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Spec’ing beverage trucks: It’s still safety first

Changing consumers are forcing fleet owners to rethink how they spec beverage trucks.

Shoppers are now buying beer at supermarkets and convenience stores. And they’re looking to restaurants and downtown stores to offer a wider array of drinks, from fresh juice to craft beer.

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Must-haves for the new driver

By RoadPro Family of Brands

Everyone who drives for a living has had the experience of needing a certain something on the road and not having it. Whether ‘it’ is a dry pair of shoes, a fuse, a pair of pliers or a cooler, having the right gear can make the difference between a safe, comfortable trip and a difficult, unpleasant one.

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It’s time to get your trucks roadworthy

Annual International RoadCheck is just around the corner

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual International RoadCheck will take place June 7 to 9, 2016. During this 72-hour period approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified inspectors will randomly be checking out commercial vehicles and their drivers throughout North America. It is by far the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles in the world, with on average, 17 trucks or buses inspected every minute in Canada, the US and Mexico.

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Give diligence its due

Due diligence is a poor defence after the fact, but an excellent policy before things go wrong

One phrase is kicked around quite a bit in the world of occupational health and safety: due diligence. It has often been defined as doing “everything reasonable in the circumstances” to protect people in the workplace. And it is the standard that progressive workplaces apply to their safety management systems.

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Online tools help decide private vs. dedicated debate

Canada Cartage guides offer SWOT analysis, calculate and compare total costs

Canada Cartage, a leading supplier of dedicated fleets, is offering a free series of online tools to help businesses measure the ROI of their private fleets.

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Let’s talk about sex

Women account for a fraction of fleet employees. You should be worried.

Today’s fleets have a problem with women. To be precise, the problem is a lack of women. While representing 48% of Canada’s labour pool, they account for just 3% of truck drivers, mechanics and cargo workers. Things are only marginally different in office environments, where a mere 11% of managers and 18% of dispatchers are female.

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Training Tech

PMTC launches online drivers' academy

Members of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) will now enjoy discounts on a wide variety of online training options thanks to the new PMTC Online Drivers' Academy.

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Border Bound

Prepare for different operating differences if your private fleet is expanding into the U.S.

The prospect of serving the U.S. marketplace is exciting for any company. Our largest trading partner includes more than 300 million consumers and accounts for 25% of the globe’s economic output. Trade across the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan will on its own match the trade between the U.S. and Japan.

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The Final Foot

Create a better bridge between your trailers and buildings by focusing on dock layouts, maintenance and procedures

Every effort to remain safe and productive on the road can be undone in the final few feet of a trip. It’s why a dock – the all-important bridge between a trailer and building – deserves more attention than it often receives.

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The Paper Chase

Auditors find the anomalies and answers hiding in fleet documents

With several maintenance shops at its disposal, Western One Equipment Sales and Rentals had every reason to believe it was caring for all the support vehicles in its private fleet. “We maintain all the equipment we rent to customers. Why wouldn’t we maintain our [own] vehicles?” asks environmental health and safety manager Tanna Duncan, referring to the way activities were traditionally viewed.

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Space for Rent

Embrace a for-hire mindset to offset the price of your private fleet

“We’re in the business to turn a profit, and we do.”
- Derek Comfort, Ippolito Transportation

There was a time when the Ippolito Group relied on other businesses to haul its loads of fruit and vegetables. But in 1996 it established a private fleet in the form of Ippolito Transportation. Trucks, trailers and their drivers became rolling brand ambassadors; the control over shipments increased; transportation costs began to drop.

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Talk to the Boss

Prepare to influence managers around the boardroom table

There are times when talking to the boss can be a frustrating experience. The best ideas for your fleet might appear to fall on deaf ears while the leaders of other divisions secure scarce budget dollars for initiatives of their own.

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Current News

Retention for the Future of Trucking

As we look ahead, we recognize that retention is a critical component of the trucking sector’s business model and success in retaining a strong workforce. At a point where we have a skilled worker shortage, we cannot afford to lose our assets: our driving force who keep the economy moving and our businesses growing.

We have companies with varied turnover rates and those rates result in dollars lost. We have companies that have varied hiring practices, which inevitably result in varied retention rates.

The reports indicate that the skilled worker shortage will continue to increase as we move toward 2024. It’s time to reinforce our retention practices so we can reduce our turnover rates – resulting in strong retention practices.

It is a topic worth considering. We need to put the same level of effort into retention as we do into recruitment. Why is retention a challenge? What areas are we missing that create this barrier to stronger retention rates? Do we accept high turnover as the cost of doing business?

Let’s take a step back. The loss of one driver can have a potential cost implication of up to $5,000 (this may be low for some companies) to replace the professional driver. Lose 10 drivers and suddenly you are at a loss of approximately $50,000. In a sector where margins are tight, can we afford those types of losses without exploring why and how we can do better?

Understanding why we lose people in our sector can be challenging. Even the best exit survey strategies do not always yield the information we need to remove barriers and retain the individual or offer insight into what we can do differently; however, the survey is an essential tool that provides an opportunity to learn... it just needs to go beyond the surface. We need to go to the beginning at the point of hire.

The first thing I think about when looking at retention is trust. Is there trust being built at the recruitment stage – at a level that can be delivered beyond the promises made at the point of recruitment. Can we deliver the pay, home time, benefits, flexibility and everything else that we have promised?

Trust is a deal-breaker for many of us. If you promise professional development in the first year of an employee’s career and then do not offer it, you have broken trust. If you promise a raise after a three-month probation period and do not provide it, you have broken trust. If you promise a professional driver that they will be able to be home for special occasions and you do not get them home, you have broken trust.

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