Driving The Supply Chain


Upcoming Changes of the CSA Program and Why it Matters to Your Business

Jan 29, 2015 10:08:28 AM

Since its emergence in 2010, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) CSA program has been both important and controversial for carriers, shippers and fleet operators alike. The CSA program has long teetered between conceptual support and heavy practical criticism. While the program’s objectives and safety potential remain points of solidarity throughout the industry, the ways in which scores are developed and used are a strong point of tension. After a series of research-based revisions in 2012, the CSA continues to strive for improvement. In 2014, the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations were added to the CSA database, while improvements to the CSA website are continually being planned. Yet there are a number of impactful issues to be addressed in 2015. Topics of interest include steps to simplify the CSA safety measurement system and crash accountability. Changes to safety fitness determinations are also on the sounding board as the year moves into full swing.

The CSA was designed as a “performance-based, data-driven safety enforcement program,” to track driver and carrier company performance data. CSA collects data annually from an estimated 100,000 crash reports and 3.5 million roadside inspections, ideally using this data to statistically predict and prevent future crash risks and unsafe behaviors. Acting as an initiative to help FMCSA research and efficiently enforce regulations, CSA aims to reduce commercial vehicle accidents and injuries. The program is intended to sweep up as many as 150,000 of the estimated 3 million long-haul truck drivers whose repetitive dangerous behaviors make them risk prone for accidents and fatalities.

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Dupré Logistics Reorganizes Financial Team for Future Growth

Jan 22, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Doug Place named Executive Vice President

Mark Roberts named CFO

Recently, Dupré Logistics promoted Mark Roberts to Chief Financial Officer, a move that allows the company to continue the process of expanding the capabilities of their Accounting, Finance, and technology groups to handle projected growth in the next five years.  Former CFO Doug Place has been promoted to Executive Vice President and will focus on coordinating improvement projects and coordinating specific cross functional projects.  

The reorganization of the financial team is a continuation of Dupré’s pursuit to provide the most effective and efficient service to their clients.  “We believe that this strategic re-alignment will allow our team to support a growing number of specialized and efficient logistics solutions and more importantly, better service for our clients,” said Tom Voelkel, Dupré President and COO. Voelkel continued, “Dupré is lucky to have the strong leadership, expertise and character of both Doug and Mark to guide us as Dupré continues to grow.”

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Electronic Log Mandate for 2015

Jan 22, 2015 8:30:00 AM

This year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to publish a Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) or electronic onboard recorders (EBOR) for drivers and fleets. According to the January 2015 DOT report on significant rulings, the mandate (MAP-21) is expected to be released September 30, 2015, but actual enforcement of the mandate would begin two years later, in September of 2017.  DOT claims that the rulemaking will establish the following:

  1. Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  2. Mandatory requirements for the use of ELDs by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS)
  3. Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents
  4. Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs
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The Top 3 Things to be Aware of in 2015

Jan 21, 2015 8:30:00 AM

With shifts in technology, demographics and market demand, 2015 is shaping up to be an interesting but challenging year. The North American economy is gradually picking up speed after a few challenging years and is expected to have a 3.4% expansion in 2015. But what does this mean for the trucking industry, and how will companies deal with the expected growth? The following trends are on the rise and may have a significant impact on your business in the upcoming year.

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The Benefits of Using Transportation Management Systems to Improve Supply Chains

Dec 23, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In an age of expanding global trade opportunities, coordination of your company’s activities-- particularly shipping and procurement--is essential. Well-organized supply chains can stay efficient and increase profits by closely examining their current processes and making necessary changes. One smart move is to invest in Transport Management Systems (TMS), a specialized type of supply chain management software that allows more in-depth communication across various parts of your supply chain, particularly between order management and warehouse/distribution facility.

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BP Lubricants USA Inc. Recognizes Dupré Logistics for Safety

Dec 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Dupré Logistics was recently recognized by BP Lubricants USA, Inc. for meeting BP’s Driving Safety Standards. The BP Driving Safety Standards awards are a show of recognition for logistics carriers who cooperate with the company’s ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of the BP Driving Safety Policy.

Dave Scherer, Road Safety Compliance Manager, BP Lubricants USA, Inc. wrote, “Your commitment to meeting these ‘above and beyond’ standards and to driving safety, are accomplishments truly worthy of recognition.”

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Is Your 3PL Valuable to Your Business?

Dec 10, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Are you facing a bad shipping situation? Has a delivery been delayed? Is it late, and the material you’re sending needs to be there in just a day or two? Do you have materials with multiple shipping needs, and a lot of company uncertainty about how to fulfill the orders?

In an age of economic uncertainty, outsourcing your shipping needs to a 3PL is just one way in which customers can save costs and build partnerships that are beneficial to their bottom line. 82% of Fortune 500 companies are now working with 3PLs, but small and mid-sized businesses can also benefit from a 3PL relationship. A good 3PL provides experience, know-how and a wealth of options for a company that may have multiple shipping needs, or relatively little experience in choosing a carrier. And a 3PL can provide this peace of mind at a set price, offering prowess and flexibility at a cost-effective price.

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Dupre Opens Terminal in Douglas, Wyoming

Dec 3, 2014 9:25:15 AM

(DOUGLAS, WY) – Today, Dupré Logistics announced the expansion of its Crude Oil Business Group into the Powder River and DJ Basins in Wyoming and Colorado.  The group will operate out of a newly purchased Dupré terminal in Douglas, Wyoming with in-house maintenance services to keep Dupre’ equipment with maximum up-time.  The company also plans to offer third party maintenance services in the future.  Within a year, Dupré expects the terminal will have in excess of 50 area jobs in the Douglas, Casper, Gillette, Guernsey, Cheyenne and Greeley markets. The new jobs would include professional drivers, maintenance technicians, admin support and leadership positions. Unique to their industry, Dupré drivers are paid hourly allowing for safer service and a more advantageous pay scale that demonstrates appreciation for professional drivers.

“Our team is excited about this geographic expansion and facility acquisition” said Tom Voelkel, President/COO of Dupré Logistics. “We welcome the opportunity to further serve the WY/CO region of the country, allowing us to service our new and existing customers over a larger geographic footprint while attracting the best talent in the industry.”

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Optimizing 3PL Relationships

Dec 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM

The 3PL is an increasingly important part of key manufacturing and retail sectors, and business is going very well. A 2014 study by Capgemini consulting found strongly positive statistics for many aspects of the 3PL/customer (or “shipper”) relationship. The survey found that logistics costs were reduced by 11%, inventory costs were reduced by 6%, and there was a 23% reduction in average fixed logistical costs. Both the 3PLs surveyed and the customers they served expressed satisfaction with their partnerships, with 70% of shippers and 69% of 3PLs giving high ratings to the openness, communication, and transparency of their partnerships. A recent SCM advisory survey of 557 shippers also suggested strong positives for 3PLs, with 50% of respondents rating 3Pls as “good” or “excellent” at core qualities like reliability and speed.

Despite these positive signs, however, there are still several ways in which the 3PL/shipper relationship could be better optimized for future partnerships. The key areas for potential improvement are innovation, collaboration, and security. Many shippers noted that it was difficult to get 3PLs to accept innovation as worth the risk of potential new costs, while others admitted that shippers need to do a better job of communicating their desire for greater innovation, and to incentivize the risk 3PLs might take on in such situations.

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Dupré Logistics Hosts 12th Annual Client Colloquium in Houston

Nov 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Herschel Walker Presents to Business Partners of Dupré

Thursday, Dupré Logistics hosted its Annual Client Colloquium featuring a presentation by former running back and Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker and a very informative presentation of The Changing Landscape of Truck Transportation by Dupre’ CEO Reggie Dupre’. 

Herschel Walker, a three-time All American from the University of Georgia, 1982 Heisman Trophy Winner and a former Dallas Cowboy spoke to the audience about his illustrious athletic career, his upbringing in Wrightsville, Georgia and his life today as a Christian and businessman. Walker was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1985 after 3 years with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL where he won the rushing title for two seasons.  In the 1988 season, after rushing for 1,514 yards with the Cowboys, he was traded to Minnesota and eventually played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants before returning to the Cowboys to finish his career. Walker retired from the NFL after the 1997 season and pursued a number of competitions—from bobsledding (participating in the 1992 Olympic games) to mixed martial arts. During Walker’s illustrious career, he made two Pro Bowl teams and was named Sports Illustrated’s “NCAA Football All-Century Team”, and continues to hold the record for the only player to gain 4,000 yards in three different ways: rushing, receiving and kickoff returns. 

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