Another tax season is upon us. At this time of year, we get calls virtually every day from drivers. Their top question: Am I in big trouble because I don’t have receipts? (The variations to this question are, I have poor records, no records, or lost/stolen/destroyed records.) Here’s what I tell people who ask.
It is that time of the year we reflect on the things we appreciate and are thankful for. I am thankful to be part of an industry that is responsible for orchestrating the logistics and transportation that makes products available on store shelves for our everyday consumers. With holiday shopping at its peak, it is especially important to recognize the individuals responsible for delivering the toys, clothes, and electronics everyone wants—and, no, I’m not talking about Santa.
Winter Weather and the Impact on Trucking
Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted on 1/7/15. With winter arriving, we thought the post to be both timely and relevant.
Winter weather hit many areas particularly hard and rather early this season. But none have been affected like Buffalo, NY, which suffered several lake effect snowstorms in November. Many areas south of Buffalo were pummeled by upwards of six feet of snow. Even the seasoned Buffalo residents stated that they “have never seen anything like this.” While this weather event was forecasted, the magnitude and force of the storm brought Buffalo and much of upstate New York to a halt. The ensuing mountains of snow, closed roads, and driving bans kept most businesses closed for up to a week. This storm and the classic Nor’easter snowstorms during the winter of 2013 made a tremendous impact on the transportation industry.
We all know the issues and challenges the trucking industry continues to face on a daily basis, from the driver shortage to changing government regulations. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to put a strong emphasis on the importance of benchmarking. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the biggest challenge to benchmarking is access to accurate information.