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

Siphiwe Baleka pic
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

Tri-National Inc. pic
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.

Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

Tri-National Inc.
Tri-National Inc.


Tri-National, Inc., facilitates door-to-door truck transportation in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Tri-National, Inc., prioritizes safety as a company goal and commits to the arrival of deliveries without incident.

When driving near a large truck, motorists must remember that the truck has certain vulnerabilities that require attention. The bulk of a truck gives it a longer braking distance than an automobile, for example, so drivers of cars should avoid braking suddenly while driving in front of a truck.

Similarly, because of a truck’s long trailer, the truck driver’s blind spot is significantly larger than that of an automobile driver. Cars should avoid driving close in front of or behind the truck and directly beside the truck, one lane to the left or two lanes to the right. A generally accepted rule is that if the car driver cannot see the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver cannot see the car.

If a car driver wishes to pass a truck, the driver of the car should be able to see the truck driver before he or she proceeds. The car driver should also make sure there is plenty of room in front of the car and that he or she can safely pass on the truck’s left. By giving the truck plenty of space and plenty of notice, automobile drivers can improve safety for everyone on the road.

Truck Driving Safety Protects the Bottom Line

With facilities stretching through the central United Staes linking Mexico and Canada, transportation company Tri-National, Inc., links business partners throughout North America. Headquartered in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, Tri-National, Inc., provides warehousing, tracking, and other logistics services in addition to door-to-door trucking and delivery.

Every year in America, there are tens of thousands of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles that result in injuries or fatalities. Not only do accidents involving large vehicles generally result in damaged property and tragic loss of life or limb, but they have a profound financial cost to the trucking company, as well. With an average per-crash cost of more than $90,000 and around $3.6 million for ones involving fatalities, a small number of accidents can result in a huge financial loss for a company.

Fortunately, many such crashes are preventable, as are their associated financial losses. A successful company vigorously trains and re-trains its drivers in industry-standard best practices like wearing seat belts and observing posted speed limits. Moreover, by vetting for drug use and keeping sensible resting policies, a company ensures that its drivers stay competent and safe for themselves and for others on the road.

Talking Trade Security and Cooperation at C-TPAT Conference 2013

Truckload carrier Tri-National, Inc., operates out of St. Louis, Missouri, and maintains several facilities throughout the central United States in support of its door-to-door transport and storage. As a logistics company connecting businesses in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., is closely concerned with trade line security and is a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

With the arrival of fall, the new year is now on the horizon, and with it next year’s C-TPAT conference. The last conference was held in January 2013 and was the 11th such meeting of the trade security community. It drew more than 1,200 participants, a record-setting attendance, and featured several high-profile speakers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department (CBP).

Conference participants heard reports that trade is on the rise. In 2012, for example, nearly 11 million trucking containers crossed America borders. Other avenues of trade, such as rail, ports, and air freight, grew vigorously, as well. Furthermore, these numbers are expected to increase through 2013. As the truckload carrier industry now turns toward the 2014 C-TPAT conference, it remains constantly vigilant of threats to customers’ businesses, trade stability, and national well being.

Tri-National, Inc.,: Recognized by Johnson Controls

Tri-National, Inc., has been awarded the Truckload Carrier of the Year Award by Johnson Controls, a global leader in the automotive technology industry. The company has been recognized with this award on multiple occasions. Recognition from an entity such as Johnson Controls greatly helps to attract business, as well as first-rate employees who will help further the company’s mission: to provide exemplary service and public safety. Tri-National, Inc., achieves these goals through its satellite tracking system and its use of collision avoidance technology.

Since 1885, Johnson Controls has operated with integrity and shown a commitment to promoting energy efficiency through innovation. Recognizing companies like Tri-National, Inc., for their dedication to safety and service cements Johnson Controls’ position as a model for socially responsible businesses. Johnson Controls supplies automakers with seating and electronics, as well as door and instrument panels. The company has given more than $13.9 million to nonprofit and community organizations worldwide. Recognition from an esteemed organization of this caliber is an important milestone for trucking companies.