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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.

 

 

Elaine Chao is Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Transportation. She immigrated to America when she was 8 years old. Chao has served under two Republican presidents already, and was the first Asian-American woman cabinet member. She is, notably, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who has said he would not abstain from voting for her confirmation. She is 63 years old.

Elaine Chao, DOL portrait

Elaine Chao

Confirmation

Chao’s confirmation hearing was Jan. 11.  At it, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) said he looked forward to her being a part of the new administration. She promised to keep senators aware of plans for infrastructure overhaul Trump has said was a priority. She also said she would work with Congress on a system to prevent train collisions. To help fund projects, she suggested public-private partnerships.

Education

She earned a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Experience

Before going into public life, Chao worked in banking. While working with Citicorp, Chao was granted a White House Fellowship, which gives people experience with what happens in the federal government and encourages increased participation in national affairs. The fellows work as assistants to those who work in the White House, including the vice president and cabinet members. It seems to have paid off for her, as she has gone on to several leadership positions, including:

Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration, 1986-1988

Chairwoman of Federal Maritime Commission, 1988-1989

Deputy Secretary of Transportation, 1989-1991

Peace Corps Director, 1991-1992

President of United Way of America, 1996-2001

Secretary of Labor, 2001-2009

 

For more information about Chao, visit her website.

 BAT+BTU
BAT Logistics, provider of 3rd Party Logistics and Transportation solutions, wrapped its ninth year of business with another year of growth. Over the past year, BAT has found innovative ways to adapt to change, and execution has led to an increase in the amount of dedicated freight that the company has been awarded.

One way BAT accomplished this was by working with BTU SOFTWARE COMPANY, a supply chain software development company. For the past nine months, BAT utilized BTU’s Three-In-One web-based application to improve performance in several aspects of the logistics business.

“It’s worked out to be the best move BAT has ever made, and has already increased our load count and margins within the same pool of customers year over year,” said Jarrod Marinello, executive vice president. “Not only has BTU increased BAT’s bottom line but it has also increased employee performance and reduced stress. Our employees are the most important aspect of our business, so its imperative that we not only give them tools but also reduce their stress.”

To learn more about BTU Software Company’s Three-In-One, visit the website.

on-highway-diesel-fuel-prices-1The first diesel fuel update of the year is available through the Energy Information Administration, and the news isn’t good. Diesel prices are continuing to rise, this week averaging $2.586 per gallon.

That’s almost 5 cents higher than a week ago, 10 cents higher than a month ago, and 38 cents higher than a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Hatchimals are one of the hottest toys this holiday season, as shown by the toys’ immediate absence on store shelves and high prices on resale sites. BAT’s Executive Vice President/Owner Jarrod Marinello got his hands on one, and decided to use the Hatchimals toy to give back to Fisher House.

14813848383801646777131Fisher House offers housing, food and even transportation to family members of patients at major military and VA hospitals. Marinello’s brother is a patient at the Polytrauma Rehab Hospital next door to the Minneapolis Fisher House.

“Because people at Fisher were so kind, I asked if they had children staying there,” Marinello said. “They said yes, one boy who was basically living there with family.”

Without hesitation, Marinello and BAT Logistics donated the Hatchimals toy to the Fisher House so the organization could make the holidays a little better for that child and his family.

For more information about Fisher Houses, visit fisherhouse.org.

http://www.hatchimals.com/

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on-highway-diesel-fuel-pricesDiesel prices are up six cents this week to an average $2.48 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Prices were previously at $2.48 mid-October, but dropped to $2.20 by last week. The prices have been on a roller coaster ride since mid-summer after a steady climb that started in February.

The average price per gallon is now just over 10 cents higher than prices were this week a year ago.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.