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COVID-19 in the Supply Chain- What Shippers Should Know

Posted by Neil Hersh on 4/29/20 10:05 AM

As a mid-size trucking company that has been around for over 40 years, Keller has experienced our fair share of ups and downs in the industry. Through it all, we have been able to increase our diversification and expand our services for our customers. This diversification and expanded services have been critical in weathering the tough times. The current situation is unique in many ways and we all are affected, regardless of industry, and certainly some worse than others. With no real answers or experience on how a global pandemic will ultimately affect the supply chain in terms of longevity or what the “new normal” will look like, we can only share our experience with key patterns in uncertain financial times that diminish trucking capacity.

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Topics: Transportation, Logistics

How the Defense Production Act Could Impact Shippers

Posted by Aaron Keller on 4/21/20 3:30 PM

Our country is living in strange times, and it’s impacting how most industries operate. For some companies, the demand for their products and services have disappeared very quickly, such as travel-related businesses like airlines. In others, companies and employees are working harder than ever, such as in the healthcare space. 

President Trump recently invoked the Defense Production Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This law, which was first engaged during the Korean War, essentially allows the federal government to regulate the private-sector to keep the production we need for battling COVID-19 (like ventilators, protective gear, or testing kits) moving. For certain manufacturers, it's temporarily changing what they do.

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Topics: Logistics

Analysis: Business Insider Report on the HOS Suspension

Posted by guest writer, Kenneth Kowal on 4/15/20 10:09 AM

For the first time since 1938 when the hours-of-service (HOS) laws initially went into effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) temporarily exempted truck drivers transporting essential medical equipment and supplies on a federal level. This response is typical on a state or local level for emergency situations, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, because of the sheer amount of goods trucking companies are responsible for moving.

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Topics: Transportation

Four Things That are Leveraged When Working With a Freight Broker

Posted by Neil Hersh on 4/6/20 2:25 PM

Many shippers question whether or not they should leverage the resources of a freight broker. But the answer is never simple because it will depend on several different factors.

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Topics: Transportation

What's causing trucking companies to go bankrupt?

Posted by Nate Schaublin on 3/12/20 11:56 AM

 

What the truck is going on? 

Trucking bankruptcies have been a hot topic over the past year, with several larger carriers such as New England Motor Freight, Falcon Transport, and Celadon ceasing operations and in some cases stranding drivers out on the road. In addition to these larger carriers, every week there seems to be another longstanding carrier with 30-plus years in business deciding that the business just wasn’t worth it anymore. What is going on and what do things look like moving forward?

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Topics: Transportation

Reflecting on Hard Work and Honesty

Posted by Tom Keller on 12/7/18 2:41 PM

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.

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Topics: Company History

Finding a Successor for the Next Generation

Posted by Tom Keller on 11/2/18 2:19 PM

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.

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Topics: Company History

State Dignitaries Among Those Gathered for Keller Trucking's Final 40th Anniversary Event

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 10/19/18 2:44 PM

Keller Trucking founder Tom Keller and nephew Bryan Keller hosted the final of a series of events spanning the year to celebrate 40 years of service since Thomas E. Keller Trucking incorporated.

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Topics: Corporate News, Company Culture

Fuel Surcharges: How do they affect the supply chain?

Posted by Derek Drewes on 10/12/18 2:18 PM

A fuel surcharge is a way of adjusting the amount paid to move freight by considering significant variation in fuel prices, compared to historical data. Fuel has a major impact on the supply chain and as a trucking company, we must be cognizant of what the market is doing and how it is going to affect the cost of diesel. There are four main components that contribute to the retail price of a gallon of diesel fuel:

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Topics: Transportation

What's the definition of a 3PL?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/8/18 2:27 PM


 

It seems when you ask 5 people to define a 3PL, you can get 5 different answers. Not only is this confusing to those of us that call ourselves a 3PL, it’s confusing to our customers as well. 

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Topics: 3PL, Logistics

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