Blog

For most people, they just assume they'll get the holidays off to spend time with their family. For truckers, they have to make the deliveries as the shippers require. If you're an OTR trucker, your schedule is at the mercy of other people.
That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your holidays. Here are some tips to help make the holidays and working through them a little more bearable.

  • Schedule days with your family when you ARE home. If you celebrate Christmas but you won't be home until December 26th, see if your family members will celebrate with you. It's not ideal, but it's better than not spending quality time with the people you love.
  • Spread cheer. It sounds silly, but being kind WILL make you feel better. From the cashiers at the gas station to the dock managers, everyone else is stuck working, too. Buy some candy canes and pass them out to the people you encounter. You'll be surprised by how much small gestures like that can mean to people.
  • We wrote a blog about this; stay connected. Take advantage of technology. From Skype to FaceTime, Marco Polo to WhatsApp... there are a ton of free video and messaging services that make staying connected a lot of fun. Read more about the ways you can stay connected here: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/technology-keeping-you-connected

temp-post-image

Spreading holiday cheer!

Read more

As an OTR driver, or even a city driver that works long hours, it can be hard to stay connected with your family. Luckily, there are a ton of free apps that will make sure you can stay connected to your loved ones and not miss out on all of the important moments. If you have Apple products, you can use FaceTime to video chat with your friends and family. There is also a Skype app that is great because you can use the group feature and talk to multiple people at once (from your computer). We also like Marco Polo, which is a video messaging app, and it's free to use and will work whether or not you're connected to WiFi (but it will use your data if you're not on WiFi, which is the case for most apps). WhatsApp and Viber are also great text...

Read more

Did you know that over 40% of OTR drivers have pets that ride with them?
There are quite a few benefits to having a dog or a cat with you on long trips, but the most important benefit is that you're more likely to stay alert because you have another living being that you're responsible for.
Drivers have said that they also feel more secure with a pet in the cab because they'll act as an alarm system for the driver.
Having a truck pet is also a way to feel connected and not so lonely on long drives, which helps relieve stress.

temp-post-image

OTR companions are great for so many reasons! Global Transport Inc. wholeheartedly supports having truck pets!

Read more

Insurance Scammers are Awesome! (New 2017)

Dash Cam insurance scams, incredible compilation! Auto insurance scams are more common than you might think. This is why russians and asians need dashcams in cars. There are people that try and scam, but unfortunately for some it doesn't go according to plan. If you become a victim of car insurance fraud, you pay.

Read more

Bills of Lading, also known as BOLs, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but should all have similar information. This guide will break down the parts of the BOL so that you can be positive that you are looking at the correct information when you pick up a load.

  • Date: The date of the BOL is almost always the date the paperwork was printed. While most often this date is the same as the pick-up date, sometimes, it can be the day before.

  • Bill of Lading Number: This number is usually for the shipper reference to that they can keep track of the freight on their dock. This is often used as a pick-up number as well.

  • PO Number: This is the purchase order number and is used by the shipper and consignee to reference the shipment in their inventory system.

  • Shipper: This will be the address of the company you will be picking up from. Sometime there will be a phone number for this location as well but is not requires and often not on the BOL. Also can be noted and the “Ship From” or “Pick Up”

  • Consignee: This will be the address of the company you will be delivering to. Sometime there will be a phone number for this location as well but is not requires and often not on the BOL. Also can be noted as the “Ship to” or “Delivery”

  • Freight Charges: There will be 3 options checked here. The shipment will be marked:

  • Prepaid: Shipper is paying the freight charges

  • Collect: Consignee is paying the freight charges

  • 3rd Party: A third party is paying for the freight charges

PLEASE BE AWARE! If the company giving you the freight is a broker, the freight charges could be marked for any of these options. You will be sending your invoice to the broker unless they tell you otherwise.

  • Quantity: Be very careful when reviewing this part of your paperwork. Shippers can put the number of pallets, the number of cartons, or both. Also, just because a BOL will have a number of pallets on it, that doesn’t reflect how much space it takes up on the trailer. The skids could be stackable or oversized, and that will change how much space the freight actually uses on your truck.

  • Weight: The total weight of the shipment. Some BOLs will have several weights on it for varying item numbers but there should be a total weight on the BOL. Usually at the end of the item list.

  • Description: This should be a generic description of the product. The shipper might also have an item number listed here. Pay close attention to this. If you are told to pick up a load of steel and they load you with light bulbs instead then the shipper might be giving you the wrong freight.

  • NFMC: In the United States, each commodity or type of product is assigned a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). This code indicated to the DOT what type of freight you are hauling.

  • Class: The class of a piece of freight determines the overall density of the freight. This is commonly used by common carriers to determine how much space something takes up.

  • Signature lines: There should be 3 signature lines on the paperwork:

  • Shipper Signature: Signed by the shipper who loaded the truck. Will be dated with the date it ships. This will verify the freight shipped. If the driver is picking up at a location other than the shipper, this date might vary.

  • Driver Signature: The driver will sign this to verify they picked up the freight.

  • Consignee Signature: The consignee will sign and date this to confirm that the freight is delivered. The consignee is also responsible for added notes about any damaged or missing items on the shipment.

This is the basic information you can find on your BOLs. Keep in mind that BOLs are not all standard and come with a variety of information. If you don’t see at least this information on your BOLs then you should contact the company that gave you the freight and try to...

Read more

It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, you're impartial to politics in general, or you're somewhere else on the line; there is a divisiveness in this country that is almost palpable. We see it a lot in the trucking industry, but we also see it all over TV, social media, and newspapers (for the few of us that still read newspapers). There is a racial divide, a political divide, a religious divide, and a gender divide. At what point do we, collectively as a society, decide that we've had enough? When do we embrace our neighbors and say "I accept you for who you are"? When do we stop letting the media control who we interact with? When do we stop posting and re-tweeting with knee-jerk reactions and stop to thin...

Read more

I was gone for my mandatory annual training that I am tasked with doing every year while enlisted in the military. Typically, this is a 2-week stint. However, our mission this year was unique, so I was forced to be on the road for 3 weeks. Our mission was to leave Iowa City, IA head to NC and pick up cargo and then take it over to Nevada. Upon completion, we were to head back to Iowa City, IA. The plan was for me to help Charity (my wife and co-worker) work from the road as much as possible without really knowing what to expect and how things would work out. With the technology we have been provided, I was able to work remotely right off my iPad, cell phone and mobile hot spot. I will admit all the noise in the truck made things difficu...

Read more

In honor of Truck Driver Appreciation Week, I tried to start a movement to Hug A Trucker, but it made the drivers rather uncomfortable.

So, instead I want everyone to take a quick look around you. Look at each thing you see.

Here…I’ll go first.

Door – Name Plate – Light switch – Electrical Box – Heating Vent – Windows – Drywall – printer – laptop bag - chair – desk – phone – computer – 5 hour energy - shirt – shorts – shoes.

What on Earth do they have in common?

ALL OF THEM were on a truck. Let that sink in.

In fact, nearly everything in our lives would not be in our lives if it weren’t for trucks.

I am fortunate to work with a great g...

Read more

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is really a thing, and it's really important. Take a look around you. Chances are, from the food you eat to the furniture you're sitting on, a trucker brought it to you. This isn't a glamorous job. There's not a lot of glory in driving a truck. Truckers don't get a lot of recognition. But the fact is, it's the backbone to our country. Truckers are literally delivering us EVERY SINGLE THING we could want or need. I personally feel like the whole team should get recognition; from the dock manager to the dispatcher, the salespeople to the owner of the freight brokering company, it's important to acknowledge ALL OF YOU. You all are making dreams come true and sustaining a level of comfort for every si...

Read more

Have you ever heard of a company being "too flexible"? We haven't, either. Yet, we found out that's exactly what we are. Let me explain. We are always looking for opportunities to grow. We have such an incredible team of people working with us that we KNOW there are other people that would be a great fit and will share our vision. We want to get our philosophy out to as many people as possible, nationwide. We've run a few ads this past year, but we didn't think we were getting the word out to the maximum amount of freight brokers and sales agents. So we decided to use a recruiting company that specifically works with people in the freight brokering industry.We were told that 1., it's almost impossible to land a "unicorn". A unicorn being...

Read more