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Dupré Promotes Al Lacombe to Vice President of Safety and Risk Management

Monday, February 05, 2018
(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Today leading capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the promotion of Al Lacombe to Vice President of Safety and Risk Management. Starting as a driver, Al has subsequently grown the company into a leader in safety nationwide. "Al has led Dupré to become a leader in safe operation and an innovator in many technologies which ensure safe operation," state ..

New Dupré Dallas Brokerage Branch Manager Named

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
(LAFAYETTE, LA) –Today, Dupré Logistics announced the selection of Andrew Ambrosio as the Dallas Brokerage Branch Manager. Ambrosio will lead the Dupré Logistics Dallas branch as the company continues to expand its Brokerage and 3PL groups throughout North Texas. “Andrew’s experience in maximizing revenue growth and detailed knowledge of the brokerage market will be an asset as  ..

Dupré Hosts 16th Annual Colloquium Featuring Inky Johnson

Friday, November 17, 2017
November 16th, Dupré Logistics, LLC hosted its Annual Colloquium featuring a presentation by former football player and motivational speaker Inky Johnson. Johnson’s presentation provided inspiration and motivation to the Dupré customers in attendance which was preceded by an opportunity for the company’s staff to spend time with their customers to share the ways in which Dupré can support ..

Dupré Expands in Charleston, SC Area Growth in Chemicals and Chemical Export Market Catalyst for Growth

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Dupré Logistics today announced the expansion of its operations to the Port of Charleston. This is due to the sustained growth in chemical production throughout the Gulf coast and the eastern US. The industry is also experiencing significant growth in chemical exports. "We continue to invest in facilities and operations to support the industry growth and to support the expanded gr ..

Dupré Logistics to Join Largest North American Petrochemical Supply Chain Meeting Reggie Dupré to keynote panel on Land and Sea Logistics

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Houston, USA- Dupré Logistics is pleased to announce the sponsorship of and participation in the upcoming Petrochemical Supply Chain & Logistics event which will take place in Houston, Texas on December 12th and 13th. The largest gathering of petrochemical supply chain leaders will include a keynote presentation on Land and Sea Distribution by Dupré CEO Reggie Dupré. “I loo ..

Dupré Logistics to Join EFT North American Logistics CIO Forum Bob Verret, Dupré CIO to Discuss Security Solutions on Panel

Thursday, September 07, 2017
AUSTIN, TX- Dupré Logistics will participate in the 19th Annual EFT North American Logistics CIO Forum conference which will be held in Austin, Texas. Taking place on November 7-8, the Forum is the only conference targeted at CIOs and Senior IT Executives from leading logistics providers across North America. Dupré CIO Bob Verret will join the conference as a panellist which will discuss the k ..

The Big yellow buses are here for the start of the new school year

Friday, August 11, 2017

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

Tips for Motorists:

  • Slow down.
  • Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones, always expect the unexpected.
  • Be alert for youngsters walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.
  • We want school children to be safe. Watch for them on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.
  • Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off. Don't start driving until the red lights stop flashing.
  • Be aware that a child may dash across the street.

Tips for Parents:

Does your child ride a bicycle to school? Remember: State law requires anyone under the age of sixteen to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. It's not just the law--it's a good idea for everyone.
  • Stay away from danger zones around the bus. The blind spots where drivers cannot see.
  • Always be sure you can see the driver, that means the driver can see you.
  • When getting on or off the bus be very careful.
  • Watch out for cars.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by buses on the right.
  • Help your children get ready for school:
  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won't drop things along the way.
  • Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so that they will be more easily seen by drivers. Better still, attach a piece of high visibility fluorescent and reflective material to their clothing or backpack.
  • Make sure they leave home on time so that they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.
  • Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the school bus as they are exiting.
  • Warn children that if they drop something near the bus they should never ever pick it up. Instead, they should tell the bus driver and follow the driver's directions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the bus pulls away from the stop.
  • Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups. There's safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.

Here are some facts that may be of interest to you

  • 450,000 yellow school buses provide transportation service daily nationwide.
  • 23.5 million Elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States, twice a day.
  • That's about 47,000,000 student trips daily -- before adding an estimated 5,000,000 more for activity trips daily
  • That means approximately 54% of all K-12 students in the country ride yellow school buses
  • This equals about about 10 billion individual student rides, or 20 billion boardings and deboardings, annually.
  • America spends an average of $493 per child for transportation annually.
  • America spends an average of $2,460 per special needs child for transportation annually.
  • o350 pupil transportation delegates are appointed by the chief school officer in each state and meet for a week-long conference once every five years to review and rewrite minimum standards and specifications for safe operation.

Remember AIM FOR SAFETY!!!!!

Dupré Recognized by Texas Motor Transport Association

Wednesday, August 09, 2017
(Lafayette, La.) – At their annual convention August 4th, the Texas Motor Transport Association (TMTA), an industry-specific statewide advocacy, education and safety promotion organization, recognized Dupré Logistics, LLC for outstanding achievement in highway performance. The company was awarded two plaques at the recent convention held in Austin, TX.The awards were p ..

For 11th Consecutive Year, Dupré Logistics Named Top 100 3PL Provider

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
For 11th Consecutive Year, DupréLogistics Named Top 100 3PL Provider DupréLogistics has been named a Top 100 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider by Inbound Logistics, a leading North American sourcing, logistics and transportation industry magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year. The Lafayette, LA.-based company was selected from a several-hundred candidate pool in its yearly ra ..

Dupré Selected Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Dupré Logistics was selected as a 2017 Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner (G75) (http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/75-green-supply-chain-partners/). Inbound Logistics editors chose the G75 based on four benchmarks: measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition. Dupré joins 74 other national and international shippers, p ..

FourKites and Dupré Logistics Team Up for Presentation on Shipping Visibility, Redefined at eft’s 3PL & Supply Chain Summit

Thursday, June 15, 2017
This Press Release was originally released by FourKites on June 15, 2017. WHO: FourKites (https://www.fourkites.com/), a provider of real-time supply chain visibility solutions across transportation modes and digital platforms. Dupré Logistics (http://www.duprelogistics.com/), a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services. WHAT: Founder and CEO of Fou ..

Timothy Saldok Hired as Branch Manager to Accommodate Area Expansion

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Today leading capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the appointment of Timothy Saldok as branch manager in the company’s Strategic Capacity Services business group sales team. As part of the company’s 5-year rapid business growth and expansion plan, Saldok was added to the team to expand the company’s presence in the Greater Chicago and Midwest region. “Tim is a ..

Dupré Logistics named in Fuel Loyal's top 10 trucking companies in Louisiana

Friday, June 09, 2017

According to Fuel Loyal's recent list of top trucking companies in Lousiana Dupré Logistics has been named among the top 10.

"I decided to dedicate this article to the top 10 trucking companies in Louisiana, because I want to bring closer to you all the facts and figures about the activity, the trucking companies, and truck drivers that are part of this fast-growing industry."

Let’s take a look!

 

 

E-Logs are coming – Is your carrier ready? Not all of them are

Monday, June 05, 2017

Unless you’ve been living in the proverbial rock for the last 18 months, you are certainly aware of the upcoming requirements for virtually all carriers to install and utilize Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to record a driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) while working.While the mandate does not alter the current HOS requirements, the use of ELDs will prevent drivers and carriers from cheating on their logs in order to make it to a destination on time.

Delays during unloading and loading plus highway traffic are the most common reasons for “altering” paper logs. Carriers must compete for a shipper’s business and often the cost of strict compliance has meant the loss of business for a carrier, not to mention a loss of income for the driver or owner-operator. Carriers are unwilling to risk disappointing their customers, particularly when there are competing carriers who were willing to “bend” the rules in order to provide the expected service.

How will ELD’s impact truckload capacity?

While it’s difficult to precisely quantify the impact of the ELD mandate, estimates from industry analysts and trucking company executives rage from a 3%-6% reduction of truckload capacity, with some estimates going all the way up to a 10%. On average, that may not seem like a whole lot. But one needs to dig a bit deeper to fully appreciate the details.

 

In a 2016 survey by Transplace, over 80% of carriers with 250 trucks or more in their fleet had already implemented ELDs, and the remaining carriers were in the process of implementation. So again, one might think that this issue may not be all that big a deal, since all the major carriers seem to have already installed ELDs or are about to install them.

But it is a different story for smaller fleets.In the survey, only about a third of the fleets under 250 trucks had implemented ELDs. An even greater percentage (38%) had no immediate plans to do so. Large fleets that have already implemented ELDs note that it took some time for them to re-engineer their networks and operating procedures in order to adapt to the strict limitations of ELDs. But large fleets have the network density that smaller carriers lack, so many of the smaller carriers will struggle to adapt.

Al Lacombe, Director of Safety and Training at Dupre’ Logistics noted in a recent interview that Dupre’ first began implementing automatic onboard recording devices in 2006 and by February of 2007 had installed the equipment on all of their 560 trucks. Lacombe mentioned that initially there was resistance from drivers, but “within 90-120 days”, both drivers and dispatchers supported the technology because it reduced disputes between drivers and dispatchers. “ We focused on accountability, and the technology enabled safer operations.”

Despite the positive impact of ELDs, many small carriers are still hoping the mandate gets overturned or delayed. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), an industry group that represents small carriers and independent owner-operators filed an appeal to the US Supreme Court just this April to block implementation of this mandate on the basis that ELDs constitute warrantless surveillance on drivers and as such, is a violation of their fourth amendment rights.

It’s a small (Fleet) world after all

What makes these facts more important is that the vast majority of carriers (~90%) have six trucks or less. These carriers are most at-risk when the ELD mandate goes live this December. Many of these smaller carriers are dependent on a single customer for the majority of their revenue. Shippers often depend on a local “hip pocket” carrier as the primary option at a given plant or warehouse. Because of the carrier’s dependence on a single shipper, they tend to have a much more “flexible” orientation towards Hours of Service. Shippers who enjoy such relationships currently need to understand how and when these carriers are going to implement ELDs.

Spot market shippers are vulnerable

Shippers that rely heavily on the spot market are more at risk of disruption that those that have fixed or “contract” rates with carriers. With the slowdown in truckload volumes in the last two years, many shippers have found the spot market to be preferable to longer-term contract rate agreements. But don’t expect that to last forever.Industry analyst Noel Perry stated recently in an FTR and Associates webinar that

“…the spot market tends to be much more volatile, with the 4% increase in contract rates translating “easily” to a 15-20% upswing in spot pricing.

“There’s a real exposure if you’ve got a lot of spot business,” Perry said.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum, shippers that utilize dedicated capacity have the least amount of risk.Not only that, dedicated fleet solutions offer exceptional visibility – a key capability in today’s demanding customer environment. Improved visibility is certainly on the wish list of Brian Morgan, senior director of logistics and process excellence at Leviton Manufacturing, and so is securing capacity ahead of any "ELD effect."

"Part of our mitigation planning is making sure we have more than one option," Morgan said at NASSTRAC [A trucking industry conference]. "We utilize a dedicated fleet and I think you’ll see more shippers look at that as an option."

Not just the carrier’s problem

Current Federal regulation prevents carriers from harassing drivers into violating HOS regulations.Of course, not many employees are willing to file a complaint with their employer if they desire to remain employed, so complaints are rare.The new mandate includes a “Coercion” clause that expands the scope of harassment to both shippers and 3rd-Party logistics companies. The DOT has noted that shippers and 3PLs will no longer be able to claim ignorance, and will be subject to up to $11,000 in fines per incident of coercion.

What should shippers do?

While there’s still time to act, shippers need to be asking the following questions :

  1. For your truckload carriers, ask them what is their plan to comply with the ELD Mandate? How much of the freight that they handle for your company is riding on trucks without ELDs currently?
  2. What amount of our truckload freight currently rides with carriers who have yet to implement ELDs?
  3. How much of our truckload freight spend is spot vs contract rates?

Steps shippers can take to minimize impact

  1. Implementing a drop trailer program
  2. Improving our appointment scheduling for loading and unloading
  3. Offering flexible receiving and shipping hours
  4. Implemented a Dedicated Fleet operation

The ELD mandate will impact capacity and ultimately rates, but the impact will be felt unevenly throughout the truckload shipper community.

Take action now to make sure that you are not one of those shippers.Need some help?

Reach out to your Dupré Logistics contact. We are always forward-thinking, and you should be too.

BP Lubricants recognizes Dupré Logistics for safety for two consecutive years

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
(LAFAYETTE, LA) – BP Lubricants (http://www.bp.com/en_us/bp-us/where-we-operate/bp-in-louisiana.html) recognized Dupré Logistics with the BP Safe Carrier of the Year Award for 2015 and 2016. The award recognizes carriers for their safety and performance record. To be selected, the carrier must not have any accidents, spills or preventable incidents in that year. “Commitment, flexibility an ..

Dupré's Director of Safety Interviewed in Fleet Owner

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Thanks Fleet Owner (www.FleetOwner.com)'s Aaron Marsh for featuring Dupré's Director of Safety and Training Al LaCombe in your recent article about Driver Fatigue. As Al said in the article: "Fatigue is something that is in every workplace in some aspect, and the transportation industry we're a part of is no exception." To read more about Follow our long history of fatigue management and rese ..

Dupré Logistics Recognized by National Tank Truck Carriers Association

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Last week, Dupré was recognized for excellence in safety from the National Tank Truck Carriers Association. The Heil Trailer International Safety Awards Banquet presented the 2016 NTTC Safety Award Winners in Chicago on May 2nd. NTTC awarded Dupré Logistics the “2016 Personnel Safety Contest Grand Award Winner for the 40-90 million mile class”. “Safety is of highest priority he ..

Local Named New Dupré Jacksonville Manager

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Today, Dupré Logistics announced the selection of Liz Giddings as the Jacksonville, Florida Branch Manager. Giddings will lead the Dupré Logistics Jacksonville branch as the company continues to expand its Brokerage and 3PL groups throughout the Gulf States and into Latin America. “Liz’s experience in maximizing revenue growth and detailed knowledge of OTR transportation will be an a ..

Randy Robles hired as Fort Smith, AR Branch Manager

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
(LAFAYETTE, LA) –Today, Dupré Logistics announced the selection of Randy Robles as the Fort Smith, Arkansas Branch Manager. Robles will be at the helm of the Dupré Logistics Fort Smith branch as the company continues to expand its Brokerage and 3PL groups. “Randy is highly experienced in seeking opportunities in the brokerage business. As a Fort Smith-Van Buren area local, he was sel ..

Trucking Alliance Invites Swift Transportation

Monday, March 13, 2017
The following is a Press Release distributed by the Trucking Alliance on March 13, 2017 Trucking Alliance (http://truckingalliance.org/) Invites Swift Transportation Washington, D.C. – Swift Transportation has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance. Swift Transportation is the 4th largest US trucking company a ..

Doug Place to Retire as Dupré Logistics Chief Financial Officer

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
At the end of this week, Dupré Logistics Chief Financial Officer, Doug Place will retire. In his 22 years with Dupré, the company has experienced exponential growth. Place’s oversight of all financial and accounting activities as well as the Dupré’s corporate infrastructure have greatly impacted the company’s growth in the last 20 years and positioned it for continued expansion. Place join ..

Dupré Logistics Named Top 250 by Commercial Carrier Journal

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ), a leading source of relevant business and equipment management information for fleets, has named Dupré Logistics a Top 250 for-hire carrier (http://www.ccjdigital.com/ccj-top-250/). The Lafayette, La-based company has operations throughout the country where their employees provide transportation and logistics services to a customers in a wide variety of indust ..

David Strange Hired as Director of Dedicated Business Development

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Today leading capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the appointment of David Strange as Director of Business Development in the company’s Dedicated business group sales team. As part of the company’s 5-year rapid business growth and expansion plan, Strange will open a Greater Chicago area office. “David is a highly qualified sales professional specializing in Dedicated Contract  ..

Dupré Continues Nationwide Expansion

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Dallas and Buffalo Branches Opened Today, Dupré Logistics announces the addition of Dallas and Buffalo, N.Y. as the sites for new branch offices to expand its Brokerage and 3PL groups. Five new managers have been appointed as part of this expansion. Peter Szymanski Josh Harrington The Buffalo branch is strategically placed on the East Coast as part of the company’s regional  ..

Dupré Logistics hosts Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration Administrator Scott Darling

Tuesday, January 03, 2017
December 20th and 21st, Dupré Logistics hosted Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/) Administrator Scott Darling (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/leadership/administrator-0) at the company’s Channelview, TX facility to see the carrier’s safety programs in action first-hand. The Lafayette, LA-based logistics and transportation provider gave Darli ..

Dupré Logistics Promotes Michelle Roger to Director of Administration

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Today leading capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the promotion of Michelle Roger to Director of Administration for the company’s Strategic Capacity Services Group. “We are fortunate to be able to promote from within to continue to grow our business. Michelle’s driven, professional experience inside and outside of Dupré will be an asset as we continue to expand our compa ..

Ryder veteran Raoul Siclait hired as Dupré Logistics CFO

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Leading logistics solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the appointment of Raoul Siclait as Chief Financial Officer. Raoul is replacing the company’s current CFO Doug Place, who is retiring after 22 years with Dupré. “We conducted an extensive search over the past several months looking for the ‘needle in a haystack’ person that has the combination of financial acumen, strong leader ..

Race for the Holidays

Thursday, December 01, 2016

At Dupre, we consider safety a part of everyone's daily driving habits, not something that's just for commercial drivers. Our Director of Safety & Training, Al Lacombe, shared his thoughts on safe driving for the holidays, and we want to share his practical advice with you as well.

With Thanksgiving behind us, we now start into December with Christmas & the New Year ahead. The traffic we've all seen this past weekend was just an example of what is to come. As drivers of motor vehicles today, it is easy to be distracted by everything happening around your vehicle and other motorists. We must watch all vehicles - someone else's driving mistake could easily involve you.

We have to ask ourselves - are we focused on the task at hand? Multitasking today is common and many drivers do this during the task of driving. Multi-tasking limits your ability to watch your surroundings. What are the vehicles to your left doing? How about the drivers on your right? Are you able to tell what the driver in front of you is doing going down the road? Do you scan the next intersection for the next driver that could make a mistake? Are your lights on to be seen and clean so that the other drivers can see you as you approach?

Are we as drivers avoiding our in vehicle distractions? Are you trying to drive with the distractions of children needing something before you get to the next stop? Is the cell phone where you can reach it, and are you talking on it, focused on a conversation and trying to pay attention to the roadway at the same time? Over a period of time has texting become natural but it takes your focus away from your surroundings. Are you watching for the yellow light; the driver who just made a driving error; or the person that cut you off? Are you driving defensive as the traffic increases?

With the holidays quickly approaching and celebrations with friends and family, we just have too much to risk by driving while distracted. Make sure we you are always driving for the conditions around our vehicles, watching for the mistakes other drivers might make, and make sure we do not make these same errors in our driving.

Remember to AIM FOR SAFETY this holiday season, and enjoy this time with your family and friends.

Fort Smith, AR Chosen as New Brokerage & 3PL Branch Site

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Brokerage and 3PL Service Groups hiring New Team Members Today, Dupré Logistics announces the selection of Fort Smith, Arkansas as the site for a new branch office to expand its Brokerage and 3PL groups. The new branch at the Hendricks Hill Professional Complex is part of the company’s enhanced strategy to open regional offices while further developing its national intermediary and 3PL networ ..

Dupré Hosts 15th Annual Client Colloquium Featuring Onion founder Scott Dikkers

Friday, November 18, 2016

 

November 17th, Dupré Logistics, LLC hosted its Annual Client Colloquium featuring a presentation by humor website The Onion founder Scott Dikkers. Dikkers’ presentation provided entertainment to the Dupré clients in attendance which was preceded by an opportunity for the company’s staff to spend time with their customers to share the ways in which Dupré can support their customers with their “We Do More” philosophy.

“Considering the stresses of the day-to-day, we felt Scott would provide some humor and levity to our customers. Our colloquium is an opportunity to show the many ways in which “We Do More” in providing added value to our business partners. It not only strengthens our relationships with our clients, but also allows us to come together with them to plan for the future in a very informed way,” said Dupré Logistics Chief Executive Officer Reggie Dupré.

Scott Dikkers captivates audiences with the crazy, unlikely and hilarious story of how he and a few friends dropped out of college and started a fake newspaper, which turned into the world's very first humor website.

Today, TheOnion.com is one of the most popular humor destinations in the world, with millions of readers and social media followers.

Dikkers is The Onion's longest-serving editor-in-chief, and the godfather of its unique comedic vision. In 2006 he created The Onion News Network,, which has spawned countless viral videos and three TV series.

He's the best-selling co-author of The Onion's first two original books, Our Dumb Century and Our Dumb World. His work has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody, and over 30 Webby Awards.

 

Dupré Logistics Invests in Supply Chain Visibility with FourKites Real-Time Tracking

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Modernization efforts are improving customer service and driver safety Lafayette, LA, October 25th, 2016- Real-time tracking has become an integral part of our personal life: people can track their rideshare, food, and home deliveries in real-time, but many in the transportation industry have never been able to do the same with their truckload shipments. This lack of supply chain visibility ca ..

Modernization efforts are improving customer service and driver safety

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lafayette, LA, October 25th, 2016 - Real-time tracking has become an integral part of our personal life: people can track their rideshare, food, and home deliveries in real-time, but many in the transportation industry have never been able to do the same with their truckload shipments. This lack of supply chain visibility causes thousands of delays, missed appointments, and phone calls to customers and carriers - which in turn cause driver safety hazards - every day, as well as adding to overall costs.

Today, Dupré Logistics announced its modernization initiative that is increasing supply chain visibility with FourKites’ real-time tracking platform. Dupré Logistics, a Top 100 Company and leader in safety, has been using FourKites real-time tracking platform for 3 months and is already reaping significant benefits.

With a large number of long term customer relationships - most have been with Dupré for several years - improving service for internal and external customers throughout the supply chain has always been a priority. Dupré’s Vice President of Stragetic Capacity Services, Mike Weindel, discussed these game-changing customer service enhancements:


“We can share FourKites’ location data and ETA with both our shipping and receiving customers, so while we’re preventing calls and emails to our customer service team, our account team can actually use it as a sales tool for prospective customers.

Everyone here has accurate tracking information and digital logs, so there’s no calling the drivers and distracting them with ETA requests, and we can use FourKites delay notifications to quickly correct and minimize exceptions.
We’re also able to build better carrier relationships by getting billed, settled, and paying them faster than before, without the extra cost of third-party factoring.” Mike continued, “Improving these relationships is key because when carrier lanes are tight, more shippers and drivers are choosing Dupré over our competitors.”

“In researching how supply chain visibility could streamline logistics operations, we learned that FourKites could aggregate the tracking data from all of our trucks and immediately wanted to learn more.” Dupré CIO Bob Verret explained, “While there were other platforms we explored, we chose FourKites because they are at the cutting edge of technology and offer a far superior value proposition.”

Dave Walker, FourKites Chief Revenue Officer, commented on the thriving partnership, “Dupré very quickly became a FourKites’ success story: we quickly onboarded all of their trucks with ELD devices and their dashboard map was active with live loads, each with its own robust profile of shareable and reportable information. We’re looking forward to enhancing their capabilities in the future to add even more value to their supply chain.”

About Dupré

Dupré Logistics, LLC is a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services that include energy transportation, dedicated contract carriage, logistics, and freight brokerage. Dupré is headquartered in Lafayette, LA, with operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

About FourKites

fourkites-logo.jpgFourKites is re-shaping the logistics industry for real-time transparency and efficiency. FourKites provides comprehensive real-time tracking and supply chain visibility solutions across transportation modes and digital platforms. Using FourKites, the shipper, the broker, and the carrier can share the same, real-time truck location and shipment status information -- from more than 45 onboard GPS/ELD systems used by fleets to individual owner-operator smartphones and flip phones. Bypassing phone calls and EDI, FourKites saves time and money across the transportation spectrum. Best of all, nothing falls through the cracks. Learn how FourKites real-time load tracking can help your business by requesting a demo at www.fourkites.com, following via @FourKites, or emailing sales@fourkites.com.

Release originally posted at Four Kites Blog: http://blog.fourkites.com/dupr%C3%A9-logistics-invests-in-supply-chain-visibility-with-fourkites-real-time-tracking

Dupre Logistics Give to Flood Relief

Thursday, October 20, 2016

 

(LAFAYETTE, LA)- In the spirit of providing an ‘Ideal Place to Work’, the Lafayette-based Dupré Logistics team of employees and their families joined to support 36 team members in need following the historic flooding throughout Louisiana in August of 2016. Individual team members donated to the Dupré Employee Flood Recovery Fund to help those impacted and the company matched every dollar put in the fund. The total raised has been distributed evenly between the team members affected.

Dupré CEO Reggie Dupré said, “With so many team members whose houses, cars, and personal possessions have been partially or totally lost, it was heartwarming to see so many not hesitating to donate their own time and money to help team members recover.” He continued, “These team members are showing what we're made of here at Dupré, great people. I'm proud to be part of this caring, generous, serving team and I thank our team for everything they do to make themselves, our team members, and our company successful.”

The 36 team members with homes throughout the Lafayette and Baton Rouge areas and the surrounding parishes saw between six inches to eight feet of water. This historic 1,000-year flooding came without warning to the state that is in the beginning of what will be a long-term recovery.

“I want to thank the entire Dupré family for their generosity and thoughtfulness and hope to someday be able to help a team member in this way,” said Curtis White, a Dupré Professional Driver, who lives in Denham Springs and saw eight feet of water in their home.

“My coworkers and I wanted to help because Dupré is family; that is what you do for family. Knowing that there is that support at work from not only the people you work with, but the company you work for means a lot,” said Dolores Benoit, Dedicated Group Administrative Assistant, who donated to the fund despite not being affected by the flooding.

Dupré Logistics, LLC is a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services that include energy transportation, dedicated contract carriage, logistics, and freight brokerage. Dupré is headquartered in Lafayette, LA, with operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

CONTACT/TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW:
Andree Gonsoulin
amgonsoulin@duprelogistics.com
Phone: 337.962.2238

Dupré Logistics to Join Largest North American Petrochemical Supply Chain Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reggie Dupré to Join Panel on Intermodal Infrastructure in the Future

This winter, the world's largest and most well respected Petrochemical Supply Chain & Export Logistics event will take place in Houston, Texas. More than 500 senior level executives representing North America’s multi-billion-dollar petrochemical export market, will come together to network and share strategies on streamlining the supply chain, to drive efficiency and reliability for the North American Petrochemical Supply Chain Industry. Visit the conference website here.

The conference will feature world class speakers from highly respected companies including BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, COSCO, Maersk Line, and LyondellBasell, and will cover topics such as port congestion and increasing capacity across transportation modes (rail, trucking, marine),across both Plastic Resin and Bulk Liquid Petrochemical sectors. Dupré CEO Reggie Dupré will join a panel concerning port congestion.

Organisers promise this year's conference will be bigger and better than any before, featuring a brand new multi-track agenda which allows delegates to join focused sessions based on their focus in either Plastic Resins or Bulk Liquid. Additionally, on opening night, delegates will be treated to a networking drinks reception at the Omni Galleria, which will gather the movers and shakers of North America’s petrochemical supply chain market for a party to remember.

Although in its early years, this firmly established conference is well attended by Producers, Transportation Companies (rail, 3PLs, shipping, trucking), Ports and vendors alike, and organisations who attended in previous years have spoken very highly of the format, speakers and topics covered, with Brent Railey, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company saying “The conference is a great opportunity to hear from and meet the key players in the resin export sector: Producers, Warehousing, Packagers, and Trucking companies.”

Building on the success of previous years, the event's organisers aim to focus on topics and issues that are critical to this constantly-changing industry, and to bring together the “most innovative and forward thinking petrochemical producers & transportation companies” who can contribute to new thinking on driving efficiency, reliability and transparency across the petrochemical supply chain.

Mel Pinks, Commercial Director at Odfjell promises the conference will be a “A valuable conference for all functions of the US Gulf reliant petrochemical industry, detailing forward capacity projections and the associated constraints.”

Make sure you download the conference brochure here, for a full speaker line-up; attendee list & important registration deadlines: http://1.petchem-update.com/LP=13876

Petrochemical Supply Chain & Export Logistics 2016 is where the North American petrochemical construction industry comes to do business. For more information, please contact: Emily McMahon at emily@petchem-update.com

Dupré Logistics, LLC is a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services that include energy transportation, dedicated contract carriage, logistics, and freight brokerage. Dupré is headquartered in Lafayette, LA, with operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Dupré Opens Coast-to-Coast SCS Branch Offices

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Atlanta and Los Angeles Further Develop National Supply Chain and 3PL Network

Today, Dupré Logistics announces the expansion of its Strategic Capacity Services (SCS) group with the addition of branch offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. These branch openings are part of the company’s enhanced strategy to open regional offices while further developing its national intermediary and 3PL network throughout North America to be closer to its customers. These branch offices are allowing for the onboarding of an intermodal service offering company-wide to expand the company’s reach within existing and future markets.

“This expansion is supporting our ongoing growth that is impacting our business both in scope and scale,” said Dupré Logistics CEO Reggie Dupré. He continued, “Through these branch openings, new hires and service expansion, we are investing in people, technology and infrastructure to make this possible.”

Within the next five years, Dupré expects the initial two new branch offices will host in excess of 25 area jobs. The company is planning for additional locations as part of its USA logistics and Mexico and Canada logistics growth.

Mike Weindel, Dupré Vice President of the Strategic Capacity Services Group said, “We are moving quickly to establish our regional branch network and staff with highly experienced professionals on both the sales and operations parts of our business.”

At the helm of the branches is Angelo Byrd, who will serve as General Manager of the SCS Division. Byrd brings over 15 years of proven success in sales, operations, client services and carrier relations. Based in Atlanta, Byrd joins Dupré from previous posts at JB Hunt, ARI Logistics and C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

Newly named Branch Manager for the Los Angeles office is Carl Barata. Barata brings over 25 years of logistics management and sales experience to his role in growing the Dupré SCS group nationwide and throughout North America. He has most previously worked with COFC Logistics, USA Truck, and DHL (formerly Exel Logistics).

For those looking for employment opportunities in National/Regional Sales, Account Management and Branch Leadership are encouraged to contact careers@duprelogistics.com for more information.

Dupré Logistics, LLC is a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services that include energy transportation, dedicated contract carriage, logistics, and freight brokerage. Dupré is headquartered in Lafayette, LA, with operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Contact To Schedule an Interview: Andree Gonsoulin amgonsoulin@duprelogistics.com 337-962-2238

Dupré, LA DOTD and local TV Station join to recognize National Driver Appreciation Week

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

 

On Friday, September 16th, Dupré driver trainer Flint Deemer and La. Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development Dr. Shawn Wilson rode a stretch of highway in South Louisiana to understand and highlight the challenges of professional drivers during National Driver Appreciation Week.

Local Lafayette, La. news station KLFY’s reporter Emily Giangreco went along for part of the ride to highlight some of the challenges both drivers face and the DOTD faces when designing and maintaining roads systems.
View KLFY's Article from September 16, 2016

“We realize that everything you own, buy, sell or trade has been on the back or in our transportation system at some point,” said DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, “This is just an eye opening experience for a lay person, a non-truck driver, to appreciate what they do on a daily basis.”

Deemer shared the challenges of not only safely driving his truck but taking into consideration others on the road.

“You constantly have to think about that, getting in and out,” said Deemer, “There’s a lot of pre-planning with this job. People that don’t know what trucks go through to get through their day to day operations. That’s the biggest challenge.”

Ending National Truck Driver Appreciation Week with Mr. Flint, driver for Dupre. Clocked ⬆️ 4 million miles.

 

As South Louisiana faces a great opportunity with the planning for the I-49 corridor, Wilson says that the trucking industry will be taken into consideration.

“At the very minimum, building I-49 will benefit the trucking industry,” said Dr. Wilson “Making sure we design and build things with the right curves, with the right turning radius’ to allow trucks that are this long to be able to make a very precise move.”

After going on his ride along, Dr. Wilson said one of the main issues is non-truck drivers who are using their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings.

Commuting to work from Lafayette to Baton Rouge in a big way...on 18 wheels. I-49 & I-10.

 

Dupré Chief Administrative Officer Doug Place said, “We appreciate Secretary Wilson tying appreciation for America's professional drivers with the need to improve our infrastructure, reduce congestion and improve safety on our highways.” He continued, “His ride from Lafayette over the Atchafalaya bridge, through the congestion at the Mississippi River bridge and at the I-10/I-12 split shows the challenges of our current highway system.”

Dupré Logistics Named Top 100 by Transport Topics

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Transport Topics, a leading source of news and information for the U.S. freight transportation industry with an emphasis on trucking, logistics and intermodal operations, has named Dupré Logistics a Top 100 For Hire Carrier in the United States and Canada. The Lafayette, La-based company has operations throughout the country where their employees provide transportation and logistics services to customers nationwide.


The 2016 Transport Topics Top 100 is an annual project of Transport Topicswith assistance with SJ Consulting Group. Dupré joins five other carriers on the list for the first time at number 97. In addition to this announcement of the company’s ranking in the Top 100, Dupré was ranked number 9 in the tank/bulk subcategory.

"It's an honor for our team to join Transport Topics Top 100," said Dupre' Logistics CEO Reggie Dupre'. "We believe our intense customer focus and superior service have been the drivers moving us up into the Top 100."

Each year, the editors of Transport Topics select providers by evaluating data submitted by company management or through annual reports files with government agencies in the United States and Canada.

To schedule an interview, contact: Andree Gonsoulin 337.962-2238

Paul Silverlieb Hired to Lead Dupré Logistics Marketing and Communications

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Today leading capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the appointment of Paul Silverlieb as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. This newly created executive position was added as part of the company’s 5-year strategic growth plan.

“Paul’s marketing experience in rapid growth businesses makes him an especially suited partner to collaborate in our own expansion efforts,” said Reggie Dupré, president and CEO. “As we grow, we continue to invest in technology, people and infrastructure. Additionally, Paul’s expertise in developing and supporting a go-to-market strategic plan in our freight brokerage and 3PL businesses will enable us to accelerate continuous improvement and growth.”

Mr. Silverlieb joins Dupré Logistics most recently from USA Truck. His responsibilities at Dupré include brand awareness and lead generation to support the company’s ongoing growth, specifically supporting the rapid expansion of the Dupré freight brokerage business nationally. He reports to Mr. Dupré and is a member of the Dupré executive management team.

“I am happy to be joining a privately held industry leader. This is a unique situation with both a stable leadership team in place and a record for continuous growth across the company’s various service offerings,” commented Mr. Silverlieb. “Additional marketing support at this juncture solidifies the growth plans in place as we look to expand beyond our core service offerings and our core industry verticals.”

CONTACT / TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW:

Andree Gonsoulin
amgonsoulin@duprelogistics.com
Phone: 337.962.2238

Dupre featured in Inbound Logistics - Chemical Logistics Article

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The logistics around chemicals are both challenging and interesting. This recent article in Inbound Logistics is an informative read on this subject. This is a growth industry that Dupré Logistics is a participant in.

Reggie Dupré, founder and CEO of Dupré Logistics was interviewed as a part of the article:

At Dupré Logistics, the key to maintaining hazmat capacity includes a training program for drivers who currently haul petroleum or other commodities for the company. "We school drivers for anywhere from four to eight weeks," says Dupré. "Then we oversee their work in short-haul movements, to prepare them to go out on long hauls."

Read the entire article, and more from Reggie about trends in chemical logistics:
http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/chemical-logistics-formula-for-success/

How We Impact the Challenge of Chemical Manufacturers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The movement of hazardous materials between chemical manufacturers and their intended destination is a challenging, yet necessary piece of the logistics industry. Tank trucks haul products that have a direct impact on the economy; from gasoline to agricultural products, their movement is essential to oureconomyin North America. The National Tank Truck Industry states that recent data estimates the tank truck industry hauls 2.4 billion tons of freight yearly, which equals 25.6% of all truck freight (9.6 billion tons.)

The movement of these products can present a number of challenges for the chemical manufacturer, and requires them to partner with an expert logistics company to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of product to the appropriate destination. Here at Dupre Logistics, we’ve had the pleasure of working with a large number of chemical manufacturers; through these partnerships, we’ve identified the following common challenges and essential ways to positively impact these challenges for our customers, creating a safe, cost effective and highly efficient supply chain.

Challenges for Chemical Manufacturers

Challenges exist for everyone within the trucking industry. Increases in regulations, the ongoing driver shortage and changes in the economy directly affect the movement of product from manufacturer to destination. Within the chemical industry, these challenges are felt more acutely.

  1. Safety– this is of utmost importance within the trucking industry, and especially when hauling chemicals. Incidents that include chemicals typically draw a lot of attention, and the need for a trusted, experienced logistics partner is critical for chemical manufacturers. They can ensure the safe transport of your product, and virtually eliminate the possibility of an incident within the plant. Partnering with a highly professional, experienced chemical hauler like Dupré, is imperative for the safe transport of chemical products.
  1. Capacity– at times, chemical manufacturers run into delays with production that require a dedicated carrier to work closely with the production staff to ensure trucks are available when and where the manufacturer needs them. When you partner with a carrier like Dupré, they work closely with the manufacturer’s supply chain and production employees to ensure product is being moved in a cost effective, efficient manner that can mitigate possible changes due to unavailable product or other unforeseen issues.
  1. Performance– the overall performance of the driver and logistics company reflects on the manufacturer. If drivers are rude to customers, if shipments don’t arrive on time, this presents a problem for the chemical manufacturer. Expert logistics companies, with highly trained, professional drivers, and years of experience in the chemical hauling business provide the highest and most efficient level of performance, ensuring a consistent delivery of product every time.
  1. Specialized equipment– the tank trucks and accompanying specialized equipment that is used to haul chemical is not only expensive, but requires a highly focused and well-trained driver to ensure its safety while in transit. When you work with an expert logistics company like Dupré, their knowledge of the chemical hauling industry can ensure specialized equipment is in place to ensure safety, increase driver productivity and provide the most cost-effective solution.
  1. High quality drivers– along with specialized equipment, the caliber of a tank truck driver cannot be understated. Drivers who move chemicals need to be well trained, professional and updated on any and all regulations associated with the product they are hauling. As a highly respected logistics company, Dupré has experienced minimal driver turnover and ensures all drivers are highly trained on the regulations and safety requirements of moving chemical products.
  1. Streamlined supply chain– many times, chemical manufacturers are working on an extremely tight schedule in getting their product loaded and on the road. Any little mistake, a tank truck not being washed out properly, for example, can create significant consequences and cause extensive delays within the overall supply chain. Working with an expert chemical hauler that also has supply chain management professionals streamlines the supply chain, and put systems in place to mitigate possible delays. An efficient supply chain enhances overall manufacturer performance and can decrease the overall supply chain cost structure.

The above challenges can significantly impact a chemical manufacturers bottom line and overall success in the marketplace. It’s essential to select and develop a true relationship with your logistics and supply chain partner, one who is knowledgeable about your products and process, to ensure the success of your business.

At Dupré we work closely with our chemical manufacturer clients to understand what they want to accomplish. Once we understand their goals and objectives, we work with them to develop a logistics and supply chain solution that meets their needs within the expected timeframe.

Case Study: Partnership between a Leading Water Treatment Chemicals Company and Dupré Logistics Increases Efficiency

Aleading provider of water treatment chemicals in North America has an in-house logistics division that drives customer service on the day-to-day operation of their business. Prior to partnering with Dupré, they managed their supply chain through a network of companies and owner/operators. Given the complexity of their distribution network, their supply management system lacked connectivity and the necessary efficiencies to ensure that their customers received the highest level of service in a safe and efficient manner.

After an in-depth assessment utilizing Dupré’s “Results-Based Supply Chain Management Process™,” a dedicated solution was designed to provide consistent, scalable capacity with a focus on safety and maximum asset utilization. This solution created supply chain efficiencies while enhancing service for their customers. Results include increased safety, reliability, stability, running efficiency and professionalism within their logistics system. They have strengthened customer satisfaction ratings since partnering with Dupré Logistics.

As you assess your needs as a chemical manufacturer, and require the services of safe and efficient logistics and supply chain management professionals, be sure your potential partner can positively impact the challenges that can arise while moving your product from point A to point B. Selecting an experienced, professional, forward-thinking logistics partner like Dupré can enhance your company’s performance, eliminate costs and help you become more competitive and profitable.

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