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J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is a Fortune 500 freight shipping company for large and small businesses. A top-ranked third party logistics (3PL) provider and one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, we provide safe and reliable transportation services for a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, J.B. Hunt offers capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.

Visit the J.B. Hunt Blog for logistics and transportation news, tips, and interesting content written with shippers and carriers in mind. You'll learn the basics of shipping for those new to the industry, as well as useful tutorials for #JBHunt360, a leading transportation management system (TMS).

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Which #trucking song keeps you moving? Answer on the #JBHunt Carrier blog! #truckers #music jb.ht/CarrierBlog
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#Smallbusiness and #enterprise shippers alike use less than truckload services every day, but unforeseen #accessorial charges can add to your final bill. Read about #LTL accessorials in our latest blog post! jb.ht/2izAkYn
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#Telemedicine could be the answer for many #truckers and business travelers with healthcare needs. Read about it on our blog! #health #trucking jb.ht/2jNhHFv
What you need to know about on-the-road telemedicine consultations. Use these frequently asked questions to choose the best provider.
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#Truckers can help end human trafficking - learn how on our latest blog post. #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay jb.ht/2j1bfaw

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Since 2010, January 11 has been recognized as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Those in the transportation and logistics industry can have a huge impact on ending this abuse. Post your stories and questions with the tag #HumanTraffickingAwarnessDay.

“As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, [truckers] are in a unique position to make a difference and close loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system for their personal gain.” – Truckers Against Trafficking

Truck drivers are a unique group; they see more of the United States than probably anybody else. And because of the nature of the job, many truckers are keenly observant people. When you have to be on point all day – navigating traffic, road obstructions and deadlines – your senses of observation and attention get a lot of practice. Truckers are an important ally in the fight to help notice and put an end to dangerous situations such as human trafficking. There are many stories of drivers doing just that.

Human trafficking relates to the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. It affects individuals such as nannies or maids, sweatshop workers, janitors, restaurant workers, migrant farm workers and more. Unfortunately, truck stops are popular locations for human trafficking – the most common form being centered around the sex trade. Crimes have been reported in all 50 U.S. states, and the constant movement at truck stops provide the perfect platform for unnoticed (or unreported) activities. But we aren’t necessarily trained in what to do when we notice a situation possibly related to human trafficking.

Traits that may identify a victim of human trafficking indicate the individual:

Work/Living Conditions
- is not free to leave or come and go as they wish
- is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts
- is unpaid, paid very little or paid only through tips
- works excessively long/unusual hours
- is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
- was recruited through false premises concerning the nature/conditions of their work
- works/lives in an area with high security measures (e.g. opaque windows, boarded windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Mental Health/Behavior
- is fearful, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous/paranoid
- exhibits unusually fearful/anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
- avoids eye contact

Physical Health
- lacks health care
- appears malnourished
- shows signs of physical/sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture

Lack of Control
- has few or no possessions
- is not in control of their own money, financial records or bank account
- is not in control of their own identification documents
- is not allowed/able to speak for themselves

Other
- claims they are just visiting and cannot identify his/her location or address
- has numerous inconsistencies in their story

Source: Polaris Project

Remember, human trafficking happens to male and female victims alike, and there are a variety of abuses people are subject to. Stay aware and report suspicious activity whether or not you are sure the situation is dangerous. For more statistics and information, visit the following websites:

Truckers Against Trafficking
Polaris Project
Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888)
Human trafficking happens in all 50 states. Truck drivers can help. Learn about the warning signs and how to respond to a suspected case of trafficking.
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The U.S. Department of Labor reported 1,400 jobs were added to the for-hire trucking industry. How long have you been #trucking? jb.ht/2jv2gBv
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Did you know! +TruckingOrg showed an 8.2% increase in truck tonnage in the month of November. Do you think we'll see an increase in December tonnage as well? #FunFactFriday #trucking jb.ht/2iJ6PVI
American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surged 8.2% in November, following a 0.3% drop during October. In November, the index equaled 142.4 (2000=100), up from 131.6 in October. The all-time high was 144 in February.
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Winter weather is in full force in states across the U.S., especially on the west coast. Keep these safe-driving tips in mind as you encounter dangerous conditions. #trucking #weather jb.ht/2gJqVh0
When bad weather strikes, are you prepared? Read on to learn some ways to be proactive and remain safe when a storm approaches and conditions worsen.
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Booking loads? Looking for #freight? The J.B. Hunt #LoadBoard has lots to choose from! jb.ht/2jGGXtI
The J.B. Hunt load board map is back - and with new features! Get a state-by-state look at where the most freight is and find your next load.
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#Truckers - did you know you take part in transporting nearly 70% of all freight shipped in the U.S.? What are you hauling today? #FunFactFriday #trucking
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Answer the J.B. Hunt poll before it closes tomorrow! #NYResolutions jb.ht/CarrierBlog
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Do you utilize any of these five money-saving tips for your #trucking company? #transportation #logistics jb.ht/2j3TWrV

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If you run a small to mid-sized trucking company, you know tight margins and increasing expenses can put the health of your business at risk. While margins fluctuate with capacity, expenses can be controlled for the most part.

Here are five ways you can save money and maximize your fleet’s earning potential.

1. Eliminate the fax machine. Fax machines will soon join VCRs and corded telephones as outdated technologies. Most shippers and freight brokers are discontinuing the use of faxes due to the machines’ limitations and lack of efficiency. Fax machines also come with residual costs for toner cartridges, paper and an extra phone line. This is a great opportunity to modernize your company’s operations and use more efficient cloud-based technologies and mobile apps. And speaking of technology…

2. Use technology to track loads. There are many options for tracking loads in transit, and the shipper you are hauling for may require you to use one of them. Some carry hefty per load fees that add to your cost of doing business. A better alternative is using mobile technology to track your loads at no cost. Cloud-based technologies such as J.B. Hunt 360 Carrier use location-based services available on mobile devices to provide continuous updates on load location. The J.B. Hunt 360 Carrier mobile app also prompts drivers to perform check calls for J.B. Hunt loads directly from the mobile application. J.B. Hunt 360 Carrier is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices.

3. Reduce paperwork. Another way to use technology to minimize your expenses is to submit load paperwork directly to your freight broker using TRANSFLO mobile technology. The TRANSFLO Mobile+ application uses the camera on your mobile device to capture an image and submit load documents directly to the broker. Simply download the free app and take a picture of your load documents. Faster processing means you get paid faster.

4. Leverage wireless discounts. Of course, using mobile technology requires you to have access to reliable wireless services. Take full advantage of wireless discounts available through your broker’s carrier services programs, as well as free Wi-Fi available at many major truck stops.

5. Get ready for the ELD mandate. Regardless of your opinion on what ELDs will mean for the trucking industry, the devices will be mandatory for most trucks by December 16, 2017. Get your business prepared for this change by taking advantage of special pricing available through major manufacturers and allow adequate time to train drivers and staff on their use.
To learn more about special services and discounts available to J.B. Hunt contracted carriers, visit the Carrier Services section of our website.

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is not affiliated with the vendor and does not solicit, sell or consult in the business of providing these vendor-related services, nor is there any carrier incentive as it relates to J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. to participate in these services. The decision to participate is at the sole discretion of the carrier.
Five money-saving tips for small and mid-size trucking companies. Learn how to using technology and special discounts to reduce expenses.
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Learn about the new reforms to Mexico's fuel pricing in our latest blog post. #Mexico #trucking #logistics jb.ht/2iFoTQB

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The Impact of Mexico’s Energy Reforms on Shipping Costs

For those who utilize Mexico cross-border shipping, a big change is coming this year that could introduce new elements of risk in the form of cost variability. Recent energy reform in Mexico is essentially ending state oil company Pemex’s 75-year monopoly over the entire supply chain – from crude oil to retail fuel sales.

This reform now allows private companies to import fuel and establish non Pemex-branded gas stations. In addition, the energy regulatory commission will be phasing out government-set gasoline prices and replacing them with floating market rates throughout 2017 (see map).

How will this affect shippers?

Short-term Effects
In preparation of floating market rates, subsidies were removed and the price of gasoline was increased to better represent market prices. As a result, gasoline costs across the country sustained a 14-20% increase on average, beginning January 1. This increase was announced by the country’s finance ministry just five days before its implementation

Short notice and a rather large increase in gasoline costs have spurred protests throughout Mexico, with some blocking major highways. Shipment delays could be expected to and from zones affected by protests. Protests will likely end within the next two weeks as Mexico’s population becomes accustomed to the change.


Long-term Effects
Previously, door-to-door cross-border shipments were commonly priced to only include a fuel surcharge (FSC) on miles driven within U.S. borders. This was largely due to the fact that diesel costs in Mexico remained stable as a result of government regulation.

Because diesel prices in Mexico will fluctuate with the market, the transportation industry will likely need to update its processes and technology to account for a FSC program within Mexico.

If the standard practice of having FSC on only U.S. miles continues, logistics providers will be assuming additional cost-variability risk. The assumption of this risk will likely be passed on to shippers in the form of higher rates.

For more information regarding Mexico cross-border shipments, contact mexico@jbhunt.com.

Guest Writer:
Erik Neuwirth
Manager, Mexico Highway Solutions



Sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-gasoline-idUSKBN14G15M

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/price-controls-on-gas-will-go-during-2017/
Mexico is ending its state-owned oil company's 75-year monopoly on the oil and gas supply chain in that country. Learn how shipping prices will be affected.
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