What To Look For In Truckload Services

There are some industries that require truckload services. Some of these industries include food, freight or shipping, pharmaceuticals and moving industries, among others. If your business is inclined to hire trucks to meet your business demands, it is essential that you look for a company where you can get high quality service for business advantage. Here are some of the qualities in a trucking company that you should look for:

On-time service

Time is precious in service-oriented industries. A few minutes late could cost you valuable customers and time lost in business means potential profits lost. This is why you should hire a truck service company that recognizes how valuable time is for you and your customers. Read discussion boards to get customer feedback and find out how efficient your target company is when it comes to service delivery. You may also want to call the company’s frequent customers to get more information. If you see any indication that the company is delayed with their service delivery, look for another service provider.

State-of-the-art equipment

When you hire truckload services, you are putting a part of your business in the hands of the truck company. Make sure that your parcels or products are in good hands by checking the trucks and their equipment. As much as possible, choose a company that utilizes highly serviceable trucks without signs of accidents such as dents or breakage on the vehicle. Find out if the trucks that you are going to rent are regularly checked by qualified mechanics and if they have qualified drivers to perform the tasks for you.

Efficient and modern service delivery

One thing that will make the service delivery efficient is the use of modern communication and high-tech equipment. Before you hire truckload services, find out how they do their tracking system and how they communicate with their drivers on field to ensure smooth service delivery. One of the latest devices for monitoring is the use of satellite tracking and internet load tracking. The use of internet to prove delivery is also a modern trend in the industry.


Decrease In Tourists Due To Elimination Of Cheap Tour Packages

Hotel bookings for Chinese tourists who are planning to visit Thailand for the upcoming Lunar New Year have decreased because of the new measure taken by the country to eliminate cheap tour packages. This has impacted the number of arrivals because Chinese tourists are the major source of holiday goers in the nation.

Thailand places a very important value to their tourism industry because it has helped the country amidst its slow economic growth among other countries in the Southeast Asia. From the year 2012 until 2016, the number of Chinese tourists that are coming to the country has comprised almost one third of the total tourists coming to Thailand as well as covering a third of the tourism revenue.

The government started a measure wherein they are preventing package tours known as zero-dollar. This started last year in September and it has affected the momentum of tourism in the country. There is very little sign that Thailand is recovering from the crackdown despite the fact that Lunar New Year is coming up and will be celebrated from the 28th of January until the 2nd of February.

According to a tour company, D Land Holiday Co. Ltd which specializes in Chinese tourists, they have only received 300 bookings so far for this year’s Lunar New Year compared to last year where they were able to accommodate 800 bookings. Reungdet Amorndetphakdee, the owner of the tour company, said that it is because of the crackdown.

Hotel groups such as Central Plaza Hotel Pcl also said that they have received less booking. The cruise ship company, Tristar Floating Restaurant Co. Ltd., shared that they have six cruise ships operating mainly for Chinese visitors but this year there will only be one in operation.

The tourism authority of the country is expecting a decline in the number of tourists for this year’s Lunar New Year by about 7.7 per cent while there will be an increase of 3.9 per cent in the number of tourists from other nationalities. They are also expecting the number of Chinese tourists to bounce back anytime this year. Chinese tourists who will not be in Thailand this coming holiday might be visiting the United States for South America Tours.


The Army Looking For Electricians And Mechanics

It has been a practice by the Army for decades to pay for tuition assistance of soldiers who are eager to get their own degrees. Leadership is now looking for a way to make the program available to civilian credential as well as certification training of soldiers who want to learn skills that may be within or beyond their specialties.

There was a survey conducted in November of last year wherein there were 100,000 soldiers who participated. They were asked if they are interested in getting civilian credentials. Another question is that if they are willing to avail of this option instead of tuition assistance.

According to Dan Dailey, a Sergeant Major of the Army, they got overwhelming positive responses. Joe Parson who is the credentialing officer at the Army said that three weeks after the survey was sent out, over 3,000 soldiers answered back.

Participants were given until January 23 to answer the survey sent to them.

The survey is just a preliminary measure taken by the Army in order to initiate the credentialing assistance program that it has been planning for a while. This is a way for the Army to save money that is supposed to go to college tuition while investing on soldiers who are in the service. The program will eventually help them save money because soldiers that have professional civilian credentials to show for are more attractive to employers. This is a way to prevent them from availing unemployment checks once they have been away from service.

Officials also expressed that the move will be able to correct the oversight made when they made the training soldiers in the army take job skills that do not provide certifications which is necessary for them to get a civilian job someday.

Parson shared that there was not much assurance for them when they go back to the marketplace because the Army failed in translating the skills and experience they have gained during their service. This is why the program is being developed in order for soldiers to receive credentials despite the specialty they are in during their military service. It will not be surprising to know someday that a military person turned out to be an Electrician in Hemmant after offering their service to the country.


Mysterious Places You Can’t Find On Google Maps

Google Maps is a navigation tool that helps people find businesses, view maps and get driving directions. Most people will readily assume that Google Maps has a listing of every single street, city, town and country all over the world but the fact is there are some mysterious places that you can’t find in the online mapping service.

Five of the mysterious places that have been blurred out were revealed by Dark5 in a YouTube video. The video was uploaded last June 16 and Express.co.uk has made the effort to investigate the places.

One of the places mentioned by Dark5 is Junction Ranch in the middle of the Mohave Desert, California. Junction Ranch is a large airstrip used by the military as a testing site. Some people believe that “black” drone projects are being done along this area. On Google Maps one little section has been scratched out but in Bing, the total area has been blanked out.

According to stories, Captain Cook discovered Sandy Island, a tiny island in the Coral Sea off the Australian Coast. Sandy Island existed in maps since the late 1800’s but all of a sudden it is nowhere to be found. According to reports, Google Maps censored the island with a black box before it was smudged. On Bing, you can still find the Sandy Island. However, in 2012 a research ship could no longer find its coordinates. Has the island disappeared?

In the wilderness of Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Google Maps has mysteriously masked a certain area. If you will look at the satellite imagery of the terrain from the surrounding area, near Egvekinot, you will notice that it appears to have been copy-pasted on the region. According to Dark5 You Tube video, Russian maps have used a black box to cover the area.

In an Illustrated Map of a certain city that was created centuries ago, there are several buildings, stores, monuments and landmarks that existed in the past but can no longer be seen at present. This is the reason why illustrated maps are important part of history; they serve as reminders of the past.


How To Protect The Family From The Staggering Increase In Funeral Services

Based on a new study, it seems that the cost of dying is rising at a faster rate than the cost of living. SunLife’s 2016 “Cost of Dying” report has found out that the basic cost of a funeral has risen by a staggering 8.3% to £8,802. The costs include probate, headstones, flowers and of course the cost of the funeral.

The average cost of a basic funeral has increased by 5.5% to £3,897, more than twice the funeral cost when SunLife started tracking prices in 2004. The major reason for the increase in funeral cost is cremation or the burial fee which is considered as the 2nd largest expense that grieving families have to pay during a funeral.

The average cost of cremation services in the United Kingdom has increased by 6.5% or £733 while cost of burial is estimated at £2,000, a 7% increase. In many instances, people do not give a care about their funeral and what is supposed to happen when they are no longer alive. However, planning ahead will save the family from worries and additional expense.

A simple way to protect the family from the increasing costs of a funeral service is the pre-paid funeral plan that provides an individual with control over the funeral arrangements. It also has the advantage of knowing what will happen when you are no longer present to take charge. Since the average cost of a funeral is fast rising due to inflation, a pre-paid funeral plan will ensure that the cost of funeral services will be based on today’s prices.

According to SunLife’s report, at least 41% do not even know the preferences of their loved one whether they want to be buried or cremated and what type of coffin to choose. This uncertainly causes undue stress on the family when it is time to decide.

During difficult times, your best option is Funeral Directors in Sydney who will help you carry out the correct choices. You will have the assistance of a funeral director when making difficult decisions to allow you to concentrate on grieving for the lost member of the family.


Hungry Termites Affecting Melbourne Homes

First there was mosquitoes, then flies and now, the insect experts already issued a warning that termites are going to march on homes through Melbourne.

Ideal weather events leading to termites

Due to the ideal weather events, the termites are now “having a ball” as mentioned by Dr Don Ewart, who is an entomologist teaching pest management at the Melbourne Polytechnic.

As indicated by Dr Ewart, the similar weather conditions which have created the right environment for the latest mosquito and fly explosion are becoming the perfect conditions for the breeding and exploring of termites.

He mentioned that the wet spring created the right conditions for the termites to spread, and the pest managers that specialize in termite work are rushing off their feet.

Dr Ewart said that it is already shaping up as a bad summer. It may have already been bad but people did not notice.

He mentioned that there is a high soil moisture, making a huge difference to termites. They usually go tunnelling and it gets easier in finding places to attack, with these attacks normally going for some weeks or months without people noticing.

Termites get attracted by dampness and moisture which means that anything that involves water is hazardous for homeowners.

Dr Ewart said that the termites need to drink always and when the food is near a water source, their life is pretty good.

The suburbs like Footscray, South Melbourne and Williamstown get many attacks during this time in the year, but the other suburbs are not immune, too, according to him.

Tips on how to deal with termites

According to Dr Ewart, these are the early signs of termite infestation.

• Many discarded wings inside a house
• A skirting board dent from a vacuum cleaner
• Unusual bits of mud seen in plasterwork
• Bubbling or cracked paint

If there are termites, he mentioned that since they are going to move to a different place in a house when disturbed, it is best to call pest control professionals for them to inspect the house right away.

Regardless if it is termite control in Melbourne or Termite Management in Sydney, depending on location, it is important to call for professional help so these termites are dealt with accordingly.