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State of Freight Overall
- Not enough truck drivers in the market to handle capacity
- Until the driver market increases, we will see capacity crunch.
- Drivers are seeking lanes where amenities are available (parking, showers, …).
- Industries are not able to maintain adequate inventory - lots of spot orders.
- Truck carriers are trying to give assets to their established customers, so new customers are being turned down
- Smaller carriers are handling more loads, but it's not enough coverage to make up for larger carriers not handling amount of loads they have in the past
- Freight has always been more difficult to secure in the Northeast, but now more than ever
- Rates have increased substantially - customers will be paying more
- Tolls have also increased substantially for trucks.
- Many accessorials have increased, along with FSC, adding to the overall rate increase. Tank cleaning, steaming and driver detention are the ones with the largest increases
- Paying more does not guarantee capacity
- Drivers are dictating more today where they want to go
- Compartment trucks are extremely difficult to secure and carriers not investing in this equipment - it is expensive and has more temperature issues
- Kosher and food grade loads are also extremely difficult to secure. Most kosher & food grade equipment is already in use
- Dedicated is preferred by some carriers, but only if they have trailers. If too much dedicated business is serviced, it removes overall trailers for all customers
- Carriers need to go to certain locations to keep their system in balance
- Texas and Louisiana lanes are easier to cover rather than Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina - drivers make more money on longer hauls
- CSXT secured Quality, one of the largest carriers in the country, for servicing their yards and this took away capacity to companies
- Securing available railcars for lease has been more difficult than just as little as six months ago
- Rail rates increase each year, there is very little room for negotiation
- Fuel surcharges (FSCs) have increased each month. CSX has gone from $0.11/mile in January 2021 to $0.33/mile in August 2021
What TRT is doing
- We are in the process of leasing additional railcars
- Asking customers if they can supply their own railcars for pick-up of product
- Identifying any customers that can take rail rather than trucks and converting when we can work it
- Clean railcars coming back from shop are earmarked for a fleet so they are not used carelessly
- Continuing daily Unconfirmed Loads meetings for trucks where we prioritize customers. Salesperson and customer input and cooperation is critical
- Cold calling new carriers for any capacity
- Customers are looking for their own trucks which is showing that customers are starting to get involved in securing their loads
- Keeping terminals stocked with product is key
- Investigating terminal options for lanes/products that make sense and have the biggest impact on easing capacity
- Creating a survey for drivers to complete as they leave TRT to understand their experience and what amenities they would want
- Distributing weekly demurrage reports for our railcars, so we can remind our customers to keep them moving
- Carriers added additional driver training locations. They believe enrollment will increase once bonus unemployment benefits run out. Until new drivers enter the market, there will be a capacity crisis
- Follow-up conference calls with our carriers
- Exploring intermodal rates again for the lanes over 1,000 miles
Topics: trucking industry, Freight Imbalance, railcars, intermodal
Like many companies and states, Twin Rivers Technologies is working on finding our new normal after the past year and a half. In mid June, after over a year of working remote at least part time, all non-essential personnel returned to our Quincy, MA facility full time.
Twin Rivers Technologies recently launched our 2020 Sustainability site. To view the full report, please click here.
Topics: Sustainability, environment
Contact: Kristin DiNicolantonio – 202.662.2526 (office) 202.809.0836 (mobile)
Cleaning Products Industry Leaders Make Bold Commitments to Combat Climate Change, and Urge Other Businesses to do the Same
- Industry strives to reach net zero global emissions by 2050
- ACI drives members toward climate action
Washington, D.C. – May 10, 2021 –The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is challenging companies in the cleaning products industry and supporting supply chain to align their corporate climate strategy and targets with the 1.5°C ambition, which strives to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050. 15 ACI members have already stepped up to the challenge with bold, science-based commitments.
As part of the cleaning product industry’s commitment to reducing emissions in accordance with scientific consensus, ACI is announcing a new roadmap for action on climate change. ACI’s ambition for the industry is to achieve net zero industry carbon emissions.
ACI’s Roadmap for achieving its net zero ambition includes:
- Reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within operations and product manufacturing.
- Working with supply chain partners, to reduce upstream GHG emissions and transition to low-carbon transportation.
- Enhancing climate resilience by restoring, conserving or creating natural climate solutions that store carbon and aid in sequestration.
- Through support of policy and collaborations with external stakeholders, minimizing emissions from cleaning product use.
As a first step in support of the ambition, fifteen ACI members have committed to ACI’s 1.5°C Climate Challenge, sending a clear signal to our industry as to what leadership looks like in the space of climate action.
Company commitments include:
- BASF recently announced it wants to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To accomplish that, the company wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 25 percent by 2030.
- Colgate-Palmolive is reimagining a healthier future for all. Colgate has committed to net zero carbon by 2040 and 100% renewable electricity in its global operations by 2030. Colgate’s climate goals on Scope 1,2 and 3 were approved in 2020 by the Science-Based Targets initiative, and are aligned with the Business Ambition for 1.5°C.
- Croda has an ambition to not only reduce its GHG emissions, but to become ‘Climate Positive.’ Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, Croda is committed to science-based targets (SBTs) to reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3) in line with 1.5°C by 2030, and net zero by 2050.
- The Dow Chemical Company’s “protect the climate” targets reflect the company’s commitment to reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons versus its 2020 baseline and ensure Dow’s ecosystem is carbon neutral by 2050.
- Ecolab has committed to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, using science-based targets. This includes significant carbon reduction in its supply chain.
- Firmenich has set SBTs aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Building on its commitment to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 55% and Scope 3 emissions from raw materials by 20% by 2030 vs 2017, the Group now powers all its operations worldwide with 100% renewable electricity.
- Henkel has committed to being climate positive by 2040. Having already achieved the use of electricity from renewable sources at the US production sites and offices, Henkel will extend this to all regions by 2030. In addition, Henkel strives to help customers, consumers and suppliers reduce CO2 emissions by 100 million tons by 2025.
- IFF has set an SBT to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 30% below 2015 levels by 2025 and aims to engage suppliers representing 70% of its supply chain emissions to set their own SBTs by 2025. In addition, IFF has a goal to procure 75% of its electricity portfolio from renewable sources by 2025.
- Monosol supports the climate ambitions of the Paris Agreement and are establishing updated science-based sustainability goals and progress indicators to accelerate the journey to achieving net-zero GHG emissions as part of a comprehensive plan addressing a wide range of global environmental and social priorities.
- Novozymes is committed to a 50% decrease in absolute CO2 emissions below a 2018 baseline, 100% renewable electricity and a 15% reduction in Scope 3 CO2 emissions from purchased goods and services by 2030.
- Reckitt has 2020 pledged to accelerate the delivery of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below 1.5°C. It has committed to reduce carbon emissions from our sites by 65% and to power our operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
- Sasol support the Paris Agreement and is updating it’s 2030 and beyond targets as a strategic imperative for release this year.
- Seventh Generation is committed to an SBT for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 to limit GHG emissions. In addition, they are transitioning from 100% RSPO GreenPalm PKO to 100% RSPO mass balance PKO to stop deforestation driven by demand for palm oil.
- Shell's target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society's progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.
- Twin Rivers Technologies acknowledges that climate change is a threat to our planet and has set a goal of outperforming the Paris Climate Accord and SDG goals for emissions. This includes a target of zero growth in emissions and waste streams over the next ten years (2017 baseline).
“For us, creating a cleaner future means putting into practice today, sustainable actions that will safeguard our society and our environment for tomorrow. For many, that will require fundamentally changing the way they do business,” said ACI President & CEO, Melissa Hockstad. “We know the climate crisis facing our planet is bigger than any one industry, and it will take all of us, working together, to change our current trajectory. But our hope is that by getting all hands on deck now and prioritizing any and all action, we can ensure our collective impact on the planet is a positive one.”
For more information about ACI’s Climate Ambition, visit: https://www.cleaninginstitute.org/industry-priorities/sustainability/sustainability-goals/goal-reduce-emissions
For more information about ACI’s work in Sustainability, visit:
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The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.
Topics: Sustainability, environment