Truckers Have Limited Options For Getting Inoculated On The Road

Considering how important supplies and logistics are for the global economy, especially now with people stuck in their homes and healthcare needing more equipment and supplies than ever, it’s no surprise that logistics firms like Titan Transline have been working overtime.

Truck drivers are, unsurprisingly, considered essential workers, but unlike the others, they’re having trouble finding the time to get inoculated from COVID due to the nature of their work, which demands long hours of travel on the road, potentially across state lines and national borders.

The US doesn’t have solid data on how many of its commercial drivers have been inoculated from COVID-19, but industry leaders are calling for state and federal governments to make rest stops and travel centers vaccination sites.

Part of the problem that truckers are dealing with is how the personnel handling vaccinations aren’t exactly trained to handle situations when a person that travels a lot, as part of their profession, for example, comes in to get vaccinated.

One such case was Anthony Tuttle, aged 44, who went into a Johnson City vaccination site to get inoculated, only to be forced to wait outside and have National Guard called on him by the staff, in spite of the fact that commercial truck drivers were exempt from quarantine rules, owing to their status as essential workers.

Even with quarantine requirements lifted across the US and eligibility expanded to all Americans aged 16 and up, truckers have had a hard time getting inoculated due to several factors, leaving a lot of them with few chances of booking appointments.

The American Trucking Association, National Association of Truck Stop Owners, and others in the industry banded together and wrote a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, calling for the designation of truck stops as mobile vaccination sites for drivers and employees across the US, a move which will greatly help logistic firms like Titan Transline across the country.

According to the group, truckers should be able to get vaccinated in states other than their home states due to the fact that they spend so much time on the road and away from home, as well as being allowed to take their second shot at a different vaccination location, due to the same reason.


The Economic Advantages Of Cross-Border Trucking

Canada and the United States have left their common border open for the movement of freight but have restricted non-essential trips. On an average day, about 30,000 trucks cross the border between the US and Canada carrying more than $1 billion worth of food and medicine.

Preserving the movement of trucks across the border is very important to ensure that the flow of critical supplies like food and medicine will be uninterrupted. The economic damage from interrupting the flow of cross-border trucks would be direct and indirect.

Direct damage will result when the flow of needed goods is cut off. For example, one of the major exports of Ontario to the United States is pharmaceuticals. Truckloads of agri-food products from live animals to processed food are shipped to and from Canada and the US.

Meanwhile, indirect damages will result when supply chains that straddle the border breakdown because it will be impossible for factories and other economic activities to continue with their operations. For example, the production of cars and SUV’s are highly reliant on parts produced by hundreds of factories that pass them along to suppliers that gradually combine them into larger parts before they are delivered at final assembly plants. Nearly all of the factory-to-factory movements are handled by cross-border trucking providers in Canada and the USA. When trucks are stopped from crossing the border, automotive production will stop.

For some industries like the food supply chain, there have been discussions to shift towards separate domestic supply chains. In industries like automotive, aerospace, defense, and industrial machinery where scale is very important, a consolidation will systematically work against Canada. In such industries where the supply chain cannot be easily duplicated for each country, the country that will benefit is the larger country which is the USA. Since cross-border logistics has been proven to work during a crisis, it would be beneficial for business investment in Canada.

The size of your shipment does not matter because Titan Transline has efficient transport options backed by the best-in-the-industry service, expertise, and verifiable data. The safety of your shipment is the priority. You will be updated real-time during the entire transport process.


Moving Aggregated LTL Shipments Through Full Truckload

The sector of less-than-truckload (LTL) has an estimated value of $65 billion a year in the United States. Roughly 165 million LTL shipments are moved by trucking and logistics providers like Titan Transline across all of North America. However, it is apparent that LTL is often compared to the more efficient and larger truckload industry.

When comparing key service parameters, LTL on-time delivery rate is only 50%; whereas, full truckload has 96% delivery rate. LTL’s pick-up rate is at 70% while the full truckload sector has achieved more than 96%. Additionally, freight moved through LTL is 18 times more likely to be damaged.

In order to bring higher quality to the LTL segment, shared truckload has been introduced. This is a concept where freight that is shipped through LTL is pooled together and sent via full truckload. Freight from different shippers is aggregated together in a full truckload trailer and arranged based on the first come, last out system. This will ensure that the freight that was loaded last will be unloaded first to prevent other cargo from disturbed during the journey.

The LTL freight industry usually moves through the hub and spoke model which is more expensive to operate. If freight from different shippers is aggregated and shipped together, high capital expenditure will be avoided. Besides that, the simplicity and higher quality of full truckload will be shared to the LTL shipper.

In the traditional market that relies on supply and demand, demand comes from LTL while supply comes from the full truckload sector. The cost of moving a truckload of LTL freight is about half the cost of moving the same freight through conventional LTL. It is expected that shippers will be willing to pay the prices required by LTL as long the shipment is moved through shared truckload within a full truckload container. Service quality will be higher as well as hauling efficiency.

Both LTL and full truckload are offered by Titan Transline for your goods. Accurate tracking and real time reporting will ensure that your goods will arrive on time at their highest quality. LTL shipments that are handled include small volume loads, ecommerce shipments, manufacturing supplies, dry goods like textiles, temperature-controlled goods, etc.


How The Pandemic Affected Freight Trends

When national average rates for van, refrigerated and flatbed trucking entered August, they were near the high marks for the year. This was the result of Covid19 pandemic that has disrupted the global supply chain. It pushed more freight to the spot market at a time when demand for truckload capacities often decline.

At least 8.6% more loads were posted by shippers and freight forwarders for the week ending August 2 while the number of truck posts went down by 8%. Load-to-truck ratios have increased in all the 3 equipment types week over week. Van ratio was at 5.2 after the average 4.4 in July. Average reefer ratio was 9.0 last week which was the highest point in the last 2 years. Flatbed ratio was well ahead of last year at 30.6. Load-to-truck ratios measure the number of loads available against the number of trucks available on the DAT One load board network. DAT Solutions operates the trucking industry’s largest load board network.

In July, national average spot rates for vans was $2.04 per mile which is 24 cents more than the rate in June. For flatbed, the national average spot rate for July was $2.20 per mile which is 13 cents more than that of June rates. For reefers, it was $2.30 per mile which was 15 cents more than June rates. Last month, the average spot van rate was 10.6 higher than July 2019. Rates were also higher for reefers and vans as the industry entered August.

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the demand for certain types of produce. Higher volumes of citrus fruits and leafy greens resulted to a tighter capacity in Southern California particularly Salinas Valley. Volumes of produce on their entire state were up but there is still uncertainty due to the struggling restaurant and food service industry.

A trend to be watched is the surge of imports for home improvement and other stay-at-home products. Building materials, oversized construction equipment and manufacturing components have to be transported through flatbed trucking that can be loaded quickly through forklifts. Loads are secured by using flat webbing straps that are tightened by a ratchet.


Port Douglas Shuttle Service Shifting Focus

One of the first businesses to provide Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle services to travelers, Adrenalin Transport, will be shifting its focus from daily shuttle runs to instead prioritize tours and medical services.

According to Adrenalin Transport owner, Mark Wallace, the business is due for a change of pace following half a decade of operating in Port Douglas and surrounding areas, providing Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle services to travelers in the area.

Wallace says that the change in direction for the business is a business move made to keep the business running as many other companies provide the service that his company provided in the five years of its operations, one that’ll be good for the long-term existence of Adrenalin, but one he considers bittersweet, all the same.

The business owner says that, since he took over the business, he’s made a lot of friends handling daily shuttle runs, and that, with these changes, he won’t be able to see them regularly anymore, which he finds sad.

Wallace describes Adrenalin as the first Uber, before Uber was even a thing, which really helped him, he says, get to know the area and the people living there via his shuttle business.

Adrenalin has undergone a few changes in focus over the years, though few as notable as this one, even managing to win some awards and accolades over the years, proving itself as a lucrative business.

That same success, however, attracted the same competition that made the company shift gears, with Wallace saying that the market is now saturated, with a lot of shuttles charging the same as it was half a decade ago, which he describes as problematic due to the fact that rising fuel prices made continued operations difficult.

Adrenalin Transport is working to get funding from the local government for tours, as well as increasing their focus on providing transport to patients in Cairns in need of medical specialists, with Wallace describing the change in focus as embracing personal service as a business philosophy.

Adrenalin is still available for charter for events, like weddings and Christmas parties, and will still be running the overnight trip from Mossman to Cairns, complete with return trip, which they recently introduced earlier in 2019.