out of the old Ford plant in Norfolk.

Read the rest of the story published in PilotOnline.com

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Evans Featured in Old Time Trucks Magazine

April 9, 2014

Check out this article in Old Time Trucks Magazine featuring some terrifc shots of Evans Delivery Trucks all the way back to our beginnings in 1939!  Thank you to Michael Lee Wedincamp in Savannah for writing and submitting the article!  

Old Time Trucks Magazine

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Kim Lorimer Weighs in on Infrastructure Funding

March 5, 2014

Kimberly Lorimer Read Kim’s input in a recent Pottsville Republican article  BUSINESS REVIEW: Most Schuylkill Chamber members back need to increase funds for infrastructure

 

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TRANSPORTATION REGULATORY UPDATE INFORMATION

July 15, 2013

Deb Raymond is passing this information along – be sure to mark your calendars!

For more information just click here!

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*      January 30, 2014 – Medical Certification Requirements

*      May 21, 2014   –  National Registry of Certified Examiners

*      June 2014    –  National Clearinghouse for reporting positive test results

*      June 2014    – National Driver Record Notification System

*      June 2017   – Electronic Submission of Medical Certificates

AND DON”T FORGET –

CVSA Event Calendar 2013

Brake Safety Week:

September 8 – 14

Operation Safe Driver:

October 20 – 26

 

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CVSA Annual Roadcheck 2013 – are you ready?

May 31, 2013

June 4-6, 2013

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). Roadcheck is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

Since its inception in 1988, the roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 Million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. It has also provided for the distribution of countless pieces of educational literature and safety events to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

For more info click here.  Better yet, review this Roadcheck-Checklist–2013.

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Safety News

May 17, 2013

Hi Everyone,
At the Evans corporate office we are very excited that spring is finally here! The winter coats have been put up for good and the shorts have been dusted off. The improving weather can mean only one thing. More people on the roads and more family trips. More cars, more vacations, more problems. Please drive defensively out there and remember the E.V.A.N.S. Keys (Eliminate Distractions, Vehicle Fitness, Always Buckle Up, Never Speed, Secure Your Freight).
Cheers,
Brent in Safety

Clean Roadside Inspections play a direct roll in both your personal CSA score & Evans’ CSA score too. For every clean level one, two, or three roadside inspection, a contractor’s and company’s Department of Transportation ranking will be be improved in any category that is inspected.

Besides the Benefits of lowering your CSA, we wanted to give our contractors an extra $10 Pilot/Flying J gift Card! Every clean roadside this month.

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UNSAFE DRIVING – A YEAR IN REVIEW

May 5, 2013

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Over the last three months, we have had our ups and our downs when it comes to unsafe
driving. In March of this year, we had our lowest violation total (5 violations) dating back to June of 2011. In April, we had our violations total increase to eight. In May, they increased again to 12. The trend looks very negative until you put the numbers into perspective. This time last year we had more than double the violations in each month from March – May. So although 12 violations in May of 2013 does not seem like progress, it is a marked improvement from the 24 we received in 2012.

The hard work we all have been putting into getting the word out about Unsafe Driving Violations is paying off dividends in Evans’ CSA Score. Our percentile ranking has dropped in each of the past three months from 82.4% to 75%.

Even though our percentile rankings are dropping, we could be improving at an even greater rate.  We are still being hurt by the easiest violations to avoid. Speeding and seatbelt violations still dominate our Unsafe Driving violations. Over the last three months, speeding and seatbelt violations made up 80% of our Unsafe Driving violations.

By getting every contractor to follow the E.V.A.N.S. Keys we can make our alert status unsafe driving score a thing of the past. Wearing a safety belt and not speeding doesn’t cost anything. It will save a life and prevent an unexpected roadside inspection with Unsafe Driving violations.  Please continue to remind your drivers to Always Buckle Up and to Never Speed.

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A Holiday Mesage

December 24, 2012

Hello everyone,Bo BatesDSC4079A

I had planned on taking this space to talk to you about the impact several mentors have had on my life and how thankful I am to have been able to learn from their entrepreneurial spirit and success.  I will save those thoughts for another day.

Right now, I would like to comment on recent events that have affected Evans directly and our entire country.   A little over a month ago, Hurricane Sandy roared up the east coast leaving a path of devastation and destruction.  We all saw the impact of Mother Nature as the waters rose, beaches were breached and entire sections of Staten Island and New York City were flooded.  Many areas are still making a slow recovery today.

Several of our agents were impacted by the storm including Ken Moore in Elizabeth, Tom Sansevere in Kearny, Joe Fiorica in Newark and Gill Mayol, Wally Ramirez, Giovanni Garcia and Victor Quinones in Jersey City.  Each dealt with the wrath of the storm on their business, their independent contractors, their families, neighbors and friends.  All of them are terrific people as well as business men who worked diligently to assist their communities and get their companies back up and running.

The tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut is almost unfathomable.  Innocent children.  Courageous teachers.  Lives lost and families shattered.  The “why” will likely never be answered.  We are all grieving with the Sandy Hook community wondering what we would do in their shoes.  And we watch as people from all over the country are finding ways to reach out to offer support.  The therapy dogs who arrived from Virginia with their calming influence and wagging tails; the man from Los Angeles who called the local coffee shop to pay for anyone who stopped by for a cup; the school children sending their letters; and the folks just offering hugs.  This community will never be the same, but, with time and support, it will begin to heal.

I am reminded that it can be the little things we do that can have the most impact.  In this holiday season especially I hope all of us will take a moment for a “random act of kindness.” Who knows what an impact we all could make?

I wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year.

See you in 2013.

Bo.

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DM EVP Nicholas Isasi Article in Independent Retailer

November 6, 2012

How to Eliminate Concealed Transportation Expenses

Nick’s article appears online here: http://independentretailer.com/2012/11/05/how-to-eliminate-concealed-transportation-expenses/

For independent retailers trying to contain costs, inbound transportation is an area ripe with cost savings potential. These costs can comprise as much as 35 percent of a company’s total logistics expenses. The challenge in addressing these costs is that the majority of inbound transportation is prepaid or “delivered,” that is, the transportation is arranged and paid for by the vendor. When shipping choices, including setting rates, choosing carriers and assigning classification codes, are left to the vendor, retailers have little control over the inflow and transportation charges related to their goods. This can lead to stock shortages and late deliveries. It can also result in higher costs due to the markup for vendor prepaid transportation. This markup can be as high as 40 percent, as vendors build excess transportation and handling charges into their prices and often don’t pass on negotiated reduced transportation rates to their customers. Larger independent retailers that eliminate these hidden expenses and enact other cost-saving measures can save hundreds of thousands of dollars or more per year. Even smaller retailers can achieve significant savings.

To that end, here are seven steps retailers can take to reduce inbound transportation costs:

 

  1. Conduct an audit of your inbound transportation process. Review your vendors and see from where they are shipping. Then, determine the volume in each lane, that is, the route between pickup and delivery points, and, if shipping by truck, the merchandise class being shipped. Discuss with your purchasing and receiving departments the visibility your company requires regarding shipments and transit times in each lane. Conducting a lane-by-lane benchmarking analysis will enable you to identify poor carrier service, inefficient routing and too-high rates on inbound shipments. Determine total annual cost for inbound transportation and calculate it as a percentage of gross sales. Then, take the information you’ve gathered from the audit and undertake step two.
  2. Evaluate and implement appropriate transportation classifications for the items you ship. Domestically, every item has a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number that equates to a classification and directly correlates to the rate charged. The higher the classification number, the higher the transportation rate. Items shipped internationally have a Harmonized Tariff Code (HTC) that serves a similar function.
  3. Develop and enforce a vendor routing guide. Routing guides help you control costs and improve receiving efficiency. The guide itself should be simple and on one page, and it should be included with the purchase order as a separate item. It should include proper routing instructions telling your vendors exactly which carriers to use in priority order. Use the guide to enforce vendor compliance. Clearly state the consequences, such as chargebacks, when routing instructions aren’t followed.
  4. Demand that transportation be clearly identified on each vendor’s invoice. Don’t accept pre-pay and added or “free” transportation. Transportation is often buried in the price you pay. This is called free freight.
  5. Create visibility. In-transit transportation tracking reduces the time buyers spend confirming shipments with vendors. It also helps to monitor individual carrier performance. Look for carriers that can supply such tracking methods and utilize these reports to file for service failures with small parcel carriers that do not live up to guaranteed services.
  6. Adopt a core carrier program that identifies strong carriers in given lanes. Having several carriers backing up to your receiving dock can create continual confusion and become difficult to manage. A core carrier program helps you identify carriers’ pick-up coverage, service facility locations, financial stability, systems and technology prowess, and transit times.
  7. Negotiate lower transportation rates. Leverage your volume to get better transportation discounts. In most cases, the fewer providers you utilize the more leverage you have. Negotiate with your carriers to eliminate or modify extra charges identified during step one.

One way to leverage your transportation volume is to combine the buying power of several companies. Many retailers benefit from consortium transportation rates, and some of the most cost-effective consortia are among companies in a single industry, such as retailing. Single-industry-specific consortia can be more effective than other multi-company arrangements because the pricing is geared toward a single industry’s commodities; routing guides are easier to enforce because more companies are shipping from common vendors; and core carriers are more productive and competitively priced when more freight pickups occur at common vendors. Additionally, carriers’ pricing tends to be more aggressive when bidding for multiple accounts. One way to engage in consortium rates is through an independent third party that can gather the data, negotiate pricing with a limited number of carriers and supply the software to track shipments. A third-party alliance can increase your buying power without the need to share information with competitors.

Proactively managing your inbound transportation can help you reduce costs and improve your supply chain. The keys are to take control of carrier selection and classification decisions, track all inbound transportation dollars expended and reduce the number of delivering carriers. The resulting savings will make the effort well worthwhile.

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Evans Delivery Listed in Transport Topics Top 100

September 7, 2011

Transport Topics 100 is an annual survey of the largest for-hire and private company motor carriers. It accurately and objectively documents the size and scope of the largest trucking operations, and provides timely analysis of trends shaping the industry.

Here’s a link to this year’s list.  Evans Delivery is #79 – up from #94 last year.

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