Agency extends CDL skills test waiver for former military members -Overdrive Online

According to a recent article released by Overdrive, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a new waiver for former military members. These members that operated commercial-type vehicles in the service are now exempt from taking a CDL skills test for one year following their departure from the military. This is an extension from the previously granted 90 day exemption that was passed in 2011. 

The agency has also spent over $1 million on six driving schools that will help train former military members to become truck drivers.

 

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10 HOME FURNISHINGS RETAILERS MEET IN ALASKA TO EXPLORE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

Next week, 10 successful home furnishings retailers are meeting in Alaska to help each other improve operations and profitability.  They are members of Kaizen (meaning Never-ending Improvement), one of our performance groups, and come from different parts of the US and Canada, and even as far away as Aruba. 

Besides sightseeing around beautiful Anchorage and taking a cruise along nearby glaciers, these ambitious retail store owners and managers will be hard at work. Here’s what they have planned:

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Accellos Article Featured in Cold Running Newsletter

The most recent edition of “Cold Running” featured an Accellos article that discussed how cloud computing is revolutionizing the world of IT. It went on to discuss both the positive and negative sides of this new technology, and how companies are finding ways to keep their information secure. On one hand, cloud computing is giving both small and large businesses access to resources that were otherwise unattainable. This technology allows business owners to access resources hosted by companies such as AWS and Azure at affordable prices. Depending on the demand placed on a company, resources can easily be scaled up or down.

However, with new technology comes new challenges for business owners. The article discusses how, overall, cyber threats are a growing concern for everyone, and details out how Cloud solutions are addressing those concerns.

So how exactly can a company protect themselves from these attacks? According to the article, there are many ways that companies are combating this issue. First and foremost, cloud vendors are making sure that their equipment is physically secure. They are taking advantage of data centers that are locked down and monitored to keep away intruders. Additionally, they are incorporating security mechanisms right into the network itself. For example, many require multifactor identification before users can gain access to the cloud.

The companies that are taking these precautions are realizing the enormous benefits that come along with cloud computing. This new technology has major potential and will take many businesses to the next level, the article concluded.

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Accellos Welcomes Cosmetics Cubed PTY Ltd.

Cosmetics Cubed PTY Ltd. decided to purchase Accellos’ Warehouse Management System (WMS) to help keep up with the high demand for their company’s products. The system enabled them to keep track of inventory in real time and automate many of their warehousing processes. 

Located in Australia and New Zealand, Cosmetics Cubed PTY Ltd. prides itself in providing the most unique and high quality beauty products to its customers. I each of their 40 stores customers can sample different products, receive advice from beauty professionals, and purchase brand name cosmetics. For those people who do not have access to store locations, the company offers online shopping options.

 Welcome aboard!

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HighJump Software Acquires Atlas Products International, Expands Global Trading Partner Network in Europe

HighJump Software has announced the acquisition of Atlas Products International, a United Kingdom-based provider of Software as a Service (SaaS)-based business-to-business (B2B) EDI integration, secure data transfer, and e-invoicing solutions.

Atlas is a market leader in EDI and B2B integration with over 2,200 customers in the UK and Ireland.  At the center of Atlas’ product line is Atlas Exchange, a secure document exchange providing a “connect-once, access-all” network, securely linking retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and logistics service providers.  Atlas B2B integration tools provide transformation and translation of critical business documents on-premise or in the cloud.  Atlas also provides a SaaS-based Supplier Portal that synchronizes the trading network’s product catalogues and streamlines the electronic invoice exchange and settlement between members of the network.

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Trucking Adds 3,300 Jobs in June as Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.1% -Transport Topics

According to recent statistics released by the Labor Department, trucking has added 3,300 jobs throughout the month of June. This is contributing to the overall decline in unemployment that began six months prior. In June alone, 288,000 jobs were added throughout the United States which exceeded economists’ forecasts.

 

This decline in unemployment is spreading across many different sectors including warehousing and transportation. This sector alone added 16,600 jobs throughout the month of June. Financial economists are feeling very optimistic about the future of the labor market.

 

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SWK Technologies Closes Software Transaction with Accellos

SWK Technologies, a partner of Accellos, has closed a number of software transactions amounting to over $1,000,000. Included in these transactions was Accellos’ warehouse management system.

 

SWK Technologies is the ‘go to’ solution for many small businesses seeking software and technology solutions. They have earned an admirable reputation through their quality customer service and top-notch technology. They are very pleased with their recent transactions, and anticipate a successful year’s end.   

 

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Using Facebook to Reach Potential Customers

In today’s competitive retail furniture and appliance market, store owners and managers are always looking for new ways to reach customers. One advantageous, yet highly overlooked, method to reach potential customers is through Facebook. I understand that this may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised if I told you how many retailers currently rely solely on their company website. Facebook is the largest social media website on the planet with 1.16 billion monthly active users, and creating a Facebook page is free of charge.

Creating a Facebook page for your company can be beneficial for many reasons:

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Accellos Welcomes Team Express Distributing, LLC

This past May, Team Express Distributing, LLC purchased Accellos’ EDI for AX so that they could transfer data in a more efficient and accurate manner.

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Team Express Distributing, LLC is a major distributor of sporting goods, athletic equipment, footwear and apparel. Their goal is to provide their customers with high performance sport equipment products at reasonable prices. Customers can purchase their products in their retail store, online, or through the company’s catalogue. Since its start in 1990, Team Express Distributing has continued to grow and has high hopes for the future.

 Welcome aboard!

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GE Capital: 27% of Fleets Expect to Expand Within a Year – TruckingInfo

According to a recent national survey by GE Capital, fleet executives are feeling optimistic about the future of their companies. Of the 400 that were surveyed, the majority stated that they are predicting improved revenues in the upcoming year. This can be attributed to a higher confidence level in both their local economies as well as the overall U.S. economy.

This optimism spans across a variety of industries including healthcare services, food & beverage, and trucking; 69% of these companies noticed improved financial performance throughout this past year, and are making plans to expand. According to the Fleet Market Economic Outlook Survey, 27% of companies hope to increase their fleet size within the next 12 months.

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