A few weeks ago, an ad by Volvo Trucks took the Internet by storm1. It featured action star Jean Claude Van Damme performing an Epic Split between two Volvo FM trucks in reverse. And now, unsurprisingly, it has been parodied.
But parodies of viral videos don t usually come from the owners of trucking companies. Especially owners of trucking companies that also happen to be running for state Congressional seats. But that s exactly what Mike Collins does in the video below.
Collins is a Republican candidate for the 10th Congressional district in Georgia and the owner of Collins Trucking. In his version, the trucks are Peterbilt, not Volvo, and they re not running in reverse, but big kudos to Mike for doing his own stunts.
As to why Collins performed his own Epic Split, the video explains (jokingly, we d have to assume) it is to demonstrate the dangers of Obamacare. Watch below.
BEIJING (AP) China’s November exports accelerated but import growth slumped in a sign the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy might be slowing.
Exports surged 12.7 percent over a year earlier to $202.2 billion, up from October’s 5.6 percent expansion, trade data showed Sunday.
Imports rose 5.3 percent to $168.4 billion, but that growth was down from the previous month’s 7.6 percent.
China’s economic growth rebounded in the three months ending in September to 7.8 percent after plunging to a two-decade low the previous quarter. But forecasters have warned that was likely to be temporary and growth would fall back late this year or early in 2014.
The rebound was driven by a government mini-stimulus based on higher spending on building railways and other public works.
Chinese leaders are trying to guide the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of exports and investment. An unexpectedly sharp decline raised the risk of politically volatile job losses and prompted them to reverse course temporarily to prop up growth.
The relative strength in November exports should help to reassure communist leaders who faced the prospect of job losses in trade-dependent industries due to weak global demand.
Slower Chinese growth and weaker demand would have global repercussions for suppliers of raw materials, technology and consumer goods.
The import slowdown caused China’s global trade surplus to widen by 73 percent to $33.8 billion over a year earlier, one of its widest trade gaps this year.
China’s trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union was $10.2 billion, while that with the United States was $22.4 billion.
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Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met)…
Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met) initiative, which helps provide HGV drivers and cyclists with an understanding of each others perspective. Through this they aim to ensure both road users recognise the risks and position themselves appropriately when on the roads.
The FTA s Head of Urban Logistics Policy Christopher Snelling commented: Raising awareness and, through that, promoting better and more defensive behaviour all round will be the best way to improve safety on our roads for all. More is needed, for drivers as well as cyclists; The Exchanging Places programme is a good example of what can be done when we work together to share the road safely.
The most recent Exchanging Places event was held yesterday outside Charing Cross Station, at which leading global insurer RSA partnered the Met and the programme, to produce a short video, supported by Transport for London. Published to YouTube the film is available to be viewed at: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7mJR64tvs); the video follows a cyclist and an HGV driver who experience what it is like to be on the road from the other s perspective.
Peter Collins, RSA head of Corporate Responsibility said: As a major insurer, we want to play a role in making roads safer for all users. With the production of this film, we hope it will provide cyclists and drivers with a new perspective, avoid accidents and ultimately save lives.
The Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force was responsible for setting-up Exchanging Places events in order to raise awareness of cycle safety. People are invited to sit in the driver s seat of the lorry cab in order to help them better understand of what an HGV driver can and can t see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle..
Snelling added: Freight operators realise how important raising safety awareness is for all road users and these type of events play a big part in this. They are made possible by logistics companies providing vehicles and drivers free of charge at substantial cost to themselves. This commitment illustrates how the logistics industry is working towards trying to improve safety on our roads. FTA commends all companies who have provided such support and ask all our members to support these events where ever possible.
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By Jim Dickeson | 6 December 2013
Another great question from a loyal reader:
We ve recently been approached by a potential US customer who is a sales distributor and would like to purchase our ITAR controlled product that they will then forward to a South American country. This US sales distributor is applying for the export license and they asked us for our shipping address so that they can give it to their freight forwarder. When I clarified with them, they said they will have their freight forwarder pick up the items and ship directly to the South American country. We ve never actually done anything like this before and can t help but be cautious about what are liability is in this transaction because although they are the exporter, the items will never touch their hands. I would think that the US customer is taking a bigger risk by putting all their faith in their freight forwarder as well as us.
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated! Thank you!
So our reader is selling to a customer in the US, the distributor. That distributor is going to be the exporter, apply for the license and have their freight forwarder move it from our reader s location directly for export.
Our reader doesn t have to deliver to the distributor s location. The goods don t actually have to touch their hands. That would be impractical, more expensive, and time consuming. The distributor is to be shown as the United States Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) on the Electronic Export Information (EEI). But the freight forwarder still has to know where to pick up the cargo.
But, more importantly, US Census regulations require that the EEI shows the state where the cargo begins its journey, and this may be different from the distributor s location. This is, at least in part, because the export value that must be declared on the EEI must include the US inland freight and loading on board the exporting carrier. Essentially, regardless of a seller s terms of sale, Census wants the equivalent of FOB.
Another way to look at it is what s important to Census and the ITAR is not so much how the cargo moves or if it stops or not at the exporter s location. What s important is the financial transaction who sells to who, and who that who sells to.
Still, I can understand our reader s concern. So I would suggest that, either in the sales contract, or in a separate certificate, the distributor certify that they will be the USPPI and exporter, and take full responsibility for complying with all export compliance and licensing obligations.
And it very well may be that the distributor is taking a risk by putting their faith in their freight forwarder. But don t we all anyway? And don t we strive to use a freight forwarder that knows what they are doing? And if the distributor doesn t use a good forwarder, it s the distributor s problem, especially if our reader has that above certification from them.
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News from JOC
Intermodal Shipping: Building a Better Intermodal Ride1
Maersk Line and BNSF offer day-definite intermodal delivery from Los Angeles to five inland destinations
Maersk Vows to Defend Market Share Gains4
Maersk Line will not allow its renewed focus on profitability rather than cargo volume to eat into the significant gains in market share it achieved in 2011, the carrier said on Monday.
Cosco, China Shipping Consider More Vessel Sharing Pacts5
Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines are looking to expand their vessel sharing agreements on China coastal and intra-Asia trade lanes to other routes, said Capt. Wei Jiafu, chairman of the Cosco Group.
Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 20126
The trucking industry will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with truck freight growing 3.9 percent, greater than overall GDP, according to FTR Associates.
Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Freight Traffic7
Asia-Pacific based airline traffic in calendar 2011 declined 4.8 percent year-over-year as freight capacity inched ahead 0.1 percent. In contrast, January 2012 traffic plunged 13.7 percent and capacity declined 5.3 percent. The calendar 2011 cargo load factor was 66.6 percent, off 3.4 percentage points year-over-year, while January’s cargo load factor was 65.3 percent, off 5.7 percentage points year-over-year.
Chinese Manufacturing Expands on Export Order Rise9
Chinese manufacturing in February expanded at the fastest pace in five months, as export orders surged after a production lull caused by Lunar New Year celebrations.
Indonesia Poised for Major Logistics Growth 10
Indonesia will see rapid growth in logistics demand this year but needs huge investment in transport infrastructure to realize its true potential, according to one leading analyst.
Saudi Airlines Cargo to Fly to Saigon11
Saudi Airlines Cargo will launch a twice-weekly B747 freighter service to Saigon, Vietnam, on March 25, linking the Southeast Asian country to the Middle East and Frankfurt, Germany.
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A total of 8,400 payroll jobs were added to the for-hire trucking industry s payroll in November the first real jump since the spring of this year, coming on the heels of about six months of stagnant or no growth in the trucking employment. The seasonally adjusted numbers were issued Dec. 6 in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment report.
Moreover, October s preliminary employment numbers which said the trucking industry added 400 jobs in the month were upwardly revised to 2,400 added jobs.
The U.S. as a whole added 203,000 jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate down to a 5-year low: 7 percent.
For-hire trucking industry employment rose in November to 1.3953 million 18,600 more than the same month in 2012 and 161,300 jobs higher than the industry s employment bottoming out in March 2010. However, it s still 58,100 jobs shy of January 2007 s high mark.
The BLS numbers for trucking reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet. Nor do the numbers reflect the total amount of hiring since they only reflect the number of employees paid during a specified payroll period during the month.
Due to high turnover rates, the BLS estimates may overstate the number of job positions due to the methodology used in the agency s Current Employment Survey.
The one downside of a powerpoint presentation is that it may inform, but it doesn’t inspire. The following advertisement discusses Volvo’s steering technology. It could have very easily been a powerpoint slide showing how consistent Volvo’s steering is vs. other steering technologies.
But a STORY particularly one conveyed VISUALLY conveys more than 1,000 powerpoint slides ever could. A powerpoint informs, but a story can LEAD people to change their minds and take action.
They chose MAN chassis for this. The Austrian company Rosenbauer achieved this design using an MAN TGM 18.340 4×4 BB four-wheel drive chassis. An MAN TGM 13.290 4×4 BL chassis forms the basis at the German company Ziegler. Other body builders will follow suit soon and introduce their MAN chassis-based products. So, as of autumn 2013, MAN is the first commercial-vehicle manufacturer to be in a position to provide fire brigades with chassis for emergency vehicles which meet all the exhaust emission standards from Euro 3 to Euro 6.
The introduction of low-emission Euro 6 vehicles with their extremely effective, yet technologically sophisticated emission control system poses new challenges to body builders. They have to take into account the additional space needed for components such as the exhaust system and AdBlue tank, which are larger than those used in the Euro 5 category.
In fire trucks, the low-set tool compartments between the axles and the steps on both sides for access to the extended cab take up the space on the sides of the frame. This means that components such as the air intake, battery box and exhaust system, which would normally be fitted in that area on a standard chassis, have to be moved elsewhere. Technological constraints do, however, limit creative freedom for relocating these components in Euro 6 designs. In close cooperation between chassis manufacturer MAN and the body builders, a solution to this problem has been designed in which the various access systems such as fixed, fold-out or rotating steps can continue to be provided as usual. The storage space in the low-set tool compartments at the sides is preserved to ensure ergonomically optimised unloading. The air intake is located in the centre of the frame under the extended cab close to the front seat box. The compact exhaust silencer can be moved further backwards on MAN fire truck chassis from the TGL and TGM series and/or fitted rotated by 90 degrees. The body builder can be flexible in repositioning the ten-litre AdBlue tank to suit the body by using an extended supply line. This means that the conventional steps up to the cab can be realised as before.
Even for emergency vehicles where the customer has opted for the standard MAN crew cab, the Euro 6 components are so optimally arranged that the fire fighting equipment installers can add their bodies.
The special shift program of MAN’s TipMatic automatic gearbox, which was introduced at the start of 2013 for Euro 5, is also available for MAN emergency vehicles with Euro 6 emission standard. This is characterised by quicker acceleration and a special downshifting strategy for an emergency run.
In some countries such as Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom it will still be possible to purchase and register the Euro 5 version of emergency vehicles in 2014 with a certificate of exemption.
Pop culture and politics, unite! A Georgia congressional campaign has used culture smarts and the candidate s business background to produce one of the catchier advertisements of the 2014 election cycle to date.
Mike Collins, running as a Republican in the state s 10th congressional district, operates the family trucking business Collins Industries, Inc., based in Jackson. In light of his association with the industry, the candidate starred in a campaign ad that parodies Jean-Claude Van Damme s epic Volvo commercial1, in which the action star performs an extreme leg split in-between two moving semi trucks.
What you see is a small businessman confronted with Obamacare: a disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market, and a mindset that government knows better, Collins says in a voiceover.
In the original Van Damme ad, the actor says, What you see is a body crafted to perfection, a pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics, and a mindset to master the most epic of splits.
10 points for creativity; let s call it 4.5 for flexibility.
Collins is the son of former Rep. Mac Collins, also a Georgian and a Republican. He is running to replace current Rep. Paul Broun, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
We were blessed to be home for the holiday, which meant not one, but two awesome, delicious, and thoughtful meals prepared by people who love us dearly and really are happy to see us (most of the time). By seven o clock in the evening, I was doing my Jabba the Hutt impersonation to perfection. I have seriously never seen so much food all of it incredible in one place at one time.
Because I was home, Mom asked me to bring something to contribute to the meal. At first she entrusted me with the holy grail of side dishes, broccoli, rice and cheese casserole, but she decided against it because she can t give anyone the recipe. Not because she s guarding it or anything, but because she has no idea what she puts in it. This would be unsettling to anyone who doesn t have the benefit of a Southern cook for a Momma, but it s completely normal in our family. My mom can t tell you how she makes about half of what she makes, and the thought occurs to me that half of the dishes we long for all year will die with her unless one of us video-tapes her cooking a meal.
This year my Mom s sister, the beloved and cherished Aunt Nanci, was with us because she and her husband (the extra-cool Uncle Freddy) moved from the wilds of South Georgia up to the tundra of Ohio to live close to us. A change in venue for Uncle Fred s job made it necessary for them to leave their lifetime home to come all the way up here to live for a while. My Mom is over the moon to have her little sister here, and I m super happy they re here, but it became apparent at the Thanksgiving dinner that I m going to have to step up my game with Aunt Nanci participating in the potluck.
Having two Southern cooks in the kitchen for Thanksgiving is heaven. It s heaven in a cast iron skillet, with bacon grease and gravy drenching every surface of every meat product you can imagine. I m not a bad cook, I can hold my own with some fried chicken, but being around my Mom and my Aunt reminded me that I was raised to a pretty high cooking standard, one that was passed down to our daughter, who happens to be a pretty good little cook herself. It reminded me that I need to try a little harder sometimes. Just showing up with my sparkling personality isn t always enough.
We showed up five minutes late, which isn t unusual because when it comes to an event at my mother s house, we absolutely can not make it on time. I have no idea what the problem is, it s like time warps on the ride over and we re suddenly late. That s my story and I m sticking with it, but just for the record, I m usually ready and waiting at the door for one or both of the Georges to get all their Cheerios in a sack and get out the damn door. Never mind.
We showed up late and every square inch of counter space was walled off with steaming dishes of exquisite-smelling food.
Hey Mom! Where should I sit this?
Well hey honey! What did you bring?
Fruit salsa and cinnamon chips.
Oh. Well. Isn t that pretty? Put it over there by the sink, honey. What s fruit salsa?
It s a bunch of berries and stuff, chopped up really tiny, so the juice all melds together and makes a salsa, like the tomato kind, but with fruit.
Oh I made that once, un hunh, just put it by the sink over there. It s so pretty, honey.
This is where I realize fruit salsa was not in the awesome category of things to make for Thanksgiving dinner. Putting something over by the sink is relinquishing it to the dirty dish area, the last place anyone ever looks for food in the whole kitchen. The only people eating over by the dirty dishes are the vultures of family dinners, the ones who never make their own plate, just pick off the main dishes and other people s plates. Vultures don t eat fruit salsa, they eat turkey skin and shit like that. And my Mom is way too nice and civilized to criticize me, she really did think it was pretty.
Your Aunt Nanci made a pork loin. And whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar pecan topping.
(FYI pecan is pronounced pee-can. Don t argue, we re civilized people, it s pee-can.)
Wow, that s awesome!
It really was awesome, the pork addition to the turkey tryptophan mix is genius beyond belief. And I cannot explain to you the creaminess of the sweet potatoes underneath the brick of sugary, nutty topping. She also made two cheese balls and corn pudding, but it went unannounced.
Marcie made ham and cheese pinwheels and Oreo cookie balls.
Thank goodness my child redeemed me by bringing food that required more preparation than squeezing a bunch of berries through an egg chopper.
I didn t do as much as I usually do. I made turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. And some green bean casserole. And four loaves of bread and the broccoli rice and cheese.
God, you re such a slacker.
Well, I made some pecan pie, too.
You ve been redeemed. It s beautiful, Mom, Thank you.
So the bar has been set for Christmas. I know where I stand now. Fruit salsa is fine for a tupperware party, but family dinner requires thought and effort. I get it. Challenge accepted, ladies.