TAKE A PEEK AT OUR GROWTH IN RENO

Click on the video above for a quick tour of our new yard and warehouse in Reno, Nevada. Previously, our growth in the Reno market had us spread out over five separate facilities.  We have officially moved in, and it is nice to have everything and everyone under one roof.

We are thrilled!  We want you to see it in person too, so we are planning an open house later this spring.  Watch for an invitation coming your way.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELECTRIFIED GOAT

“A what?” you ask.  It is not a dance move or a grunge band.  A yard goat is a specialized tractor to move containers and trailers between the dock door and the drop lot.  Normally, these trucks are diesel powered, but not this one.  It runs on electrically-charged batteries.  We are working with the folks at TransPower and the California Energy Commission and are putting this piece of equipment to work in downtown Sacramento at Blue Diamond Growers.

Devine is committed to both exploring and utilizing new and cleaner technologies in our fleet.  This electric yard goat is just one example.

DIGGING OURSELVES A HOLE

As you may know, Devine is committed to bettering our industry and the communities in which we operate. Thomas Radcliff, Manager Business Development and proud Rotarian (pictured on the right above), spent a recent Saturday planting trees in West Sacramento.

Thanks, Thomas, for making a difference in our neighborhood.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

We are not the only ones who see Nevada as a moving destination. Nevada ranked as the third most popular moving destination in the nation.  Not only that, the Reno-Sparks area exceeded the rest of the nation in attracting young people to move in and make it their home.

Yep, Devine is part of the hip crowd, but you knew that already

ELDs AND THE WAITING GAME

It has been nearly three months since Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) became mandatory for commercial trucks.  The result has been decreased capacity and increased pricing in ALL trucking sectors.

“Just ask the driver to wait” needs to be removed from our vernacular.  Drivers no longer have any wiggle room and do not have the time to wait at the guard shack…to wait for a chassis to be unstacked…to wait for a problem to be resolved…to wait for a quality container to be found…to wait for service in the shipping/ receiving office…to wait in queues…to wait to be loaded/unloaded…to wait in traffic…to wait period.

These inefficiencies have been shouldered by the driver, but no more.  There is a cost to these inefficiencies, and those costs are now being transferred to the cargo owner.  To limit your exposure, take the waits out of the equation and get the trucks on the road.

THE HEART OF TRUCKING

Through their regional units and activities, members of the California Trucking Association (CTA) donated more than $300,000 to charities throughout the state.  The slogan “Trucks Bring It” not only means cargo but goodwill as well.

IS IT GROUNDHOG DAY?

The cities and ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are at it again.  They are trying to force every driver and every trucking company into the same mold by dictating drivers be employees rather than have the choice to be an independent entrepreneur.

There is enough room in this industry to accommodate both options, and it should be left up to the driver to determine what is best for his or her lifestyle.

THE VIEW FROM BELOW

On a recent tour of SSA’s terminal in Oakland, we were able to see first-hand two cranes that were raised by 27′.  A third is currently under construction, while the fourth awaits its turn.

These cranes will be able to reach containers on the top tier of the new mega-ships. These ships are currently on rotation in the TransPacific trade, and these cranes will make the Port of Oakland one of the few ports in the US able to accommodate these large ships.