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Truck Weight Debate Returns To Capitol Hill

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
On May 7, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) re-introduced his Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA) proposed legislation to the Senate. Lautenberg’s bill would expand the existing ban on tractor trailer combinations with weights exceeding 80,000 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), which currently applies on interstate highways, by extending it to all national highways. In contrast, on February 12, 2013, Rep. Michael Michaud (R-ME) reintroduced his Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (H.R. 612). SETA would allow states to raise gross vehicle weight limits on all highways, including interstates and national highways, to 97,000 lbs., with the addition of a sixth axle and additional wheels and tires.

NASSTRAC supports SETA and opposes SHIPA. By reducing the trucking industry’s ability to use heavier and/or longer vehicles, the Lautenberg bill would reduce trucking industry productivity while also increasing highway congestion and doing nothing to improve safety. If motor carriers and shippers are blocked from using heavier and/or longer vehicles, projected increases in freight volume will have to move in increasing numbers of current, 80,000 lb. GVW-limited tractor trailers.

"Sen. Lautenberg’s SHIPA bill exemplifies the War on Trucking that has long been a focus of NASSTAC advocacy efforts,” says Mike Regan, Chairman of NASSTRAC’s Advocacy Committee. "One of the key points we will make during the next Washington, DC Fly-In will be that SHIPA is a bad bill. NASSTRAC supports the Coalition For Transportation Productivity’s position and is working with them to get common-sense legislation that will save billions of dollars annually and enhance safety on the roads.”

> More at FreightTalk, NASSTRAC’s Blog

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Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Needs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There is a solid strategic partnership between NASSTRAC and the American Logistics Aid Network. ALAN’s web portal serves as a clearinghouse for essential supplies, goods, and services during times of crisis, including disasters like the tornado disaster in Oklahoma this last week. ALAN’s solution to emergency relief brings together the unique capabilities of business (members of NASSTRAC) and voluntary organizations plus relief agencies – forming strong partnerships between public, private, and non-profit organizations.


> More at FreightTalk, NASSTRAC’s Blog

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Revlon’s Sherry (Askew) Ennis Joins NASSTRAC Executive Committee

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
NASSTRAC announces that Sherry Ennis has been recently named to its Executive Committee, the trade association’s primary governing and leadership team. Ennis is Transportation Manager of Revlon Consumer Products, and has nearly 20 years experience in transportation and logistics. She has been a member of NASSTRAC since 2004 and was active on the association’s Education Committee in planning its 2013 Shippers Conference. A certified logistics professional by the Institute of Logistics Management, Ennis is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in logistics management from Barton College, and previously was a logistics instructor at Vance Granville Community College in North Carolina.

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NASSTRAC Creates New Student Scholarship Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In an effort to provide learning and networking opportunities to college-level students coming into the industry, NASSTRAC launched its annual Transportation & Supply Chain Scholarship Program this year. Through this program, NASSTRAC provided financial resources that enabled three individuals in transportation/supply chain academic programs to attend this year’s conference. Scholarship recipients (pictured, left to right) are Jason Klanac, student from Georgia Southern; Edward Mraz, student from University of West Florida; and Bradley Addison, student at Auburn University. The program was implemented under the leadership of Marc Feeser, Sr. Manager, America’s Fulfillment & Logistics, at Dell Inc.; and Brian Gibson, Ph.D, Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University.

 

> Read Jason Klanac’s perspectives at FreightTalk

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Transportation Executives Learn, Network at NASSTRAC’s Shippers Conference In Orlando

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Transportation Executives Learn, Network at NASSTRAC’s Shippers Conference In OrlandoNearly 600 transportation industry decision-makers and providers recently met at the 2013 Shippers Conference & Transportation Expo in Orlando to learn, network, and do business. Shippers from such leading manufacturers as Anixter, Ashland, Avery Dennison, BASF, Baxter Healthcare, Dixon Ticonderoga, Ecolab, Frito Lay, Kraft Foods, L’Oreal, Masco, Merck, MOM Brands, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Owens & Minor, Revlon, Zodiac Pool Systems; and retailers/ distributors such as BJ’s Wholesale Club, Coach, Dots, Floor & Décor, Sherwin-Williams, and United Stationers. The event also featured more than 100 providers as part of the expo, including providers and carriers of all modes, and technology innovators."

 

This event promoted strategic thinking, learning, and invaluable networking for freight transportation and supply chain executives,” says Candace Holowicki, NASSTRAC’s Education Committee Chairwoman and Director of Global Transportation and Logistics for manufacturer TriMas Corp. "NASSTRAC continues to provide high-level content, practical ideas, and networking opportunities that help those of us in this industry to increase efficiencies, streamline the supply chain, and strengthen the bottom line for our organizations.” Visit NASSTRAC’s Blog, www.FreightTalk.org for more of Candace’s perspectives.

> Conference Recap

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Stein Mart’s Gregg Sayers Joins NASSTRAC Executive Committee

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NASSTRAC announces that Gregg Sayers has been recently named to its Executive Committee, the trade association’s primary governing and leadership team. Sayers is Director Supply Chain/Transportation at Stein Mart, a fashion retailer offering a distinctive assortment of apparel, acces¬sories and shoes for women and men and home fashions. Sayers provides strategic and tactical direction and leadership for international and domestic transporta¬tion activities supporting Stein Mart’s overall supply chain strategies. Previously, he served as director with Performance Team Freight Systems, a leading third-party logistics company based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. He also was in a number of transportation leadership and distribution center operations roles at Limited Brands. Sayers holds a degree from Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y. Sayers has been an active NASSTRAC member since 2011, and was Stein Mart’s primary representative in accepting NASSTRAC’s Shipper of the Year award on behalf of the retailer that year.


According to NASSTRAC President Doug Easley, Sayers will work strategically with the Executive Committee to ensure the association achieves its mission in providing quality education, advocacy, and provider relations opportunities to shippers and other stakeholders in North American transportation. "Sayers brings considerable leadership and industry expertise to the table,” he says, "and we look forward to his contribution to our association and to the transportation industry at large.”

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NASSTRAC Creates New Student Scholarship Program

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In an effort to provide learning and networking opportunities to college-level students coming into the industry, NASSTRAC launched its annual Transportation & Supply Chain Scholarship Program this year. Through this program, NASSTRAC provided financial resources that enabled three individuals in transportation/supply chain academic programs to attend this year’s conference. Scholarship recipients (pictured, below right) are Jason Klanac, student from Georgia Southern; Edward Mraz, student from University of West Florida; and Bradley Addison, student at Auburn University. The program was implemented under the leadership of Marc Feeser, Sr. Manager, America’s Fulfillment & Logistics, at Dell Inc.; and Brian Gibson, Ph.D, Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University.


> Read "Perspectives From The Student Supply Chain”

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Obama Taps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx To Succeed LaHood at DOT

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
President Obama has nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next secretary of transportation, succeeding Ray LaHood, who is stepping down. Obama named Foxx as his choice to lead DOT at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon. Following his formal nomination, Foxx must be confirmed by the Senate. Foxx, a Democrat, has expanded public transportation systems in his city, has developed a facility connecting freight to global ports and has added a third runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the Washington Post reported Monday. Foxx, 42, has been Charlotte’s mayor for nearly four years.

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Diesel Drops .6 Cents to $3.845 Per Gallon

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Diesel prices dropped .6 cents a gallon, its 10th straight weekly decline, while gasoline rose for the first time in 10 weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy reported to NASSTRAC this week. Gasoline rose 1.8 cents to $3.538 a gallon following nine declines in which it fell 26.4 cents. The smallest of its recent declines left diesel 21.2 cents below the same week lsat year, while gasoline is 25.2 cents under a year ago. Diesel prices, which have not risen since Feb. 25, have dropped 31.4 cents in the past week, according to the DOE.


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FMCSA Denies Hours Of Service Delay

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it won’t delay the July 1 start date for enforcing the latest changes to its HOS rule for truck drivers. In January, American Trucking Associations asked FMCSA not to enforce parts of the rule until three months after pending litigation ends. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled March 15 to hear oral arguments in the case.


FMCSA responded in a Feb. 22 letter to ATA, according to Transport Topics, with this statement: "Mere uncertainty over the possible outcome of the litigation, which you recognize is a matter over which the parties differ, does not create likelihood that the industry or the enforcement community will suffer harm due to wasted training resources or confusion.” However, FMCSA said it believes the rule is valid and not likely to be delayed if ATA asked a federal court to impose a stay, or court-ordered delay.


ATA opposes a provision of the rule that restricts use of the 34-hour restart. It allows truck drivers to reset their weekly driving limits of 60 hours in seven days, or 70 hours in eight days, if they rest for 34 hours. Truck drivers will now be able to use the restart only once every seven days, and the restart will have to include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.


NASSTRAC joined ATA and other shipper and carrier interests in filing a brief Oct. 1 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is considering challenges to FMCSA’s latest rules. This brief supports the FMCSA decision to retain the 11th hour of daily driving time, based upon findings that the benefits of that decision outweigh costs. NASSTRAC also supports ATA’s goal of more flexibility as to restarts between workweeks. Visit www.FreightAdvocacy.org for more information on NASSTRAC’s advocacy initiatives.

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