Quarterly Rockstar And September Employee of The Month

Congratulations to Maritza Garcia, ReedTMS Logistics’ Quarterly Rockstar and Pat Lyman ReedTMS’s Employee of the month for September. Pat and Maritza have routinely gone above and beyond their own job responsibilities to help the team in whatever way possible.

 

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

“Pat had a team member leave this month and took on many different roles including building, scheduling, rating, track and tracing.”

”Pat came into the office during the hurricane, to cover 2 problematic loads that were uncovered. He also worked with the carrier team to provide spot rates. The guy has a tremendous attitude that is contagious to the rest of us”

“Pat went out of his way to present oppurtunities for ReedTMS to expand its brand in our local community. He helped to spearhead the donation drive for Lockhart Elementary school and attended the school to present the gifts.”

“Maritza just simply works non stop in incredibly high volume areas.”

“Maritza’s region was greatly affected by hurricane Irma, but she put her head down and made no excuses.”

“How often do we here the term first in, last out the office? Maritza is the definition of this cliché and is one of the few people I know that actually fits that description. Pleasure to work with her!”

Thank you for all you do for us Maritza & Pat we look forward to your continued success!

ReedTMS Logistics provides supplies for Lockhart Elementary

                                                                                                                                       Lee Elementary Magnet School students were moved to Lockhart Elementary Magnet School, which is less than a mile away from Lee. A devastating fire destroyed Lee Elementary and Hillsborough County Public Schools have developed a plan to keep students and staff together.

Beginning on Monday, Sept 18th 2017 students began to share Lockhart campus, which also is a magnet school at 3719 North 17th St., Tampa.

Lockhart Elementary has space for nearly 300 more students and is also located next to Young Middle Magnet School. For the first two to three weeks, the older students from Lee Elementary will temporarily be taught in classrooms on Young’s campus, while the district installs portable classrooms at Lockhart within a few weeks. About 329 students and 49 staff members were displaced.

ReedTMS Logistics jumped on the opportunity to help the children and teachers who lost entire classrooms worth of supplies. National Sales Manager Pat Lyman and Marketing Manager Andy Patel delivered the goods to the classroom on Friday, September 22nd. 2017. They also had the opportunity to spend some time with the children and help them on schooling activities such as division.

Story by : Andy Patel

Volvo eyes trucking’s future with 2017 product updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a year that’s seen the company roll out two updated tractors and a futuristic concept tractor-trailer, Volvo Trucks North America said Monday it’s readying itself for the future of freight transportation. In a press update held at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, Volvo recapped its busy year of updates, offering a bird’s eye perspective of what the new technology means for the trucking industry and its future.

The company unveiled this year a refreshed VNL tractor for the long-haul market and a new tractor, the VNR, targeting the regional-haul segment. In March, the company debuted its SuperTruck tractor-trailer, a $40 million venture built via a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Volvo SuperTruck achieved a 12 mpg average, and Volvo brought features developed as part of the SuperTruck’s research and development to its current product line. Its 2017 D13 engine brings 7.5 percent better fuel efficiency than its 2014 predecessor, said Volvo’s Magnus Koeck, VP of Marketing. The engine leans on features like turbo compounding, a form of waste heat recovery, and wave pistons to achieve its fuel economy gains.

The long-haul tractor powered by the D13, Volvo’s new VNL, also “takes another step” in fuel efficiency, says Koeck. “This isn’t a 6 mpg truck anymore,” Koeck says of the sculpted aerodynamic unit. The VNL also features new exterior stylings, like an updated grille, and a refreshed and driver-focused interior. The company will be showing off the new VNL in a truck stop tour taking place between Oct. 3 and Oct. 14 in select truck stops across North America.

Take rates on the company’s powertrain package, which combines the D13 and the I-Shift automated-manual transmission, are close to 95 percent, says Koeck. Take rates on the I-Shift alone are upwards of 90 percent. “Those are strong numbers,” he said. “They’re hard to beat.”

Volvo also said it’s pressing to connect more Volvo trucks to its Remote Programming platform, which allows over-the-air software updates and engine repogramming. The system aims to cut downtime and make it easier for Volvo trucks and engines to maintain up-to-date software. Currently, about 135,000 trucks are connected to the system, says Volvo.

The company made its remote diagnostics system standard in 2012. It launched the remote programming element earlier this year.

Eyeing the future of transportation, Volvo’s Keith Brandis said the company is investing in three key technology areas — connectivity, electrification and automation — as well as the convergence of the three, which will create a “dramatical future,” says Brandis.

Such technologies are still in a fledgling state, says Brandis, and much work needs to be done in the public and private sector before these systems come to market. But technologies like electrification, automation and connectivity can solve some of transportation’s most pressing issues, such as congestion and gridlock, as well as safety.

“The future is coming and it’s coming fast,” says Volvo Trucks’ President Goran Nyberg. “We’re excited to find new ways to improve efficiency, safety and, above all, the productivity of the industry.”

Story by James Jaillet at ccdigital.com

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Running Sept. 10-16, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week highlights the efforts of professional truck drivers to remind the industry of the important role that truck driver’s play in transporting goods across the nation. More than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver goods and commodities, and some remote towns and territories are unreachable by other modes of transportation.

“This week was created to commemorate and support the industry professionals who work daily to deliver America’s goods,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “Truck drivers are hard-working men and women who practice safety on the roads and serve as the faces of our industry. These drivers improve our collective quality of life by making personal commitments to safety and delivering our critical goods like medicine, food, building supplies and clothing.”

ATA is asking the trucking industry to engage their communities in this week’s celebration of truck drivers. Public officials, community leaders, members of the media and local businesses can all play a role in helping to better understand the important work that truck drivers do in safely moving the economy each day. Highway safety is dramatically improved when the motoring public acknowledges the difficulties of driving a truck and the limitations of large commercial vehicles.

In support of this effort, Trucking Moves America Forward, the trucking industry’s image movement, is partnering with state trucking associations to run billboard advertisements along key highways to thank truck drivers for their service to the industry.

This year, special attention is being paid to the 1.6 million trucking industry employees who live and work in the direct paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During National Truck Driver Appreciation week, ATA is monitoring the storms and working with FEMA and the American Logistics Aid network to carry out relief efforts.

State trucking associations, industry suppliers, and carriers are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver more than 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States. Additionally, America’s Road Team Captains and Share the Road professional truck drivers will take to the airwaves Sept. 12 for live satellite broadcasts from the Nashville terminal of TCW. ATA first vice chairman Dave Manning, president of TCW, will participate in the morning broadcasts and speak alongside the professional truck drivers about the important role that drivers play in the nation’s economy.

“Truck drivers work day in and day out to make our jobs possible, our shopping more convenient, and our roads a lot safer,” said Manning. “Truck drivers are entrusted with large vehicles, yet we know we can rely on them to be fully aware of their surroundings on the road and make good decisions. They make safety their responsibility and truly deliver everything that makes our economy function.”

The ATA official NTDAW site offers a collection of resources to magnify driver appreciation events. The content provided by ATA allows industry professionals to engage their communities during this week of outreach. These resources are aimed at demonstrating public support for the work that drivers do each day and reflecting the image of professional truck drivers.

Story by Truckinginfo.com

ReedTMS August 2017 Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Alexis Hardy and Jason Gensrick, ReedTMS Logistics’ Employees of the month for August. Alexis and Jason both have an incredible amount of work ethic. They continuously are willing to help in areas where the business needs them.

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

“Alexis has done tremendous work in two of the hardest markets/zones there are, mainly by herself.”

“What I like about Alexis’s accomplishments is that they are tangible. What she has done is not perception based, but real.”

“She comes in and WORKS! It’s 10 toes down, grinding type of work. The kind of stuff that most would turn their nose too. The type of stuff that most have opinions over sitting down and actually covering loads.

“Jason continues to strive at becoming the best in his responsibilities”

“Jason looks at every challenge as an opportunity and we are thankful to have him on our team.”

“Jason asked to take on even more work after a fellow employee resigned. This type of initiative and teamwork is exemplary on so many different levels. Jason’s positive attitude and eagerness to take on more to help the team have made him an outstanding choice for Employee of the Month.”

Thanks for all you do Jason and Alexis, keep up the good work!

ReedTMS Logistics Pitches in to help hurricane Harvey relief

ReedTMS Logistics has joined local relief efforts to help Texas residents as they work to rebuild after the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.

ReedTMS Logistics donated a variety of items including clothes, shoes, socks, blankets, towels, toiletries, soap, shampoo. toothpaste, dogfood, and deodorant.

Harvey slammed into Texas on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered over Houston and other areas as a tropical storm. The rain totaled nearly 52 inches in some spots, at least 60 deaths are attributed to the storm and Texas officials say it could take years for communities damaged to recover.

If you feel compelled to help some vetted areas for donation drop off locations are below:

  • Gulf High School: 5355 School Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34652
  • Millennium Academy: 10005 Ridge Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34654
  • Greg Pilkington campaign headquarters: 3102 State Road 60 East, Valrico, Florida
  • Caroline Contractors, 18039 N US 41, Lutz 33549 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Story by : Andy Patel