Transportation TIP List: Week of September 24th, 2017
On October 1st, 1908, Ford unveiled one of the most influential products in transportation history, the Model T. To honor the anniversary of an innovation that changed the industry landscape, this week’s TIP List highlights some of today’s trends that are significantly impacting transportation. For more on eco-friendly truck manufacturing and the driver turnover rate – accelerate into the weekend with the stories below!
- Indicators: Driver Turnover Rate Swelled in Second Quarter: The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets jumped to 90% in the second quarter of 2017, according to the American Trucking Association’s quarterly report.
- Makers of Fuel-Guzzling Big Rigs Try to Go Green: The average big rig travels less than 7 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel, making it one of the least-efficient vehicles on the road. Truck manufacturers want to change that.
- Intermodal Operators Expand in E-Commerce as Online Retailers Seek to Control Costs: Intermodal rail and trucking companies are competing to meet the transportation needs of e-commerce businesses while adapting to how these new supply chains differ from those of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.
- The Number of Retailers Offering Same Day Delivery Has Tripled in the Past Year: According to a report from BRP, consumers expect quick access to products and most retailers are now responding by offering same day delivery. Currently, 51% of retailers indicate they offer same day delivery, up from 16% last year.
- FDA Releases Training Module for Carriers Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule: The U.S. FDA recently announced the availability of an online food safety training module for carriers engaged in the transportation of food by rail or motor vehicle in the U.S. The FDA is offering this training free of charge to help carriers meet the requirements of its Sanitary Transportation Rule.
What are some of the ways that your company is innovating or going green?