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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Katie Forney is BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for September! She was selected by her peers and management for her consistent hard work throughout the month.

Team members noted she really stepped up and managed all of accounting and carrier compliance with little to no help.

“I’d like to thank Mike Wajda,” she said. “Without him, I wouldn’t be the positive, hardworking force that I am. He took the time to acknowledge me, not just on this day, but every day.”

Her award included a $50 gift card. She has been working at BAT for eight years.


Diesel fuel pricesSeptember saw the southeastern states in fuel crisis when a pipeline was found to be leaking fuel in Alabama. As the demand increased due to panicked drivers hearing the news, regular gasoline prices also increased across the region. However, diesel prices stayed the course, even though the spill affected diesel supplies, too.

Diesel prices this week are the same as prices were the week of the scare (Sept. 19) at an average $2.389 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. That is actually one cent lower than prices were the week before, and nearly two cents less than prices were at the start of September.

Prices are about 10 cents less than prices were last year this first week of October. Last year, diesel prices spiked in mid-October, before falling just in time for Election Day in November.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Regular Gasoline Prices

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for children, behind accidents. However, according to the American Cancer Society, more that 80 percent of children diagnosed will survive five years or longer because of medical advancements.

There are many ways you can help children, like our buddy, Alex Lopez. For example, you can:

– Help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.
– Shave your head and raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
– Buy a bracelet for Connor’s Cure, which supports cancer research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
– Donate to an individual child’s treatment. If you personally do not know anyone, do a search for “cancer” on a website like

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (7)Diesel fuel average prices jumped from a summer low of of $2.310 per gallon on Aug. 15 back up to $2.409 per gallon just in time for the Labor Day weekend last week. And, as the weekend ended, the prices barely lowered to $2.407 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The average price per gallon is still almost 13 cents lower than prices were a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Anthony Harder is the BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for July! He was selected by his peers and management for his consistent hard work throughout the month.

Team members recognized him for helping them manage their workload, and for effectively managing a tough rail issue.

“I wouldn’t be here without the help of everyone,” Harder said. “All for one, and one for all!”

His award included a $50 gift card. He has been working at BAT since September 2013.

July Top Dog.