31 May, 2013
HOUSTON, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Hawthorne Global has been providing international shipping and freight forwarding services to its customers for several decades, and it has recently enhanced ties to international shipping connections to improve the overall experience that it provides to its customers.
Passing Through Customs
When shipping goods to international locations, it is necessary to pass through the customs department. Hawthorn Global is one of the few shipping and freight forwarding companies1 ;with established international routes that has a license from the FMC, the Federal Maritime Commission. This license can be used by Hawthorne Global s customers to more easily pass their goods through the customs process in international ports. The company also has a Non Vessel Owner Common Carrier, or NVOCC, license, and this further promotes faster and easier passage of goods through customs.
In addition to having these two important licenses, Hawthorne Global also has established connections in the ports and receiving areas of 77 countries around the globe. This includes having established ties with 105 freight fowarders. Few other freight forwarding companies can make this important claim, and it is a prime indication for customers that there will be someone on-site at the port or other reception area to receive the goods as they arrive by plane, by sea or through another means. Someone will be on-hand to ensure that the goods are received and to direct them through the next leg of their journey to the final destination.
The Right Plan
When a company selects a freight forwarding or international shipping service provider to work with, it is imperative for the company to spend time focusing on the development of a shipping or freight forwarding plan for goods. Because of the incredible infrastructure that Hawthorne Global2 ;has in place around the globe, the company can truly benefit customers who need to ensure timely, affordable delivery of their products. Rather than limit its customers and clients with a handful of freight forwarding locations and ports that customers must use, Hawthorne Global provides its customers with the ability to create a truly customized and beneficial plan for shipping needs.
Hawthorne Global s enhanced ties to international shipping companies and freight forwarding companies can be put to excellent use by all of its clients and customers. These connections and ties will promote easier passage of goods through customs in ports of call and final shipping destinations, and they can also promote easier reception and conveyance of those goods as they arrive in a port and travel to their final destination.
Many companies today are conducting business on an international scale to some degree. They may be importing goods that are used as components in their finished products, or they may rely on imported equipment or other related items from other countries. While many will need to import products or components, many also export their products to other companies. These may be fully finished products that will be sold in foreign markets, or they may be components that are used in assembly workshops or factories in foreign countries. When companies regularly export products as part of their business operations, it is in their best interest to work with a shipping service provider or freight forwarding company for simplified, streamlined processes.
Hawthorne Global has been providing their customers with speedy, efficient shipping solutions since 1959. Now they ve announced enhanced ties to international shipping companies3 that will improve upon the already excellent quality of service they can provide. Those who are interested in learning more about Hawthorne Global and their incredible global connections available in dozens of countries around the globe can contact the company at 866-514-03691.
SOURCE Hawthorne Global
The world s best-selling electric vehicle (EV) is fast becoming the taxi drivers favourite too. Cabbies are attracted by lower running costs and many are keen to do their bit to reduce the level of airborne pollution in city centres.
Two years after the ground-breaking EV went on sale in Europe, Nissan LEAF taxis are now operating in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK. And more are on the way!
One of the strongest advocates of the Nissan LEAF as a taxi is Amsterdam-based Taxi-E company. With a fleet of 13 Nissan LEAFs, the firm s drivers have covered over 434,000 miles that s further than the distance between the earth and the moon.
The cars are quick-charged two or three times a day using 100 per cent green energy, meaning they re always ready for passengers.
One of the entrepreneurs behind Taxi-E, Ruud Zandvliet, said: Amsterdam has some 3,000 taxis, so while our fleet is helping to reduce emissions, there is obviously room to reduce these even further.
Switzerland s largest city, Zurich, will soon have a fleet of pure-electric Nissan LEAF taxis moving people around the city. Later this year, ten Nissan LEAFs will hit the road supported by a network of city-wide fast chargers as part of Zurich s plans to make 15 per cent of its taxi fleet electric by 2015.
In the UK, Phoenix Taxis runs a Nissan LEAF as part of its fleet and has installed three EV charging points at its headquarters in Blyth, Northumberland. Managing director Alexander Hurst said: The main cost to any taxi driver is fuel. With prices rocketing on a monthly basis, EVs are becoming the more sensible fleet vehicle cost.
LEAF is incredibly luxurious and taxi drivers notoriously unhappy with change love the way LEAF drives. The gadgets available via the steering wheel also help make drivers lives easier. With real-time savings of 5,000 a year in fuel, we re expanding our fleet and will have 15 LEAFs on the road by summer 2014.
In Portugal, the first country to sell Nissan LEAF in Europe, Lisbon-based owner-driver Jos Ferreira replaced his diesel-powered taxi with a Nissan LEAF. He has driven more than 9,300 miles so far, covering 50-60 miles a day, and reveals that 70 per cent of his customers liked the experience so much they would actively choose to ride in an electric taxi.
Fuel and running costs are the biggest factors for taxi owner-drivers, meaning every Euro counts. Owner-driver Roberto San Jos from Valladolid, Spain has spent just 1,540 on electricity to power his Nissan LEAF for more than 47,000 miles. Fuel for a diesel-powered car would have cost more than 8,550, saving Roberto more than 7,000.
Taxi bosses at Prima Clima are making their mark on the taxi business in Hamburg, Germany, with a fleet of four LEAFs. Liveried in the world-famous, pale-yellow body colour of all German taxis with contrasting doors displaying blue skies and clouds this fleet is backed by the city s council and supported by 50 EV charging points and two quick chargers.
Globally, Nissan LEAF-based taxis are helping to cut pollution on the streets of New York, Rio de Janeiro and many cities in Japan.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director Electric Vehicles Europe, said: There is little doubt that the Nissan LEAF is an ideal vehicle for taxi operators. It s cheap to run and easy to maintain. It s good to drive and passengers like the space and comfort.
From a driver s point of view, LEAF s brisk acceleration allows it to easily keep with the traffic flow and the growth in quick-charging networks provides easier access to rapid refuelling . With zero-emissions and whisper-quiet running, just one Nissan LEAF can make a difference to life in the city.
The Tri City Water Follies Association announced today that they will be adding 1-Liter hydroplanes to the 2013 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup weekend event. Here’s the full news release:
The 1-Liter hydroplanes are an American Power Boat Association (APBA) class of light and quick boats that race at speeds approaching 105 mph. They are approximately 15 in length and are powered by personal watercraft engines.
Water Follies is excited to invite the best 1-Liter hydroplanes in APBA Region 10 to compete in the Columbia Cup 1-Liter Challenge said Water Follies President Mike Denslow. The 1-Liter class is one of the fastest growing and most exciting groups to watch in boat racing .
Washington State has a strong contingent of these race boats, boasting a fleet that includes half of the top ten finishers in national points from 2012. The boats compete with several other classes of inboard hydroplanes in eleven races in Washington State during the summer.
My family has been part of the Water Follies for a number of years as volunteers, said local 1-liter owner John Culver. But this year will be special because I will get to race my own boat in the show, with my son as the driver, he said. I think the fans will be excited to see the level of competition from these boats
Invitations have been extended to the following 1-Liter teams to attend the Columbia Cup 1-Liter Challenge:
Y-5 Fastrax FTX Motorsports.com - Owner/Driver Corey Peabody s team embodies the racing axiom Go til you blow . Most weekends, he s the fastest boat, but is also just as likely to take his engine home in more pieces than he started with. Peabody won high points in region 10 last year and second nationally.
Y-8 Bononcini Racing - The team finished third in Region 10 high points and fifth nationally last year with Bianca Bononcini at the helm. This year, Bianca s brother Nick takes over driving duties.
Y-19 Specialty Mobility presents Culver Racing This is your hometown boat. Owned by longtime Water Follies Volunteer John Culver and sponsored by his business Specialty Mobility, the team finished second in Region 10 high points and fourth nationally last year.
Y-21 Wallace Racing - A new boat in 2012, this entry is owned by U-21 crewman William Wallace and piloted by current U-100 driver Ryan Mallow. The team finished eighth in national high points last year. Look for them to be very competitive in 2013.
Y-26 Mallory Racing Kayleigh Mallory returns to drive on the river where she won several Unlimited Lights events bringing a competitive 1 liter program that won the region 10 points title in 2011.
Y-33 Fugitive Racing – Former crew chief of the U-48 Jim LaBrie continues the racing tradition of his father with his 1-liter hull, the Fugitive .
Y-17 - Ben Black looks to jump start a 1-liter racing program by purchasing the former Y-28. This boat was run competitively in the region for a number of years by U-21 driver Brian Perkins. Racing a limited schedule, this boat finished eleventh in national high points last year.
More boats may be announced at a later date. Water Follies expects to invite a total of 7-10 teams for this event.
Minimum Driver Age: 16 years oldMinimum Length: 13 6 Engine: Fall into 4 categories with varying modification limits. 1030 cc, 1160 cc, 1260 cc, and 1315 ccTop Speed: 105 MPHMinimum Weight: 750 or 825 lbs including driver depending on boat lengthFuel: Racing fuel per APBA specs
It s that time of year again! Truckfest 2013 in Peterborough is back for the May Bank Holiday. From the 5th to the 6th of May 2013, The East of England Show Ground will be taken over by the Trucking community.
Once again, the Mercedes-Benz stand will be a hotbed of activity with the latest models on display including our brand new construction truck, the Arocs. There will be activities for young and old alike, including face painting, badge-making, an F1 simulator and the always popular free candy floss and popcorn! The Animal bike Tour will be back, wowing the crowds with their amazing and gravity-defying stunts and we have some exciting celebrity guests to look forward to as well.
This year, we are very pleased to announce that, starting today, we will be giving away one family pass to Truckfest per week until the event. To enter the competition simply follow us on Twitter @MercedesTruckUK1 and RT the designated tweets for your chance to win! It s that simple!
We look forward to seeing you there, fingers crossed for sunshine!
The most common question I m asked by owners/managers of small motor carriers is:
How do I grow my company?
Moving your business to the next level isn t based on luck. Growing a trucking company requires dedication and leaps of faith, but most of all it requires a solid business plan. This plan looks at the company s potential, projects its revenue needs (over the next 5 and 10 years), and then determines where growth plateaus will occur, thus being prepared with both cash and assets as each plateau is reached.
One of the biggest mistakes many companies make is trying to grow too fast. The first rule of growth is being prepared with the capital investment needed, yet at the same time ready for the drain of cash while new equipment starts producing enough revenue to support itself. As any successful businessperson will tell you, growth initially drains assets both in cash and in personnel, so you must plan growth very carefully.
Try these pointers:
- Have a complete business plan. Know the numbers (expenses versus income). Be sure your growth has a real opportunity for success.
- Evaluate your market and know it will support your growth.
- Have a vision of how you ll reach each plateau in your growth plan.
- Set revenue goals. Have the facts and figures of what you re doing based on your plan at hand. If it s working, stay the course; if it s not working, adjust or scrap the portion which isn t achieving its goals.
- Know your break-even point, the figure which changes every time any expense increases or decreases. It s the point where losing money stops and profit begins.
- Be sure you ve included in your break-even costs a salary for yourself, and anyone else working for your company. Any company owner waiting for profits to pay his salary is doomed to working for someone else. Your profits are where your funds for growth will accumulate and where performance bonuses come from; it s not your salary.
- Determine a profit margin, which will retain your competitive position while growing your capitalization fund.
A trucking company owner who thinks he s going to strike it rich in the first five years had better think twice. That s not to say this isn t possible, but you have a better chance of selecting next week s winning lottery numbers. If you want to grow your company, reinvest your profits back into your trucking company.
In the next blog article, I ll provide an example with numbers on how to establish the needed funds to sustain and grow your trucking company.
Drive long and prosper, and remember: Sustainability is the first step towards growth.
Timothy Brady 2013
Ernie-Earl here, T-Dawg s better-educated cousin, sitting at the third table from the door at the local Starbuck s, sipping a mocha latt and wearing a Peterbilt cap with a quilted goose down vest so the girls will think I m a trucker.
In the blogging racket, you read a lot of other blogs looking for stuff to steal information to use in your own. I came across the following at the end of an otherwise ordinary post in a blog written by a retired trucker.
I once worked for a company that three months before had a driver pull into the terminal, walk into the dispatcher s office, and shoot his dispatcher in the back of the head. Dead. The driver walked back out, sat in his truck, and waited for the police to come get him. Life in prison.
We ve All Been There
Now if you re a typical trucker, your reaction is probably, There but for the grace of God
We ve all been there. We ve all had the experience of having our only connection to the company being a sorry !#$%! who doesn t know #$%! about trucking and doesn t give #$%! about our problems. Where do companies find these guys? They must have all come from the same litter, weaned on sour milk, fed sour grapes and dosed with bitters until they were big enough to bite people and live on their own.
And they must have all been hired as truck dispatchers because no matter who you work for, the voice from the home office will be some !#$%! with the same sorry attitude as the one for your last employer.
I have a radical proposition. Admittedly, it s a stretch but hear me out. That dispatcher that you dream of dispatching in the same final way as Mr. Life-in-Prison (but much more slowly) isn t just a sorry excuse for a human being.
He is a human being.
Only a Theory
Hear me out, just hear me out! It s only a theory. What I mean is that when he s not at work, wearing a headset and sticking needles into the little row of dolls on his desk labeled T-Dawg, B.A., Ted, Tiny and Tim, he s at home mowing his yard, hugging his wife, helping his kids do homework and generally being a solid citizen.
But then he goes to the office. He sits at his desk and puts on his headset. His fingernails suddenly grow hard and curved. Hair sprouts from his body. His eyes grow yellow and feral, his teeth long and sharp. He growls softly to himself. It s Monday! He loves Mondays.
Why? What makes an ordinary man into a sadistic, salivating monster? What happened?
You did. And Ted. And Tiny and Tim. The dozen or two dozen truckers that he s supposed to supervise and support, they re what happened to him. Nobody calls to tell him they re on time, the weather s perfect and it s a joy to hear his voice. No, they call to say they ve got a problem, something s wrong and it s not their dang fault. Truckers may be shut up in a metal cab without any companion except maybe a pet mutt, but at least they re not stuck in the same cramped cubicle listening to a dozen other truckers in states of unhappiness ranging from annoyed to outraged, going gripe, gripe, gripe all day long.
The relationship between trucker and dispatcher is inherently adversarial. The dispatcher isn t just the guy who keeps track of company truckers; he s in the unhappy position of also being the company enforcer, the one who tells drivers they can t be home for their kid s birthday or that they have to make the delivery tomorrow even though they re can t do it without driving fifteen hours straight and he s not going to tell them to break HOS regs because that s against the law; all he s saying is they have to make delivery tomorrow.
So naturally nobody loves him. And he knows it. How would you like to have a job where your coworkers favorite fantasy is a funeral with you as the guest of honor? He gets defensive. He develops a thick hide and a flat affect. He separates his emotions from his work and takes on the it s not personal, just business that lets people with unpleasant tasks live with themselves.
By definition the dispatcher s job is middleman between company policy and driver needs, which aren t always in sync. He s not your friend but he doesn t have to be your enemy. His idea of a perfect day isn t making porcupines out of those little dolls you think are on his desk. His idea of a perfect day is nobody behind schedule, trucks running like brand-new and the only sound from his truckers is a bunch of guys whistling while they work.
Not Your Friend, Not Your Foe
Get over it. Your dispatcher isn t your friend but he doesn t have to be your enemy. No, really. Here s how. The next time it looks like you ll be behind schedule or you re worried about your truck, let him know before it happens. Warn him and do it in a calm professional way that doesn t imply he ll be happy to hear you re in trouble. It s his job to handle problems. He hates that but the more he knows what problems may come up, the more he feels in control. He ll appreciate that.
And when things are going right, tell him that too. With a thanks once in a while. And when you need home time, tell him two or three weeks ahead so that he can plan. Make his job easy.
But when you do have problems and he s part of them, talk it over. Keep the anger out of your voice. Explain your point of view quietly and succinctly. Ask for his point of view. Listen politely and when he s done, restate what he said so that he knows you listened. The two of you may not become best friends; you may not even reach a resolution but at least you ll understand each other and, more important, shown mutual respect. He may not agree you re right. He may not apologize for himself or the company. But you may find that the problem doesn t occur again because he knows about the issue and is taking pains to avoid it.
Beats Doing Time
This approach isn t easy. It doesn t always work. But it just might work. And it sure beats a life sentence.
That s all from Ernie-Earl until next time. Ten-four, or, as the Starbuck baristas say,
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Brings HEADRUSH Apparel Sponsorship to Team
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 27, 2013) SR Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Canadian Tire Series driver Derek White has joined the Buford, Ga.-based Nationwide Series team as a minority owner.
White s stake in the team has already paid dividends. He landed a multi-race sponsorship with HEADRUSH Apparel, which will adorn Jason White s No. 00 Toyota Camry this week at Phoenix International Raceway. HEADRUSH Apparel will run at select races throughout the 2013 season.
White, a North American Indian from Kahnawake, Quebec brings a strong combination of racing passion and experience to SR Motorsports. He began driving in racing s top levels in 2009, making five starts as an owner/driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He followed the season up by winning the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. In 2012, he broke into the Nationwide Series, competing with SR Motorsports in four events, finishing a season-best 18th-place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. White is excited to return to the three-car team as a partner in 2013.
I m very excited to continue my relationship with SR Motorsports, said White. I enjoyed working with them last year and was very impressed with what they achieved in their first season. They ve made several improvements in the off season and I m glad that I can continue to be a part of the organization as it goes forward.
SR Motorsports began as a two-car team in the Nationwide Series last season. They acquired McDonald Motorsports to become a three-car team for 2013. Sciavicco is pleased to have White remain with the team as it progresses.
We re very excited to have Derek White join our team in a larger role, said Sciavicco. His experience will be very valuable to our organization. He s already made a tremendous contribution by bringing HEADRUSH Apparel on board as an SR Motorsports partner. We re poised to have a terrific 2013 season and know that Derek will play a big part in that.
Source: SR Motorsports Press Release
The owner, in his 40s, had offered a RM2,000 bribe to the officers to turn a blind eye to the case.
But we arrested him along with the lorry driver and a staff at the petrol station, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Department’s enforcement division deputy director Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman.
The joint raid by the department and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was headed by the commission s senior commissioner Yusuf Zakaria along with eight other officers.
Iskandar said the petrol station in Bandar Baru Bangi had come under the authorities radar a month ago after intelligence reports showed that the station was involved in selling diesel illegally.
When we raided the station at 2am, we caught the lorry driver red-handed. He was filling diesel using two nozzles into his 10-tonne tanker, he added.
It is learnt that the tanker, which was found to be fitted with a secret diesel compartment, had been filled with 4,000 litres of diesel when it was seized.
The amount of diesel allowed to be filled at any given time is 139 litres, worth RM250.
Iskandar said similar raids can be expected in the next few days.