Sept. 10-16 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. We are so thankful there are people willing to take on this job to help transport goods and materials all over the country. Here are a few facts about professional truck drivers:
- – There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States.
- – Truck drivers drove over 279 billion miles in 2014 alone, according to the American Trucking Association.
- – The median annual wage of a truck driver is $41,340, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- – Truck drivers’ crash rate is 29 percent lower than other drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- – Just about every good consumed in the United States was on a truck at some point, according to the ATA.
Be sure to thank a truck driver this week.
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.
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.
She earned a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
OMAHA, Neb. – BAT Logistics, provider of 3rd Party Logistics and Transportation solutions, is giving back to the community through the Salvation Army. We have increased our giving every year and one of the ways we give back is to adopt families that would otherwise not have a Christmas with presents.
This year, BAT has adopted 11 families ranging from two to seven family members. We provide gifts from a wish list for the children and we also provide a gift card to a local grocery store to buy their Christmas dinner for the whole family.
It is just a small token to share the blessings we at BAT have received throughout the year. This is BAT’s third year adopting families during the Christmas holiday, and double the amount of families it has adopted from last year.
This year, more than 2,300 families qualified for assistance from the Adopt-A-Family program. Since the program began 11 years ago, more than 16,000 families have been adopted by local donors.
Families range in size from one to five children and, if adopted, will receive Christmas dinner and toys for the children to open Christmas morning.
Those interested in adopting a family may call The Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family at 402-474-6263.
OMAHA, Neb.– July 2, 2011 – Shippers should be aware of the Anti-Indemnity Laws that may have already been passed in their own state.
Shippers require their transportation providers to hold them harmless from any and all losses regardless of who’s at fault. The passing of the Anti-indemnity Law means indemnity agreements in motor carrier contracts are against state public policy and, therefore, void. That puts the balance of liability back to shippers doing business with motor carriers directly.
However, the Anti-Indemnity Law does not pertain to shippers contracting with 3pls/freight brokers. This could mean more business for 3pls/freight brokers, but at how much risk to themselves?