Broncos Win the AFC Championship and CAP Ships the Gear

As the Broncos won the AFC Championship Sunday night, CAP Logistics fielded one final call - a charter to fly the AFC Championship Gear to Denver in order to get it all into the hands of the fans. The Broncos are officially going to Super Bowl 50, and clearly Broncos fans are excited about their latest victory over the New England Patriots.

Official hats, shirts, and other AFC Championship gear had to move right away, and so once again they called CAP Logistics to charter a flight.

So, how much does an AFC Championship weigh? Roughly 2,000 pounds, split among 78 boxes. That's a whole ton of pure Broncos victory moving right away.

Next time you need to charter a shipment, just call 1-800-227-2471!

Click here to shop official Broncos Gear

Ride for Bikes builds 313 bikes for Christmas donation

Here are 313 happy recipients thanks to Ride for Bikes including assistance from CAP Logistics On Saturday, December 5, 2015 Navajo Refining employees, their contractors and many citizens from Artesia, NM assembled and delivered 313 Christmas bikes to the Grand Heights Kindergarten. Ride for Bikes, a public charity, celebrated its tenth year in 2015 of providing bikes to children in southeastern New Mexico.

During those ten years, Ride for Bikes has awarded bikes to children through CASA, Grammy’s House and Head Start in Artesia; Hearts Desire in Lovington; Head Start in Roswell; Head Start in Carlsbad; and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeast New Mexico. For the past two years, every kindergartner in Artesia has received a new bike. More than 2,800 bikes have been provided to children through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

In order to make it a more rewarding experience, the children had to earn their bike. The younger children made Christmas cards for our troops overseas or for the wounded soldiers in the VA Hospitals. The older children did more. One little girl who had long hair showed up to the bike presentation with a short bob. She had given her hair to Locks of Love. All of these children learned a powerful lesson of giving.

The children receiving the bikes are not the only ones that learn lessons and receive gifts through this program. All who are involved walk away with a new sense of happiness, purpose, love and generosity. For the organizers of Ride for Bikes, the fact that the state football championship was on the day scheduled for the bike build was a huge concern. It takes a lot of hands to build 313 bikes, and we feared that many of those would be in Las Cruces. But, as always, the people of Artesia were not going to let the children down. More than a hundred people showed up to build bikes, air up tires and load and deliver bikes. It was a heartwarming sight to see so many families coming together to help children. There were familiar faces and newcomers among the volunteers, all of whom had so much fun that they are definitely coming out to help next year.

Some of the people that showed up were 59 Navajo employees and 16 contractor employees that came out to help with the bikes. The Los Perdonados Motorcycle Club (LPMC) which has many Navajo employees as members manned the Inspection Section, where the bikes are inspected and repaired if needed. This group has been a part of the bike assembly since it started. CAP Logistics, Navajo’s transport contractor, worked hard to get trailers and flat beds onsite to transport the bikes.

The assembled bikes were transported to Grand Heights where Principal Mitzi McCaleb had gathered up a team to unload and display the bikes in the gym. The 313 bikes took up all of the floor space and the stage.

One mother stood in the corner with tears in her eyes. She said that the only thing her daughter had requested for Christmas was a new bike, but the family had not been able to afford one. She was so thankful that her daughter now had her Christmas bike. A new teacher that had transferred to Artesia from another New Mexico school was also teary eyed as she praised Artesia and said she had never heard of such a program anywhere else. On Monday, December 7, the kindergartners were told there was a big surprise waiting for them in the gym. As the children streamed into the gym, their eyes grew large at the sight of 313 bicycles. Many of them asked, “Do I get one?”  When told that these bikes were a gift from the community, there were a lot of “wows” from the children.

Ride for Bikes depends on the generosity of the citizens of the Artesia area to continue providing bikes for children. Your donation now will help us continue making Christmas wishes come true and providing the children of Artesia a healthy activity. Please visit our website www.RideForBikes.com to make a contribution online, or mail your check payable to Greater Artesia Foundation with “Ride for Bikes” in the memo to P.O. Box 1344, Artesia, NM  88211-1344. Pictures of this year’s bike build and giveaway will be posted on the website at some point.

It is a good feeling to do good for others. Ride for Bikes would like to thank everyone involved and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

Article by Robby Gaines, Project Manager, Holly Frontier Companies - Navajo Refining, LLC and Nancy Stall, Ride for Bikes

Logistics Undergrad Scholarships Available

Students who are dedicated to the fields of transportation, logistics or supply chain management are encouraged to apply for the Terry L. Priest Scholarship established by the Denver Transportation Club. Applications are due November 2, 2015 for awards of $1,500-5,000. Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate transportation, logistics or supply chain program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States and must be planning to pursue a career within these fields. Qualified students will have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Selection will be based on academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to and passion for the industry, and financial need. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply.

A Leader in Logistics Education

Terry L. Priest was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Transportation Community for his dedication to transportation education, and he held the highest leadership positions at the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. He taught at the University of Colorado at Denver after a distinguished career in corporate commerce, traffic management and other industry positions.

Throughout his career, Priest was dedicated to providing learning opportunities in transportation, logistics and supply chain careers. It is fitting, then, that after he passed away in 2002 at the age of 60, the Denver Transportation Club launched the scholarship fund in his name with donations made by friends and associates. Over $35,000 has been granted in a legacy of Priest’s commitment to transportation, logistics and supply chain academics.

CAP Logistics’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John Boner, serves on the Board of the Terry L. Priest Scholarship. “Supply chain, logistics and transportation are essential for strategic global economic development. It is an honor to advance Terry’s efforts toward a skilled and passionate workforce in these fields. Professionals, educators and students in Colorado and beyond move the industry forward because of dynamic, devoted leaders like Terry.”

Scholarship applicants should see additional information by clicking here or contacting Jack Czarniecki of The Denver Foundation at 303-996-7328 and jczarniecki@denverfoundation.org.

 

House Committee Will Take Up Highway Bill

House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Will Mark Up a Multiyear Surface Transportation Bill on Oct. 22

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said it would mark up a long term bill to renew highway and transit programs on Oct. 22, according to committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)

“Our nation’s economy depends on a safe, efficient surface transportation system, and one of the Transportation committee’s priorities is to address the needs of the system,” the chairman said on Oct. 14.

“Next week, the committee will move forward with the policy and authorization provisions of a bill to improve America's surface transportation infrastructure, reform programs, refocus those programs and national priorities, provide more flexibility and certainty for state and local partners and welcome innovation,” Shuster stated.

The Senate passed a six-year highway bill (H.R. 22) in July that includes a $46 billion transfer of general funds to the Highway Trust Fund that would be balanced by decreasing the Federal Reserve's dividend payments to member banks and supporting the sale of crude oil.

Originally published here by Colorado Business Roundtable.

Shortage of Truck Drivers Continues

Within the last decade, the face of transportation has been changing. Right after the tragic events of 9/11 the TSA and other government agencies created more stringent regulations for air cargo. More and more cargo shipments were relegated to ground transportation, increasing the amount of cargo that had to be moved across our nations highways. Regardless of the amount of trucks and trucker availability, the transportation industry got flooded with an excess of shipments. Companies and drivers continued to take unsafe loads with no regard for the safety of themselves, others, and the roads.

In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) developed a program called CSA 2010 BASICS to make not only the industry but the roads safer for our drivers. The additional BASICS rules were blamed with more drivers leaving the industry. There seemed to be less and less trucks available for transportation logistics providers and industry insiders to broker a load.

With changing hours, load types and sizes, many drivers are changing industries or retiring, Yahoo Finance reported their latest take on the continued shortage of trucks on the road, Read the article here.

Other articles on this topic include:

Help Wanted: Jobs in Trucking Go Unfilled - Labor Shortage in Shipping Industry Reflects a Skills and Goals Gap (Wall Street Journal)

Driver Shortage in Trucking: Time for Plan B (Talking Logistics)