Focus on Miami

Miami, the second largest city in Florida, is home to 413,892 residents and the fourth-largest metro area, which includes more than 5.5 million residents. Located along the southeastern portion of Florida’s Atlantic coast, Miami boasts an economy based on the city’s crystal blue beaches and the numerous tourists that flock to experience them. With endless entertainment options and an enticing warm climate, Miami is sure to be full of life the whole year round. In a city like Miami, truck drivers will have no trouble staying busy.

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The city of Miami was incorporated on July 28, 1896 by Julia Tuttle, the only woman to ever conceive a major U.S. city, and was named after the nearby Miami River. Although Miami’s beginnings were slow, it quickly grew to become a major center in commerce, culture, and finance. Today, Miami acts as the headquarters for several large companies, including the Latin America operations for more than 1,400 multinational corporations, such as FedEx, Kraft Foods, and Wal-Mart. Because of Miami’s continuous advancement, in 2010, the city was named an Alpha-World City.

But wait, that’s not all Miami has to offer a truck driver. In addition, the city houses one of the world’s largest ports, the Port of Miami, and is considered to be both the “Cruise Capital of the World” and “Cargo Gateway of the Americas”. On a daily basis, The Port of Miami can expect to see a continuous flow of tourists and goods traveling in and out of Biscayne Bay. Along with the Port of Miami, the city’s entertainment industry also brings in an influx of tourists. The Art Deco District in South Beach is reported to be one of the world’s most exciting places because of its nightclubs, beaches, and shopping. With over 38 million visitors annually, Miami offers drivers an array of trucking jobs in Florida.

Whether you’re a Miami Heat fan or you prefer to root for the Dolphins, Miami provides something for every truck driver. With a constant demand for a wide variety goods, Miami makes finding the right trucking job easy. Don’t hesitate; find a fitting truck driving job in Miami today. To learn more, visit Miami’s city profile page.

Cargo Thieves Steal from Truckers, Consumers

cargo thief What are you going to do to make sure your load doesn’t get included in the 35 billion dollar a year loss created from cargo theft? It could happen to the trucker who just runs in the truck stop for a Redbull, or the warehouse who hooks their cargo to a conman’s rig. There are numerous ways thieves can get there hands on American goods. Whenever they succeed, everyone has to pay.

In the U.S. last year, there were 946 reported incidences of cargo theft. While this is a significant number, it still doesn’t show the actual amount of theft. Due to the fear of bad publicity or increasing insurance costs, many trucking companies do not report theft. With how vital truck transportation is, it’s critical for industry leaders to stay one step ahead of thieves and keep their businesses running as efficient as possible. One company stepping up to fill this need is ORBCOMM.

ORBCOMM is a communications provider that works in asset tracking, managing, and remote control. Through their state of the art technology, including a web of satellites orbiting the Earth, ORBCOMM makes sure their devices can communicate with each other almost anywhere on the planet. Their latest achievement comes in the form of a solar powered M2M (machine to machine) tracking device. The device, called GT 1100, is actually already making headlines. Earlier this year, the GT 1100 took home the E-Tech Award for Innovation from CTIA-The Wireless Association. The device itself is only about one inch high and is made to fit snugly in the grooves and creases on a trailer. The tracking device also comes with CargoWatch, a web service that provides location information in real time and serves to make the whole tracking process much easier and efficient.

Although ORBCOMM’s new solar powered device will do much in reducing costs from theft, it’s not the answer to the problem. Cargo thieves are getting more cunning as technology advances. Many thieves are posing as truckers to steal the goods straight from the warehouse. The companies are quite literally handing over their merchandise to criminals. Some of the most stolen goods are foods and beverages. These are not the most valuable products, so criminals have figured out that the safeguards to protect them are a bit lower. Besides the loss in revenue these food companies face (which will later get passed on to consumers), there is the danger of contamination. If some smaller grocery store buys these hijacked goods for cheap, they may be putting spoiled food on their shelves. Deceptive pickups, as these are called, have increased in prevalence in the previous few years. In 2009, there were only 8, while 2012 saw 61.


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Not to give criminals praise, but to pull off scams like this involves high levels of planning and organization. Some swindlers look as far as China for realistic license plates. Many have even discovered the best day to rob a facility. Most deceptive pickups occur on Friday, because criminals know the warehouses are in a rush to ship off their goods to consumers.

It’s probably no surprise that the U.S. is not the only place this is happening. Brazil reported about 10,000 thefts, Argentina about 1,200, and Mexico about 963 last year. Fortunately for Americans, there is not a high percentage of violence associated with these thefts. The same can’t be said for other countries. In Peru, for example, about half of all cargo thefts result in death or injury to the driver.

So what else is there to do about it? Besides the practical use of GPS devices, there are other tactics that can lower cargo thefts. One is making sure drivers are aware of the risks. Well educated drivers won’t leave their trailers in suspicious areas if they can avoid it or will make use of more dependable locks. Some companies have gone so far as to place GPS devices in the cargo. This way, even if a fraud driver picks up the thousands of dollars of TVs with their own trailer, they won’t get very far. Suppliers can also ask for two forms of ID from drivers to make sure they aren’t handing over their valuables to just anyone.

Just as truck drivers serve everyone, cargo thieves hurt everyone. Cargo criminals are pulling off hundred thousand dollar heists on an average of three times a day. Drivers lose, companies lose, and so do consumers. If you’re involved in the trucking industry, arm yourselves with knowledge and don’t fall prey to these vultures. America needs your vigilance.

Roehl Transport Seeks More Drivers

Roehl TruckingAttention truckers: Are you looking for a driving job where success is well within reach, and where your hard work is acknowledged and reimbursed accordingly? Well then you will definitely want to consider a job with Roehl Transport, headquartered out of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Roehl is currently looking for qualified drivers to expand their fleet in North Vernon, Indiana. Drivers would be delivering from a distribution center to regional customers. Possible delivery locales include Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The work would involve both pick-ups and drops, and most drivers can expect to bring home about $900 a week. Drivers can also look forward to impressive bonuses throughout their time at Roehl. Unlike many companies where bonuses are only furnished once or a few times a year, Roehl wastes no time honoring drivers for their hard work.

The Your Choice Pay Plan is another Roehl innovation that serves drivers in ways other companies don’t. Instead of waiting for the allotted time for pay increases, drivers are the ones in control of their income. The various pay grades are based on performance level, and any driver wanting to level up knows exactly what routes he or she must take to get there.

Roehl also values the time truckers need to spend with their families. Through flexible work schedules, Roehl does all they can to make sure drivers have a healthy balance between work life and home life.  To provide for their family, Roehl understand the importance of employee benefits to their employess as well. The company offers dental, vision, and health insurance for the whole family, free basic life insurance, a Flex Spending Account, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

If these perks sound too good to be true, than you are with the wrong trucking company. At Roehl, driver success is critical  because customer satisfaction is crucial. Roehl delivers to its customers confidence and satisfaction by promoting driver safety and excellence. For a chance to work at this leading company, apply online now!

OOIDA challenges New York’s fees

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Since January, owner-operators driving out-of-state trucks in New York are now required to pay registration fees to the state of New York. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is challenging the constitutionality of that regulation in a class action lawsuit filed against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The required fees include $15 for a certificate of registration along with $4 for a decal to use New York State highways. Tolled portions of the New York State Thruway are excluded.

OOIDA says that besides placing an extra burden on owner operators, failure to pay these fees on a timely basis can result in fines, interest, penalties, and seizure of property. New York-based trucks must also pay the fees, but OOIDA says that the fees are unconstitutional and discriminatory against out-of-state truck drivers who have had to pay the taxes in order to do business in New York.  OOIDA argues that trucks owned and operated in other states end up traveling fewer miles on the highways of New York than the New York-based trucks, thus creating a higher per mile tax rate on the out-of-state trucks. This, they feel, is in violation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, because it imposes an undue burden on interstate commerce.

OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston recently stated in a press release:

“In past years, OOIDA has been involved in legal actions against dozens of states resulting in tens of millions of dollars in direct refunds to more than 300,000 owner-operators who bore the economic burden of unconstitutional taxes. Those cases succeeded in stopping the proliferation of unconstitutional, discriminatory and burdensome taxes in those states. Our goal here is to once again put a stop to this type of discriminatory taxation before it spreads to other states.”

OOIDA’s lawsuit is asking that the registration taxes be declared unconstitutional and, subsequently, invalid and unenforceable. Injunctive relief, refunds, and other appropriate relief is being sought. The OOIDA lawsuit is representing all interstate motor carriers who primarily reside and operate trucking equipment outside of New York and who have been or will be required to pay the taxes.

Focus on Philadelphia

Philadelphia Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love and former capital of the United States of America, is ripe with culture, community, and truck driving jobs. The city knows plenty about American history, as it was home to the first and second Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and Benjamin Franklin. Pennsylvania truck driving jobs may not be as focused on industrial processes as it once was, but truckers can still find plenty of work transporting the goods that come from Philadelphia like pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

The city of Philadelphia was established by William Penn in 1681 by a charter from Charles II, King of England. But Penn, being a Quaker and peacemaker, still made negotiations with the Native Americans that inhabited the land. After the land was purchased, William Penn set out to establish Philadelphia with a more rural and less urban theme. His plans for businesses and homes to be separate from each other were eventually abandoned by the residents, and Philadelphia took its first steps to becoming a major, bustling city. Any driver living and working in the area can learn much more about the city’s history while bringing home a steady paycheck.

Philadelphia is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies. Several of those Fortune 500 companies rely on truck drivers to keep their businesses afloat, like Wyeth pharmaceuticals, Pep Boys, Aramark Dining, and Rohm and Haas chemical manufacturing. To deliver these goods to the rest of the nation, truckers can rely on Interstates 95, 676, the Schuylkill Expressway, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and many other routes. There is even access to water routes on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Furthermore, Philadelphia is in a prime position to deliver to other major cities in the neighboring states of New York, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Besides the array of potential truck driving jobs, the city offers numerous avenues for arts and entertainment. The Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art is a major attraction due to its size and impressive collection, not to mention its memorable front steps made famous in Rocky. After taking in the sites the city has to offer, Philadelphia cuisine would be the next stop. With choices like world famous Philadelphia cheesesteaks and hoagies, no one need leave the city hungry.

Check out Philadelphia’s trucking jobs by clicking here for the latest opportunities.

Highway Rhythm | Grooved Pavement

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As part of writing truck driving blogs, I often discuss political decisions and individual truck driver stories. Recently Chelsea Tucker and I have been bouncing around the idea of highlighting different genres of music or bands in a new blog called Highway Rhythm. You know, a place to bring together the best songs out there for getting down the road to. This is not going to be a top 10 list of best songs ever. If anything, we want it to challenge you to try out new music or discuss what is missing. When you are in the truck and out on the road, sometimes you have to just jam to something.

This first edition is by no means my favorite genre, but I happened to be listening to it when the idea to write hit me. I hope you find a lively discussion as we consider the magic of Grooved Pavement.

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Bonus points if you can name this guy!

Sometime in the 70’s something ridiculous happened. Blues, tight drums, and slapping bass combined into a strange mix of music that would become Funk. I grew up with a basic knowledge of what funk was, but my true love for it grew out of a joke. A friend and I started getting old Rick James, James Brown, and other artists to be funny when we pulled up at places. The funk overtook us! After a few weeks, we realized that we were actually driving to it and were not laughing.

We liked it.

Funk has a way of growing on you, especially when you are driving. Every time I see a “Grooved Pavement” sign I feel the need to play funk in order to officially “groove” that road.

So, what do you drive to on the pavement? Is it classic funk or the psychedelic Parliament type stuff? Well, here is a playlist that can get you started. Most importantly: don’t knock it till you try it!

My absolute favorite song on this list is “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” but these are not in any order. If you are not familiar with funk music, then this is a great list to start with. There are simply too many great songs for one playlist.

Check out the video of the Temptations live doing Papa was a Rolling Stone. The people dancing are hilarious. Also, I included a video of The Brothers Johnson. The bass player tears it up near the end of the song. Both videos give you a good range of what Funk is all about.

1. “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” The Temptations

2. “Ghetto Life,” Rick James

3. “Get The Funk Out My Face,” The Brothers Johnson

4. “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown

5. “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” War

6. “Brick House,” Commodores

7. “Super Freak,” Rick James

8. “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees

9. “Low Rider,” War

10. “One Nation Under Funk,” Parliament

What do you think? What’s missing? What funk songs are your favorite to drive to?

FedEx brings holiday hiring cheer for 2013

FedEx CorporationThe holiday season is upon us, the time of year when purchasing for Christmas becomes a challenged task for most. What better way to start the season right than becoming a part of the FedEx family? FedEx Corporation announced earlier this month that the company is going to double last year’s holiday hiring averages for the 2013 season. The company is anticipating a higher customer demand for the shipping industry. FedEx spokeswoman, Parul Bajaj, stated that last year the company hired an estimated 20,000 holiday associates to supplement the customer demand in 2012.

FedEx Corporation began in 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas by founder, chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith. The company is an American global courier delivery service for local and major companies, as well as servicing the communities of every state in the US. In 1973, the company made the decision to relocate to Memphis, Tennessee. On the first night, the fledgling company delivered over 186 packages to nearly twenty-five US cities by truck and jet, revealing FedEx’s commitment to their customers. In doing this unbelievable task in one night, FedEx created the air/ground services.

With such a huge corporation, one wonders how FedEx maintains each shipment area. Currently, the multimillion dollar company employs over 290,000 associates. FedEx operates several different shipment options to take care of every customer’s need. Innovation, determination, and employee excellence are just a few key traits that FedEx incorporates to maintain their successful company.

Doubling their workforce demonstrates how the company continues to strive for excellence with their customers. Will you become the newest FedEx family member this year?

FST Express files latest post-settlement suit against Pilot Flying J

Columbus, Ohio-based carrier FST Express is suing truck stop giant Pilot Flying J claiming to have lost more than $75,000 amid allegations that the truck stop giant carried on an intentional and systematic fuel rebate scheme that was brought to light by a federal investigation in April of this year. By filing this suit, FST Express joins several other carriers who have opted out of a class action settlement already approved by a judge in Arkansas this July.

fuel rebate scamThat settlement ruled that Pilot Flying J was to pay back its wronged customers everything they are owed plus six percent interest and any court costs or attorney fees. Companies had until Oct. 15 to opt out of the agreement. FST is now seeking actual damages, consequential damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, treble damages, costs, attorney’s fees, and interest.

Attorney for FST Express, Shawn Organ, said:

“FST Express has opted out of the proposed settlement because there are serious questions about whether the settlement provides a sufficient benefit to Pilot Flying J’s customers who have been harmed by the rebate scheme. Unfortunately, under the settlement agreement trucking companies will not learn whether they have received a fair settlement until after the opt-out deadline. But by then it will be too late for those companies to get out of the settlement and pursue their own lawsuits…Although Pilot certainly benefits from a quick settlement, we have serious concerns whether such a hasty deal is good for the victims of Pilot’s fraud.”

The lawsuit claims that FST Express has been a customer of Pilot’s for ten years and had working relationships with Arnie Ralenkotter, Pilot’s sales director, and account manager Janet Welch. Both have already pleaded guilty to accounts of fraud. FST Express also worked with John Spiewak, who since has been placed on administrative leave for his involvement in the fraudulent scheme.

The suit says that in 2011, FST found a discrepancy in the amount of fuel rebates owed and called it to the attention of Pilot. Welch made up an excuse even though she knew it to be false at the time, claims the lawsuit, saying FST was shorted due to a substitute staff member making an error. Pilot subsequently sent FST a check for $22,646 to remedy the situation. FST says it was unaware of the widespread nature of the fraudulent rebate scheme at the time and didn’t realize the discounts owed to the company were greater than what had been received.

Pilot Flying J’s Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters was raided by federal agents in April when records allegedly revealed that a plan had been put in place to withhold fuel rebates from what were deemed unsophisticated carriers companies. The motive was to increase profits for Pilot and to increase commissions for certain salesmen.

Focus on St. Louis

St. Louis MOSt. Louis, commonly known as the Gateway City, is located in the Midwestern United States and along the western banks of the Mississippi River. As the Gateway to the West, the trucking industry serves beyond the Missouri and Illinois borders of this Midwest metropolis. With more than 2.7 million people residing within the city’s boundaries, St. Louis boasts an economy that relies on the waterways and interstates that aid in the trade and transportation of goods used to meet the demands of this city’s numerous residents.

Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, the city of St. Louis was named after Louis IX of France and was placed under European control until after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Following the purchase, the importance of St. Louis began to rise because of its prime location along the Mississippi, just south of the Missouri/Mississippi confluence. Soon after the city was incorporated in 1882, St. Louis became known for its port connections and was deemed a major U.S. inland port. Throughout the 19th and the early 20th century, St. Louis continued to see growth. The city hosted the 1904 World’s fair, in addition to, 1904 Summer Olympics, making St. Louis the first non-European host. In 1967, the Gateway Arch, what is still considered as the city’s most recognizable feature, opened its doors to the public.

Today, St. Louis’ rivers still play an important role in moving goods throughout the city and the contiguous United States, which in turn has made the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis the second largest inland port by trip-ton miles and third by tonnage. With St. Louis’ ability to provide fast access to domestic and international markets, businesses big and small are increasingly finding St. Louis as an attractive place to call home. From the city’s centralized location to the rivers and interstates that run throughout, St. Louis provides a place where both businesses and truckers can succeed.

To find more information on businesses employing truckers in St. Louis area, visit the city’s profile page.

Truckers Ride gets Colbert Treatment

strikeTruckers Ride for the Constitution has been gaining an overwhelming number of followers since its inception in mid-September. Currently, the Facebook page has over 120 thousand likes and a projected 3000 people should be in DC this weekend for the protest. The movement, created by Zeeda Andrews, has taken on a few different motives as well. The apparent cause would be a greater adherence to the Constitution, but supporters have mentioned causes like lower fuel prices to removing Muslims from office to arresting Nancy Pelosi. A recent piece from Fox shows Ms. Zeeda calling for the removal of President Barack Obama from office. She believes his presence is the major reason the Constitution is not being upheld.

But what do people on the outside of this movement believe? Is this movement receiving support from anyone besides the indignant behind the wheel? One of the most popular cultural leaders in the media, Stephen Colbert, had some deriding (yet amusing) opinions on the whole crusade.

On the Colbert Report this week, Stephen showed off his new trucker hat (do truckers even wear these?) and grabbed a CB radio to brandish his trucker lingo. With quotes like “Big daddy truck nuts,” and “deliver a truck load of Kenya back to to his home,” it’s clear Colbert is not assigning the highest level of prestige to these protesters. Along with his slang, he mentioned the loftiness of the movement’s goals. Removing the president from office with the worst traffic jam ever may not be the most reliable plan. The basic sentiment behind Colbert’s segment was that the protest would really just inconvenience others and have no real positive impact.

Besides The Colbert Report, the ATA and OOIDA have also taken a stand against the protest. The American Trucking Association and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association released statements on October 8th distancing themselves from the cause. While many truckers have taken to social media to throw their full support behind the Ride for the Constitution, others have come against it for the damage it could do to their image and American consumers.

So what is it, truckers? Is this the protest America needs to finally address corruption in politics? Or is this a group of angry, misdirected truckers getting behind a woman’s vision who isn’t even a truck driver (country singer, if you were wondering)? Where will you be this weekend?