Total control, totally smart.
Bring your tank truck into the modern era with the CivaCommand Smart
Tank System— an integrated, touchscreen-based digital system that
combines advanced overfill protection and pneumatic controls with
analytics, security and asset management. The system allows the visual
monitoring of overfill probes, air controls and ground connections,
and creates the ability to identify problems before they happen, for
significantly improved uptime.
Other benefits of the CivaCommand
Smart Tank System include:
• Built-in smart electronic PGI
(product grade indicator) improves efficiency
• Interactive product retain warning prevents driver from
leaving with retain
• COPS (Cross Over Protection System) fully integrated, but not
required for use
• Automatically activates COPS when paired with Smart Delivery Elbow
KEEP YOUR FLEET MOVING
WITH THE ONLY INTEGRATED
SMART TANK SYSTEM.
To learn more about the CivaCommand Smart Tank System,
call: 1-888-526-5657 or visit www.opwglobal.com/civacon/civacommand.
A near-record number of unfilled
positions across the U.S., along with
the grind and stress of a career
putting in long hours behind the wheel,
underscore the difficulty the trucking
industry has in attracting drivers.
Government figures show that while
long-distance freight hauling payrolls
are increasing, they’re doing so at a
snail’s pace and remain below the peaks
of the last two expansions.
Last year, wage gains merely
matched the rate of inflation in the
broader economy. With the freight-
transportation sector tightening and
companies growing more desperate
to put people behind the wheels of
big rigs, that may start to change.
Historically, about 30 percent of
trucking companies’ rate increases are
passed through in the form of wage
increases, according to Bloomberg
“The market has been much tighter
this time around and they are passing
at least 50 percent to drivers now, and
a smaller percentage is going to the
bottom line,” Klaskow said.
(This article was first reported by
Crain’s Chicago Business) That was the largest year-over-year
increase in nearly a decade. The
broader producer-price index was up 3. 4
percent, the most since November 2011.
Anecdotes about rising costs are
piling up. The Federal Reserve’s
latest Beige Book, published in late
May, cited a North Carolina trucking
company that said some customers
were willing to pay rates that
quadrupled. In the Chicago district,
“numerous contacts” said freight costs
had “increased dramatically.”
The cost to haul a full truckload
of finished product or materials has
soared this year. Cass Information
Systems’ measure of per-mile rates,
excluding fuel charges, jumped 9
percent in May from a year earlier, the
most in records going back 13 years.
Per-mile rates for dry vans,
and flatbeds have roared above $2,
according to data from Truckstop.com.
Rates are on the move because
the economy is on cruise control as
steady-and-solid business investment
and consumer spending stretch the
capacity of the nation’s freight sector.
What’s more, the implementation of
electronic logging devices that ensure
drivers adhere to maximum-allowable
hours on the road and duty time has
effectively removed the ability to fudge
paper logs. While that may make the
roads safer, it’s nonetheless another
PepsiCo Inc., like its competitors in
the U.S. food and beverage industry,
has been grappling with higher
transportation costs that are pressuring
margins. Hugh Johnston, the company’s
chief financial officer, said freight costs
started to accelerate at the beginning
of this year, largely due to a trucker
shortage and new regulations on drivers.
An index of May freight shipments
from Cass was the strongest since
before the last recession and close to a
record in data back to 1990. That helped
propel a measure of expenditures on
truck transportation to an all-time high.
(Demands on trucking continued from page 1)
investment in our state. Instead of
considering our perspective, Rhode
Island’s legislators, led by Governor
Raimondo and Speaker Mattiello,
marginalized us, dismissed us and
chose the unfortunate path of designing,
building and executing an unlawful and
inequitable scheme of truck-only tolling.
The result is this lawsuit.”
ATA sees 5 trucking trends
The trucking industry handles
freight for a number of other industries
to ensure that companies and
customers across the nation get the
materials and products they need.
“For truckers and other people in
the industry, it’s important to stay
on top of upcoming trends to ensure
that they understand all the rules
of the road,” according to American
Trucking Associations (ATA).
The trade group lists the following
issues as being leading trends for
the remainder of this year and the
Goods transported by truck will grow
at a rate of about 3 percent a year for the
next five years, according to ATA. For
freight, trucks will remain the top option
for hauling, although planes, ships and
trains are continuing to see increases.
The industry will continue to grow as the
U.S. economy continues to grow.
Higher diesel fuel prices are likely for
the remainder of this year. According to
the Kiplinger Energy Prices Forecast,
the prices have continued to rise,
especially due to conflict in Saudi Arabia.
The unpredictable nature of political
turmoil leads to supply interruptions,
and therefore higher prices.
The demand for services continues
to rise, which ultimately pushes up
trucking rates. The overall process of
moving freight is expensive and higher
rates help offset the costs and other
difficulties that people in the industry
face. Truck equipment as well as driver
salaries require the costs of conducting
business to reflect those needs.
As of this year, the trucking industry
is short about 35,000 qualified drivers
and the shortage is expected to get
worse by 2022. This will ultimately
lead to volume issues in the industry,
with schedules becoming even more
difficult to maintain. ATA estimates that
industry leaders need to recruit about
100,000 new drivers every year to keep
up with the demand of the industry.
Tonnage is the weight of cargo in
tons. It fluctuates every year and will
continue to do that this year. As the flow
of consumer demand rises and falls,
it’s difficult to calculate exact forecasts.
However, trucking professionals will see
higher levels of tonnage during peak
times of the year, which allows them
to make more revenue to make up for
quieter times of the year.