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NEWSLETTER: THE SMALL SHIPMENT is published by NASSTRAC monthly to keep members informed about developments in transportation services, rules, legislation, regulatory proceedings, or any other news that has an impact on the distribution of goods by less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation, or of express shipments by any means.

NASSTRAC INTERNET HOME PAGE: NASSTRAC Home Page provides members with the latest information upon demand. The SMALL SHIPMENT, the NASSTRAC newsletter, will be incorporated in the HOME PAGE as a MEMBERS ONLY service. While the Home Page is not yet fully interactive, we are rapidly taking action to have a fully interactive Home Page.

IMMEDIATE FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OF BREAKING NEWS: NASSTRAC has initiated immediate FAX transmission of breaking news of importance to the membership. Rather than wait for the next newsletter or rely on mail delivery, NASSTRAC now informs the membership of significant new developments immediately by FAX.

EDUCATION: NASSTRAC conducts two membership meetings each year -- one in the Fall and one in the Spring -- conducted as seminar-workshops on new techniques, new technologies, new services, and other important developments which are essential to professionals in LTL distribution. Professional development is a keynote of the program. To address special subjects of a timely nature, or to provide a vehicle to keep shippers and carriers informed of information on a regular basis, special seminars on a single subject are conducted periodically.

NETWORKING: NASSTRAC offers members an excellent networking opportunity to produce opportunities which would not otherwise exist. Professional Interaction is promoted among the shipper members, initiated primarily at meetings, but afforded as an opportunity throughout the year through telephone and Internet contacts. The professional interchange of information is of exceptional value to all shippers, but it affords less-experienced shippers an opportunity to interact with experienced professionals. Shipper-Provider relationships are also available. Senior executives from transportation services providers attend the NASSTRAC meetings and afford shippers an opportunity to make contacts "At The Top" that will facilitate their distribution operations. While these contacts are initiated at the meetings, they are of value throughout the year. Similarly provider contacts with shippers give the providers a continuing insight into the needs, concerns and problems faced by shippers which helps them to be more responsive to their customers and gives them a leg up on other providers who do not have this opportunity.

ADVOCACY: NASSTRAC is a continuing advocate for shippers of small shipments -- shippers who are involved in the shipment of all forms of small shipments, ranging from express envelopes through the full gamut of express package delivery to the full range of less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. This Advocacy occurs in a number of venues -- national and regional government executive, legislative and regulatory agencies, the courts, ratemaking agencies, and any other activity which takes actions having an impact on small shipments. Currently, NASSTRAC is involved with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Justice, the Courts, the Surface Transportation Board, the Rate Bureaus, and the national classification activity on behalf of shippers. Action has been initiated to provide members with special access to Professional Arbitration Services to provide a reasonably priced, less expensive way to settle disputes than litigation.


Strategic Technologies, Inc. (STI) is providing a regular update on LTL On-Time Delivery Performance between selected city pairs measuring on-time performance against the carriers' own published transit times. STI Vice President L. Paul White has reminded NASSTRAC members that when using the chart, it is important to note that the figures provided by STI look at overall performance of LTL carriers and that individual carriers can and do operate at far better on-time rates. The survey has examined a total of 15,562 shipments weighing less than 10,000 pounds which represented a wide variance in performance ranging from 100 percent on-time rate for some carriers in 15 lanes to less than 10 percent on-time performance on five lanes. Shippers should investigate the on-time performance of carriers with which they do business -- particularly if they depend upon on-time performance as a means of cutting safety stocks. To view the chart, NASSTRAC members may click onto the MEMBERS ONLY section of the WEB PAGE.

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