Archive for November, 2016

As we prepare to spend time with our families and feast on home-cooked meals, we reflect on what we are thankful for this year.

At BAT Logistics, we are thankful for our loving families, our amazing clients, and our supportive co-workers. We are thankful that our successes have allowed us to give back and share with others less fortunate. We are thankful for the food on our tables, and all the people- from farmers to truck drivers to store clerks to cooks and bakers- who put that food there.

Here’s what BAT team members said they were especially thankful for this year:

Jared Kutschara– These girls!kutschara-thankful

Mike Wajda– I have had a great year! I have my family to thank, as well as BAT. I am extremely thankful to have a job at a place like BAT. A place where you can come to work and your extended family is there, too, and fighting for the last dollar to not only help their paycheck, but everyone’s!

Jon Ellsworth– I’m thankful for cheese. I really love it and it’s usually served on Thanksgiving.

Chet Palmer– I am terribly grateful for my family.  They are wonderful!  Each of them provides me with joy and support every day.  By far, the greatest blessing I’ve received.palmer-thanks

Ashley Jankowski– I’m thankful for being able to share an American Thanksgiving with our 16-year-old “son” from Italy, Sergio. He is with us through a foreign exchange program. He’s been in America since August, with us since September, and won’t go home until next June.  We are very thankful to have him in our home and to share American culture and the holidays with him.jankowski-thankful

Anthony Harder– I am thankful for Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers stealing a pass intended for his teammate, Lou Williams, and hitting a game winning three pointer Tuesday night. I am also thankful for the refs of the Houston and Oakland football game robbing Ralph of a fantasy football victory against me this last week in the league we have here at BAT.

Losing your focus on your freight pricing-

A majority of the Transportation Freight Providers I’ve worked with that have struggled to gain more business all had to rely on employees with less than 1 to 1.5 years experience and minimal tools to decide what pricing decisions to quote customers. The same observation of minimal experience and tools also applied to a majority of Transportation Providers deciding what pricing decision to quote when participating in freight bids. The focus at the beginning shifted from accurate competitive pricing but over time the focus shifted to needing to adding new customers and quickly.

Transportation Freight Providers focusing their time and money to add new business when they could be focusing on making better pricing decisions by utilizing a Rate Analysis Tool such as BTU’s( RSO, A cloud-based prediction tool that learns from historical data and uses machine learning techniques to exploit the opportunities hidden in freight data thus increasing business.

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on-highway_diesel_fuel_prices-9As news of an explosion on the same pipeline that leaked in September bought fears of another gas shortage and higher prices, October ended and November started with diesel prices that barely increased and regular gasoline prices that dropped a penny.

According to the Energy Information Administration, diesel prices started the week at an average $2.479 per gallon. Last week, prices averaged $2.478.

The average prices are very close to the amount prices were a year ago this week, at only .6 cents lower.

While regular gas prices saw a significant increase in September, especially in the lower Atlantic states, diesel prices did not. The effects of this new disruption- which killed one worker and injured five others, according to the Associated Press- are uncertain at the moment.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.