News roundup, Jan. 9: Convoy adds simplified lumper payments; NTTC names finalists for tanker driver award

Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, January 9: 

Convoy adds lumper pay feature for carriers
Convoy Lumper Visual2020 2020 01 09 15 10Digital brokerage Convoy has added to its suite of services an option f or carriers to request and receive lumper payment codes that allow them to skip having to pay out-of-pocket for lumpers or wait to receive a payment code.

Convoy says  more than 35% of its carriers have required lumper service (that is, third-party companies that shippers use to load or unload freight at facilities). Traditionally, carriers must either pay out of pocket for the service and wait to be reimbursed by a shipper or broker, or they must get in touch with their broker or shipper to receive a payment code. Under Convoy’s new system, carriers can receive a lumper payment code immediately from Convoy (acting as the broker), allowing Convoy’s carriers to sidestep the lumper reimbursement process entirely.

The feature is now live in Convoy’s system.

Finalists named for tanker driver award
The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has named eight professional tank truck drivers as this year’s Champion Finalists for its Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award. The finalists are:

  • Ronald Baird, Hoffman Transportation LLC./ G&D Trucking, Inc.
  • James W. Ellis, Sr., Grammer Industries, Inc.
  • Ronald Evans, Liquid Cargo, Inc.
  • Darrien Henderson, J & M Tank Lines, Inc.
  • Alen Smailovic, Highway Transport
  • Abdul Standfield, Quality Carriers, Inc.
  • Edward Stasyshyn, Trimac Transportation
  • Tony Stinnett, Usher Transport, Inc.

The finalists will advance to the final round of the selection process next month in Arlington, Virginia, where a panel of industry professionals will judge the contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, overall safe driving record, and their positive community efforts outside of their driving responsibilities. The Grand Champion will be announced at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. during NTTC’s 75th Anniversary Annual Conference & Exhibits, May 3-5.

During the winner’s one-year term, he or she will serve as the face of the industry, representing NTTC at safety-focused events throughout the year, and sharing NTTC’s mission of safety and education with the general public.

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