Driving The Supply Chain


New Safety Rule Helps Prevent Crashes For Future Drivers

Jul 10, 2015 1:29:00 PM

On June 3 of this year, the U.S. Transportation Department announced that electronic stability control (ESC) systems will now be required on heavy trucks (truck tractors) and large busses weighing more than 26,000 pounds (FMVSS No. 136). But the initiative doesn’t stop there: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attempting to expand the requirement to target medium-sized vehicles between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds as well. The rule is representative of widespread efforts to utilize technology for greater safety and efficiency on U.S. roadways.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 136 was put forth and finalized by NHTSA, and compliance with the new ruling will be carried out over the next four years, providing enough time for manufacturers to make necessary alterations. For most heavy trucks, compliance will be required in August 2017, but buses larger than 33,000 pounds will be given three years for compliance, while those weighing between 26,000 and 33,000 pounds will be given four years. The ruling comes as no great surprise, but indicates a positive focus on safety in the trucking industry.

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How To Increase Efficiency In Your Logistics Process

Jun 25, 2015 4:03:00 PM

The following is an excerpt from our white paper The Design of Logistics: Eliminating Costs to Strengthen Your Competitive Position.

As the owner or manager of a business with significant logistics operations, you’re always looking for ways to control costs and enhance productivity. While this is no easy task steps can be taken to simplify operations for your employees and your business as a whole. Here are four things to consider as you analyze your logistics process.

4 Components in Controlling Cost and Enhancing Productivity

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National Safety Council Recognizes Dupré Logistics for Excellence in Safety

May 26, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Recently, the South Louisiana Chapter of the National Safety Council (NSC) presented Dupré Logistics, LLC., with three awards during The Clem Buckman Occupational and Fleet Safety Awards Banquet at the chapter’s Annual Meeting. The company received two traditional awards and was given a National Average Achievement Award, a new award for the program.

“In an effort for continuous improvement, our team is committed to safe service every day, every mile,” said Dupré Logistics Director of Safety and Training Al LaCombe. “This recognition amongst our peers and clients means a lot to our team.”

The National Average Achievement Award winners were compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics total recordable incidence rate by their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The winners for this new award achieved less than half the national average compared to their respective NAICS code. Dupré was also presented the Award of Honor for the 2014 Fleet Safety Contest Truck Category (1,000,000+ miles driven). Additionally, the company was recognized with a Certificate of Participation for the 2014 Occupational Safety Contest (2,000,000 – 4,000,000 hours worked). 

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BP Lubricants USA, Inc. Recognizes Dupré Logistics for Safety

May 22, 2015 2:00:00 PM

BP Lubricants USA, Inc. recognized Dupré Logistics with the BP Safest Bulk Carrier Award for 2014. Presented during the BP Carrier Conference in Naperville, Il. The award recognizes carriers for their safety and performance record.  The company was also one of the top three carriers considered for BP Bulk Carrier of the Year Award.

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Recruiting Younger Drivers to an Aging Workforce

May 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

It’s a familiar story: the increasing driver shortage in the trucking industry is capping capacity and slowing potential growth. In a December 2014 Commercial Carrier Journal’s (CCJ) survey of 255 owners, executives and senior managers, the results were startling clear: 57.3% of for-hire carrier respondents believed that driver shortages would be their biggest concern in 2015, as it has largely been since 2011. How exactly carriers can find, train, and retain drivers remains a significant business challenge that impacts not only the trucking industry, but shipping and manufacturing as well. Most shippers rely on truckers to deliver their products, but without enough capacity to deliver products on demand, the driver crises resonates throughout the supply chain. Ultimately, there may be empty shelves in the grocery store because the industry cannot keep up with demand.

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When Will Alternative Fuel Become an Option for the Logistics and Trucking Industries?

May 6, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Fleet owners have a variety of motivations for acquiring hybrids, electrics, and other alternative fuel-powered vehicles, but they face a number of challenges in doing so, like cost of acquisition and infrastructure availability. The focus on fleet sustainability has been building over the past decade as alternative fuels become more prevalent and available, but whether alternative fuels are worth the cost and effort remains debateable. The Environmental Protection Agency has been advocating alternative fuel and sustainability through its SmartWay program, which champions fuels such as liquefied and compressed natural gas, propane, alcohol, Dimethyl Ether (DME) and electricity. These fuels are attractive to government agencies because of their potential to offer a clean-burning, domestically-produced alternative to imported petroleum. 

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Employment Trend: Trucking Industry Loses Jobs in March

Apr 23, 2015 8:30:00 AM

For the first time since May 2013, employment in the trucking industry has declined. The Department of Labor released March employment numbers, announcing a drop of 6,800 jobs in the for-hire trucking industry, marking the biggest decline in two years. Before March, jobs in the trucking industry had been slowly climbing to near pre-recession employment levels, with 64,600 new jobs created by more than 100,000 motor carriers since June 2013. The situation may not be as bad as it first appeared, and many in the industry remain hopeful for an employment rebound. It is worth noting that the last big employment dip in the trucking industry (March 2013 with a 10,400 jobs loss) was followed by a boom of 13,800 jobs in April 2013.

All considered, employment numbers in the trucking industry are significantly better than at the start of 2014. For example, since March 2014, for-hire trucking as an industry has added 39,300 jobs, which shows a significant improvement over the past few years. At 1.438 million, the trucking industry is 14,600 jobs shy of peak levels set in January 2007, indicating steady recovery despite minor setbacks. Hourly earnings figures are also improving, and in March, $22.91 was the average hourly wage in the transportation and warehousing sector. Predictions for the remainder of 2015 remain positive. While March’s job loss may not be a reoccurring trend in the industry, it is raising concerns over the driver shortage and already tight capacity in the trucking industry. 

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The Impact of Technology on Supply Chain Management

Mar 31, 2015 8:30:00 AM

For many in supply chain management, new technological tools are transforming daily business processes. As the supply chain becomes increasingly Lean in its operations, managers are constantly looking for ways to improve service, reduce costs, and increase return on their investments. Effective supply chains are defined by the efficiency of their processes, as well as their flexibility and reliability, and new technologies are proving valuable in achieving these goals.

Large deployments of mobile and wireless technology have already been implemented in the logistics and transportation sectors, and with good reason. The need for real time tracking and accurate delivery systems makes supply chain management ripe for technological innovation. However, keeping up with emerging technologies can be difficult for large companies who have deep investments in older technology. Although transitions may take time, leveraging new technologies is becoming of key importance in this competitive industry.

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Shell names Dupré First to Reach Top Tier on HSSE Requirements - First to Achieve Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Audit Requirements

Mar 24, 2015 8:30:00 AM

On Wednesday March 4, 2014 Dupre’ Logistics was recognized by Shell Trading (US) Company for being the First Road Transport Carrier to reach the Top Tier on the company’s HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environmental) Audit Requirements. The presentation took place at a Shell Downstream Americas Safety Forum held in Houston, Texas. Carriers from the US were present for the 2-day forum which covered several topics about safe operations.

“Dupré Logistics’ works to provide customized solutions to our business partners ensuring the best service taking into account health, safety, security and environmental concerns,” says Dupré Logistics COO and President Tom Voelkel. “With each of our different partners, HSSE compliance is important to our whole work model. We are proud to have been recognized by Shell in this way.”

Shell launched the HSSE and Social Performance (SP) framework in 2009.  Shell’s web site cites the company’s commitment and policy on HSSE and SE as including, “our aim to do no harm to people, to protect the environment and to contribute to the societies where we operate. Our mandatory standards and accompanying manuals support these goals.”

Dupré has been a Logistics Service Provider of hazardous materials for Shell Trading (US) Company since 2011. Utilizing a Logistics Service Provider can not only prove to be a lucrative business decision for an established company — it is a safer approach to creating a committed, cost-effective and, most importantly, safe way to transport hazardous materials. 

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3 Key Reasons Outsourcing Logistics is Expected to Grow

Mar 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Outsourcing logistics management has been on the rise for the past few years, and the trend is expected to continue through 2015. According to the 2015 Third Party Logistics (3PL) study by Capgemini Consulting and partners, 67% of shippers indicate that they plan to increase their use of outsourced logistics. A whopping 92% of 3PL service providers grew their client base by at least 5% last year. The numbers are clear, but why exactly are so many shippers outsourcing logistics?

The reasons are numerous. Businesses want to improve, simplify and streamline their businesses operations of course, but they face significant challenges in doing so.  According to the Inbound Logistics 10th Annual Research Report, shippers face these top three challenges: cutting transport costs, improving business processes, and improving customer service. The role of 3PL’s is to alleviate these issues. There is a significant correlation between shippers’ self reported greatest challenges, and the services that 3PL’s offer. The beneficial role that 3PL’s play is reflected in the fact that 92% of shippers report successful relationships with their 3PL partners.

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