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One Truck Driver’s Contribution to the World’s Largest Fruit Display

One Truck Driver’s Contribution to the World’s Largest Fruit Display

Fruit Display

What goes into the making of the world’s largest fruit display? We found out this summer when we created a display that featured over 10,000 watermelons. It took four semi truckloads to transport all 157,000 pounds of the fruit to the Cub Foods® store in Maple Grove, MN, where the display was constructed. Images of the watermelon display have been sent to Guinness World Records in England for validation, but I can say with confidence that being part of the event was one of the highlights of my summer. In addition to the record-breaking display, people from all over the Twin Cities came together to participate in watermelon eating and seed spitting contests and to sample the fruit and snow cones.
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Update: Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Division Conference

Update: Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Division Conference

TCA Refrigerated Convention

A few months ago, I provided an update from the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) annual conference. In addition to the annual event, the TCA has a conference specifically for the nation’s refrigerated truckload carriers. This year’s reefer conference was held in Utah and had a bit of a twist. Three weeks ago, the President of the TCA, Chris Burruss, resigned for personal reasons. This was unexpected and leaves a big gap in the leadership of the association. Members had nothing but good things to say about Burruss after his many years of service, and he will be missed. Chairman Shepard Dunn immediately called for a search committee to find a new leader for the organization.
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- Manager Carrier Services- C.H. Robinson

Trucking Industry Update: Driver Shortage, Weather, and HOS Restart

Trucking Industry: Polar Vortexes, Restart or Not, and Drivers, Drivers, Drivers

Trucking Industry Update

We’re already halfway through 2014. It’s been about six months since I last recapped three main issues that were affecting the trucking industry, hours of service (HOS), driver shortage, and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s (FMCSA) Comprehensive Safety and Accountability (CSA) program. Some aspects, namely the growing concern over driver shortage, haven’t changed much since then. This combination of factors—ongoing concerns, recent inclement weather, and the continuing regulation of the industry—has led to a very delicate balance of capacity supply.
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- Director of Carrier Services- C.H. Robinson

Shipper Attributes: A Trucking Company’s Perspective

Shipper Attributes: A Trucking Company’s Perspective

Attractive Freight

Being the owner of a trucking company is not a nine to five kind of job. I work around the clock every day. The things I keep top of mind for my business are being profitable as well as keeping my drivers and my customers happy. I would say most—if not all—trucking companies can relate to this balancing act. In order to succeed at these areas of my business, I consider and evaluate what I perceive are the top attributes of a shipper.
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- CEO P-Line Corporation