Click on the 20 second video here. It sums up how intermodal truck drivers and companies are feeling right now. All while terminal operators espouse their turn-times average being less than two hours… evidently some terminal managers believe two hours is acceptable? But, their time-keeping is flawed. An average is just that, an average, and one that can be manipulated to show the desired outcome. Throw in all the bobtails, the bare chassis, the other easy moves and, voila, you have turn time calculations of two hours, or less. The real turn times are vastly different. Trust us, we know.
The terminal operators’ notion of turn times does not include the queue OUTSIDE the terminal. Terminal turn-time clocks start at the in-gate, not at the back of the line. Imagine the drivers’ mental anguish of having to endure this scene day after day, not to mention attempting to do it more than once in a day?
Many drivers have abandoned intermodal for other linehaul opportunities. A nationwide driver shortage in all sectors of trucking is jacking up driver wages. These other industry segments have become an alluring alternative to intermodal drivers who slog through endless scenes like this.
For the time being, we can throw money at the drivers and placate them for a short time, but that does not solve the problem.
Join Women in Logistics (WIL) and Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) on Thursday, November 6th for a State of the Industry luncheon featuring Dave Arsenault, President & CEO Hyundai Merchant Marine America and Fred Castonguay, Vice President Operations Ports America.
The topics will include the state of the ocean carrier industry and how terminal operators are adjusting to the changing landscape.
Movie goers in Hong Kong were recently asked to leave their cell phones on upon entering the theater. Volkswagen used the opportunity to play this effective ad. It’s a powerful reminder to all of us. Click Here to watch the ad.
DEVINE DRIVERS WIN SAFETY AWARDS
Two of our drivers were awarded driver of the month honors by the California Trucking Association (CTA). The standouts for August and September are:
These two gentlemen have been drivers for more than 21 years, and we are so proud of their safe driving habits. Keep up the good work folks!
We celebrated our hardworking drivers and their families at our annual picnic last month. Everyone enjoyed the day with a rousing volleyball tournament, a crazy photo booth, bouncy entertainment and a bar-b-que lunch.
A good time was had by all.
Thank you guys and gals for what you do every day!
Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd vessels collided while entering the Suez Canal yesterday. Jockeying for a better position in line? We can appreciate that. Click Here to watch the video.
The gag order is still in effect on the ILWU/PMA contract negotiations covering West Coast dock workers. The only thing we know for sure is they have reached a tentative agreement on healthcare benefits. The assumption is they have moved on to discuss productivity and automation.
We know the on-going negotiations have caused increased tension at the marine terminals, which is a negative side effect we certainly do not need. We have enough issues without adding labor tension to the list.
September is driver appreciation month. In addition to our picnic, we showed our gratitude to the drivers by participating in the appreciation event at the Cordelia truck scales. Drivers stopped in for lunch and freebies.
Even before Tesla picked Reno as the location for their battery giga-plant, Northern Nevada was already a rising star. With a 20-year decline in gambling and tourism, coupled with a hard economic downturn, the area’s leaders began to focus on “high-tech manufacturing, transportation and e-commerce.” Northern Nevada successfully rebranded itself as an educated market, a gateway to California, tech savvy, a logistics hub and business friendly.
Their vision was clear, and they are succeeding. To read more, click here.
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Here are just a few recent headlines from industry publications on the topic:
Conway Freight Plans $60M LTL Driver Pay Hike
JOC, September 30, 2014
Pay Hike, Rate Increases Help Swift Keep Drivers
JOC, September 30, 2014
Drivers gain from Wage Race as Truckers Turn Away Cargo
Bloomberg, September 29, 2014
What Do Drivers Want? Money, Respect Key Factors in Attracting and Keeping Drivers
CCJ, September 11, 2014
Drayage Driver Shortage Could Threaten Intermodal Growth
JOC, September 9, 2014
Pace of Driver Pay Increases Quickens in Reaction to Tight Capacity, Demand
Transport Topics, September 1, 2014
The Massive Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet Soon
Fox Business, August 25, 2014
More US Motor Carriers Raise Truck Driver Pay, Bonuses, Incentives
JOC, August 29, 2014