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Trucker Josh and Diesel "Manitoba truck driver Josh Giesbrecht shares his life on the road with 50,000 YouTube subscribers who watch as he motors through North America. He offers a windshield view of where he travels, how he parks, pumps fuel, performs quick repairs, waits at loading docks, and enjoys the scenery." (FleetOwner) When Trucker Josh hops in his truck, he is not only taking a load to a customer, but he is also bringing his subscribers (and his dog Diesel) on the journey with him. He started daily video logs (v-logs) in 2011 as a way to show his friends and family what he does, but because of his funny, and consistent delivery, he now has a huge following from people of many different backgrounds - both trucking and non. Josh's posts follow him as he trucks all across Canada, through all kinds of weather and through many situations. Sometimes the videos are Josh's thoughts (e.g. truck stops need gyms), while others are about his "home" (which is a Peterbilt truck) or his dog companion. In his interview with Fleet Owner, Josh says that he had no idea he would have this kind of following and that his intention was not to become an industry thought leader: "I'd rather send people to them to learn tips and tricks of the trade. I'd rather entertain people and just show them my life. I'm a truck driver, and this is what I do every day, give them entertainment, make them laugh." Be sure to catch up on old episodes and subscribe to new ones on Josh's YouTube channel. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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*article originally posted on LinkedIn Work Well With Others Business etiquette is one of those invisible operations working throughout our companies and processes every day - you don't always see it in action, but you certainly notice when it is missing or when something goes wrong. I'm sure you have been the recipient of a painful email from a colleague with less than stellar etiquette (and it probably made you cringe, just a little). But how do you correct poor business etiquette? A.J. Jacobs wrote a post to cover that topic specifically - The 11 Best Business Etiquette Tips. Speaking about his own experience of the "Oops" email, he outlines common business etiquette faux pas and 11 ways to correct them, drawing from a book by Ross McCammon. Here is the quick list. Be sure to check out the full article for more info: 1. "Sorry. Sure. Great. Yes." - Respond to email as if you were Robert De Niro 2. "I have no idea what you are asking. Can you please explain?" - Embrace your ignorance instead of offering up a bogus, uninformed opinion 3. "Smile 20% wider than feels comfortable" - Give it the ol' Julia Roberts 4. "In the short term, I probably did 'better' work, but in the long term I did worse work because I didn’t allow myself to get my mistakes over with early." - Make mistakes 5. "Do not look down, to the side, through them, at their chest, into their souls" - Look everyone in the eye 6. "If you're bored, then whoever you’re pitching to is going to be REALLY bored" - Don't get bored 7. "With handshakes, the key part of your anatomy is not the palm, but the weblike area between the thumb and forefinger" - When shaking hands, get up in there 8. "Like the opera singers do. Wider. Speak louder. Louder." - Open your mouth when making a speech 9. "In business, you must assume that everyone is rooting for you." - Be delusionally confident 10. "Clothes can actually put you in a different psychological state" - Wear decent clothes 11. "Your work should not be perfect. Your work should be wrinkled. It should show wear, and it should indicate that you’re trying new things and taking chances." - Be intentionally imperfect Want more advice on etiquette and other business skills? Check out the book Works Well With Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business No One ever Teaches You by Ross McCammon Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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More Reading, More Growing, More Learning With a new month, we have a new round of book clubs here at AM Transport. Check out what we are reading this month: 1. So Good They Can’t Ignore You Author - Cal Newport After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. So Good They Can’t Ignore You will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life. 2. Good to Great  Author - Jim Collins Yes, you saw this one on last month's list - it is just too good not to pass around! Read more about it here. 3. What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin "I'm going out on a limb. Want to come?" Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know "what to do when it's your turn" in life. This is an urgent call to do the work we're hiding from, a manifesto about living with things that might not work and embracing tension when doing your art. As Seth describes it, the book Explores, as directly as I can, the dance we all have to do with our fears, the tension we all must embrace in order to do work that we care about. It pushes us to dig deep inside so we can do better work and impact the things we care about. Is urgent, personal, in-your-face and as honest as I could make it. 4. TED Talks So this one isn't a "read" technically...
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"We all have the same 168 hours in a week. But not all of them are created equal." This is the tagline for the article by Shane Parrish posted on (read the full article here) that discusses the secret to productivity - get up earlier than everyone else. Shane talks with a man named Joel, who has successfully found a way to balance work, family, writing, reading, and hobbies all in his 24-hour day (same 24 hours as ours, which is hard to believe). Joel says his only secret is that he just gets up earlier. That's it. We’re more creative and more productive. Shane goes on in the article to explain that the early morning hours are great for doing tough work or working on creative projects because you don't get constantly interrupted. No meetings, no phone calls, no fires to put out...

February is Heart Month (cont.) The last post was about American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (read it here). This post, we are going to continue that discussion into the realm of transportation - specifically in the movement for more truck driver awareness and effort in reducing their own risks for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 85.6 million people in the U.S. live with cardiovascular diseases (think heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke). Truckers are especially susceptible to heart disease and other cardiovascular issues due to the nature of their jobs - long work days, mental and physical stress, difficulty in finding healthy food options on the road - all combined with little exercise and too much sitting. Why American Heart Month Matters to Truckers The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a survey in 2014 with long-haul truckers and found that 88% of the drivers surveyed had at least one risk factor for chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and others. Because truck drivers serve such vital roles for the U.S. economy and many different industries, collaboration between drivers and their organizations to get, and stay, healthy is extremely important. shares "Life's Simple 7" rules by AHA that can help carriers and their drivers begin to start controlling and improving their health and lives on the road. Manage blood pressure - Learning what your numbers are and where they should be can help protect yourself from damaging and weakening your arteries. Control cholesterol - Not all cholesterol is bad. Learn what is good and what is not and how you can get more of the kind you need and reduce the kind you don't. Reduce blood sugar - Factors such as family history, race/ethnicity, and age can increase your risk, but you can help the odds by reducing blood sugar to help manage and prevent diabetes. Get active - You don't need a gym to get your exercise. Check out these 7 Rules of On-The-Road Fitness or these Exercises That Truckers Can Do in Their Vehicle for some ideas on how to incorporate more exercise in your routine. Eat better - Eating healthy on the road can be tough, especially when you are loading or delivering to an area with limited/no options. Be prepared with a cooler of healthy snacks and learn more about choosing better food options at restaurants. Lose weight - Do you know your BMI? Do you know why it matters? Losing weight is more than just calories. It is a combination of understanding your body and its needs, proper diet, and exercise. Stop smoking - Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Check out the resources, make a plan, and kick smoking for good. For more on truckers and health, check out other related stories and topics from Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

February is Heart Month This month is officially recognized as American Heart Month, dedicated to increasing awareness of heart-related issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, according to The Center for Disease Control (CDC). And heart disease (which includes heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number 1 cause of death in the United States. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. (For more statistics on heart disease, visit The Heart Foundation and the CDC) The CDC and Million Hearts team up during the month of February not only to educate people about potential heart problems, but also to educate people on ways they can take control of their own health and prevention, such as through quitting smoking, reducing sodium intake, exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood pressure. Many other groups, organizations, and companies have also joined in the movement to try and kick heart disease to the curb. Why is Tomorrow National Wear Red Day? As part of American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day is observed on the first Friday of February each year. The color red was chosen to represent specifically the struggle women face against heart disease; more women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the day, and the momentum continues to grow stronger each year. The movement began in 2003 when the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recognized the significant need for more awareness and prevention of heart disease. According to, in 2003 nearly 500,000 lives of American women were claimed by the disease each year. Because of this, many other movements and projects have developed in order to build awareness and health initiatives to prevent the disease, such as One Brave Idea and The Heart Truth. In the 13 years that National Wear Red Day has been official, there have been incredible strides made in the fight: Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change. More than one-third of women have lost weight. More than 50% of women have increased their exercise. 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets. More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels. One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day. Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years. Want to know how you can participate in Wear Red Day (and not just women, men too)? Check out these free Wear Red Day tools and resources. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

In preparation for Groundhog Day tomorrow, AccuWeather put together a fun infographic so we could learn a little more about the (at times) loved and (at times) not-so-loved Punxsutawney Phil. And it serves as a nice reminder to think happy thoughts about Spring! You can watch Phil's live prediction here.  Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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The ELD Mandate The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now in effect, and it’s time to start getting prepared for the changes that will come along with it. The mandate is specifically directed towards carriers, but shippers and consignees will also be affected. While the implementation of ELDs does present potential benefits to shippers, there will also be special issues that will need to be on shippers’ radars in the near future. Ways Shippers Can Stay Ahead of the ELD Game We recently put together a white paper that gives a brief introduction of the mandate, exemptions, how the rule can potentially impact shippers, and what to keep in mind as the rules moves forward. Specifically, shippers are going to need to start preparing and evaluating their own organizations and processes to see how they too can begin adapting to the new mandate. Here are just a few ways shippers can get started: Plan Ahead The transportation industry already presents plenty of challenges to shippers, such as potential capacity crunches, bad weather, closings for holidays, and so forth. Implementation of ELDs is going to add another layer to these challenges. Planning is going to become even more crucial for shippers that require specialty services such as expedited trips, long hauls, job site deliveries, and so forth. Evaluate Dock Space and Storage/Warehouse Options Take steps to understand how your docks are currently using space to stage product. Can staging be condensed in order to prepare more loads and therefore load trucks more quickly? Is there another space available to stage product before it is transferred to the dock for loading. If you are shipping product that is need to go directly into production, look into storage and warehousing options to prevent halts in production due to drivers who are detained at the shipper or are unable to deliver before they are required to take a break. Evaluate Loading/Unloading Processes As mentioned previously, detention is going to be even more of a hot-button issue for drivers with ELDs. How can your loading and unloading processes be streamlined? Are there steps that can be fixed and/or eliminated to reduce the possibility of detention? Adapt Your Own Trucks Early Even though the mandate is still two years from the implementation deadline, many small steps need to be taken that will require investments of research, time, and money (e.g. device decisions, registration, installation, training, driver turnover). For more information and resources about the mandate, download the full ELD White paper here. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -