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FSMA: It’s Official

April 2016

Well folks, the wait is over.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally released the final Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) ruling on April 5th, 2016.  Last month, I wrote a blog about the anticipated ruling and how it might impact the food supply chain.  We are fortunate to work with many great food manufacturers and pet food manufacturers and to witness first hand, their dedication towards the safety of our food.  As we all comply with these new rules and implement any changes, I should mention that the new ruling is a total of 283 pages.  While this is equivalent to a mini novel, I doubt we will see many bound copies at the airport book stores. 

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Food Safety and Who Is Responsible?

March 2016

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

While attending the 36th annual Refrigerated Foods Association (RFA) conference earlier this month, I got to sit in on several interesting symposiums such as “DNA Fingerprinting: Friend or Foe?” and “Navigating in the Uncharted Waters of FSMA.”

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UNT Students Tackle the Driver Shortage Problem.

Febuary 2016

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

      In December, I shared some details about the University of North Texas Logistics and Supply Chain Management program and the ongoing case study project that NT Logistics sponsors (you can read more about that here. We are in the process of kicking off the new semester with a new group of students with what I believe may turn out to be the most unique project to-date. I’m looking forward to sharing more on this new project as the semester continues, but for the next few blogs, I want to talk a little about some of the work the students created in last semester’s case study challenge.

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Signs of Progress

January 2016

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

As I reviewed the recent ELD mandate in the last blog, I found myself thinking about how quickly things are changing in this industry, and all that has happened since NT Logistics was founded in 1999. Originally, I got into this great business as a contract carrier when I started North Texas Carrier Corporation in 1988. At the time, I was a newlywed and recent college graduate starting a journey that would exceed my wildest dreams.

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The Great Debate about the ELD Mandate

January 2016

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

Welcome to the New Year – 2016 is already in full swing. At the end of 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finally released their much-anticipated final rule regarding Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Although the agency released various rules related to electronic logging systems since Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (Map 21) bill in 2012, most in the industry consider this mandate the final ruling on the issue. The new mandate attempts to address various concerns brought about by previous rules.

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Working with the Logisticians of Tomorrow

December 2015

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

In the past year, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with the University of North Texas Logistics and Supply Chain Management program in Denton, TX. This program is the fastest growing national collegiate logistics program for the past 8 years. The UNT students recently took the top prize in the Intermodal Association of North American (IANA) Case Study Competition for the third year in a row. Working with these young students, who will soon be entering the industry, is a special opportunity that I enjoy.

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Reflecting on 2015

December 2015

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

About this time every year, I make a point to stop everything, reflect on the past year, and plan for the coming year. It seems as though each year I am more and more thankful for the great customers, great carriers, and great folks here at NT that allow us the privilege to serve each of them. Almost as though with age, my thankfulness increases, almost to the point of amazement at the value each, in concert with one another, brings to our lives. After all, our task is to serve and add value to not only our customers, but also to our carriers and our amazing NT Logistics team members.

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Continued driver shortage requires creative approaches to fulfilling shipping needs

November 2015

By Lynn Gravley CEO

 

Goodness how things have changed since that 18 year old farm boy followed the grain truck up to the driver’s license office in order to get his commercial driver’s license, which eventually became a CDL. In 1980 the requirements to drive a truck were much different than they are today, and the number of people wanting to enter the profession certainly seemed to be more than today. The number of drivers, or actually more importantly, the lack of drivers, is certainly a hot topic in our circles today.

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