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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is not just a day for tortilla chips and margaritas (although, we will take any holidays that give us an excuse for that anyway!). But it is also often misunderstood as a day of Mexican independence. Find out what it really is here! Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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The 46th Year for Earth Day Friday, April 22nd marks the 46th year of a movement that has significantly made an impact on our modern world. Started by John McConnell in 1970, and always falling on April 22nd, Earth Day has led to planting trees, cleaning up neighborhoods, rallying for more environmental laws, and pushing for better fossil fuel alternatives. Cities around the U.S. celebrate Earth Day with community cleanups, festivals, and family fun days.  Forbes Magazine also mentions another way in which Earth Day is making a world-wide impact this year. The U.S. and China will be signing the Paris climate agreement tomorrow, which will be the first push toward attempting to keep global temperatures from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Forbes also mentions that in addition, "in a lead up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, the Earth Day Network has pledged to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide to account for every single person living on Earth." So get outside tomorrow! We at AM Transport begin our annual care-taking of three flowers beds our company adopted in front of the city pool. A group of employees has volunteered to do the initial cleanup tomorrow by removing weeds and old mulch, laying new mulch, and making a plan for new plants and flowers. We maintain the beds throughout the spring, summer, and fall. For more about Earth Day, campaigns, and ways you can get involved, visit EarthDay.org. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Industry NewsTransportation

Justin Just Became One And what is that exactly? A Certified Transportation Broker - A.K.A. a CTB. Justin is our newest employee to take the home-study course, pass the exam, and become certified. Congrats, Justin! We think this is pretty big deal around here, but many of our customers aren't quite sure what CTB means and what value it offers to them (no, I am not a CTB salesperson). So here it is in a nutshell. The Certified Transportation Broker designation is earned through a series of extensive tests administered by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). The program begins with a home-study course that teaches subjects such as basic business principles, the history of brokerage, brokerage operations and practices, legal cases, and regulation in the transportation industry. Once the student completes the home study course (complete with readings, slides, and quizzes), he/she takes the online exam. The exam is broken into three sections, and the student must pass all three in order to become certified. You have three chances to take the exam and pass all the sections. According to the TIA, the CTB program was developed by the Transportation Intermediaries Association to "increase the professionalism and integrity of property brokerage, meet the educational needs of brokers, and expand basic knowledge of the brokerage and transportation industry through a rigorous certification program." Brokers who take the CTB exam gain a better understanding of the history and regulations surrounding the transportation industry, as well as current day practices and ethics. We currently have 20 CTBs on staff here in our office (out of 33 employees), and we have two more getting ready for the next exam. For more information about eligibility and taking the CTB course, check out the TIA CTB website. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Best PracticesTransportation

The Business of Business is Simple "The business of business is simple. All you really need is what's listed in this post." - Geoffrey James This repost is about an article written on Inc.com by Geoffrey James, and it is essentially a TL;DR version of some incredibly simple, but very useful, things you need to know about the working world. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the gems he provides in the article: Commitments. Your reputation is based not on how many commitments you keep but on how few commitments you don't. Innovation. Great ideas are dime-a-dozen; what matters is execution. Presentations. There's a special place in hell reserved for whoever invented PowerPoint. Selling. The ultimate purpose of all sales activity is to help other people become happier. Success. Measure success by how much you accomplish, not by how much money you make. Check out the full article for more of the "single most important things you need to know," according to James. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
HealthTransportation

Today is World Health Day Today is World Health Day, and the key theme this year is "Beat Diabetes." Why this theme? Because according to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths in 2012. And WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. Scary, right?! But today is dedicated to learning more about the disease and ways you can prevent it for yourself and your family. Diabetes is treatable, but it requires hard work and dedication. World Health Day is taking this year to provide important information about diabetes, increasing awareness, and helping people learn how to control and prevent diabetes. Trucking and transportation are two particularly high-risk professions due to the sedentary nature of the job and the often lack of available healthy food options. It is important to learn more about the facts and causes of diabetes, how you could be at risk, and ways to start making changes to prevent diabetes. How much do you know about diabetes? Take the World Health Day quiz to find out what you know and learn more about diabetes and prevention. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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Path-Changers and Inspiration in Unexpected Places When you sit down in the office of your high school guidance counselor, they always ask the big, scary question: what are you going to do with your life? And you may or may not have a grand plan in place for where you are heading after you graduate. But as we have all experienced, life tends to have its own plans that can quickly and effectively throw yours off course. Some of these moments can stem from elements beyond your control. However, some of these path-changers can be a result of your own instincts and observations. Whenever you experience an "a-ha!" moment, don't just let the idea pass by without a second thought. Instead, seize the opportunity that has landed before you. Take a look at how these 15 individuals did just that. Check out this road map from Inc.com that will help lead you to your next A-ha! moment. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...