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HealthTrucking

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 GoRedForWomen.com, 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 - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Holidays

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 - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Industry NewsShippersTransportation

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 - blog@amtransportonline.com...
Best PracticesSalesTransportation

I had something else planned to post for today, but I ran across this blog post from David Ly Khim earlier this morning, and I thought it had great information - both for sales and non-sales people. 17 Habits of an Effective Salesperson Khim gives 17 habits that their research team discovered from the most effective salespeople in their own company. And while some are sales-specific habits, many of them can be adapted for whatever role you may have in your own organization. The 17 Habits Each of the habits Khim listed provides some great advice. The ones below in particular are applicable in many arenas and are often greatly under-utilized. 2) They prepare ahead of time. Be prepared. It seems like a silly thing to say, but many people underestimate how damaging it can be to your first impression and professional persona when you arrive unprepared. 4) They know their product. Do you know what your product (or service) is? Do you know how it compares to your direct competitors? Why should a customer choose yours over others? What value does it provide? How customizable is it to different customers' needs? 6) They constantly build personal relationships. Building trust with a customer goes beyond the simple transaction. Learn about them - what are their struggles, goals, hobbies, interests? Understand how you can help in ways that go above and beyond good customer service. 8) They don’t try. After meeting up with objections and rejections over and over again, it can be easy to slip into the same old routine. Keep yourself energize and excited. Each new person you talk to is a new opportunity to listen and learn. Be sure you are in it completely each time. 9) They actually listen. Many sales people get stuck on their own scripts: "I came here with a message to say and I am going to say it." Instead, listen to what your prospects and customers are saying. You need to present in the conversation, but that doesn't mean you have to do all the talking. Listen. 10) They get their eight hours of sleep every night. Or 6, or 7, or whatever your number may be. Figure out how much sleep you need to be at your best, and do whatever you can to make getting that number each night a priority. 11) They believe in what they’re selling. This ties directly to #4. If you know what value your product or service can deliver to your customer and you believe in the words you are saying and the messages you are sending, then your customer will be more apt to trust and listen to you. 12) They’re purpose-driven. Why are you in sales? What motives and drivers you professionally? What is your purpose, for yourself and for your company? 17) They view their customer’s success as their own. See #9, then #6, then #8. Listen to your customers. Learn about them and build a personal relationship. Then try. Know how you can help your customers achieve their goals, solve their struggles, and become successful in their own companies. Be sure to check out the other habits, they are good too. Read the full blog post here. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
CommunityTransportation

"A Day On, Not a Day Off" Today is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and many enjoy the day free from work and school. However, in tribute to his life's work of trying to better our communities, this day is also dedicated to enjoying a day "on" - with community service and community engagement. Celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, MLK Day is an American holiday that challenges people, organizations, and communities to use their day off to work on a project together, volunteer, and serve. What are you doing for others? Dr. King spoke many times about the importance of working together to serve others and better the communities in which we live, and today is a way to continue the inspiration and legacy his vision created. Large and small organizations alike have been creating volunteer and service programs and encouraging their employees to take the day off to work in shelters, help with community cleanup, collect for food drives, take up donations, and anything else that will help enrich our communities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.  Serve.gov and the Corporation for National & Community Service document some the projects that the First Family have helped with. The President and his family also challenge Americans to get involved in any way they can. And the project doesn't have to be huge! Start small. Pick up groceries for a family in need, shovel snow for your neighbors, volunteer at a food kitchen, donate clothing...
Recommended ReadingTransportation

Read more. Discuss more. Grow more. If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to read more, let us help. Last year we started a new tradition here in the office: book clubs. 1-3 people get together and choose a book to read and discuss over the next month. The book can be about the industry, business, personal growth, case studies, or not work related at all. The goal is to do more inter-office mentoring and growing, and book clubs are a great way to get started. With a new year, we have switched up the book clubs so each person is reading with a new group. See what we are reading this month: 1. Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big Author - Bo Burlingham It’s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives. In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. 2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...
Human Trafficking AwarenessTransportation

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day But for many truck drivers, human trafficking is something that they are working toward eliminating throughout the entire year. Human trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery - is an issue that is still very relevant both globally and in the United States. Human trafficking is an issue that affects men, women, adults, minors, foreign nationals, and U.S. citizens. "The scores of truckers carrying freight across America see and hear a lot on the road, so they're in a position to notice when something at a rest stop doesn't look right. That's why people who fight sex trafficking of underage kids are enlisting drivers to help" (NPR). Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is just one example of the ways in which truck drivers are fighting against human trafficking today. TAT is a 501 (3)(c) with a mission to "educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking." The TAT Shipping Partners Program encourages shippers to work with their trucking and transportation companies to become TAT trained to identify potential human trafficking situations and know what steps they can take to report the incident. There are many resources available that provide information and help for both witnesses and victims of human trafficking. Here are just a few: Polaris Project - a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. They partner with organizations to take action against human trafficking through things like their fellowship program. Shared Hope - established by U.S Congresswoman Linda Smith. Their mission is to eradicate sex trafficking through prevention, restoration (sharing stories of hope for victims of sex trafficking who are trying to restore their lives), and justice. They provide an interactive state report card so you can see what your state is doing to help the cause. The Truckers Report - points to a number of measures happening in specific states, such as case studies and truck stop initiatives, and highlights ways truckers are spreading awareness and taking action. National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)- a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. They provide a widely-publicized hotline for victims, witnesses, and those needing more information or help that is open 24/7. NHTRC Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 For more information on human trafficking efforts, check out the National Human Trafficking Referral Directory for available local services by searching for a city, state, or zip code. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
New Year's GoalsNew Year's Resolutions

Your New Year - Goals vs. Resolutions Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year's Resolutions - Forbes "Lose weight" - "Exercise" - "Financial Stability" - "Eliminate Stress" These are just a few of the many New Year's Resolutions that will be made and - if you are like the majority of the estimated 40% of Americans that make a New Year's Resolution - eventually broken. So why do so many good-intentioned resolutions fall flat before January is even over? Dan Diamond, a contributor for Forbes, states that the problem is an issue of generality - most people's resolutions are too large and general to be able to come up with a plan and stick with it. Instead of large, overwhelming, and unrealistic resolutions, try making smaller, more specific, reachable goals to keep you moving in the right direction all year long. But how do you make your New Year's Goals more manageable? Diamond gives suggestions for how to take your resolutions and boil them down to more tangible milestones. 1. Keep it Simple Set small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than a singular, overwhelming goal. Keep your resolution list short and take it one step at a time. 2. Make it Tangible Set a goal that is specific - and even better - measurable. Make a plan that you can actually execute. Instead of making a resolution to "lose some weight," make a goal to go to the gym and lift weights twice a week. 3. Make it Obvious Make your goals as visible as possible. Chart them, share them with friends and family, post them publicly and privately - that way they always stay in front of you. 4. Keep Believing You Can Do It Don't let bumps in the road knock you completely off course. Realize that there will be ups and downs, but also realize that you can use your willpower to overcome them and successfully complete your goals. These rules don't just apply to your personal goals. You can also set goals for your family, your job, and/or your community that you can actually stick to this year. Here is Dan Diamond's Forbes article for more details on tips to sticking to your New Year's goals. Want even more information about keeping your New Year's Resolutions? Check out this sweet infographic from Goodnet (courtesy of HuffPost). Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...