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US-Canada Cross Border Vaccine Mandates

US-Canada Cross Border Vaccine Mandates

Less than 24 hours after reversing a vaccine mandate for Canadian truck drivers, due to pressure from the opposition and trucking lobbyists, the Canadian Prime Minister and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) reinstated the mandate. In order to cross back from the U.S. into Canada, Canadian truck drivers need to be fully vaccinated or risk quarantine protocol. While American drivers who can not show proof of vaccination will be turned away at the border altogether.

Although government resources have reported that nearly 90% of Canada's 120,000 drivers are vaccinated, many of these drivers have joined forces with unvaccinated colleagues to protest. Drivers, business owners, and trucking lobbyists have cited driver shortage, trade disruption and inflation as potential side effects. "Since Covid began, freight capacity has been a major problem on both sides of the border. And with 30,000 trucks crossing the border each day, carrying over $1 billion in trade, even a slight disruption to freight capacity can compound heightened supply chain problems for many manufacturers," said Dean Corbolotti, VP Managed Services at Sleek Technologies. "Unfortunately, unvaccinated drivers or those who don't want to deal with incremental protocol at the border will use their trucks on other routes and loads."

With the mandate now in play, several U.S.-based manufacturers have reported massive shipment cost increases, some three times higher. Other manufacturers have reported shipment delays, some with 40 shipments waiting on available drivers. Unfortunately, freight procurement professionals will continue to struggle to move goods across the border and consequences will be seen farther up the supply chain. 

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How Could The Infrastructure Bill Impact Freight Procurement

How Could The Infrastructure Bill Impact Freight Procurement

There's no doubt the recently passed infrastructure bill will have massive impacts on many industries, including logistics and transportation. Experts agree that short-term impacts could cause more headaches for freight procurement professionals. Two important topics come to mind and need to be considered... road construction and workforce shifts. 

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How Booster Vaccines and the Supply Chain Crisis Go Hand in Hand

How Booster Vaccines and the Supply Chain Crisis Go Hand in Hand

Two of the biggest topics on people’s minds right now are COVID booster shots and supply chain shortages. And unfortunately, these two are feeding into each other. With the FDA approving booster shots and vaccinations for younger people, and the supply chain facing historic back-ups, shipping vaccinations is once again a top-of-mind issue. And the effects are being felt across the government, carriers and shippers. With that, here is a brief look at how vaccine shipping is impacting the supply chain and vice versa.

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Why Sustainability Must Be Important In Freight Procurement

Freight transportation is a large contributor to air pollution. According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. logistics industry ships millions of tons of goods daily, consuming massive amounts of energy/ oil. By 2045, an increase in global commerce is expected to boost US shipments by 45%. And when the number of shipments increases, so does fuel consumption. 

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Tips For Temperature Control Shippers Who Are Struggling with Tight Reefer Freight Market

Tips For Temperature Control Shippers Who Are Struggling with Tight Reefer Freight Market

If you’re a food, beverage, cosmetics or pharma manufacturer, and require temperature controls, chances are you’re struggling to move freight. Reefer tender rejection continues to hover around 50%, up from 10% this same time last year. Think about this for a moment… 50% rejection means one out of every two tendered reefer loads are passed on. To complicate matters, produce season is right around the corner so chances are the situation will get worse before it gets better. 

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2021 Rate Outlook

2021 Rate Outlook

Originally posted on K-Ratio

Trucking is a commodity and like any commodity, its price, though volatile and unpredictable, is still subject to the principles of supply and demand. In 2020, these principles, and their derivative concepts, were stressed and stretched to their very limits but always held true. One would be hard pressed to find another calendar year containing as many economic cycles as the prior. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately depending on which business one is in, 2021 will likely pick up and continue right where 2020 left off. Despite the extreme seasonality typically found inside freight, markets do not stop or

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Sleek Match Engine Fuels Capacity & Savings

Sleek Match Engine Fuels Capacity & Savings

Overview 

Sleek Technologies launched Sleek Match Engine back in October 2019 with a goal to simplify logistics by automatically matching drivers to loads. Match Engine, a proprietary machine-learning engine, leverages predictive algorithms, smart business rules, and a system of measures to gauge the likelihood of a specific driver to have an interest in a particular load. Match Engine overlays multiple internal and external data sources to find the perfect driver, which provides much-needed capacity, above average service levels, and shipper savings for our customers. 

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Help Us Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

Help Us Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

Over 3.5 million men and women haul goods across America. These professional truck drivers have extremely demanding jobs, which feed directly into the health of our economy. They drive both night and day to ensure goods arrive safely and on time. Sometimes they leave thier loved ones behind for multiple days at a time. Without these truck drivers, local commmunities across the nation would not receive the products they want and need! 

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Rise in Offsite Safety Inspections Impacts Carriers & Number of Audits

Rise in Offsite Safety Inspections Impacts Carriers & Number of Audits

Did you know more than 50% of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s  (FMCSA) safety audits are now done offsite? An offsite audit consists of uploading electronic documentation and phone interviews, which moves the inspection process along much faster compared to in-person meetings.  

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Carriers may face penalties, shutdowns under Virginia COVID-19 regs

Carriers may face penalties, shutdowns under Virginia COVID-19 regs

Recently, FreightWaves reported that the state of Virginia will soon require companies to classify employees by risk-level based on job duties. Since truck drivers are on the front lines and oftentimes require less than 6 feet of separation when picking up and dropping off freight, they will most likely be impacted. "For everyone's safety, it makes sense for employers to proactively develop a preparedness plan in case someone exhibits symptoms", said Dean Corbolotti Sleek Fleet Shipper Engagement Director. "It's still too early to understand the impact on the transportation industry. We hope there are no negative ramifications. Carriers, and shippers, have already endured so much".

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