US House Revives Bill for Hiring Trucking Companies

March 2nd, 2015

Companies tendering freight to U.S. truckers would have to check the carriers’ federal registration, insurance levels and safety rating before using them under a bill introduced in Congress this week. The bill would create a “national hiring standard” and clarify the legal responsibility of U.S. brokers, third-party logistics operators and shippers, its supporters claim.

The new bill is identical to one that was introduced last year; it would require that before hiring a trucking firm, shippers, brokers, forwarders and receivers ensure that carrier is properly registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has obtained the minimum insurance required by the FMCSA and has not been given an “unsatisfactory” safety fitness rating.

Under the CSA program, carriers are assigned scores in several safety categories, including unsafe driving, hours of service compliance and vehicle maintenance. Those CSA scores, which change monthly, are not linked to a carrier’s safety fitness rating.

A U.S. standard sanctioned by Congress would head off a patchwork of state-by-state “standards” that could evolve from local court decisions on what shippers, brokers and other third parties must do to ensure they are using a safe trucking company.

The bill, H.R. 1120, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. John Duncan, R-Tenn., Rodney Davis R-Ill., Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Erik Paulsen, R-Minn. The most likely route to its passage would be a multi-year surface transportation spending bill. Current transportation funding expires May 31.

The bill only requires customers ensure a carrier doesn’t have an unsatisfactory safey rating. The legislation doesn’t address what could or should be done if a carrier has neither a safety fitness rating nor CSA scores. That’s the case with the majority of U.S. trucking companies, according to several sources, including QualifiedCarriers.com.

Here at HG Logistics, LLC, a third-party logistics company and freight broker in Cincinnati, OH, we are always taking the necessary precautions to ensure that our carriers meet the proper qualifications so that we can provide the best service possible. For more information on HG Logistics, LLC, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

HG Logistics LLC Trucks Through Winter Storm Bozeman

February 23rd, 2015

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Whether it’s freezing rain laying down sheets of black ice or a blizzard blanketing roads with snow, winter weather has a hefty impact on trucking. Harsh conditions can not only put drivers at risk but they can also be costly for many companies as far as time and money goes.  This past week winter storm Bozeman poured snow, ice and sleet all across the Ohio Valley area as it passed through into the Northeast. Areas saw accumulations from 5-13 inches and as a result, numerous areas issued level one snow emergencies for hazardous driving conditions. Slick roads lead to slowdowns, lane closures and many freight delays.

Here at HG logistics, LLC, a third party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, OH, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best service possible, no matter the weather. Regardless of what this winter has left to bring us, we plan to stay on track and push through the challenges that we may face during storms such as Bozeman.

For more information on HG Logistics, LLC, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Drop in Average Diesel Prices Continues

February 4th, 2015

20121019015230dieselThe average cost of on-highway diesel fuel continues to fall in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents in the past week. The latest U.S. Department of Energy survey is$2.831 per gallon, $1.12 less than it was this time last year and at it’s lowest price in nearly 5 years. This is the 12th weekly consecutive drop though the average has fallen most of the weeks since  being above $4 per gallon in february and march of last year when U.S. crude was selling for more than $107 per barrel. This is due in large part to increasing production of oil from U.S. shale drilling operations, Saudi Arabia refusing to cut production to bolster prices and slowing worldwide demand.

Contributing to Monday’s drop in oil prices was a report that Russia’s output of oil in 2014 rose to its highest level since the collapse of the Soviet Union, while Iraq’s oil exports in December were the highest since 1980.

There are reports that some traders are expecting oil prices to be trading well into the $40s later this week, especially if government numbers show increasing oil stockpiles. A few are even predicting the $20 to $30 per barrel range by June.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Groundhog Sees His Shadow, 6 More Weeks Of Winter

February 2nd, 2015

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According to Punxsutawney Phil, it’s not quite time to put away your snow shovels and windshield scrapers yet! On the morning of February 2, Phil came out on Groundhog Day 2015 and saw his shadow, promising 6 more weeks of winter. The famous rodent’s forecast was announced just shortly after 7:30 a.m. at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to an old German legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another 6 weeks. If he does not, spring will come early.

6 more weeks of winter means 6 more weeks of potential snowy/icy roads and dangerous travel conditions. HG Logistics, LLC, a third party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, OH wishes everyone a safe last 6 weeks of winter!

I-75 Hopple Street Overpass Collapse in Cincinnati, OH

January 21st, 2015

 

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Around 10p.m. on Monday night the old Hopple Street Bridge in Cincinnati, OH collapsed onto I-75 while undergoing preparation for demolition scheduled for later that night. The collapse killed one construction worker, injured one truck driver, and shut down the interstate for approximately 24 hours. Experts believe that the demolition process is what triggered the overpass collapse.

The collapse of the Hopple Street Bridge is only one of the many dangers that truck drivers put themselves at risk for while transporting their hauls. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more truck drivers and delivery men die on the job than any other vocation. With HG Logistics LLC being a third party logistics company and freight broker, we are constantly working with the drivers who face these dangers every day. Accidents such as this are a true reminder of how appreciative we are of the drivers we have the privilege of working with.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

 

Nancy Sauers Receives 20 Year Service Award

January 19th, 2015

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On January 17, 2015 Nancy Sauers was awarded a 20 Year Service Award with Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics LLC. Nancy first started working with Hill and Griffith in January of 1995 as a part-time office clerk. Within one year of employment she worked her way to a full time receptionist and then a payroll specialist for the Human Resources Manager where she worked for 11 1/2 years.

In late 2006, Hill and Griffith decided to expand and create HG Logistics LLC a third party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time, the company consisted of a single employee, Doug Bierman, who Nancy began working for assisting with general office work. This opportunity led her to become a full-time employee for HG Logistics LLC.

“Being with HG Logistics LLC since its first days has given me a fresh look into every aspect of the company and has been a tremendous learning experience,” Nancy said. “Not only was I able to learn about the trucking industry, but I also learned an extensive amount of new job skills. I have had the privilege and challenge of doing an array of work from billing, accounts payables and receivables, and financial reporting, to file management, collections, quoting and scheduling LTL shipments and maintaining our company blog.”

If Nancy’s loyal 20 years to the company doesn’t make her love for her job evident enough, her passion for her work does – “I love my job, I love the work and I love the challenges that this company has provided me with. What has made it the most rewarding throughout my 20 years of service is the support of both companies – Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics LLC. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Loyal employees are the gold reserves of any company and its success. Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics are very excited to award Nancy her 20 year service award and look forward to many more years to come.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

 

Winter Weather is Concern for Carriers and State & Local Governments

January 9th, 2015

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As many of you already know, Buffalo got hit with multiple snowstorms that left hundreds of drivers stranded this November. With up to 7 feet of snow, it was a situation that some studies suggest cost the U.S. economy more than $1 million an hour. The possibility of more snow storms this winter and winters to come leaves truckers and transportation officials concerned.

Dan Gullickson, a natural recourse program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said, “We spent over $130 million on snow and ice last winter, and in a typical winter we probably would have spent only $50 million to $55 million a year.”

Fleet carriers are taking more and more preparations each year with many of them ordering salt for their facilities during the summer months and also machines to remove snow from the trailers with a hefty price tag of $25,000 each. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 70% of the nation’s roads are located in snowy areas. The snow problem will increase with warmer winter temperatures that make snow wet and heavy and more costly to clear. Carriers are not the only ones spending big cash on snow precautions this year. State and local governments spend around $2.3 million annually on snow clearance alone.

Some states, such as Minnesota, are experimenting with “living” snow fences. The state will pay farmers to leave around 6 rows of corn up along the highway in order to prevent some of the snow from blowing onto the road and forming drifts. Shrubs and bushes are also being used.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Diesel Fuel Prices Anticipated to Drop Further

January 7th, 2015

With a recent plummet in gas prices late in 2014 to around $2 per gallon, diesel still remains to be around $3 or more in most markets. The winter season usually creates a bigger spread between gasoline prices and diesel prices because of a high demand for heating oil, as is evident this year with diesel being around $1 more. One explanation for this is that the global gasoline market is much larger and responds quicker to competition. However, it is expected that diesel prices will drop dramatically in the near future due to many factors including the end of harvesting season in the Midwest and a more mild winter than the past few years. China and many other countries have also built multiple refineries in the last 5 years to maximize diesel production for a good profit. Soon, diesel production will outpace demand and prices will fall another 40 to 50 cents.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Changing the Way We Haul

December 18th, 2014

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On December 16, President Obama signed on new legislation that will change the safety guidelines enforced on big-rig drivers.

The original law, enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, states that drivers must uphold a 34-hour “restart” (rest) period once every seven days. This rest period must include two consecutive nights between 1 am and 5 am.

This change suspends the federal rules, allowing truck drivers to be on the road for more hours, and lifts the restriction on early morning travel. This change is welcome news to some drivers, who prefer to work their longest shifts at night. This preference is due to the light traffic during those peak 1 am to 5 am hours, during which truckers find it both more safe, and time efficient to complete their hauls.

Give Back This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2014

In spirit of Giving Tuesday yesterday, HG Logistics has been reflecting on how we can make a positive impact on the Cincinnati community by giving back. Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit organization founded with the hope of combining quality education and a nurturing home environment to help at-risk children. They provide educational opportunities and stability to stay motivated to underserved youth through three residential homes and one community program. The children enter the program between ages nine and thirteen and stay throughout high school graduation. Afterwards, they are provided with the emotional and financial support needed to attend college.

Since Boys Hope Girl Hope was founded in 1976, the young scholars have made many accomplishments. One hundred percent of the students have continued on to obtain post secondary educations at top-notch schools like The Ohio State University, The University of Dayton, and Bowling Green State University. While still in high school, all students participate in extracurriculars and maintain a 3.2 GPA average.

This holiday season, HG Logistics doesn’t want the hard work of these children and young adults to go unnoticed. Whether it’s volunteering your time, or donating Christmas gifts or money, we ask you to join us in making a donation to Boys Hope Girls Hope and help to make a positive impact on Cincinnati’s youth. For more information or to donate, you can visit the Boys Hope Girls Hope website at www.bhghcincinnati.org. Happy Holidays!

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