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Ongoing Trend: Transportation and Logistics Mergers

Should There Be Concern About Mergers & Acquisitions in the Trucking Market?

As mergers and acquisitions (M&A) dominate the transportation logistics industry, buyers are speculative about the intended effects. The Journal of Commerce reports that 54 M&A deals were struck in the first quarter of 2015 alone, equaling a total value of $27.2 billion. Many of these acquisitions happen between large companies who are interested in gaining more prominence in the market.

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6 Awesome Mobile Apps for Truckers

Bay Area Truckers Love Trucking Apps

Apps that Truckers likeThe Bay Area trucking and logistics experts at R&A Trucking are constantly on the lookout for new ways to help people move cargo and freight more efficiently. Mobile app developers have come up with several ingenious ideas to make trucking and freighting easier, more systematic, and less error prone. Here are 6 apps that you might find particularly useful.

1. FleetSafer Mobile
According to a recent study at Virginia Tech, truckers who text and drive are 21 times more likely to get into fatal crashes than truckers who stay off their phones. This app prevents drivers from texting by automatically returning a text message to effect of “I’m driving: call you later.”

2. GasBuddy
Monitoring and titrating fuel consumption can be quite challenging. Truckers need to closely gauge fuel consumption to maximize profits, identify wastage and avoid getting into trouble with their companies. This app lets you see fuel prices and availability across the country to help you calculate your route.

3. Truckers Tools
This free app can help you with driving directions, and it provides coupons redeemable at thousands of truck stops across the United States.

4. CarbsControl
Trucking requires full body strength and a lot of concentration. But driving a truck involves staying stationary and sedentary for long periods of time. As a result, truckers spend a lot of time eating at fast food restaurants and snacking on sugary drinks and snacks. Emergent research in the world of nutrition suggests that eating a high sugar, high carbohydrate diet can predispose sedentary individuals to a cluster of diseases known as metabolic syndrome. This includes Type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and coronary heart disease. This is a great, simple app to help you count your carbs while on the road to manage your blood sugar safely.

5. Skype
Truckers can use Skype to conference with distributors and employers and other truckers about road conditions and delivery schedules.

6. Xata Turnpike
The Xata Turnpike suite of apps can track hours of service logs, productivity, risk scorecards, etc.

Whether you’re looking to ship cargo in the Bay Area, or you have other business or freighting needs, turn to the team here at R&A Trucking for high quality, on-time intermodal transport.