The Log Book: JB Hunt Announces Million Dollar Supply Chain Inclusion Scholarship

The logbook is a weekly recap of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This Week: JB Hunt Announces $ 1 Million Scholarship for Supply Chain Inclusion, OTR Capital’s New Web Series Features Life on the Road, and Tank Driver May Become First NTTC Driver of the year in Canada.

JB Hunt Announces Million Dollar Supply Chain Inclusion Scholarship

JB Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ: JBHT) possesses ad two new funds with the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business to promote inclusion and sustainability in the supply chain.

Its most recent fund, the JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. Inclusion in Supply Chain Endowed Scholarship Fund, backed by a $ 1 million investment, will reward students enrolled at Walton College who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in supply chain and come from under-represented backgrounds.

“Since launching our collaboration in December, we have identified several opportunities to improve inclusion and sustainability that we are excited to launch,” said Shelley Simpson, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Resources and of JB Hunt, in a statement. “These funds will help meet immediate needs while creating a long-term initiative to ensure that pursuing a career in the supply chain is accessible to all.”

JB Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s supply chain management department’s current use accelerator fund will expand the company’s previous partnership with the college, adding $ 250,000 to advance inclusion programs and sustainability.

The company set up its Inclusion Education and Thought Leadership Fund and Sustainable Supply Chain Management Research, Innovation and Education Fund with the university in December with a donation of $ 2.25 million. These two funds support the college’s efforts to advocate for people from historically under-represented backgrounds in the supply chain industry and to pursue environmental, social and corporate governance issues.

OTR Capital web series showcases the trucking experience

OTR Capital, a Georgia-based factoring company, has introduced a new miniseries called “Over The Road with OTR Capital” to its Youtube channel. The series gives the viewer an insider perspective on what it’s like to be a truck driver from the perspective of OTR customers.

In an interview with FreightWaves, Grace Maher, Vice President and Director of OTR Capital, explained why it is important for the company to showcase its clients and how they are leveraging the partnership with OTR Capital to support and grow their clients. trucking activities.

“I wanted to show the personal connection we have with our customers, so we presented this mini-series to share their stories, provide education and shine a light on the trucking industry. “

Maher accompanied pilot Elbridge James for the first video. Although she worked in the industry for a decade, Maher said she was surprised by many elements of her job.

“The most surprising aspect for me was how little control he really had over so many aspects of the job like loading, traffic, weather, cancellations and unloading,” she said. “The phone was ringing hard by the brokers, the trackers, the other drivers in his business. He really ran his business from his truck and I witnessed the stress with my own eyes.

After watching James handle these various scenarios, Maher discovered that there were business solutions that OTR Capital could focus on educating its clients to make their days less hectic.

“We try to focus on those same things when improving services for our carriers,” she said. “The recent overhaul of our mobile app gives truckers the transparency they need to view real-time business data. I was able to walk through the app with Elbridge to show him how easy it is to manage documents.

Maher said OTR Capital will continue to add episodes to its “Over the Road” series, as well as a range of educational videos, webinars and live broadcasts aimed at helping clients manage and grow their businesses. .

“What we hope to convey is that trucking is filled with stories, and we hope to share the unique backgrounds of some of our customers,” she said. “Truckers do so much for our country, and they should be celebrated and appreciated. We want to shine a light on all of these stories and experiences and show what it’s really like to be a truck driver.

Tanker Driver of the Year to be Named at NTTC Conference

The annual National Tank Truck Carriers’ (NTTC) conference is scheduled to take place next week, June 13-15, in Indianapolis to educate and raise awareness of the issues facing the transportation industry and highlight drivers who are committed to safety on the road.

The NTTC represents more than 500 companies specializing in tanker transport across North America. This sector of the trucking industry generates approximately 5.1% of all highway freight revenues and 30% of all highway freight tonnage.

The annual conference will also feature the selection of the next NTTC Professional Tanker Driver of the Year. In February 2020, 8 pilots took part in a series of challenges to win the award and due to the pandemic the selection was postponed until the in-person announcement at the conference on Monday.

Among the finalists is Ed Stasyshyn, a 78-year-old man of Edmonton, Alta., Who could become the first Canadian driver to win the award, according to the CBC. Stasyshyn, who drives for Trimac Transportation, became a truck driver in his twenties.

Besides two minor incidents on his record for which he was found not responsible, Stasyshyn has had no accidents and his license has been exempt from incapacity for more than 40 years, CBC reported.

The conference will also feature the association’s new CEO, Ryan Streblow, and speakers including U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher of Indiana, Senator Mike Braun of Indiana and Seth Mattison, founder and director of the. movement from Luminate Labs, a media platform for innovators. and influencers.

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