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Supply Chain Podcast from DAT

Check out the lastest podcasts from DAT and Freightvine.  A GREAT way to keep up to day while on the road…just listen in!

https://www.dat.com/resources/podcasts

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How the bosses wife’s bra is helping save his life!

Today, we must wear a mask when leaving our homes. It is now a necessity of life! In our materialistic world, people are trying to make money based on everyone’s need for a mask. Be assure that anyone who can follow a recipe and cook dinner, can make a home made mask, but here is one of the easiest ways. Our CEO, Marold Studesville, is 71 and can now say that his wife is saving his life making him wear one of her brassieres…A BRA MASK! So men, do not be proud, BE SAFE and WELL! Here is a link to step by step instructions – https://www.clovia.com/blog/how-to-make-a-face-mask-from-a-bra-easy-diy/?fbclid=IwAR1saQYo_hWFCcz25cKoZELM_Duc5r8dA9GUgsz34cJQ4W7k2fzndZYJlYw

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FREE DOT Inspections

AKRON, Ohio — In response to the economic impact from COVID-19 and to help keep fleets on the road to deliver essential products, Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers are offering free Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections, a value up to $120. These government-mandated inspections include a full review of the tractor and trailer, including brake systems, tires and wheels, exhaust systems, lighting and more.

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention – A Positive note!

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has both challenged and changed the world’s perception of individualism, materialism, greed, organization, and the many uses of technology. This pandemic has driven people to avariciously hoard items that are needed by EVERYONE in the world, and to vainly attempt to make money from others dire privations.

I am, however beginning to see a dim pulsating light at the end of the tunnel. People are beginning to realize that there is a “Smarter” way of living and that humanity is at a point where it desperately needs a course modification geared toward togetherness and teamwork. We are at a place on our road of existence where we should seriously consider which direction we plan to take.

Do we continue straight on, driving our planet into oblivion, or do we take the road less traveled, and save our world and society from recklessness?

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed,” Gandhi.

The last few years have demonstrated how anger, hostility, greed, and prejudice can drive a wedge between friends, families, communities, and even countries! The last few weeks have shown us that these “wedges” and “differences” are useless when fighting this new invisible enemy (COVID-19).

Materialism and greed have created a society driven by a need for the latest and greatest with the insatiable urge to have everything and anything. Materialism, desire, and hoarding are now a big part of our society. Human beings are social beasts, and this need to “socialize” and possess more has driven us to engage with our peers via new and exciting communication channels based on the developing technology available. Businesses and educational institutions now utilize on-line options for courses in-lieu of in-house meetings and classroom activities.

Ironically, there are always several silver linings to every cloud. This cloud is a giant, evil black monstrosity called COVID-19, an invisible enemy, that not even a murderer or criminal can evade. In many ways, we’ve already adopted the concept of “social distancing” during the era of social media and technology. Yet this ability to distance ourselves socially may be our saving grace. With no vaccines available, you are safest at home in front of your computer or smartphone in your hand.

Unification of families is now a reality brought on by COVID-19! Crime is down because of the mass hysteria that the streets are not safe. Restaurants and grocery outlets have more efficient delivery and pick up services, which minimizes travel, and therefore accidents. Doctors are once again making house calls to elderly patients who are too frail to take on this new invisible enemy. Society is on a path to healing from an enemy that we cannot yet embrace.

Yes, we can survive as individuals, even in quarantine, and still, be part of a caring community. In this globalized world, our lives are so intertwined that we need to view ourselves, as individuals, as communities, as nations, and as a uniquely privileged species. It has taken a virus to show us that only through togetherness we at our most reliable, most alive, most human and that we understand what is most important. We are all bound together as part of a miraculous web of life on planet Earth!

A final thought though…Will society remember this most-important-lesson learnt after the virus is no longer the enemy, or will people, communities, and countries go back to business as usual?

By Marold Studesville & Alyson Stasek

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URGENT – FMCSA – Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002

FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides relief for CMV operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  •  Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  •  Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  •  Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  •  Immediate precursor raw materials, such as paper, plastic or alcohol, that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  •  Fuel.
  •  Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
  •  Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
  •  Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.
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911 for Truckers

911 for Truckers!! We have read several posts on Facebook and the truck drivers getting upset. A lot of fast food, restaurants and dining rooms are closed, with signs indicating that they are serving only via the drive thru. So they walk up to drive through and they won’t wait on them via the window indicating that they need to be in a vehicle. The driver says they are driving an 18 wheeler that will not fit in the drive-thru lanes the response has been from the restaurant that they don’t care. Hopefully truck stops and drive in’s will be more prepared to support truckers! Truckers are the backbone of this country and with the current pandemic we need to have support, sustenance…Post on www.eTruckBook.com (name of restaurant/location) if you find an eatery that is able to pamper the truckers as they deserve to be!

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION – FMCSA Issues HOS Relief for Coronavirus Assistance

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-issues-hos-relief-coronavirus-assistance-hauls

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COVID-19 and TFSMall

The team at TFSMall are thinking about our clients, and all members in the transportation industry.  We are in a unique and vulnerable situation.  The transportation industry is the backbone of the United States.  Within the current health epidemic across the world, logistics will become even more important.

We are all at risk in contracting and being diagnosed with the COVID-19 (Corona) flu virus, so we wanted to share with you the guidelines directly from the CDC to reducing your risk.  This is the link that you need to follow to access the most up to date information.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Please be sure to work from home if you can, wash your hands more than usual and for an extended period, refrain from touching face and look after the more vulnerable such as the elderly and those with underlying ailments that could make them more susceptible.

Overall, do not panic.  Follow the guidelines and stay safe.

The team at TFSMall.com

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Cargo Not Affected as Trump Suspends Travel From Europe to US

Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom, and there would be exemptions for “Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.” It also wouldn’t apply to cargo. He said the U.S. would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.

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Starting your Transportation Business – Steps 1 and 2 – Getting legal! Getting your first client! Let TFS help you!

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