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Teri meets Super Frog, TCU's Horned Frog mascot.

Teri meets Super Frog, TCU’s Horned Frog mascot.

The College World Series began this weekend, and of course a BAT was there to enjoy a game.

Accounting Manager Teri McClun went to Game 4 Sunday night in which Florida beat TCU 3-0.

Although she is a TCU fan, she still had fun meeting other fans from Texas and a TCU alumnus who now plays football for Kansas.

Teri has been going to the College World Series games since she was little, and became a TCU fan four years ago.

The College World Series was first played in Omaha in 1950, and has been played here every year since. The final eight teams in the NCAA tournament come to Omaha to participate in the series. The series continues throughout the month of June. (TCU’s next game is 2 p.m. Tuesday against Texas A&M.)

Teri's view of the TCU v. Florida game at TD Ameritrade Park.

Teri’s view of the TCU v. Florida game at TD Ameritrade Park.

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices (6)The last week of May saw diesel prices jump about 3 cents after steadily falling for just over a month, according data from the Energy Information Administration. However, prices leveled this week at an average $2.564 per gallon.

In April, prices had reached the high for the calendar year at $2.597 per gallon. Prices are nearly 16 cents higher than prices were a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

BAT Logistics now has machine learning and predictive analytics to determine its freight rates. Azure Machine Learning predictive analytics service makes it possible to measure more data to quickly create and deploy predictive models as analytics solutions.

How will this help our customers?
BAT can quickly provide its best rates that remain in line with BAT’s working ability (capacity), so customers can rest assured BAT’s providing its best pricing and matches its capacity.

BAT is beta testing a freight rate prediction system that makes it possible to quickly search deeper data quickly and deploy predictive models as analytics solutions.

BAT will have the ability to provide the best pricing to customers and suggest the best pricing strategy customers should take regarding spot or contract, short term or long term bids, etc. This gives cutomers the potential to save a lot of money.

BAT+BTUBAT Logistics, provider of 3rd party logistics and transportation solutions, announced today it has incorporated BTU’s Sales Freight Rate Platform. BTU Software Company is a supply chain software development company.

“BTU’s SFR Platform is already transforming our company in ways we couldn’t have imagined,” said Jarrod Marinello, BAT’s executive vice president. “We now have a customized freight rate machine learning tool that takes into account our entire transportation makeup when it produces a rate. Most importantly, we can give real rates in line with our working ability, so our customers can count on BAT’s pricing and capacity.”

“I haven’t even mentioned BAT has been beta testing a prediction freight rate tool that’s going to save our customers a fortune in transportation costs,” he added.

To learn more about BTU Software Company’s Sales Freight Rate Platform, visit btusoftware.com.

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices (5)After climbing throughout the month of April, diesel prices dipped slightly as the new month began. The average price barely lowered the last week of April from $2.597 to $2.595 per gallon, but dropped to $2.583 per gallon by May 1, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Prices are still about an average 32 cents higher than prices were a year ago this week. This may be a short-lived dip in prices, as prices traditionally increase as Memorial Day approaches.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices (4)After dipping slightly through the month of March, diesel prices appear to be climbing again. The average price per gallon this week is $2.56, about two cents higher than prices were last week, when prices hit their lowest point of the month, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Prices dropped about five cents over the past month.

The average price is 44 cents higher than prices were this week last year.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices (3)If it didn’t seem like diesel prices changed throughout the month of February, you were on to something. Last month started with prices averaging $2.558 per gallon, and only increased two cents by this first week in March to $2.579 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Prices are still almost 56 cents higher than prices were last year this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

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Some of our favorite guys dressed up for the ’70s.

To celebrate BAT Logistics’ nine years in business, team members spent the week showing up to work in special costumes to fit the themes for each day of BAT Spirit Week.

First, we rocked into Monday as ’90s musicians. On Tuesday, we spent the day as senior citizens. Wednesday was magical for Disney Day. We went back in time again for ’70s Day on Thursday.

Our winners for best costume each day were Ralph Blank, Jon Ellsworth, Vern Hayes, and Joe Kier.

We ended BAT Spirit Week, as we always do, with BAT Spirit Day on Friday. Everyone came decked out in their favorite BAT gear, some even accessorizing with Batman gear. The week also included trivia contents and raffles.

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To see more photos from BAT Spirit Week, visit our Facebook album.

Does this make you wish you were a BAT? Click here.

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices (2)After hitting a high of $2.597 per gallon Jan. 9, diesel prices started lowering, and landed at an average $2.558 per gallon this first full week of February.

However, prices are still 55 cents higher than prices this week a year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. In fact, prices dipped below the $2 mark in February last year before climbing to where prices are today.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Jarrod Marinello

Jarrod Marinello

Imagine surviving a semi truck carrying 30,000 pounds of goods slamming into you, and then finding out you carry more insurance than the driver of the semi.

In 2016, a private carrier driver was involved in a car accident that injured my brother to the extent he had to be transported by helicopter to the ER. In discovery, I learned that private carriers, companies that transport their own cargo, are not regulated at all.

Everyone else on the road is required to have insurance, but private carriers are not.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not require private carriers to have insurance. The same goes for state DOT departments that don’t regulate, but require private not-for-hire carriers to have insurance falls 4-6 times lower than required of any other kind of commercial carrier.

Making matters worse, the fatality rate per vehicle mile traveled is more than 50 percent higher for large trucks than the rate for all highway vehicles combined, according to the FMCSA.

There is a plan for stronger regulations through the Unified Registration System (URS), a new electronic registration system. Unfortunately, the FMCSA just delayed the implementation of the URS once again.

Once the URS is ready, all private carriers will be regulated and will be required to have at least $750,000 insurance.

The continued delay of this protection should be a major concern to the general public. It is to me.