GREEN BAY, Wis. — In 2006, Schneider created a first-of-its-kind sleep disorder screening program for all company drivers, providing treatment to those who test positive for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The carrier is now being honored for its pioneering work by receiving the 2019 Newsal Safety Council’s Green Cross for Safety Innovation Award.
In being named the winner, Schneider is breaking more new ground: It is the only company to consecutively win the Green Cross for Safety, following its 2018 Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award.
“Being honored with the Green Cross for Safety Award in back-to-back years is an amazing accomplishment, underscoring our commitment to our No. 1 core value of Safety First and Always,” said Tom DiSalvi, vice president of safety, driver training and compliance at Schneider. “However, the biggest win is that our driver associates are more vigilant on the roadway and significantly healthier. We weren’t trying to be innovative. We were trying to save lives.”
Schneider became the first large-scale employer to effectively and efficiently identify drivers at risk for OSA and get them the critical treatment needed to improve their health and safety.
OSA is a sleep disorder that affects one out of five American adults and prevents restorative sleep, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness and long-term health issues. It is most commonly treated by using a continuous positive airway pressure device — commonly known as CPAP — to keep the air passage in throat open while sleeping.
Schneider created a program that eliminated the barriers — specifically driver down-time and cost — by creating a nationwide network of sleep clinics. This allows driver associates to be tested while still under dispatch — either in the sleep lab or with a home sleep test in their truck sleeper berth. Their results are reviewed the next morning by a board-certified clinician. If a driver tests positive for OSA, a CPAP device is provided so the driver can be treated immediately and continue with their load delivery without losing any workdays – all at zero cost to the associate through Schneider’s health care benefits.
Schneider has achieved several significant outcomes as a result of this program:
- Fatigue-related incidents improved by 44 percent
- Retention improved by 2.2 years of increased tenure for treated associates (30 percent above fleet average)
- Healthcare costs reduced by more than $300 per treated associate per month
The NSC Green Cross for Safety Innovation award is given to a researcher, corporation, coalition or organization in recognition of a transformative approach to a long-held challenge in safety. Schneider is the first truckload carrier to be honored with this award.
“Newsal Safety Council award winners don’t just aim to check off a box for safety,” said Nicholas J. Smith, interim president and CEO of the Newsal Safety Council. “These individuals and organizations understand that a successful day of work requires getting home safely, and they prioritize safety at every level of decision-making. We are proud to honor each of our nominees and our incredible winners, all of whom are committed to working alongside NSC to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime.”
Schneider remains committed to sharing experiences and learnings with companies, government agencies and individuals to improve highway safety and assist in improving the health and safety of others, DiSalvi said.
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May North American Class 8 orders take a tumble
Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data released by the two commercial vehicle organizations that track information both show a sharp decline in Class 8 orders for May.
FTR reports preliminary Class 8 orders for May scraped the bottom of the order cycle, coming it a lowly 10,400 units, or 29% below the slow April activity.
This is the lowest volume for Class 8 orders since July 2016 and the weakest month of May since 2009, reflecting a minus 71% year-over-year comparison. Class 8 orders for the past 12 months now total 360,000 units.
ACT Research showed the OEM industry booked 10,800 units in May, dropping 27% from April, but down a more significant 70% from year-ago May.
FTR’s Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles said May 2019 is basically the final period for ordering trucks to be built in 2019 and the low numbers indicate that fleets are simply trying to find any scarce build slots left for the year. Backlogs should fall to the 220,000 range, just where they were a year ago when the fervent ordering for 2019 began.
“May’s low orders were consistent with it being the last month in this year’s cycle. The 2019 order pattern was pulled ahead by three months, so May’s orders are similar to what you normally would see in August,” he said. “Ordering for 2020 is expected to begin in June, with several OEMs expected to start taking orders for next year.”
OEM build rates remain at robust levels, Ake said.
“The economy and freight growth are expected to ease throughout the year, applying some downward pressure on the truck market in the second half. Orders for the next couple of months should be a good indicator of fleet confidence about 2020.”
“Fraying freight market and rate conditions along with a still-large Class 8 order backlog contributed to the worst NA Class 8 net order performance since July 2016,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “May saw NA Class 8 orders fall below the 15,900 units averaged through the year’s first trimester, and year-to-date Class 8 net orders have contracted 64% compared to the first five months of 2018.”
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Average on-highway price of gallon of diesel drops 1.5 cents
WASHINGTON — The average on-highway price of a gallon of diesel dropped 1.5 cents a gallon to $3.136 for the week ending June 3, according to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy.
All told the price has dropped 3.5 cents during the past four weeks.
All regions of the country declined, led by California at 2.5 cents, followed by the total West Coast (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and California) and 1.8 cents a gallon in both the Rocky Mountain states (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado) and the Gulf Coast (New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama).
This week’s price is 14.9 cents a gallon lower than the comparable week last year.
FreightWaves acquires StakUp Inc., TCA inGauge’s software platform
ALEXANDRIA, Va. and CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — FreightWaves, a data and content source for the freight markets, has acquired StakUp Inc. as part of a multi-faceted partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association that will build on a previously per a data and marketing agreement established in November 2018.
StakUp is the developer of the “inGauge” online benchmarking platform used exclusively by the TCA Profitability Program (TPP) to compare and contrast financial and operational performance. As the exclusive software service provider for TPP, StakUp has built a significant database of carrier and brokerage profiles since its founding in April 2014 by then TCA Chairman Ray Haight and StakUp President Chris Henry.
As of June 1, Henry will have dual roles. He will continue as TPP Program Manager and also serve as FreightWaves’ vice president of carrier profitability. In this role, he will enhance the data and features offered through the FreightWaves SONAR freight intelligence platform, promoting SONAR features specifically for North American truckload carriers. Jack Porter will remain as TPP managing director, and will work closely with Henry to achieve growth targets, enhance group meeting content, and strategic direction.
This new partnership between TCA and FreightWaves further fuels TCA’s membership growth and enhances active participants in the TCA Profitability Program, according to TCA Chairman Josh Kaburick, who said the outlined goal is to increase TPP participants to 2,000 by the end of 2025. In addition to the value of a larger pool of participants, especially for the curation of best practices and new initiatives, TCA and FreightWaves will be emphasizing the importance of increased technological sophistication of member companies.
In addition, FreightWaves and TCA will conduct research to improve the efficiency and profitability of North American trucking companies and their related supply chain partners. Quarterly research objectives will be established to leverage FreightWaves’ growing datasets and its data scientists. TCA’s gvernment affairs team will work closely with FreightWaves staff to establish the research objectives.
Also, the two organizations have developed an incentive program, exclusively for TPP participants, to use the FreightWaves SONAR platform free for six months (limit of one SONAR seat per member, non-API access) that began June 1 and will end November 30. Carriers that join TPP after June 1, will receive access to SONAR beginning on their join date, and ending on November 30, 2019. Current TPP participants are strongly encouraged to activate their trial in order to maximize their evaluation period before the November 30 deadline.
“Having previously established a close working relationship with TCA, this acquisition and partnership was the logical extension to build on each other’s strengths,” said FreightWaves’ Founder and CEO Craig Fuller. “TCA has established the premier benchmarking and knowledge-sharing platform in trucking. Our goal is to add features, services and data to enhance the value for current and future TPP participants. If you are a truckload carrier, this service is a no-brainer.”
“FreightWaves has carved out a unique position in the North American transportation industry as the data and content provider of choice,” said Kaburick, who is CEO of Trekker Group of Companies. “The TCA Profitability Program is an exceptionally valuable service for participating carriers. Just like any other business, it is imperative that TPP stays relevant, and expands its services available to carriers of all sizes.”