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We Are Growing – Fairchild’s New Home Office

It is with great anticipation and excitement that we announce the opening of our new corporate office, in Glendale, Arizona. Strategically located at 5323 N 99th Ave Suite 155 Glendale, AZ 85305, in the heart of the transportation corridor.

We plan to hold a grand opening and tours, so stay tuned for further details.

We would not have been able to obtain this kind of growth and success without the individual contributions from everyone on our team.

 

Fairchild's New Corp Office

 

1st Salmon of the Season!

The 1st Salmon of the season!

Thursday March 18th was the 1st opener on the Copper River.

As an Alaska Airlines 737 delivered the 1st 22,000 lbs of Salmon to Seattle, representatives from Fairchild Freight were on sight at the Alaska Airlines Anchorage hanger to welcome and enjoy a taste of the 1st Kings in town.
Senator Lisa Murkowski was showing her true Alaska spirit holding up the fish with her bare hands.
We are optimistic going into the 2017 “WILD” season. With a lower projected returns and higher prices forecasted our team drivers are eager to get you FishON the road!

If you have any seafood’s transportation needs please e-mail fishon@fairchildfreight.com Our team will be happy to help toy get your fish on the road!

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Solidarity in Motion.

Productive growth has been climbing at a steady rate over the last few months, along with some incredibly talented, productive employees. Fairchild Freight would like to introduce some new members to our team:

Baine, a Logistics Coordinator that will be assisting our Operations with scheduling, track-and-trace, carrier packets, etc. Baine provides exceptional work, even on weekends.
Justin, Inside Sales, brings years of experience in transportation from the customer side and operations arena. He will be assisting the team in several channels.
Jon, Driver Recruiter, comes to Fairchild Freight with an gleaming background in Driver Recruiting that is being put to good use for us.
Hugh, Coordinator for the Phoenix office, is a Transportation veteran with over 3 years, will be assisting with tracking, scheduling, and carrier packets.
Tisha, Stockton Facility Manager, comes to us with over 18 years of transportation experience and a CDL license. She has a lot of knowledge of the northern CA market, especially in produce an area we excel in.
Josh, Director of Fleet Operations, brings a great track record in transportation / logistics, including some prominent senior leadership positions. His skills will be a great resource for us.
Joe, Outside salesman, although new to transportation, Joe brings years of experience in sales, and will be an integral part of new customer onboarding at here.

We are anticipating exciting things from these accomplished new employees and already feel blessed to have them on our team.

Solidarity in Motion.

Productive growth has been climbing at a steady rate over the last few months, along with some incredibly talented, productive employees. Fairchild Freight would like to introduce some new members to our team:

• Baine, a Logistics Coordinator that will be assisting our Operations with scheduling, track-and-trace, carrier packets, etc. Baine provides exceptional work, even on weekends.
• Justin, Inside Sales, brings years of experience in transportation from the customer side and operations arena. He will be assisting the team in several channels.
• Jon, Driver Recruiter, comes to Fairchild Freight with an gleaming background in Driver Recruiting that is being put to good use for us.
• Hugh, Coordinator for the Phoenix office, is a Transportation veteran with over 3 years, will be assisting with tracking, scheduling, and carrier packets.
• Tisha, Stockton Facility Manager, comes to us with over 18 years of transportation experience and a CDL license. She has a lot of knowledge of the northern CA market, especially in produce an area we excel in.
• Josh, Director of Fleet Operations, brings a great track record in transportation / logistics, including some prominent senior leadership positions. His skills will be a great resource for us.
• Joe, Outside salesman, although new to transportation, Joe brings years of experience in sales, and will be an integral part of new customer onboarding at here.
We are anticipating exciting things from these accomplished new employees and already feel blessed to have them on our team.

Reefer Market Trends and Transition.

The Refrigerated spot truckload rates out of McAllen, Texas, fell 5¢ to an average of $1.80 per mile. Up until a few weeks ago, McAllen, Texas, on the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley, was the top source of reefer load posts. Now it’s #5, after Atlanta, Los Angeles, Tucson, and Dallas.

The dynamic produce harvest activity is shifting north to areas like Central California, where Fresno was up 7¢ to an average of $1.86 per mile. The reefer load-to-truck ratio was 3.2 last week, a 5% improvement. As a national average, the spot reefer rate was unchanged at $1.58 per mile. National reefer rates are: West $1.86, Midwest $2.45, South $1.80, Southeast $1.37, Northeast $1.63

March is the month of transition. The total number of spot market loads posted in March was 42% higher compared to February—yet still 28% lower compared to March 2015.

Actual Load-to-Truck Ratio comparisons are as follows: 5.6 to 11.9 for Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Arkansas & Maine; 2.3 to 5.5 for California, Washington, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri; and 0 to 2.2 for Colorado, Wyoming, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) took hold on April 1, 2016.

For the first time, FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has a legislative mandate, commonly called the “Produce Rule,” to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply to oversee the standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption. The rule applies to fruits and vegetables for human consumption, that are raw agricultural commodities, and sets standards to minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death.

From the moment raw materials are received to the moment finished goods are shipped, parts or ingredients are tracked and traced to safeguard quality and compliance. This is done to ensure that finished goods match specifications and obtain line-of-sight to the origin of all ingredient or component materials. Knowing when defects are present and identifying what caused them and which lots or batches are affected by them is crucial to minimizing risk, protecting your customer relationships, and driving accountability with suppliers.

There will be a list of criteria that will have to be met and implemented to comply with the above ruling, including documents for traceability of the fresh produce with supplier identification, contact information, batch & lot numbers (of origin), shipment dates when received at distribution facilities and when shipped to specific customers, plus contact information of who and when received. The key here will be to trace all the way back to the grower(s) with harvest date, packing date, field identification, shipping date, and harvesting personnel.

Produce Transition is Almost Here!

They say the produce transition is following the sun. There is a major crop transition from Yuma, Arizona to the Salinas, California area going on right now and is expected to continue until the early part of April.

The Iceberg lettuce is following the broccoli and cauliflower crops that began a few weeks ago, along with the celery in Oxnard that began last week. Additionally, the Santa Maria mixed leaf shipments began about two weeks earlier than normal, and the Huron lettuce shipments went out of the San Joaquin Valley the last week of March and will continue for about three weeks.

There was some concern over quality, because of the warm weather in Yuma, which had some warm mornings, and the light rain experienced in San Joaquin Valley that lasted a few days before the harvest; however, it now appears the quality is still good because the weather is back to normal. They are expecting a sweet transition with no delays or hiccups in supply going into the Easter pull and over the next few weeks.

From ship to train to truck

This is where the action is, and Fairchild Freight has been experiencing a consistent increase of business in this service arena. Intermodal transportation is the movement of containers or trailers from point A to point B by combining two or more modes of transport, including truck, rail, and sometimes cargo ship for the delivery of goods. Increasingly, it’s the lifeblood of American commerce.

This method of transportation allows faster transportation of freight, reduces the cargo handling activity and damages involved, and therefore, improves security. Reduced costs and faster delivery time are the prime benefits of implementing intermodal freight transportation. As long as there is this increase in demand for on-time delivery of products and raw materials, Fairchild Freight will continue to implement efficient intermodal and on-demand OTR transportation solutions for its customers.

Truckers with Smart phones are proving to be more efficient.

About 64 percent of adults in America use smart phones as of 2015, according to a trusted national research center and that is about double what it was in 2011. And, that rate you can bet will increase in the next few years, and there is good reason for this. A smart phone is the next best thing to a desktop computer and a lot cheaper too.

Smart phones let you communicate with dispatchers and customers, not to mention, receive and print bills of laden. Believe or not, there are lot of other things you can use your smart phone for if you install the right app for it, such as finding trucking jobs according to your specific job search criteria and haul experience. Another benefit is planning your route with trip features that include: truck parking, hotels and accommodations, truck washes, truck stops, weigh stations, fuel stations, low clearance areas, and rest stops. You can even look up reviews of these areas and the price of fuel at the stations. It is all there at your fingertips. Other convenient apps include advance road condition warnings and projected weather.

Another essential for truckers with Smart Phones is budgeting, which helps ensure that they bring home more than they spend. There are a variety of apps available for this, which has different styles of debiting and crediting purchases to checking accounts. It is most likely to have more than one of these apps, depending on personal tastes and needs. Another item that is popular is the Fuel Perks program offered by truck stops and fuel stations, which rewards truckers for usage at their facilities. These bonuses can really add up!