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J.B. Hunt opens new office on the University of Arkansas campus

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — J.B. Hunt Transport Services has opened a new office on the University of Arkansas campus here dedicated to helping students gain real-world experience within the transportation and logistics industry.

J.B. Hunt On The Hill will provide up to 60 interns each semester with the opportunity to work with several of the company’s key business areas, the customer experience team and engineering and technology. The program is housed in a new 6,100 square-foot office suite at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park. To give it a cohesive corporate atmosphere, the space has been designed to resemble J.B. Hunt’s headquarters with similar color schemes, furniture and décor.

J.B. Hunt On The Hill is so named because the University of Arkansas is situation on a hill and is visible for miles around.

“J.B. Hunt On The Hill is unlike any internship opportunity available to U of A students pursuing a career in this industry,” said Stuart Scott, executive vice president and chief information officer of J.B. Hunt. “Through the program, J.B. Hunt will engage with some of the school’s top talent and potential future employees, and students will gain firsthand knowledge of working at a Fortune 500 transportation company without the inconvenience of having to frequently leave campus. We’re proud to once again collaborate with the U of A and develop innovative solutions that advance our industry.”

J.B. Hunt On The Hill will host guest lectures and workshops for students featuring J.B. Hunt leadership, clients, and vendors as well as UA professors. Students will also work on J.B. Hunt innovation projects that address the digitization of supply chain management.

“This center will be a life-changing opportunity for our students as they gain real-world experience in business, engineering, and more,” said Jim Coleman, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas. “The connections they make with fellow students and J.B. Hunt leaders and the skills they acquire in this hands-on learning environment will set them on a track for success both academically and professionally.”

The internships for J.B. Hunt On The Hill are paid, part-time positions with flexible hours to accommodate students’ schedules. No specific major or study area is required. Some of the day-to-day responsibilities include setting delivery appointments, interacting with customers, developing innovative and disruptive technologies, and performing administrative tasks that support the needs of clients.

J.B. Hunt On The Hill is one of several collaborations between Lowell, Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt and the U of A. Last year, J.B. Hunt made a $2.75 million investment in the University of Arkansas to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence. The center is a combined effort between the company, the College of Engineering, and the Sam M. Walton College of For For For For Business to advance supply chain management efficiency through technology. In 2014, J.B. Hunt and the Walton College launched the J.B. Hunt Supply Chain University, which pairs students with supply chain partners to help improve their business operations and develop innovative solutions to solve the most pressing industry challenges.

For more information about applying for the internship, visit www.jbhunt.jobs/office and filter for part-time positions in Arkansas.

For information on J.B. Hunt Transport Services, visit www.jbhunt.com.

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To give it a cohesive corporate atmosphere, the space at J.B. Hunt on The Hill has been designed to resemble J.B. Hunt’s headquarters with similar color schemes, furniture and décor, including a photo of the company’s founder J.B. Hunt. (Courtesy: J.B. HUNT)

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Mexican officials uncover smuggling ring using truck disguised as freight companies

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Some trucks used in the smuggling ring had air conditioning units, but didn't use them when carrying migrants. (FOTOSEARCH)

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials said Monday they have uncovered an industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring using tractor-trailer rigs disguised as freight deliveries for major companies.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said authorities found a tractor-trailer disguised with the logo of a major grocery store chain. But instead of groceries, it was carrying about 150 migrants.

‘The (grocery) company has filed a complaint, because it was fake, it was camouflage to transport migrants,” Lopez Obrador said.

In June, Mexico detected five freight trucks carrying 925 migrants, almost all from Central America. Some of those trucks bore the logos of well-known firms, though it was not clear if those trucks were also fakes or had been used illegally by drivers without the companies’ knowledge.

Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that four or five of the freight trucks found in June belonged to the same independent trucking company, based in central Mexico.

Ebrard said the company operated trucks equipped with air conditioning units, but didn’t turn on the ventilation when carrying migrants.

That led officials to believe it was just a matter of time before migrants would die aboard the overcrowded vehicles.

“The biggest concern is that there is going to be a tragedy, that is what we don’t want,” said Lopez Obrador.

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3 Estes Express employees steal $23,000 worth of water heaters

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County Sheriff’s Department says they have arrested three employees of a delivery company, after discovering $23,000 worth of stolen inventory in one of their homes.

Officials became suspicious when some retail stores reported that not all of the products supposedly being shipped from Home Depot’s West Columbia distribution center were reaching their final destination.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Department and officials from Home Depot and Estes Express Line led authorities to get a search warrant for the home of Cody Bessinger. That is when they found more than $23,000 worth of stolen water heaters that Bessinger and two other thieves reportedly accumulated over one years time.

Authorities arrested Bessinger, along with Joe Gunter and Chris Shumpert, who were both managerial employees for Estes Express Line.

This begs the question…”why water heaters”?

Could it be that besides working for Estes Express Line, these guys had a clandestine plumbing operation on the side?

You might even say these three men are in hot water.

 

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FMCSA seeks comments on definitions of agri, livestock commodities in HOS rules

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The FMCSA has received several requests recently from agricultural and livestock haulers seeking exemption from certain aspects of the Hours of Service rule. (©2019 FOTOSEARCH)  

WASHINGTON – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Monday said it is seeking public comment on revising agricultural commodity or livestock definitions in Hours of Service regulations.

The agency said it worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on this effort to provide clarity for the nation’s farmers and commercial drivers.

The FMCSA has received several requests recently from agricultural and livestock haulers seeking exemption from certain aspects of the HOS rule.

“The agriculture industry is vital to our nation and we look forward to receiving input that will help clarify these definitions, improve safety and offer additional flexibility to farmers and commercial drivers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

“The current regulations impose restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “We look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Chao on revising these regulations.”

Currently, during harvesting and planting seasons as determined by each state, drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, are exempt from the HOS requirements from the source of the commodities to a location within a 150-air-mile radius from the source.

The advanced rule (ANPRM) authored by FMCSA was prompted by indications that the current definition of these terms may not be understood or enforced consistently when determining whether the HOS exemption applies.

“FMCSA has worked closely with the agriculture industry and USDA in crafting this advanced notice. We have heard concerns from the industry, and we are acting,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.  “We encourage all CMV stakeholders, especially those involved in transporting agricultural commodities and livestock, to provide valuable feedback on how the current definitions impact safety, compliance, and enforcement.”

FMCSA continues to work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eliminate confusion and align the agencies’ agricultural commodity definitions.

The American agriculture industry contributes more than $1 trillion annually to the nation’s economy.

The FMCSA said in a news release that the Trump administration has been working to strengthen the agriculture industry by streamlining regulations, bolstering farm programs, and renegotiating the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to improve access to Canadian and Mexican markets.

Additional information on the ANPRM, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, is available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/hours-service-drivers-definition-agricultural-commodity.

In June 2018, FMCSA announced regulatory guidance for transportation of agricultural commodities. Learn more at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/regulatory-guidance-concerning-transportation-agricultural-commodities.

 

 

 

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