Peer Helper Team Trains Student Liaisons for Crisis Intervention

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Kids Under Twenty One

North American Free Trade Agreement transportation provider Tri-National, Inc., offers a comprehensive array of logistics, trucking, and warehousing services through a seasoned, professional approach. Tri-National, Inc., also supports Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO), a nonprofit provider of crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services. KUTO’s crisis-intervention efforts include the Peer Helper Team program.

Designed using a teens-helping-teens model, the Peer Helper Team (PHT) trains youth volunteers to become co-facilitators for activity-based workshops that provide peer-helping skills. The program fosters communication and positive interaction between adults and students, in addition to establishing a supportive environment for at-risk youth.

PHT training programs incorporate lectures, role-plays, and other exercises to equip volunteers with the specific helping skills necessary for effective crisis intervention. A series of core components make up the program, including clarifying questioning, expression of empathy, developing assertiveness, and building rapport through attending.

Students who complete the program receive the designation of peer helper, which identifies them as exceptional listeners with a proficiency in helping skills. These students act as liaisons between adults and other students, and serve as complementing gatekeepers for campus professional and administrative services. Issues addressed by the program range from crisis-prevention and intervention strategies to drinking and substance abuse.


Three Truck Driving Safety Tips

Tri-National Inc.
Tri-National Inc.

A truckload carrier operating in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., benefits from more than 100 years of collective senior management experience. Tri-National, Inc., stresses the importance of safety, offering numerous awards for driver safety. Here are three essential safety tips for professional truck drivers.

Watch your blind spots: Blind spots in trucks are even larger than blind spots in a car, so be sure to check them often. Blind spots include directly behind the truck, behind the side mirrors, and the front-right corner of the cab.

Stay refreshed: Too many trucking accidents occur on long hauls when a driver is not well-rested. Although it may be tempting to power through the night, be sure you are getting enough rest and exercise.

Look out for bad weather: It is easy to lose control of a truck in bad weather, especially when the roads are snowy or icy. In addition to reducing speed by about one-third, allow your blinker to run longer than usual to give other cars time to react.

Shorter Border Wait Times for C-TPAT Certified Companies

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C-TPAT Certified

A Missouri-based transportation company offering delivery throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., has won multiple Truckload Carrier of the Year awards from Johnson Controls. Promising its clients uninterrupted service, Tri-National, Inc., is a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

Created in November of 2001, C-TPAT is a government-business partnership designed to increase border security. However, companies that are C-TPAT-certified have the potential for shorter wait times at international borders, primarily due to being able to use the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes. They also receive inspection line priority and are less likely to be subjected to Customs Border Protection examinations.

While there are no costs associated with joining C-TPAT, participating companies are required to meet and maintain certain standards, particularly in regard to transport technology. Interested organizations must conduct and document a security risk assessment, detail how they are meeting C-TPAT’s security criteria, and submit an application through its portal system.

The Benefits of Being a Professional Truck Driver

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Tri-National Inc.

Tri-National, Inc., serves clients in Mexico, Canada, and the central corridor of the United States. Offering a wide range of services, from trans-border shipping to cross-dock operations, the company relies on its employees and leadership to maintain its success. Senior management at Tri-National, Inc., represents more than 100 combined years of experience in the field, and the company’s drivers receive various bonuses, pay increases, and benefits.

Despite the prevalence of truck drivers, many individuals struggle to see the benefits of driving trucks professionally. One of the reasons truck drivers enjoy what they do is the money. On average, they make between $35,000 and $40,000 per year during the first year. Compared to most other industries, this is among the highest average salary for first-year workers. Further, professional truck driving has good job stability. The demand for truck drivers remains relatively stable due to the constant need for individuals and businesses to transport items. Indeed, in the U.S., the trucking industry is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.

For many individuals, professional truck driving is most appealing due to its travel opportunities and overall culture. Drivers of both long- and short-haul routes have a great opportunity to see the U.S. Professional drivers often see everything from shorelines and mountain peaks to rural towns. It is a perfect job for those who enjoy exploring. In terms of workplace culture, truck drivers share a unique bond with fellow drivers. For many, being able to stop and interact with fellow drivers is exciting. They get not only to form new relationships, but also to share stories and support one another.

Creating Lasting Third-Party Logistics Relationships


Tri-National Inc.
Tri-National Inc.

With more than 100 years of experience among its senior management, Tri-National Inc. is considered a premier transportation provider under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Included in Tri-National Inc.’s services are truckload third-party logistics.

Using a third-party logistics (3PL) company means outsourcing one’s transportation needs. If a business decides to use a 3PL, there are steps it can take to get the most out of the relationship.

Businesses and 3PL services should keep their performances on record and be as transparent as possible about their operations. Both parties must adhere to quality control standards and monitor performance using agreed-upon benchmarks.

Apart from looking at the data and statistics, both parties must also strive to look at each other’s sites, to check the credibility and operations of each business. Merchants should visit 3PL sites to ensure that their services can accommodate shipping, packing, and protection of products for transportation, and to discuss any needed changes.

Former Athlete Advises Truckers on their Health

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Siphiwe Baleka

By seeing obstacles in its line of work as positive learning experiences, Tri-National Inc. prides itself as a professional problem-solver in the trucking industry. One of its prominent features as an employer is the benefits it offers drivers, such as state-of-the-art equipment, trucks, and safety measures.

Former swimming champion turned truck driver Siphiwe Baleka says being a trucker is one of the unhealthiest occupations in the United States. Truckers are known to have more health problems than the average American citizen. Almost 70 percent of truckers suffer from obesity and are at risk for heart and diabetic conditions.

Baleka is stepping forward to help truck drivers change their lifestyle and allow them to have healthier lives, even as they continue to work. When he started working as a trucker, he put on weight and had difficulty keeping in shape.

He discovered that eating a diet low in carbohydrates and rich in protein helps keep the weight down. However, it must be accompanied with high-intensity exercise. Since truck drivers are on the road for almost 11 hours on workdays, Baleka advised drivers to try high-intensity exercises during truck stops and breaks.

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Transport Provider

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Tri-National Inc.

Tri-National Inc. provides door-to-door transportation services to Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Due to the quality of the people it employs, Tri-National Inc. is capable of providing a range of services, including warehousing, distribution, and trans-border shipping. If you are looking for a transport provider that is reliable and capable of serving your needs, keep the following tips in mind.

1. Check insurance attributed to the company to ensure it meets the standards you require. Consider what you will be asking them to transport, and ask questions if you are unsure if their insurance coverage is adequate.

2. An up-to-date fleet of vehicles indicates that the company is serious about its offerings and is committed to providing the highest standards.

3. Look for suppliers that place an emphasis on safety, both of the drivers and the general public. Any awards the company has earned in this area should be taken as a good sign of reliability.