Will Panera create more driver jobs?

September 9th, 2017

Food giant Panera is expected to create more driver jobs.

The restaurant expects to add more than 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs system-wide by the end of 2017 as it expands delivery service to 35-40 percent of its cafes by year end.

“Panera is doing for delivery what we did for quick service – creating an elevated guest experience endto-end,” Ron Shaich, Panera founder, Chairman and CEO said. “In many places across the country, all that’s available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food. We’re closing the gap in delivery alternatives and creating a way for people to have more options for real food delivered to their homes and workplaces.”

By linking delivery orders with MyPanera, the restaurant industry’s largest program with more than 25 million members, guests are able to save their favorites, earn and track rewards, and receive one-of-a-kind special offers.

The new digital and mobile ordering-based service, Panera Delivery, will provide lunch and dinner to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes, typically within an eight-minute drive of a Panera bakery-cafe. Cafes will generally deliver between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, for as little as a $5 menu purchase plus a $3 delivery fee in most locations.

In addition, Panera is currently rolling out a new order tracking system, powered by Bringg technology, which lets the guest track their delivery order all the way to their home or office. The guest can see expected arrival time, follow the delivery’s progress on a map, see a picture of and be introduced to their driver, and receive a notification when their driver is arriving

Family Man Named Driver of the Month

September 1st, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. is pleased to announce Alfredo Tapia Martinez of Liberal, KS as NCI Driver of the Month for July 2017. Alfredo owns and operates a truck within the NCI Livestock Division. He attended Seward County Vocational Technical School in 2000 earning his CDL and joined National Carriers through their lease purchase program upon graduation.

NCI Director of Livestock, Jason Greer stated that Alfredo can be counted on every time he is assigned a load of cattle to transport. Cattle are shipped from feed yards in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, as well as Kansas to National Beef Packers for processing. NCI livestock drivers are trained to load, transport, and unload cattle without hotshots or other stress inducing methods. Alfredo excels in this area according to Greer.

Alfredo has another career outside of trucking that has also earned him an outstanding reputation. He writes popular songs in his native Spanish language. His songs are in demand by well-known musical groups throughout the United States and Mexico. When asked why he continues to work at National Carriers instead of pursuing a full time music career he states he would not risk losing his family due to the demands of the music business. He creates many of his song ideas while transporting cattle form location to location.

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

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Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Loan to improve driver jobs

August 8th, 2017

A new loan from the Department of Transportation will improve the road along with driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (Bureau) will provide up to a $628.93 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), at 2.91% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-405 Improvement Project (Project).  The TIFIA loan represents 33% of eligible project costs totaling $1.91 billion.

The I-405, a major highway in Southern California, is a major link between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  It is also an essential part of the National Highway System and an integral part of the FHWA’s Primary Freight Network offering direct access to the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, two of the busiest ports in the nation.

The Project will be built on a 16-mile corridor in northwest Orange County on the I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605).  Once complete, it will add one new General Purpose (“GP”) lane and one new toll lane in each direction.  The new tolled express lanes will combine with the existing high occupancy vehicle (“HOV”) lanes to create two Express Lanes in each direction in the I-405 median from SR 73 to I-605.  The Project will also replace 18 bridges, and includes the construction of new and widened bridges, improvements to the auxiliary lanes, utility relocations, new sound walls, and additions to the tolling and Transportation System Management and Transportation Demand Management systems.

According to OCTA, the project will create approximately 42,000 jobs during construction, improve safety, reduce congestion and emergency access time to highway incidents, and reduce annual vehicle hours of delay along the corridor by two million hours in the opening year.

OCTA has stated that a TIFIA secured loan is critical to ensuring its ability to secure the entire funding amount required to construct and maintain the Project.  Over its 35-year life, OCTA estimates that the TIFIA loan will save OCTA about $300 million, and will also ensure accelerated delivery of the Project using the design-build model.  Without the TIFIA loan, it is likely that the Project could be delayed.

National tour spotlights driver jobs

August 1st, 2017

A new campaign is putting the spotlight on driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced its electronic logging device (ELD) Implementation National Tour – a public education and outreach campaign geared towards helping commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers transition to ELDs.

In several cities across the country, FMCSA subject matter experts will lead driver-focused presentations and panel discussions on ELD implementation.

As required by law, all carriers subject to the ELD Rule must convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) by December 18, 2017.

FMCSA agency staff at their interactive exhibit booth will answer questions, provide consumer-friendly resources and materials, and review drivers’ and carriers’ responsibilities.

FMCSA’s ELD Implementation National Tour dates and locations are as follows:

  • July 13-15 – Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree (Walcott, Iowa)
  • August 24-26 – Great American Trucking Show (Dallas, Texas)
  • September 25-27 – North American Commercial Vehicle Show (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • October 14-15 – California Trucking Show (Ontario, California)
  • October 21-24 – American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition (Orlando, Florida)
  • November 6-8 – Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo (Kansas City, Missouri)

Colorado Man Named Driver of the Month at National Carriers

August 1st, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has named Chris Back of Colorado Springs, CO as Driver of the Month for June 2017. Back drives a company truck throughout the United States. He has delivered refrigerated goods to National Carrier’s customers for the past 15 years.

Back stated, “I came to NCI in 2002 as an owner operator. As I prepared to upgrade my truck last year I decided the new emission standards requirements were expensive and potentially could add high maintenance cost to my business. NCI offered me an opportunity as a company driver operating a new Kenworth T-680 tractor equipped with an automatic transmission, APU, invertor, and they pay all the operating expenses – I couldn’t pass it up!”

“Drivers ask why I stay at National Carriers. I tell them it’s a combination of steady freight, good miles, great equipment and top pay. When I’ve had a problem in the past I share it with management and it is addressed quickly. NCI has been good to me,” Back concluded.

NCI spokesperson Ed Kentner remembers Back attending orientation with his four month old daughter in tow. “When Chris attended orientation his wife and daughter joined him. The company has always had an open door policy for family involvement. His daughter, Amanda, is now fifteen years old and still rides with dad when her school schedule allows for it.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

 

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Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

 

Proposed rule takes a look at driver jobs and getting a commercial license

July 8th, 2017

A new proposed rule is examining driver jobs and simplifying the means to getting a commercial license.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced two proposals that would take steps toward responding to a national shortage of qualified truck and bus drivers. These proposed processes would simplify obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for many individuals and reduce administrative expenses to both the driver applicant and state driver licensing agencies.

“Taken together, these two proposals will help ease the entry for thousands of qualified individuals into career opportunities as professional truck and bus drivers – a critical occupation facing an acute labor shortage in our country,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson. We could eliminate unnecessary burdens to both the applicants and to the states, save time, reduce costs and, most importantly, ensure that states only issue commercial driver’s licenses to well-trained, highly qualified individuals.”

FMCSA is seeking public comment on the following two Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRM) announced today:

  • Military Licensing and State CDL Reciprocity.  This proposed rule would allow State Driver Licensing Agencies to waive the CDL knowledge test for qualified veterans and active duty personnel, including National Guard and Reserves, seeking to obtain a civilian CDL. This waiver would simplify processing and reduce costs for States and for qualified individuals. Since 2012, FMCSA has allowed States to waive the CDL skill test requirement for qualified veterans and active duty personnel.  More than 18,800 individuals have transitioned from their military service into the U.S. civilian jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers under the waiver opportunity.

“We owe so much to our men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Jefferson. “This action would be one more way we can express our gratitude and assist those with a military CDL who wish to utilize their extensive training and experience operating heavy trucks and buses into careers as civilians.”

  • Commercial Learner’s Permit Validity.  This proposed rule would allow States to issue a CDL learner’s permit with an expiration date of up to one year, replacing the current six-month limitation.  This extra flexibility would eliminate burdensome and costly paperwork requirements by the States.  It would also eliminate unnecessary re-testing and additional fees presently incurred by individuals who seek an additional 180-day renewal of their CDL learner’s permit.

How those with driver jobs are sharing the road safely

July 8th, 2017

A new campaign is spotlighting how those with driver jobs are sharing the road safely.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues its efforts to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses through a newly formed partnership under the Our Roads, Our Safety campaign.

The American Bus Association, AAA and the American Trucking Associations have joined with FMCSA to amplify the Our Roads, Our Safety effort to educate all pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all.

There are several simple actions passenger vehicle drivers should take while sharing the road with large trucks and buses:

  • Stay out of the “No Zones” or blind spots at the front, back and sides of the vehicle
  • Make sure they can see the driver in the mirror before safely passing
  • Don’t cut in close while merging in front of a CMV
  • Stay back a safe distance to avoid being in the blind spot
  • Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
  • Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions
  • Lastly, be patient driving around large trucks and buses

In addition to these tips, parents and teachers can involve children aged 5-12 in highlighting the importance of road safety by participating in the Road Safety Art Contest. The contest allows children in kindergarten through sixth grade to use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.

 

Eric Rogers Named Driver of the Month at National Carriers

July 6th, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has named Eric Rogers of Anthony, KS, NCI Driver of the Month for May 2017. Rogers operates a truck within the NCI Truck Leasing program on their Southwestern Division. He has delivered refrigerated goods to National Carrier’s customers since February of 2014.

NCI spokesperson, Ed Kentner stated that Rogers has successfully completed two truck leases. He is now leasing his third truck, a 2016 Kenworth T-680. Rogers has been driving trucks since 1992 with the last four-plus years at National Carriers.

Rogers exclaimed, “I came to NCI to lease a truck. I understand the challenges of operating my own business, but I also understand the rewards for doing do. Ninety percent of everything on my current truck is covered with the manufacture warranty. I feel the only way you are going to make money is to keep the doors shut and the wheels rolling. I appreciate the recognition  National Carriers has given me.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

 Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers®Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.Eric drivers seat closeuo

Tonnage from trucking jobs decreases

June 1st, 2017

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 2.5% in April, following a 1.1% decline during March.

In April, the index equaled 134 (2000=100), down from 137.4 in March. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.

Compared with April 2016, the SA index fell 1.8%. In March, the index rose 0.6% on a year-over-year basis. Year-to-date, compared with the same four months in 2016, the index is off 0.3%. For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5%.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 132.6 in April, which was 7.8% below the previous month (143.8).

“I have to admit that April’s contraction is a bit surprising, especially considering the anecdotal reports I’ve been hearing from fleets regarding freight levels,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “It’s not necessarily that tonnage levels fell in April that is surprising, but the size of the decrease. One explanation is that housing starts fell substantially in April as well, and residential construction generates heavier truck freight.

“Despite the fact that tonnage is down a total of 3.6% over the last three months, I still expect moderate growth going forward as key sectors of the economy continue to improve slowly,” he said.

Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 70.1% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods.

Trucks hauled nearly 10.5 billion tons of freight in 2015. Motor carriers collected $726.4 billion, or 81.2% of total revenue earned by all transport modes.

Kansas Motor Carrier Association announces their 2016 Safety Professional of the Year

May 27th, 2017

Liberal, KS – National Carriers is pleased to announce Safety and Compliance Director, Jill Maschmeier has been named 2016 Safety Professional of the Year by the Kansas Motor Carrier Association. Maschmeier joined National Carriers in 2000.

KMCA released this statement:  The Safety Management Council continues a program to recognize exemplary effort demonstrated by a safety professional. Company safety directors have the responsibility of balancing company operational objectives while overseeing our professional driver corps and encouraging and modeling a safety culture. Among the nominating criteria for the safety professional of the year are:

Success in advancing highway and industrial safety in the fleet,

Relationship and cooperation with government officials,

And, methods of meeting and solving safety problems facing the nominee’s fleet.

As always, the competition was very tight between the nominees. In selecting the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year, the judges were particularly impressed with the dedication of our honoree because of the numerous examples of a positive attitude and a tireless dedication to highway safety. This is what the nominator said of our honoree:

The nominee’s dedication is unparalleled. This person is totally committed to Safety not only for our company but for the motoring public as well. In my role as a Risk Consultant I am fortunate to interact with many fleet Safety Directors and there are few who can match the nominee’s focus, work ethic and stamina. The nominee loves what they do and it shows in the results. It is a privilege to recommend this nominee for this well-deserved award.

Please join me in saluting someone who is greatly respected by her peers and drivers. – The 2016 Safety professional of the year is Jill Maschmeier, National Carriers! Congratulations Jill!

About National Carriers, Inc.  

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.” Our team consists of only the Elite driving and office professionals.

About KMCA

Chartered by the State of Kansas as a non-profit corporation on August 11, 1936, KMCA through the intervening years consistently has provided the progressive, organized leadership that has helped the transportation industry improve its services to the public and to achieve its present stature.

With its membership of more than 900 companies, representing all types of motor carrier operations and allied enterprises, KMCA is able to speak with authority as the voice of the transportation industry.