ShipRightNow.com To Offer Service Free

In an effort to promote our service to customers across North America, ShipRightNow, the premiere internet shipping service, will be charging no fees through the period from August 15, 2013 until November 15, 2013.

We have been growing rapidly and wish to get as many loads as possible booked for our customers without a booking fee as a way to introduce our service and to help our customers save money.
With ShipRightNow, listing is always free, fast and easy, without any kind of hidden fees like our competitors.

ShipRightNow is the premiere online shipping marketplace designed for Transporters to be able to fill empty space on already existing loads with items needing to be transported along that route for online auction buyers, sellers, and businesses. This allows for the shipper to get a lower shipping cost and the transportation service provider to maximize profits by filling space that would otherwise be empty.

ShipRightNow is a WIN for both parties.

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FMCSA New Hours Of Service Rules And The Effects On The Trucking Industry

Well Drivers, The July 01, 2013 implementation date of the new DOT / FMCSA hours of service rules has taken effect and been in place for one full week as of the writing of this blog post.

I wish I were able to report that this has some benefit to drivers or to the public but sadly, in calculating the numbers, it will cost the trucking industry as a whole billions of dollars. Of course, FMCSA will have their lobbyist cronies show that this has made the industry more money, made drivers safer, thus giving them the ability to get a much larger budget windfall for keeping the roads safe. ABSOLUTELY FALSE with no data to back it up.

The new regulations state that any driver must take a 30 minute break logged off duty, either at or prior to the completion of 8 hours on duty. This sounds good on its face, however, it has taken another half hour away from the 14 hour clock that starts and cannot be stopped from the time that you go on duty until you log off duty or in the sleeper.

But wait, lets go on into this prior to crunching the numbers so everyone sees the real cost in both dollars and safety.

The FMCSA also changed the sleeper birth provision from 34 consecutive hours off resetting the 70 hours per week you are allowed to work to 34 hours off only once in 7 calendar days but requiring it to contain at least two sleep periods from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. which means that, depending on what time your end of duty starts, it can take as long as 48 hours now to get your 34 hour restart.

This means MILLIONS of wasted hours away from home per year that we as drivers will have to suck up the loss on.

As of today, according to FMCSA, there are 3.5 million regulation truck drivers in the continental United States, meaning that the 30 minute mandated break alone will cost 1.75 million hours for every 8 hours worked by Americas Drivers.

Now, the 34 hour restart provision will cost drivers at least 12 hours out of a 7 day period for over the road drivers. So think about this, 12 hours per week X 3.5 million Drivers = 42,000,000 (yes forty two million) lost work hours per 7 days.

So, the 30 minute break provision will cost each individual driver 182 work hours per year and the 34 hour restart provision will cost each driver a minimum of 12 hours per week for a total of 624 hours per driver we will lose per year per driver.

This translates to a potential loss PER DRIVER of 806 hours per year.

If this doesn’t anger all of us enough to pull us together and shutdown, strike, slowdown, I don”t know what will.

My first suggestion is that we have an all out boycott of California, Florida, and New York. A few weeks of billions of dollars in produce rotting in wharehouses may make someone look at this again.

For all of you who say we cant afford to do this, figure out what as many as 806 more hours per year of sitting without pay does to your family.

We cant afford not to!!!!!

 

Low Cost Shipping And What It Means To Your Bottom Line

 

The trucking industry is no different than any business in its basic model, as the goal of any business is to minimize costs, maximize profits, and provide the kind of service needed across many different specialties while fighting ever increasing fuel and equipment costs.

Large companies are constantly advertising for new hire drivers as there is an incredibly bad shortage in the number of people who will work this hard although unemployment is at a ridiculous high and trucking jobs as a whole pay really good compared to working at local factories. The real sacrifice, you are gone a lot if you wish to make real money.

This has caused many trucking companies and independent transporters to become very specialized in one genre of trucking such as flatbed, liquid bulk, reefer freight (Grocery), Hot Shot, and the list goes on. By doing this, they can keep and maintain more specific equipment for the task at hand and also keep drivers who are trained in that type of  specialty hauling, giving them a much safer and well trained professional driver while giving the receiver a great service.

The one inherent problem with this is the fact that there are more dead head (empty) miles to be covered as it is difficult to always get a reload from the area a particular truck is delivering to. This is what makes an online shipping website very useful to both, shipper and transporter. We have the way for you to fill your trucks with items at a great price for both parties as the truck is running those miles already and does not have to await a dispatch for a reload.

Your one stop shipping destination makes it free, fast, and easy to list your Item or full load and have transportation service providers bid against one another to get you the lowest price on your shipping while allowing them to make the amount of money they require for the load. it is a win / win situation.

Best of all, you have no phone calls to worry about, no hidden fees, no stress as you would if you were to directly contact a shipping company.

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Getting Into Hauling Hot Shot Freight: Part Two

Now that we have established the equipment and tools that you will need to be a ltl or hot shot transporter, it is time that we look at the business end of this. If you cannot manage the business end of it, you either need to hire someone who can, lease on with someone so they are taking care of it, or do something else altogether.

There is a lot of money to be made in the trucking industry and it continues to grow day by day as more people require all types of goods. That being said, there is a lot of money to be lost if you do not plan trips ahead and closely manage fuel and maintenance costs as it is very costly to be any kind of transporter and MANAGEMENT IS IMPERATIVE.

Step one, know YOUR limits and the limits of your equipment. You can only do what you can do! If you try to overload yourself or your equipment, you will soon be facing downtime, mechanical issues, and worse yet, personal injury or injury to others so stay legal, run legal, and most of all BE SAFE! the motoring public is counting on you to do so.

When you get your DOT and MC numbers and permits you are constantly under the scrutiny of a large number of federal agencies and you must keep all of your logs, bills of lading, permits, etc. organized and ready for audit as it will make the audit process much easier on you and the auditor.

During the bidding process for a load be sure to factor in tolls as if you book a load tightly without factoring in tolls especially in New York, you will lose money very quickly. Plan your routes and know the cost of running that lane.

Plan for maintenance as you WILL have mechanical issues come up. As a rule I figure .12 cents per mile for maintenance, tires, oil changes and the occasional part failure.  This number might vary with different types of equipment but regardless, it needs to be set aside and only touched for maintenance events. As it builds and you have a good reserve in that account you can roll it into equipment upgrades.

Now, factor in the actual cost of fuel per mile. To do this I look at the highest fuel prices in the United states and work my average from it rather than using the daily national average. I do it this way as I find it is better for me when booking ahead of time as fuel prices constantly change and can seriously affect your bottom line. It can also give you some leverage when running states with lower fuel averages.

Now for the hard part, figure the average cost per mile it will cost you to STAY LEGAL, such as tags, permits, your required insurance, bookkeeping, etc. These will all likely be fixed monthly costs but must be figured at a cost per mile average so you will know exactly what your costs are.

The aforementioned items will give you the base cost just to move your equipment legally down the road.

It is now time to look at how much YOU need per mile to haul this load, which will be up to you and the area you live in and the lanes you will run, i cannot tell you in this blog what you need to make per mile over costs, but you cannot and will not make exactly the same profit on each item and each load.

Remember that dead head (unloaded) miles cost you money so it is imperative that they be minimized and factored into your costs.

Now that you are sure you want to do this and you are aware of the associated costs, it is time to start bidding on items for transport through ShipRightNow.com.

Remember that you are building a business and you must stay on top of it or it will quickly become overwhelming to you. Properly managed this is a very lucrative business and it is our hope that you will grow steadily and have a great future as an independent hot shot transporter.

Thank you, and the best of luck as you embark on your new journey.

 

 

Shipping An Outboard Motor

Shipping Outboard Motors
The very weight and nature of the construction of an outboard motor makes it a difficult item to ship and to transport but here are a few tricks that only take a minute and will reduce the chance of damage.
1. Remove the propeller. This will save sharp edges from cutting through packaging and also keep the propeller and prop shaft from being damaged. The propeller may be wrapped seperately and packed in the same package as you prepare to ship.
2. If the motor has a tiller handle, remove it also, wrap seperately in bubble wrap and cardboard and ship in the same package. The tiller handle is the most frequently broken item on an outboard and can be a very expensive repair.
3. Wrap the entire motor in bubble wrap and very tightly with banded packaging tape, and be sure to double wrap the cowling.
4. Now that you are bubble wrapped, find a non protruding section on the motor and heavily tape the tiller handle and propeller to the motor, usually the exhaust housing area is best.
5. Use heavy cardboard around the lower unit taking special care to protect the propeller shaft from damage.
6. Now, it is time to wrap the lower unit again with fine bubble wrap, and tape it on very tightly.
7. You are now ready to wrap the entire package in very heavy cardboard, making sure the unit does not slip or move within the packaging.
8. Using these steps will assure that your outboard motot will arrive in a safe, usable condition, and the removed parts are easily reinstalled by the reciever.

ShipRightNow Announces Re-launch of Web Site for Shipping Large Items

(Flippin, AR – November 15, 2011) CEO William Weaver announces the complete rebuild and re-launch of the very popular website ShipRightNow.com. In a statement to media Weaver is quoted as saying “Our customers gave us feedback on the features they like and dislike, voted on color schemes and layouts and we added blog.shiprightnow.com to announce current event news within the community and as a result ShipRightNow.com is much more user friendly and is quickly growing in the world of transportation and will become a major driving force as the premiere online shipping marketplace.”

Stephen Rhodes, corporate spokesperson said “ We have always, and will continue to listen to our customers to refine, streamline, and constantly improve the way our site works, looks, and feels.”

Rhodes further states “People moving often find themselves in a mess when it comes to locating an affordable and experienced transportation company. Everyone knows to use UPS, FedEx, or the USPS to ship small packages, but when it comes to shipping larger items like furniture, where do you go? And how do you make sure you’re getting the best price?”

Weaver and Rhodes launched the online company ShipRightNow.com in 2009 to address this problem. ShipRightNow.com connects consumers with independent carriers—independent owner/operator truck drivers who have the ability to set their own prices and time schedules.

“Our company helps to keep shipping prices lower for the consumer by allowing shippers to anonymously list their jobs and have different carriers bid on the job. The shipper can get all the information they need from each carrier and then make a selection based on the best prices and overall service without having to give out personal contact information.”

Carriers benefit by being able to fill empty cargo space with freight that needs to be delivered along their scheduled route. “Using ShipRightNow.com to find loads along your route saves truckers from experiencing empty miles. If the delivery is along a route they’re already running, they can afford to bid it out for lower than a big freight company would charge and still make a profit.”

ShipRightNow.com is also a profit enhancer for auction services, car dealers and other small businesses that ship large freight on an irregular basis. Companies like these may not qualify for rate discounts with large freight companies because of their irregular shipping patterns. Because of this, many of these companies turn to shipping brokers to find the best shipping deals.

“The problem with brokers,” Weaver says, “is that most of them are on a commission. It’s not in their best interest to get the lowest shipping fee because that makes their commission lower “

“Using ShipRightNow.com, carriers are dealing with you directly and they know to win the job they need to make sure you get a fair and reasonable shipping rate. It’s a win-win system for everyone.”

About ShipRightNow.com

Founded in 2009 by Transportation Industry Specialist William Weaver and Internet Technology Specialist Stephen Rhodes, ShipRightNow.com connects shippers with independent carriers to deliver affordable shipping solutions. Shippers place free listings for bid requests to ship a variety of items including household goods, office furniture, cars, pets, artwork, and antiques. Carriers can also create free accounts to search these listings and bid on loads along their existing routes to fill empty cargo space. Please visit www.shiprightnow.com for more information.