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Stand Up Shippers Fly-In a Great Success

On March 3-4, 2015, NASSTRAC members, along with the Coalition of Transportation Productivity and the Forest Resources Association, flew to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Our purpose was fourfold: communicate the importance of funding our nation’s infrastructure by passing a long-term, fully funded Highway Reauthorization Bill; share our support of the National Motor Carrier Hiring Standard; push for the review of the hours of service restart provision; and help improve truck productivity by showing our support of heavier weight trucks. In doing so, we solidified our stand in Washington as one of the nation's top advocates for transportation issues and helped amplify the voice of our members on the issues that matter most to them.

You can look to the response of the government officials we met with to see just how successful the fly-in was. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff members from both parties asked if they could reach out to us in the future when they need shippers' input.

NASSTRAC members also met with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) associate administrator William Quade to give him our take on a couple of key issues. Here is just some of what we told Quade:

•   Using a broad brush approach to rid bad carriers has an unintended consequence of putting burdensome requirements on shippers, 3PLs and good carriers.
•   The CSA program, although created to identify unsafe carriers, now has become a legal bonanza as lawyers use CSA scores to include shippers and 3PLs in their litigation.
•   NASSTRAC supports the CSA program for what it was designed to do: help the FMCSA in its targeted enforcement program by identifying high-risk carriers for inspection and disciplinary action.

Now that we're back home, it's time for us to take our next steps. We will follow up with those Congressional offices that had questions or requested more information. We will also work with Quade to schedule a webinar in which the FMCSA will present on the CSA program. In the meantime, you can visit to learn more about our advocacy work and how you can get involved.

NASSTRAC 2014 Carrier of the Year Award Winners

At the NASSTRAC Conference in Orlando in April the award winners were announced for Carrier-of the Year. Simplified Logistics is proud to call all of the LTL Winners our partners. Congratulations to all of the winners.

National LTL ABF Freight System
Multi-Regional LTL Old Dominion Freight Line
Regional Northeast New England Motor Freight
Regional Southeast AAA Cooper Transportation
Regional Midwest Dayton Freight Lines
Regional West Oak Harbor Freight Lines
Parcel UPS
Expedited Fed Ex Custom Critical
National Truckload Bay and Bay Transportation
Special LTL Pacific Alaska Freightways

Trucking Moves America Forward

April 13, 2015–Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement representing all areas of the professional truck driving industry, is calling on Capitol Hill lawmakers to pass a long-term highway bill to safeguard America’s federal highway program and provide certainty for the nation’s future transportation needs.

"Our federal highway program is at a pivotal crossroads, and the passage of a long-term highway bill is critical to modernizing our aging infrastructure and ensuring our roads are safe for our professional drivers and America’s families alike," said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations..

The professional trucking industry drives $682 billion in revenue every year, making it a vital contributor to the nation’s economy. Seven million trucking professionals nationwide move food, fuel and critical cargo in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more.

Nearly a third of our nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and one out of every nine bridges are structurally deficient, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers report card. TMAF advocates for infrastructure spending to improve highway networks that are most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel. Improving our nation’s highways also prioritizes the safety of the motoring public.

"Well-maintained roads and bridges are safer roads and bridges," said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. "Safety is further improved when investments are focused on adding capacity where needed to reduce congestion."

Today, TMAF launched an advertising campaign to reach lawmakers on Capitol Hill to reinforce the positive impact professional drivers have as the nation’s chief movers of interstate commerce. The campaign includes a series of print, digital and radio advertisements placed in Washington news outlets, including Politico Morning Transportation, which can be viewed at:

"An updated transportation network is crucial to our nation’s success. Congress should stop punting and pass a long-term highway bill to improve our nation's roads and bridges before the current authorization expires in May," Burch added.

To view the TMAF advertising campaign, click here:

Safety and Service Highlighted in Award Recognition

YRC Freight has been selected to receive the 2014 National LTL Carrier of the Year award from Walmart. YRC Freight was chosen for its outstanding service, effective communication, excellent safety standards, and innovative solutions. The winner is selected by Walmart's transportation executive team. This will be the third time in 5 years that Walmart has selected YRC Freight for this distinction. YRC Freight and Walmart have a long-standing partnership serving the LTL needs of one of the most sophisticated supply chains in the world.

"We are grateful that Walmart has chosen us for this prestigious award," said Darren Hawkins, President of YRC Freight. "This means a lot to us. With every shipment and every mile, our employees worked hard last year to help Walmart achieve their goals. Walmart has high expectations for safety and service and our team showed the drive and dedication to surpass those expectations 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

"Walmart takes great pride in cultivating relationships with exceptional carriers throughout the United States," said Kevin X. Jones, Vice President of Walmart Inbound Transportation. "Partnering with companies like YRC Freight is essential to accomplishing and exceeding our important goals."

YRC Freight's national network offers significant capacity and coverage to Walmart and their suppliers. YRC Freight has engineered their network to accommodate the shipping needs of companies like Walmart and their suppliers who place a high value on safety, service, communications and innovative shipping solutions.

"It really comes down to the hard work of 20,000 employees, day in and day out," said Hawkins. "It's every driver, every dock worker, every person at YRC Freight going above and beyond the call of duty to create the best possible customer experience—whether it's for one shipment or 1,000 shipments."

Dayton Freight Expands Service Area

Less-than-truckload carriers have not made many service area changes in the last few years. Yes, the carriers may open new terminals, but many of those are to help service an area where they are receiving an abundance of volume, or relocate the terminal to provide better service to the area (of course there is a financial benefit as well.

That said, there have been few announcements where a less-than-truckload carrier has opened a new facility to enter a new market place. On April 6, Dayton Freight Lines made such an announcement, by opening a terminal in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dayton Freight Lines is a privately-owned less-than-truckload carrier with over 1,200 tractors servicing the Midwest (mainly the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin).

The new terminal in Omaha is Dayton’s first facility in Nebraska and opens a new market.

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