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A few weeks ago, we shared that self-driving trucks were being tested. This week, a technology news website predicts that not only will driverless trucks be delivering goods all over the country, but that driverless cars will be transporting people in the future.

The TechCrunch article presents that both cars and modes to transport goods are inefficient. It even states that “many trucks are carrying little to no product.”

According to stats from 2002 in a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, only about 20 percent of the miles traveled by trucks were by trucks carrying no product. Some of that is unavoidable.

But, at BAT Logistics, we help customers fill trucks! We find ways to cap off a partial load or offer an LTL solution.

So, while automated trucks may seem like a solution to some issues in the future, the human team at BAT Logistics is already making the transportation of cargo efficient.

Otto is a company working to put systems in trucks so the vehicles can go on auto-pilot while the driver naps or performs other tasks. Three trucks have already been outfitted with the technology, and went through the first test this weekend in Nevada, according to an Associated Press story.

Now, the company is looking for truck drivers to volunteer to have self-driving kits installed in their cabs to “fine-tune” the technology.

Do you think this technology would be great for the industry? The American Trucking Association hasn’t decided yet, according to the story.

Would you want to drive on a highway with a self-driving truck?

See the technology in action in Otto’s YouTube video.

8K4A9313Justin Peffer is the BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for April! He was selected by his peers and management for his consistent hard work throughout the month.

Team members noted he stays late to make sure everything gets done, goes above and beyond to help others, and always works hard and continues to stay busy no matter what.

“I couldn’t do it without the best team in freight,” Peffer said. “Trust me, I don’t know all the answers, but there’s about four or five people in here who can help solve problems for me quickly.”

His award included a $50 gift card. He has been working at BAT since February 2015.

 

Top Dog April

Intermodal transportation has several benefits for companies, but it also benefits our environment. Many businesses are including intermodal transportation as part of their plan to be more green, according to CSX’s “A Focus on Sustainability.”

CSX states that one intermodal train can take 280 trucks off the road. An opinion piece in Inbound Logistics stated that trucks emit about 19.8 pounds of carbon dioxide per 100 miles, while trains emit 5.4 pounds.

If you are interested in a greener supply chain, contact one of BAT’s representatives.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (3)Diesel fuel prices climbed about 15 cents over the past month to an average $2.266 a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. The prices are about 7 cents more than a week ago, when diesel fuel averaged $2.198 a gallon.

The average price is still about 59 cents less than it was a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Stephen Sinclair is the BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for March! He was selected by his peers and management for his consistent hard work throughout the month.

Team members noted his efforts to help with issues after hours, assist people with their workload, and being an all-around solid guy. He’s also stepped in to help coach team members facing tough situations, and shared his knowledge from facing the issues before in his career.

His award included a $50 gift card. He has been working at BAT since October 2009.

March top dog

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (2)Diesel fuel prices seem to be hovering slightly above the $2 mark. This week, the average price across the country was $2.115 a gallon, slightly less than last week’s price of $2.121 a gallon. Last week, the average price had gone up .3 cents.

In six areas across the country, prices increased this week.

The average price is about 67 cents less than prices last year.

For more information, visit the Energy Information Administration’s website.

Katy Wilson is the BAT Logistics’ Top Dog for February! She was selected by her peers and management for her consistent hard work throughout the month.

“Everyone I work with does such a great job and we all work really hard,” Wilson said. “I think it is awesome that BAT is recognizing those who go above and beyond. We have a great team and I couldn’t do my job without every single person who works there.”

Her award included a $50 gift card. She has been working at BAT since July 2013.
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BATopoly

BAT Logistics is eight years old this week, and we celebrated with our annual BAT Spirit Week. The overall theme of the week was BATopoly, with game properties named after BAT team members. Everyone started the week with $2,000 BATopoly Bucks, and had to use the money wisely to still have something left at the end of week. On Friday, the remaining Bucks were exchanged for prizes, including new BAT gear, gift cards and lunch with managers.

Each day of the week, we took sides in epic battles by dressing up. Monday was NFL vs. NBA, Tuesday was Cowboys vs. Aliens, Wednesday was Nerds vs. Jocks, and Thursday was Batman vs. Superman. On Friday, we all teamed together for BAT Spirit Day.

Cowboys vs. Aliens

Cowboys vs. Aliens

BAT Week- Wed

Nerds vs. Jocks

Batman vs. Superman

Batman vs. Superman

BAT Spirit Day

BAT Spirit Day

How can shippers can have more success on their freight bids?

Jarrod Marinello, Executive Vice President/Owner: First, decide how many providers to use, then reward business to each one of the providers. You may want to use some more than others, but use each at least five percent.

Don’t award the lanes based on the provider being the lowest cost. Instead, mix it up. This strategy allows the particular provider to average out on its margin, keeps the provider committed on lanes losing margin, counteracts any changes in market, and sustains from provider needing price increases. In return, shippers hold more leverage over their transportation providers, and build up loyalty and sustain locked in pricing year round.