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Kenny Lund: “The FMCSA Has Been a Terrible Failure”; The Unintended Consequences ELD, and More

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DSCN0274Everyone is talking about the ELD mandate that goes into effect this December or potentially delayed to Spring 2018. From my perspective, the discussion centers on who will be compliant and who will not. We should be talking about how this simply enforces the Hours of Service (HOS) and its inane “one size fits all” solution that is bad for the industry.

To determine safety based just on the number of hours a driver is on duty and not take into account miles driven, conditions, places to park, loading/unloading procedures, experience of the driver, cross-country vs local deliveries and a host of other variables leads to a system that is unfair to the small cross country drivers who need some relief from the “system”. Hours of Service needs to be changed and the ELD mandate will only make the faulty HOS that much worse.

The biggest flaw in this  system is drivers and carriers are compensated based on miles traveled, as almost every load booked has the revenue broken down into what the load pays per mile, but the compliance mechanism is based on HOURS in service. This will lead to drivers pushing harder to cover more miles in the allotted hours. This could lead to roads being less safe as drivers will be pushed to their limits.

But the regulators know better right? It turns out they do not. The FMCSA has been a terrible failure. The unintended consequences of their regulations have made the highways less safe. Just this past year highway deaths in crashes involving trucks have gone up 5.4%. This is a huge jump. After the FMCSA enacted their CSA safety program intended to make the highways safer, the steady decline of deaths on the highway per miles driven has reversed and we see a continual increase. CSA made a driver with 5 million miles in the driver seat but with some tickets or log book violations less valuable to a trucking company than a new driver with no violations. No consideration was made for the driver that had 5 million miles without an accident. The regulations made the driver with 5 million safe miles the enemy along with many of our best drivers in the industry.

Now the same situation is happening with ELDs. Experienced and safer drivers will leave the industry as they are displeased with the government regulators trying to control every little thing they do on the road. Less experienced drivers will push harder to “make their miles” based on the hours left on their ELDs. At a minimum, the ELD mandate should be delayed until HOS regulations are improved and more discretion is given to the professionals driving the trucks.

Ken Lund

VP, Support Operations

Allen Lund Company

 ken.lund.@allenlund.com

Kenny Lund  graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration and managed the refrigerated transportation division in Los Angeles for eight years, before shifting full time into managing the Information and Technology Department in 1997; becoming the Vice President of the department in 2002. In 2014 Kenny started working with the ALC Logistics division to sell the ALC Transportation Management System (TMS) to companies that manage refrigerated and dry transportation.

Reprinted from ALC’s Carrier Connection, October 19, 2007, Issue #164.

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Allen Lund Company’s Bob Rose: Stronger Rates, Truck Shortages and ELDs

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DSCN0280“Name me a city or a state and I will tell you trucks have been tight,” states Bob Rose of the Allen Lund Company LLC.

Rose should know.  He is the manager of the firm’s San Francisco office and has been with the transportation and logistics company 31 years.  Based in LaCanada, CA, Allen Lund Company has 34 offices nationwide, working with 21,000 trucking companies, providing it with a keen pulse of truck availability.

The last three quarters of 2017 rates have been stronger, reflecting increased demand for equipment.

Allen Lund Company moves about 90,000 loads a year with a significant portion of this being perishables.

Rose doesn’t expect truck availability to improve any the rest of the year, and points out holidays such as Thanksgiving (November 23rd) always means increased demand for fresh fruits and vegetables and refrigerated trucks.

The ethnic population in the U.S. also is a factor with higher volume and demand for equipment to deliver product for their holiday observances.

“Not everyone can haul produce,” says Rose, in reference to the extra demands and knowledge required of drivers hauling perishables.

He also expresses concerns over the looming electronic logging device (ELD) requirement mandate, which the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will begin phasing in December 18th unless it is delayed, as many hope.  Plans to start using out-of-service criteria connected with the ELD mandate begins April 1st.

While the large carriers and their trucking associations tend to support ELDs, owner operators and small fleets often view it as limiting their ability to provide superior service, increases their costs of operation, and being another rule limiting their freedom of choice as professional drivers.

“Not a lot of the large carriers are hauling produce,” observes Rose.  “Most of it is transported by owner operators and small trucking companies.”

He believes the tight truck supplies are resulting primarily due to the industry being at or near full capacity.

“We talk a lot about truck shortages, but with ELDs, we will feel it.  But no one yet knows how ELDs will be enforced,” Rose says.

As a result, he notes Allen Lund Company is looking for ways to reduce the costly delays too often found at loading and unloading docks.  They also are seeking improved routes for trucking since customers are maintaining lower inventories and want faster deliveries.

“I want to figure out how to pay drivers more so they can truck less and still support their families,” Rose concludes.

 

 

 

 

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Allen Lund Company Hosts a Christmas in July Toy Drive

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La Cañada Flintridge Calif. –  Allen Lund Company (ALC) is hosting a Christmas in July Toy Drive from July 5-31 in support of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPLA) in Downtown, Los Angeles. ALC invites the La Cañada Flintridge community to donate toys to provide a Christmas for the severely under served families of Los Angeles.

The Christmas in July Toy Drive, sponsored by SVdPLA, will benefit a multitude of families. To date only 200 toys have been donated to provide 2,000 recipients with gifts. In December, families will receive a donated food basket as well as toys and shoes for the children.

“This is our fourth year working with SVdPLA and every year we’ve not only accomplished our goals of providing meals and toys for families, but continued to increase participation from donors,” said Nora Trueblood, Director of Marketing at Allen Lund Company. “With the help of the community, we can give families the gift of Christmas this holiday season.”

We are in need of new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 3-17. Sports equipment is also recommended, especially for older children.

For more information, please call (818) 949 – 4505

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 450 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to arrange dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF.

Established in 1976, the Allen Lund Company was selected as the 2015 Coca-Cola Challenger Carrier of the Year, 2016 Top IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, 2015 Top Private Company in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2015 Top 100+ Software and Technology Providers, 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics’ “2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms.”  The company managed over 310,000 shipments in 2015, and received the 2013 “Best in Cargo Security Award.”  In 2011 the company received the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, and the NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies) named Allen Lund Company the 2010 Best Broker of the Year.  More information is available at www.allenlund.com.

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Allen Lund Company Partners with Santos International

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La Cañada Flintridge Calif.:  Allen Lund Company and Santos International are pleased to announce a new company, TransKool Solutions.

This joint venture represents a pooling of expertise to establish a supply chain process for produce LTL services. Allen Lund Company is a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices working with shippers and carriers across the nation to arrange for dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight. Santos International is a leading international freight forwarding company specializing in warehousing and U.S. Customs brokerage services to industries across the U.S. and Mexico.

TransKool Solutions will provide premiere warehousing solutions optimized in LTL and FTL services, load consolidations and Customs brokerage. Managing operations will be Kristi Salinas, with support from both Allen Lund Company and Santos International.

Eddie Lund, Vice President of Sales and Branch Operations commented, “We are really excited about the joint venture with Santos International. We knew going in that we could both help our customers if we put together a warehouse solution in the valley. Once we met the Santos family it became an easy decision for us to go forward with the program. We have a similar culture and values and they provide us the expertise and local knowledge in McAllen that is essential. They are great people and we are lucky to be associated with them and we are already looking to expand our services.”

The new firm, TransKool Solution’s central office is located at:

802 Trinity Street, Mission, TX 78572, (956) 432-0000.

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 450 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to arrange dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF.  If you are interested in joining the Allen Lund Company team, please click here.

Established in 1976, the Allen Lund Company was selected as the 2015 Coca-Cola Challenger Carrier of the Year, 2016 Top IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, 2015 Top Private Company in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2015 Top 100+ Software and Technology Providers, 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics’ “2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms.”  The company managed over 310,000 shipments in 2015, and received the 2013 “Best in Cargo Security Award.”  In 2011 the company received the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, and the NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies) named Allen Lund Company the 2010 Best Broker of the Year.  More information is available at www.allenlund.com.

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Allen Lund is Supporting Program for Needy Families

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La Cañada Flintridge Calif. – The Allen Lund Company (ALC) partnered with Navidad en el Barrio in its 11th consecutive year with joint efforts of a Toy Drive benefiting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This event is an addition to ALC’s ongoing goal of 40 Acts of Kindness in celebration of our 40th year in business. The event held on Saturday, December 17 was well attended with over 700 families in need. Families’ received toys, shoes and Christmas meals provided through Navidad en el Barrio.

“We are so blessed to be able to give back. To be at St. Vincent de Paul and meet with the families who are benefiting from the gifts provided by such a great team of caring people, leaves me at a loss for words.” stated Kenny Lund, VP Support Services, continuing “This is the third year ALC has partnered with SVDP, and I am confident this will continue to be an annual day of giving for ALC.”

ALC Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles Dry/Reefer and Orlando offices were able to secure fresh produce and dry goods to be donated for the Christmas meals. Transportation was offered by ALC All Star carrier Wanship Enterprises.  A special thanks to Wada Farms, Grimmway Farms, Rainier Fruit Company, Garofalo Pasta, Dayka & Hackett, Wonderful Citrus, Mission Produce, Kagome USA, Penguin Foods and Taylor Farms. This year’s food donations included: carrots, potatoes, grapes, avocados, oranges, apples, mixed salad, spaghetti, chicken glaze, couscous, pancake mix and cornbread mix.

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 400 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to transport dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF.

Established in 1976, the Allen Lund Company was selected as the 2015 Coca-Cola Challenger Carrier of the Year, 2016 Top IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, 2015 Top Private Company in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2015 Top 100+ Software and Technology Providers, 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics’ “2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms.”  The company managed over 310,000 shipments in 2015, and received the 2013 “Best in Cargo Security Award.”  In 2011 the company received the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, and the NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies) named Allen Lund Company the 2010 Best Broker of the Year.  More information is available at www.allenlund.com.

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Allen Lund is Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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DSCN7037By Allen Lund Company

La Cañada Flintridge Calif. – The Allen Lund Company (ALC) is proud to announce its 40th anniversary.   In 1976, the Allen Lund Company opened its doors with a handful of employees. Now, the company boasts over 400 employees which span across the country. The company has always maintained an exceptional reputation amongst shippers and carriers, and consistently earns a Four-X rating with Blue Book and a Four-Star rating with Red Book Credit Services. Throughout the years, ALC has started and maintained key relationships with top customers like: Costco, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Ahold USA to name a few, which are still going strong to this day.

Allen Lund, President and CEO, stated “Like I’ve always said, I have had the privilege of living the American dream. Celebrating 40 years is a dream come true to me which has been made possible by the hard working people in this industry. Being a part of this industry which thrives on trust has been amazing. I don’t know how anyone could have lived a better life. Working with my family and wonderful employees has been a dream. I’m so proud of this company, its carriers, shippers, and employees.”

Steve Doerfler, Vice President Chief Financial Officer, added “It is remarkable to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Allen Lund Company. This is a testament to the principles of honesty and integrity that Allen founded the company on and are lived out daily by its employees. We are blessed to have the best employees in the industry supported by a true family environment.”

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 400 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to transport dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF..

Established in 1976, the Allen Lund Company was selected as a 2015  Top Private Company by Los Angeles Business Journal, a 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics’ “2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms.”  The company managed over 300,000 shipments in 2014, and received the 2013 “Best in Cargo Security Award.”  In 2011 the company received the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, and the NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies) named Allen Lund Company the 2010 Best Broker of the Year.  More information is available at www.allenlund.com.

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Wishing You a Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2016!

It has been a memorable year for HaulProduce.com   We’ll be noting, if not celebrating our 4th anniversary on January 12th, of providing you the most up to date information on hauling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as issues surrounding fresh produce that may affect you.

We posted our 1300th item on December 18th.  Those taking advantage of our free subscription continues to grow.  This is where you are automatically notified of new postings.  We have now surpassed 350 subscribers.

I want to thank my sponsors, all of whom I’ve personally known 20 years or more.  All of them represent the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and truly care not only about their customers, but the men and women behind the wheel of the big rigs that keep this nation moving.

There is Allen Lund and Kenny Lund (Allen Lund Company), Fred Plotsky (Cool Runnings) and Jimmy DeMatteis (Des Moines Truck Brokers).  If you are an owner operator, small fleet owner or some other type of long haul carrier, you are in good hands with these folks.

TransFresh is another sponsor, but of a different nature.  When you click on their ad it can open a lot of doors to valuable information for those involved with transporting perishables.  Rich Macleod of TransFresh has a soft spot for the hard work ethic and the issues facing produce truckers, and he understands and appareciates the vital role they play.

The challenge of not only finding produce loads, but being paid a fair freight rate, is just the start.  Delivering that perishable product from point A to point B in a timely fashion, and in good condition can be equally as challenging.  Hopefully, through HaulProduce.com we can play a small part in making your business more successful.

In the meantime, here is wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2016 – and of course, safe travels.  God Bless. —Bill Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Allen Lund Co. Celebrates 10th Season Supporting Charity Drive

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DSCN4660By Allen Lund Company

La Cañada Flintridge Calif. – The Allen Lund Company (ALC) will be participating in Navidad en el Barrio for the 10th consecutive year.  Working together with growers, shippers, and carriers Navidad is able to provide food baskets to over 15,000 families-in-need during the holiday season.

This year ALC worked with companies such as Wada Farms, Dayka+Hackett, Rainier Fruit Company, Wonderful Citrus, and Grimmway Farms to provide food donations. “We are thrilled with the great response our customers and shippers have given to Navidad this year,” stated Nora Trueblood, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Adding fresh produce to the dinner baskets is of huge value to the families.”

This year ALC also had the privilege of running a shoe drive in the Corporate office. We were able to collect 130 pairs of brand new shoes ranging in all sizes from toddler to teen. On December 12th the shoes will be handed out at St. Vincent de Paul’s annual shoe and toy drive to hundreds of families that wait in line for hours.

This will make the second year that with the Allen Lund Company’s coordination, Navidad Christmas dinners will also be given to 500 families at St. Vincent de Paul during their annual toy and shoe drive.

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 400 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to transport dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF.

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Shipper, Broker Groups Release Transportation Agreement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Fresh Produce Association announces the release  of the Broker/Shipper Transportation Agreement template. Crafted by members of the United Fresh  Supply Chain Logistics Council in partnership with the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA),  the template is designed for members’ use when entering into the specific business relationship between  shipping companies and third party transportation providers.

“This broker:shipper contract is the first of its kind to serve the produce industry,” said Ken Lund, Vice  President, Support Operations, Allen Lund Company, Inc., “This template will save those Association  members who use it many hours. It was put together by experts who worked hard to create a fair  document to allow the parties to do more business together. I am very proud of the United Fresh Produce  Association as they continue to provide tools for membership to help them be more effective and  profitable.”

“In today’s age, transportation contracts are a necessity,” said James Lee, Vice President, Legal Affairs,  Chop Tank Transport. “As produce is an exempt commodity, and produce transportation is unregulated  per se, the importance of United Fresh Produce Association and TIA coming together to create a fair and  ethical model contract to be used by both shippers and logistics providers cannot be stressed enough. I  am proud to be even a small part of the membership from both organizations who contributed their time,  energy, and expertise in order to make this happen.”

The Broker/Shipper Transportation Agreement template is a free resource for United Fresh members and  can be downloaded at http://www.unitedfresh.org/resources. For more information or questions about the  template, contact Dan Vaché, Vice President, Supply Chain Management and staff liaison to the United  Fresh Supply Chain Logistics Council at dvache@unitedfresh.org or 425.629.6271.

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California Drought is Starting to Effect Everyone

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DSCN4476Here’s more proof that some basic, fundamental changes are taking place in California regarding produce trucking.  The two most cited reasons are excessive regulations – and the drought.  This deals with the drought.

Many folks recalled not too many years ago when it was a rite of spring that truck rates would go crazy in California.  In particular, the rates would be lowest the first part of the week, but might increase 30 to 50 percent by the end of the week as truck supplies were depleted.  While some of the reasoning can be placed on long term negotiated rates (for a year, or at least a shipping season), it is suspected that less production or volume is coming out of California while Mexico and Canada are increasing.  (Also, see the interview with Kenny Lund of the Allen Lund Company, from June 4th).

More California crop acreage is being removed from production in 2015, according to the California Department of Agriculture.

At 564,000 acres, fallowing will be up 33% over last year as growers cope with the state’s fourth year of drought, according to the preliminary estimate by University of California, Davis researchers.

They compared this year’s drought effects to years of average water supply.  Surface water is even scarcer in 2015 than last year.

Growers are forecast to pump 6.2 million acre-feet of groundwater to partially make up for an 8.7 million shortage. The added pumping is projected to cost $595 million.  When pumping costs, job losses, livestock, dairy and other factors are added in, the state’s agricultural industry anticipates drought losses of $2.7 billion.

The estimate pegs direct job losses at 8,560 full- and part-time jobs. But when spillover effects and increased pumping costs are factored in, total losses are closer to 18,600.  The loss in irrigated crop revenues statewide for vegetables is estimated at $107.7 million, and for orchard and vines at $82.8 million.

If the California drought continues, the consequences for produce trucking, consumers and agriculture will become even more severe.

Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $5100 to Chicago.

San Joaquin Valley fruit and vegetables – grossing about $7800 to New York City.

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