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I’m Dave. A no-frills, high quality cut-to-the-chase news writer that loves breaking news, political brouhaha and all the theatrics that come with living on Earth. I love Chinese food, paranormal activity and random road trips. Einsturzende Neubaten is great music for relaxing the soul.

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Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

sexual harassment

This is part one of a two-part series outlining America’s war on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Growing up a hungry, emotionally abused child who both witnessed and experienced sexual harassment, I thought unwarranted sexual advances were commonplace. When the Illinois State Police came crashing through our door in 1979, Child Services in tow, I thought we’d done something wrong.

When my sister and I arrived at the Glendale Heights, Illinois Police Department, the policeman looked past our undernourished frames to describe everything we’d been through as documented by one Child Services worker I owe my life to.

Thirty six years removed from that harrowing experience, I’m penning this article during a time when sexual harassment has increased in frequency – once every 98 seconds – and has now moved into the major media outlets, and the silver screen.

The #metoo hashtag rings louder than before in the ears of victims as America’s newest weapon of mass destruction touches our workplace: sex.

Sexual Harassment Destroys Any Workforce

You’re reading this after America’s most renowned morning news host – Matt Lauer – was removed from The Today Show for inappropriate workplace behavior. Harvey Weinstein, another alleged perpetrator of rape and sexual harassment, could very well be indicted like Bill Cosby. A Warner Brothers producer. Bill O’Reilly. Charlie Rose. The list, much like the problem, is spiraling out of control.

Not according to President Trump, who spoke nothing of the victim while slipping in yet another dig into ‘fake news’ during this:

 

 

 

 

The View posted a status update on Twitter regarding the Matt Lauer incident. Seemed more sentiment was going around regarding ratings and defending a fallen colleague than praising the victim’s bravery or urging others to immediately come forward.

Even sicker, the absconding founder of Wikileaks turned this heinous event into a contest:

Military. Nursing Homes. Sexual Harassment Won’t Discriminate.

Victims, many times coerced through bribery or too scared to step forward, find themselves indicted by society for stepping forward.

Cat calls. Innuendos. Purposely grazing a victim’s genitals or buttocks in passing. With only 180 days to file charges according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, single parents – even primary family breadwinners – often hide these unwarranted advances to protect their paycheck. Moreover, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to workplaces over 15 people. Where does that leave the small business workers?

More importantly, when did four (or more) years of college debt suddenly become a license to pervert our workplaces?

SAPRO, A DOD commissioned office dealing solely in military sexual harassment, spent $4.4 million studying sexual assault cases between 2016-17. In 2016, 6,172 reports were filed with the office, an increase of 1.5%.  Of those, 778 were civilians, meaning innocent civilians were verbally or physically abused by servicemen and women on base. Overall, SAPRO estimates 14,600 sexual assaults occurred in 2016, down roughly 6,000 from 2014. (Link to full report is here.)

Defenders of freedom aren’t exempt from victimizing, or becoming victims of sexual harassment. Nor are state workers.

According to CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, State employees in Florida have filed 300 cases of various sexual harassment over 30 years, with the government doling out $11 million during that period. That doesn’t include Sen. Jack Latvala, who’s currently being investigated for allegations of sexual abuse.

Let’s not forget nursing homes, either. Recently, an 87-year old nun alleges she was raped where our senior citizens should feel the safest – structured care.

Prisons. Day care facilities. Young, old, disabled or in power – sexual assault will find you.

Question is, will you be ready?

I wasn’t 36 years ago.

Are Workplace Standards Too Lax?

Foretelling potential sexual harassment cases isn’t something job interviewers specialize in. Matt Lauer (et al) could have been a serial pervert in college or high school; NBC was none the wiser when they offered him a handsome payday to structure what is now America’s most popular morning show.

Did you sign sexual harassment papers before starting your job? Were sexual assault video tapes presented to new hires to foster healthier workplaces? In many cases, both answers will be no. This calls to question whether proper measures are put in place to promote workplace safety and healthy coworker relationships.

Men can claim ‘loose standards of dress code send off the wrong signal’. Women can complain men wear too tight of clothing. These and other workplace concerns should force employers to formulate standards that include anonymous methods of reporting sexual harassment, pre-employment education and warnings to those potential perpetrators. More importantly, it should be constantly enforced that no assault – verbal or physical – will be tolerated.

Laws, too, are far too lax in many states. In my opinion, statue of limitations should be eliminated where even the smallest case of sexual wrongdoing is concerned. Business should find more creative ways to promote brands that eliminate the sex sells mantra.

Because if you’re selling products based off the sexiness of the woman, you’re inadvertently assaulting her innocence. We’ll get to that in Part II.

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    A 40% drop is possible after it peaks.

    a bitcoin

    The thought of investing in a Bitcoin, toeing the $10,000 line, is creating an investor frenzy reminiscent of Microsoft going public. Over $9,000 above its January valuation of $968, the cryptocurrency essentially mined from thin air into existence is enjoying record-setting days that compliment its excessive press coverage. But before investors delve into the world of cryptofinance, a market crash must happen.

    Not a bitcoin. This medium is different than silver or futures.

    Lauded more than shares of Amazon, a single bitcoin reaching $40,000 or more is possible. Likening this new investment craze to the dot-com bubble (which burst, of course), is more realistic.

    Some call Bitcoin’s value a conflated speculation. Believers, miners and those making thousands each day are holding their breath as new highs – and more ‘hating’ – make their way onto global news sites.

    Since a Bitcoin is considered ‘self-sustained’ value, storing real-world capital is far too risky for seasoned investors. Bridewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, recently stated that Bitcoin met it’s internal ‘bubble’ criterion. And bubbles burst.

    The Anatomy of a Bitcoin Crash

    Markets crash when underlying factors, such as consumer sentiment or unforeseen disasters, contribute to consumers and investors very quickly selling stock and emptying bank accounts. Crashes are often unanticipated events capable of spinning an economy into recession. Regulated instruments – such as dollars and coin – can quickly become worthless.

    Due to market crashes in 1929 and 1987, trading is heavily regulated. Insider trading and other forms of market manipulation have long been outlawed. This means real-world indices are heavily monitored for securities fraud.

    With a Bitcoin, however, such regulations are devoid.

    Nothing is stopping several dozen investors from pumping and dumping. Fire sales are very real possibilities once market value caps. Circuit breakers – which prevent trading during periods of drastic decline – cease to exist in a deregulated trading environment. Banks ponder scenarios where your FDIC insured money is placed in an imaginary medium they agreed to back – only to have its value shorted. I discussed bitcoin security before.

    The sharp price increase in 2017 alone – coupled with predicted worth in Q1 of 2018 – will only position investors for a Bitcoin crash by 2020.

    Crypofinance believers find no historical precedent to compare Bitcoin stability to. In fact, ‘market stability’ is reliant on blockchain security since Bitcoin’s value is gauged by trust rather than tangible goods. Merely thinking about a digital bubble bursting is enough to make any savvy investor sweat since so much is riding on ‘unknowns’.

    Stock holders weren’t exactly trading ‘unknown’ stocks in 1987 when the NYSE bottomed out. Makes you wonder what could happen to something seemingly ‘mythical’.

    Worth It To Mine A Bitcoin in 2017? Depends.

    With nine years of circulation under its belt, mining a bitcoin may seem improbable.

    Difficult, yes, but not impossible.

    The bitcoin network is dissimilar to trading metals, stocks or futures in the sense no participants trust each other but are handsomely incentivized to do their part in maintaining a flawlessly synchronized network. With quintillions of hashes per second, bitcoin miners both provide value through security, and ongoing participation through innovation.

    But unlike during its freshman year, mining blockchains from the comfort of home would take an astronomically powerful rig – the reason many mine in pools. However, if you’re adamant about keeping more of your spoils, opening a cloud mining contract may be suitable. Like any venture, education and due diligence are necessary components of successful cryptocurrency navigation.

    As of 2017, miners were finding 12.5 bitcoin per 10 minute period, roughly 1/4 of the 50 bitcoin per 10 minutes being harvested in 2010.

    This figure is relevant to the over 100,000 Coinbase accounts opened in November.

    Enjoy every hash before it’s crash, Bitcoiners.

    Disclosure: My words should not be construed as financial advice. I write points for readers to research on their own – that’s it.

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    Two political firecrackers. One unlit fuse.

    North Korea

    Under threats of sweeping sanctions by virtually every UN country, North Korea has made yet another power play: assist Syria both in rebuilding the civil war-torn region, and further develop outdated missile and chemical weapons technologies.

    This alliance, formed during the 1960’s, could force Washington to scramble for solutions to problems they’ve never faced. Which spells trouble for an already unstable president known for publicizing his disdain toward ‘Rocket Man’ and Bashar Al-Assad.

    To appreciate this budding romance, understand that one leader gasses his own people while the other supplies the arsenal to continue said torture.

    Despite United Nations intercepting shipments from a blacklisted KOMID in August, North Korea has voiced its willingness to aid Damascus in rebuilding efforts. While many believe reasons behind North Korea’s aiding of Syria is strictly monetary, U.S. military heads know that two well-equipped warlords spells trouble.

    Aiding areas in dire need, however, isn’t uncommon to North Korean history.

    During Kim Yong-nam’s tenure, relief and rebuilding efforts in Tanzania along with other African countries was common. In fact, farm and infrastructural aid to many impoverished African nations dates back to Kim Il-sung’s rule, which ended in 1994. But during a November 17 call from Rex Tillerson to 30 other U.S.-aligned African nations, the Secretary of State voiced his concerns regarding Pyongyang, urging the countries to sanction bellicose activities the North Korean capital called ‘humanitarian’.

    North Korea Aiding Genocide

    With Pyongyang exporting weapons and other technologies to aid Al-Assad’s genocidal dominance, Kim Jong-un is learning plenty from Syrian militia to aid his own potential war efforts should U.S. sanctions stick. Munitions including propellants to aid Syrian SCUD’s, and gas protective gear, are just some exports concerning U.S. aligned countries.

    Allegations are surfacing that North Korean military heads are actively assisting inside Syria, although both nations vehemently deny this.

    Apart from U.S. involvement in eradicating the Islamic State, President Trump has little influence on the nation embattled in a civil war that displaced millions while needlessly murdering hundreds of thousands of residents.

    White House heads have increased economic pressure on both nations, to no avail.

    With a recent announcement that United States military will stop arming Kurds, North Korea could use this opportunity to further equip Al-Assad’s run of terror while allowing the Islamic State to maintain, and grow, their presence in the region.

    Bear in mind North Korea built a nuclear reactor in eastern Syria. And both were Cold War customers of the Soviet Union.

    One North Korea. Two Motives?

    The hermitic nation, known for controlled tours and only an intranet to access North Korean shopping and social sites, could twice benefit from their aid to Syria.

    Building a formidable nuclear presence could allow a much closer attack on U.S. targets. Currently, an armed North Korean ICBM can reach San Francisco in a matter of minutes. That time could cut down dramatically should an intercontinental ballistic missile fire from Syrian territory. Moreover, the military knowledge Kim Jong-un lacks could easily be obtained by simply continuing aid in exchange for allowing North Korean military specialists to keenly observe from a distance.

    Whatever North Korean’s motives are regarding Syria, they’ve undoubtedly have an extra weapon simply by allying with the nation at civil unrest.

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    Did retail get their sexyback? Cyber Monday may say otherwise.

    Black Friday sales

    Your local Kohls had lines wrapped halfway around its perimeter, patiently awaiting the flood gates to open for 2017’s Black Friday sales balderdash. Videos across social media depict yet another round of MMA-style fighting for Walmart’s last few 4K televisions. Sounds like success for the last few retail chains hopelessly fighting back an imminent online shopping takeover.

    For now, the brick-and-mortar store has beaten back Godzilla, and will survive another few months.

    Stores like Macy’s, JC Penney and were battered by an onslaught of turkey stuffed shopaholics who set out to collect the milieu of door buster gifts being offered. Smartphones were logging on to store wi-fi hotspots to collect even deeper savings. In fact, many retail parking lots were full before NFL’s second Thanksgiving game finished the first quarter.

    A record Black Friday sales event for few. Sustainable numbers for many. Whether any of this madness will be enough to quell talk of apocalyptic conditions remains to be seen.

    According to CNBC, Adobe Insights tracked an upsurge of 17% in sales from 2016, with an incredible $5.03 billion spent by the time Black Friday sales ended. While industry figures will inevitably fluctuate, industry analysts are chalking up this November’s selling frenzy as an easy victory, raising figures to heights unseen since 2011.

    Kohls, for one, is filling more online orders for retail pickup than years past. CEO Kevin Mansell cites the Apple Watch, an Instant Pot and their FitBit activity trackers as biggest movers with Under Armour and Nike rounding out their top five movers.

    Bargain Hunting Shoppers Boost JC Penney, Macy’s

    One of few retailers to open doors at 2 p.m., JC Penney benefitted from offering bargains before Walmart and other giants. The Plano, Texas based department store – 138 stores and thousands of employees lighter than 2016 – saw an increase in Nike apparel purchases, appliances, jewelry and other departments once dominated by the nearly nonexistent Sears Holdings.

    Macy’s boosted their Black Friday sales by disbursing roughly 400 Door Buster specials between three floors, many of those in women’s clothing and accessories. The retailer’s Herald Square location had around 16,000 confirmed shoppers waiting outside; by 7 a.m., the store chain had sold nearly a quarter million coats, a sales pace which could have easily amassed 1 million by noon. Not even a credit card snafu stopped strong sales from increasing for the Cincinnati-based department store.

    While Walmart, Kmart and Target are yet to release sales figures, it stands to reason they’re down from years before. Televisions were the main offering at many locations, with several stores still displaying inventory right where their Black Friday sales begun. Best Buy, notorious for offering tech at ridiculous prices to those faithful shoppers braving elements before doors open, had little interesting to offer.

    Black Friday Sales vs. Cyber Monday

    With retailers flexing their pecuniary muscles again, it would appear fears a retail apocalypse is forthcoming is collective gibberish at best. Department stores could use an incredible finish to an abysmal 2017, one that witnessed the sale of the iconic Craftsman brand among other major retailer moves.

    Lest we forget, folks, that Cyber Monday is tomorrow.

    Target, Kohls and nearly every retailer with Black Friday specials will operate even bigger Cyber Monday deals in an effort to stay competitive with Amazon. Servers will freeze, credit card processing will go haywire somewhere, but more importantly, few will emerge victorious in online sales – because many retailers already know internet shopping is Amazon’s backyard. It will be exciting to hear stories claiming “site not found” or “server busy” when the submit order button is click.

    For now, Black Friday will go down as one small victory for a business model searching for consistency.

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    domains

    Domains predate the internet as you know it (true story).

    If you are looking to register new domains for your brand or business, there are a few key factors you should take into consideration. A website is your business storefront to the world, a domain is how people find that storefront. When choosing domains, it’s important to understand that a great domain name will help your customers find you and will be what most of your online customers will get to know you as. According to facts from Websitebuilderau, top domain registrar, GoDaddy, alone registered 54.5 million domains last year and they are only 1 of 2952 ICANN accredited registrars that currently register domains.

    Domains & TLD Talks

    A TLD is simply the final extension to a domain address; .com or .net are the most common and used TLD’s, but thousands exist and are available for registration. TLD’s can be broken down into two main categories, the first is government TLDs or TLDs that are country or regionally specific (CCTLD’s). The second is non-country specific TLD’s (NGTLD’s).

    CCTLD’s

    These are TLD’s that are officially used by a specific country or region. The .com and .net TLD mentioned earlier are examples of American CCTLD’s. Other top governmental TLD’s include .cn for China, .uk for the United Kingdom and .de for Germany. By 2016, there were an estimated 142 million domains registered on country specific TLD’s.

    NGTLD’s

    These are TLD’s that are not administered or legislated by a government. In most cases, these NGTLD’s are sector and niece specific and some of the most popular, currently in-demand NGTLD’s are .app, .fan and .web.

    As more and more of the common .com domains are taken, people looking toward domain name registration for new businesses will need to look at other TLD’s to get the name and branding they want. For those looking for more information to help define, choose and purchase that perfect domain name, Websitebuilderau’s 101 facts about domain names that you should know is a great place to start. (see full infographic by clicking here)

    anatomy domains

     

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    retail

    Amazon, the new retail giant, holds themselves harmless for disrupting consumer shopping habits. Walmart, likewise. Businesses giants like Sears are shutting down, selling their bread-making brands (think Craftsman) or selling out completely.

    Baby Boomers, acclimated to the ‘a handshake closes a deal’ era of transacting, are confused by this tap-to-pay global phenomenon young entrepreneurs call ‘tech commerce’.  Meanwhile, today’s kids seem to understand the concept of swiping screens by age 3.

    Today’s retailer, fighting to claim their share of consumers expecting convenience to meet or exceed cost, blame multi-billion dollar ecommerce companies for the downfall of brick-and-mortar businesses they’re inadvertently closing – with the help of consumers.

    Come again?

    Let’s establish motive by hopping back to 1931.

    A Fred and a smile

    A then 45-year old businessman named Fred G. Meyer, more than likely tired of driving 15 places to gather items for his family, decided to form an incredible buyer’s extravaganza: the one-stop shop. Based in Portland, Oregon, consumers could come to this megamarket and purchase groceries, pharmaceuticals and even get their Auburn Cabriolet lubed. By the 1950’s, these larger combo stores ballooned to 70,000 square foot ‘hypermarkets’ and were stocked by plants Meyer opened as the demand for other tangible goods increased.

    Mind you, folks, this was during the height of the Great Depression, ultimately ending when Roosevelt stepped up in 1933.

    Was the local dime store shaken by this innovative new means of shopping? Inevitably. Was anything done to slow Fred’s climb to stardom? Apparently not enough, for Fred Meyer’s intelligent approach allowed him to model the 1980’s supercenter dash that would introduce Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kmart and Target. Hendrik Meijer, the Dutch barber who also entered the grocery business during the Great Depression, entered the supermarket world in 1962 via his Michigan-based Thrifty Acres stores until eventually rebranding as simply ‘Meijer’.

    Businesses that failed to grow with consumer demand went quickly into the red.

    Consumers wanted more convenience. Businesses obliged.

    By the 1980’s, consumers were being pampered by size and selection. This meant even fewer stops than before, but it wasn’t enough – even more convenience was sought. So, megastores willingly obliged.

    Having initially failed in his attempt at hyperstores, Sam Walton nailed it in 1987, having four such stores by 1990 known as Hypermart USA. Produce quality slowly improved, variety grew, but eventually his Wal-Mart dime store vaulted into the world’s #1 revenue generator slot by 1990. Citing a misunderstanding of the hyperstore concept, Sam Walton eventually scrapped Hypermart USA as ‘defunct’ by 2000, but it didn’t matter – Walmart began offering everything under one roof.

    Other stores adopted this model of one-stop shopping, slowly branching off into smaller niches. If you needed electronics, you went to Circuit City. Pharmaceuticals, Walgreens. The list was incredible. As the 20th century made its final curtain call, Walmart had grown to epic proportions despite Sam Walton’s 1992 passing, Meijer sustained yet Kmart was unknowingly about to endure rough times, thanks in part to Wal-Mart and the rise of Target.

    As the 21st century began, the internet began replacing the need for cars to complete shopping tasks – leaving businesses scrambling to stay competitive. Mom and dad’s suitcase-sized cell phones were getting thinner, computers were being produced with more powerful features, and 56k dialup was turning into lightning fast broadband.

    Consumers got lazy. Few retail stores properly adjusted.

    With fast internet, point-and-click shopping and ways to get things retail stores failed to carry, consumers stopped caring about Circuit City holiday sales. They stopped shopping the small-town shoe salesman who carried the latest New Balance model. Once thriving dime stores were beaten down by the buying power of Dollar General.

    But wait, it gets better.

    A small online bookstore, incorporated under the name Cadabra, was about to ameliorate an entire generation of physical stores. That’s right, it took 80-some-odd years, but the once ingenious one-stop storefront has been replaced by the new champion of one-stop shopping: Amazon. The pandemonium Amazon has created is forcing ‘old-school’ retail into insolvency – during a nonfinancial crisis, at that.

    They’re not just contributing to a consumer’s desire for one-stop shopping, either. Amazon has driven the price of products down to seemingly nothing for items that should theoretically cost much more. It’s disrupting other medium-sized businesses as it’s costing too much to enter the ‘pay to play’ world of product procurement.

    And it’s not just product availability Amazon is dominating. Value-added services such as installation of purchased products, music, movies, games and a suite of business tools are subduing retail establishments daily.

    But Walmart is surviving. Grocers like Aldi’s are fighting back. How?

    Follow the consumer’s lead. It’s that simple.

    Let’s follow the current story line:

    • Man monetizes consumer need for convenience.
    • Buyer increases demand for more product under one roof
    • A hungrier consumer wants mega stores of all sorts, not just for foodstuffs
    • Consumer wants to sit on duff and shop for goods under one roof from their homes
    • Business increases purchasing power and introduces value-added services to its core

    It’s hard to imagine where the world of retail goes from here. But this is the direction consumers are moving, and following the footprints of today’s consumer may be tricky to the layman.

    But it’s possible if businesses stop complaining about the cannibalization of brick-and-mortar establishments, and embrace the consumer’s narrative instead.

    Specialize in specialties.

    If your goal is establishing sustainability as opposed to fostering widespread growth, continue your current retail model – sustained success is entirely possible even with behemoths like Amazon playing in your backyard.

    However, a good portion of you who’ve skimmed this far want that quintessential ‘chain store’. Let me assuage your fears of failure by recommending the following piece of easily adaptable advice: specialize in convenience-driven products that afford you the right to fully control pricing.

    Let me explain.

    A ‘retail apocalypse’ happens when one giant (we’ll use Amazon) controls substantial product procurement outlets, product volume, and convenience factors. Simply put, smaller guys cannot match millions in daily buying power or offer free two-day shipping perks, forcing them into either narrower product lanes – or out of the retail race completely.

    Much like Starbucks offers an array of coffee and specialty confections, success can be achieved by micro-niching. You won’t find coloring books, crayons, toiletries or Sennheiser headphones at Starbucks – only coffee products, and confections. Period.

    Passion sells, and everyone is buying.

    What’s your passion? Do you know guitars, furniture, clothing? Stop stuffing too many products or disciplines under one roof, because consumers are frankly tired of it. Turn your passion for ‘x’ into something others may appreciate. Source whatever materials needed to fulfill this passion locally, or from locations few know about.

    Rather than invoking such outside-the-box growth strategies, business owners nonsensically bash the efforts of these megacommerce companies who are constantly reinvesting and innovating ahead of consumer demand. Think of Black Friday, and why you’re not selling jack diddly.

    In short, they’re listening. And you’re not.

    Most businesses are formed based off passion or profit (or both). Those who establish a foundation of passionate commerce tend to outlast profiteers trying haplessly to engage supreme corporations in a price war in hopes of someday becoming profitable.

    In a world dominated by Amazons, adapt to consumer demands for ‘rare and special’ innovations, or board up shop. Just don’t whine about apocalyptic conditions or complain about businesses who’re listening to consumers you once catered to.

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    dayton freight lines

    Dayton Freight Lines, lauded for being a union-free Less Than Truckload (LTL) carrier, is perhaps the most competitively priced (and most efficient) carrier due to its experience and availability. Based in Dayton, OH, the regional carrier has grown from its short-distance roots into a logistical dream come true, offering 1 day transit times within a thirteen-state area, and two-four day transit across the United States.

    In an industry saturated with logistics companies vying for business, Dayton Freight Lines stands above all in many aspects, including available hubs and driver vetting.

    About Dayton Freight Lines

    Founded in 1981 as a union-free LTL carrier, Dayton Freight Lines delivers where many carriers fail in areas like accurate documentation, implementation of technology that allows greater transparency in on-board activities, and creating an environment where drivers have unlimited earnings opportunities throughout its core 13-state service area.

    Perhaps one component of Dayton Freight Lines often overlooked yet highly important in logistics is their ability to minimize claims on delivery. Currently, a minuscule .45% of all deliveries to date have arrived in poor condition, meaning 99.55% of deliveries are claims-free. The care each LTL shipment is given, coupled with driver skill, continue to improve upon this statistic.

    Because this company is privately held, no stockholder influence or shareholder control exists. The company prides itself in self-sustained success and affordable rates that’s grown their fleet to over 3100 trailers and 1300 tractors.

    The company, which opened its Memphis terminal for deeper collaboration with Southeastern Freight Lines in 2016, purchased a 25-acre plot in January 2017 according to Bloomberg. The purpose of this acquisition is unknown.

    Service that speaks for itself

    Much like UPS and FedEx, on-time deliveries mean everything to Dayton Freight Lines. Imagine if only 95% of historic shipments were delivered on schedule – pretty remarkable, right? Well, the LTL carrier trumps the norm by providing a 98.6% on-time delivery rate. This stems from its .12% per million miles DOT accident ratio.

    Pouring resources and money back into their employees, Dayton continually improves safety by educating its drivers and dock workers on protocol and principles of accurate product handling. By offering Million Mile Club benefits, incentivized safety programs, recognition for flawless DOT inspections and on-site safety representatives who act as driver liaisons, the company foresees their service record continually improving.

    As Dayton Freight Lines continues to expand operations across the Midwest and strike strategic alliances with other lesser known carriers to service out-of-network customers, education and employee loyalty will remain their central focus. It’s the Dayton Difference.

    Investing in loyalty

    Ask any trucking company, and they’ll agree: hiring drivers is expensive. From paid training to the ever-important learning curve, it takes strategically planned education and recruitment to vet drivers who intend on calling trucking their career. Driving, in and of itself, takes an inherited appreciation and dedication one cannot train; these are traits recruiters of Dayton Freight Lines look for.

    From their first day in class, drivers are educated on roadways and their intricacies beyond normal passenger car usage. Understanding various road conditions, speed fluctuations, how weather can affect eighteen wheelers and understanding proper passing etiquette are just some components of classroom education Dayton drivers undertake before stepping foot inside company trucks.

    The company utilizes student fairs, workshops, and traditional advertising to locate potential career-minded driver candidates. Sponsoring many local and national school activities, Dayton Freight Lines is about as community-minded as you’ll find in this industry. Because future success relies on present-day efforts, there’s no limit to what this company will do to protect veteran drivers and educate new ones. In fact, even dockworkers can climb the company ladder thanks to their Dock-to-Driver program.

    How Dayton Freight Lines fares vs. competition

    Less than truckload rates are calculated using ten specific components:

    • Distance between pickup and delivery
    • Base rates (established by company)
    • Weight of freight
    • Density of shipment
    • Freight classification (as determined by NMFC)
    • FAK, or freight all kinds, which generally involves a prearrangement
    • Accessory services needed (liftgate, limited access points, inside deliveries, etc.)
    • Discounts which were negotiated during quotation
    • LTL tariffs
    • Minimum charges (established by company)

    Based off our findings, the rates charged by Dayton Freight Lines fall directly down the middle. Larger carriers who traditionally earn higher revenues due to multichannel deliveries (UPS, FedEx) came in cheaper while smaller companies (CH Robinson, Estes) came in slightly higher.

    Offering guaranteed services between 20% – 35% of the freight bill ($75 minimum), an internal logistics company (Kelley Logistics) and IT integration make Dayton slightly more appealing to companies located within close proximity to the Ohio carrier.

    Safety-wise, Dayton comes in higher than many companies with more than 1000 trucks on the road. Driver retention is rather high, too, owing to exhaustive education and higher than average driver pay.

    Will Dayton Freight Lines go autonomous?

    Like any other aspect of life, the success of LTL companies largely depends on how adaptively they approach technology. Considering the tremendous competition that trucking companies deal with daily, imagine the introduction of autonomous vehicles as an income drive to gain an edge over competing LTL carriers.

    That reality is coming. Quickly.

    Autonomous vehicles are beginning to knock on necessity’s door, and with every passing year, we revisit something similar: will futuristic vehicles hinder the need for LTL services, or is there massive growth potential here? According to insurance companies and auto parts supplier, this up-and-coming threat to their revenues is real – yet the benefits LTL carriers like Dayton Freight Lines will enjoy are immeasurable.

    Maybe autonomous LTL is a poorly conceived idea…

    When trend analysts and tech visionaries are both left scratching their heads, how can any substantive predictions be made about LTL carriers’ technological futures? Simply put, Google, Tesla and many automotive manufacturers are testing driverless technology on roadways you’ve probably never noticed.

    Autonomous LTL carriers are being used globally, in areas where you’d probably never suspect. In August 2016, Singapore began using autonomous taxi cabs for select individuals. Uber will soon pick up residents of Pittsburgh in an autonomous Volvo. Even Paris just recently rolled out autonomous minibus pickups for those reliant on public transportation.

    Resisting what technological advances are made to LTL carriers will only delay the inevitable. Or perhaps cost trucking companies millions in lost clientele. The focal point in designing fully autonomous vehicles will be crash avoidance instead of crash survival, although Dayton Freight Lines loves their employees too much to consider it.

    Overall: Dayton is an ‘A’

    Because of their ability to put customers and employees before their own revenue goals, we believe this 36-year old company ranks well above many counterparts who’ve blanketed the logistics world with cheap prices and empty promises.

    Although prices could be better, Dayton Freight Lines is perhaps the unsung hero in less-than-truckload shipments, and one you should consider if shipping multiple pallets comes to pass.

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      Manual D

      An industry rarity, Manual D is another highly important design method in residential HVAC which, by ACCA standards, should correctly implement ductwork so airflow is maximized. This design method has existed for many years, although many HVAC contractors concentrate on heating & cooling system efficacy without regard to ductwork. Make no mistake: Manual D is another code requirement that, when followed properly, assures residential systems aren’t overworked or underperforming.

      Implementing Manual D properly means more than running numbers through calculators. Today’s computer software handles many calculations based off home size, rises and distance from heating system to furthest point in home. When designed by Manual D standards and paired with Manual T (terminations – heat grilles and registers), lower system operation costs are realized.

      Understanding Manual D

      Manual D ductwork design starts with calculating strength of blowers. Most heating models will have blower strength in their manuals (sometimes right on the blower itself). Simply put, the blower motor’s output will dictate how large your ductwork needs to be; smaller outputs require larger ducts, larger outputs can utilize smaller pipes. That’s the basic gist, although calculations must still be completed to assure proper distribution beyond the blower.

      Another component of Manual D requires calculating duct length and distance from fittings to blower. This calculation will produce friction rate, or how much friction, ductwork can produce. A simplified calculation in Manual D which takes ASP (available static pressure), multiples that figure by 100 and divides it by TEL (length) will produce a figure usually between .06-0.18 IWC (inches of water column), with smaller numbers requiring larger ductwork, and larger figures requiring the opposite.

      Manual D, by design, helps modernize systems with airflow issues. Laymen could simply take their hand and place it over running heat vents; weak output will signify improper ductwork design or inaccurately calculated rises.

      Summing up what Manual D does (in no particular order):

      • Defines proper components and ductwork needed in residential installations
      • Calculates ASP (static pressure)
      • Gauges blower strength according to manufacturer specs or charts
      • Implements Manual T (terminations) through grill and register selection
      • Establishes ‘zones’, including multi-level
      • Properly specifies riser locations and angles

      ACCA offers speed sheets (essentially, ‘cheat sheets’ for HVAC designers) which specify many calculations already, although software does much more accurate calculating since home-specific figures will differ by installation needs.

      Importance of Manual D in Ductwork Design

      By properly balancing airflow with correct ductwork, risers and understanding static pressure output of blower motors, residential HVAC installations become more accurate than traditional guesswork. Imagine a marathon runner who trains tirelessly for a 26-mile trek. Undoubtedly, the runner will have the power; when race time comes, only 18 miles gets completed before the runner passes out from fatigue. The runner had the power, just not the balanced delivery required to finish 26 miles of treacherous foot racing.

      Manual D represents longevity, power and delivery. A new Trane heating system with hefty Btu/h ratings is great, but only effective in heating homes when ductwork is properly sized. Much like our marathon runner, blowers can only output as much heat as what they’re designed for – it’s up to ductwork size calculated from Manual D that helps airflow steadily finish the race.

      When Manual J (air flow), S (system design), D (ductwork) and T (terminations) are completed in succession, residential heating and cooling installations are more effective, will last longer, require less maintenance and lower energy consumption considerably.

      Accurate residential HVAC designs increase occupancy comfort. Spare unneeded costs caused by pressure differentials or underachieving ductwork and implement Manual D calculations created by ACCA, a board of HVAC contractors who know ductwork design and integrity front to back.

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      managed IT services

      Managed IT services and their infrastructures, both backend and frontend, often hit snags in deploying, maintaining or scaling. As business owners, keeping employees occupied while your business grows are issues in and of themselves – why worry about undeployable, semi-ancient IT protocols that cause more errors than excitement on top of organizing business activities?

      Skilled managed IT services in provide necessary tech support large firms need, especially when running hosting environments, multiple database systems and other massive internet portals requiring consistent and secure access to sensitive information.  Flexibility, cohesiveness and proactive maintenance are expectations you set for managed IT services businesses, who are your direct competition, use frequently.

      How small to medium-sized businesses can realize greater functionality, faster page loading, smoother database writing and securer cloud storage rests on the laurels of skilled managed IT services based SMB’s like yours have trusted for decades.

      Modern Miracles (and Functions) Performed by IT providers

      Ever envisioned creating virtual software or hardware environments? Planning an full-scale cloud plan that you’re yet to launch? Executives who major in business growth but struggle in IT infrastructure planning employ managed IT service providers for the miraculous ingenuities they invoke which commoners simply can’t visualize happening.

      You’ll most always find systematized yet friendly managed IT services professionals use often can handle a barrage of technical tasks without flinching. From telephony to disaster recovery, imagine a world where not-so-technical businesses were rescued by technological freaks of nature – that’s managed IT in a nutshell, a means to put the tech back into tech support.

      Services commonly associated with managed IT services include:

      • Setup and maintenance of business telephony, including VoIP
      • Implementation of network security, including firewalls, SSL and protected databases
      • Virtualization of complete businesses or specific segments based on need
      • Computer services performed on-site, including repair and software upgrading
      • Troubleshooting or establishing connectivity to ISP, server and databases
      • Flat-rate IT support (Call a Geek)
      • Disaster mitigation, including recovery of data and websites from SQL injections

      Another lesser known (but frequently demanded) function of managed IT services in entail data center maintenance and redesign. Since servers are stuck in rooms often without windows, inadequate ventilation and little supervision, businesses with racks upon racks of servers can grow hotter by the minute, causing errors both on end-user and server sides. Once they overheat, unneeded downtime ensues.

      Think Managed IT Services are Unneeded? Think Again.

      Many managed IT services professionals hire were brought aboard a sinking IT department. With little time, no experience and few recourses to choose from, businesses owners decide saving their business from an epic failure sure beats joblessness – so getting in touch with an IT company becomes imminent.

      Business owners want complete subjugation of IT problems before they arise. Managed IT services offer competitively priced solutions that help annihilate whatever backend or frontend problems are being experienced. A marriage of convenience is born from this, no doubt – which is why skilled information technology services are shorthanded and severely underappreciated.

      Hiring forward-thinking managed IT services entrepreneurs like you need takes only several phone calls and carefully worded questions to finalize. While the expenditure may seem unneeded, consider this: your competition – much larger in size and annual revenue – has internal departments to handle IT matters; if you want to stay competitive, managed IT services should be your first major investment, albeit your only.

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      Tuesday

      An 18-month mudslinging fest enmeshed in scandal, foul language and voting fraud comes down to one twisted Tuesday where Americans will choose the next leader of the free world.

      Like the child of two divorced parents, America has become somewhat confused and wholeheartedly scared of its future on earth. In one corner, you have Hillary Clinton attempting to solidify her place in the history books by becoming the first woman to successfully secure presidency. In the other, you have Donald Trump attempting to become the first billionaire with absolutely no political experience to lead the free world. Quite frankly, I do not see a clear-cut winner coming out of this historic election – but I do see millions of pissed off Americans regardless who wins.

      Speaking of winners, let’s break down what could happen Tuesday when a winner is declared:

      If Hillary wins…

      The centerpiece of Hillary’s campaign has been children. Bettering education, making health care affordable for all while creating more higher education opportunities beyond high school for some of her key points in racing out to such a substantial summertime lead over Trump.

      However, what many voters fail to realize is that her tax plan would obliterate small businesses, the middle class and essentially continue the downward spiral started by the Obama administration. Instead of making domestic job security the focus of a nation in dire need of sweeping reform, Clinton will force even more jobs to land overseas.

      Today’s larger media outlets, even WikiLeaks, have made apparent that shall gain more financially for her foundation and personal use through her presidency, which could be amplified if we end up with a Democratically controlled House and Senate.

      In other words, if Clinton winds up winning, Americans will end up losing their asses in some regard or another.

      If Trump wins…

      I don’t think Americans really know what to expect if Trump comes out victorious Tuesday. Sure, we all speculate he’ll begin booting foreigners out of the country, tax the hell out of individuals making more than $250,000 yearly, give a generous hike to the minimum wage all while planning a massive invasion of ISIS strongholds. His business sense may come in handy, but his lack of diplomacy may hurt us.

      We do know he’s a strong proponent of doing more for our veterans, and will also make it rather difficult (if not expensive) for companies to ship jobs overseas given the fact he’s trying to “make America great again”.

      Many people have vowed to denounce their citizenship if he gets elected. Needless to say, I won’t be one of them, although I will be cautiously optimistic his tenure in office will bring about much-needed changes in our financial and social infrastructures.

      Some fun guesses regarding Tuesday

      The gauntlet will be thrown. All bets are off. Between Governor races, Senate races and piss-poor media coverage, Tuesday will sure generate a massive viewer audience.

      Here are some fun guesses as to what will happen while the final votes are counted:

      • Hillary Clinton announces to Donald Trump, “You’re fired!”
      • Donald Trump grabs his wife by the ______.
      • Another email scandal will erupt midway through the ballot counting
      • Vladimir Putin will have hackers delete Trump tax records
      • The Clinton Foundation will tell on its founder

      Regardless what happens on Tuesday, let’s all try to get along because we know the candidates won’t. Ever.

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