NEW YEAR…NEW DIGS

The Devine sign goes up on our new Reno home.

Devine is ringing in the New Year by upsizing our home in Reno.  As we and our customers have grown in the Reno area, we were spread out among three different warehouses and two separate transport locations.

We desperately needed a new home where our growing 3PL and trucking operations would be under one roof and could continue to flourish. When FedEx moved to a new facility 15 miles east of town near the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), we jumped on the opportunity to take over their former facility in Reno.  It is perfect for us…100,000sqft of warehouse space and a huge drop lot for trailers, containers and trucks.

Watch for more information in future newsletters as well as an invitation to our open house in the spring.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Photo courtesy of California Rice Commission

Well, make that five.  This sight is quite amazing…five bald eagles in one tree! The picture was taken on a farm near Chico, CA and demonstrates the close ties between agriculture and conservation.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

As evidence of Reno/Sparks being a growing logistics hub, the Reno airport posted large gains in air cargo. For the year ending 2016, 156.4 millions of cargo was shipped through the airport, a 13% increase over the previous year. Additionally, logistics jobs in the area have increased by 46%.  When you consider you can reach 11 western states within one day by truck, it is no wonder the Reno/Sparks market is booming.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

LENDING A HAND…AND A TRUCK

As a fundraiser, the Boy Scouts in Sacramento collect your discarded Christmas tree from the curb and dispose of it.

This year, Devine was there to help.  When the pick up trucks arrived with the trees from the neighborhood collection, the bounty was loaded into one of our trailers.  Once the curbs are clear of trees and loaded into the trailer, the load was then taken for compost.

The Scouts did a great job, and special thanks to Robert St. John (Devine Driver Trainer) for spending his Saturday to support the cause.

NAME THAT PART

Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container transportation.

 

Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook.  Click here to be directed to our Facebook page and place your guess.

 

Good luck!  

ELDS, CAPACITY AND RATES

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) became mandatory for commercial trucks on December 18, 2017, and, almost immediately, there were reports of missed pick ups, late deliveries, canceled loads, lack of available drivers, and a whole host of other issues related to the constriction of capacity.

The truckload sector is certainly adversely affected as is the intermodal trucking market.

We have said it here before, but it warrants being repeated.  It behooves everyone in the supply chain to tighten up their processes to improve driver productivity.  Ignoring the issues and continuing down the path of requesting drivers to absorb the time it takes to chase after chassis or food grade equipment, absorb the delays at terminals, absorb the congestion on the roadways and absorb long loading/ unloading times will result in massive bottlenecks in the supply chain.

Please do your part.  Even just a few minutes shaved off a drivers day will have a positive impact on the ability to complete the transaction and keep the cargo moving.