All articles by Marissa Hirt

Photographs and Mirrors

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We’ve all had the experience of looking at a photograph of ourselves and asking, “Is THAT what I look like?” Or saying, “Ugh.  Bad hair day.” Part of this is because we’re so used to seeing ourselves in a mirror.  But seeing yourself in a mirror gives you a very specific perspective (one you see […]

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PSP: Better Decisions – Fewer Crashes

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Using the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) is becoming more and more attractive.  Back when the program first rolled out, the FMCSA caught some flack about the reports costing $10/per report.  Since then, most carriers have adjusted and learned to absorb the cost in their recruiting departments.  Why?  Because it’s leading to better choices in […]

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Back to School

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As summer winds down and “Back to School” sales go up, I am reminded of the quote: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein I’ll be honest.  That was one of my favorites in high school. That being said, we at Vigillo are always happy […]

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Games, Trains, and Automobiles

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CCJ has been doing a series of articles on driver-oriented “games” that companies are putting in place to help increase driver retention, safety, MPG, and more.  Trucking isn’t the first industry to get games into the work place.  Many software companies have dabbled in it (including yours truly- check out our ping pong table!). But […]

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Spending Time or Spending Money?

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I’ve come to the realization that my time is valuable. I’d rather spend the $$ and buy you a plate when you get married rather than spend 60+ hours of my life making you an afghan.  You want to know why?  Because my time isn’t worth minimum wage.  When I first started making gifts for […]

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Don’t Underestimate a Sleeping Giant

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Sometimes when trying to explain my job, people will often ask me about trucking.  Why is it still so valuable?  Isn’t rail getting bigger than trucking?  It’s more efficient and cost effective.  Also, most of our goods are coming overseas, so isn’t air and ocean becoming bigger than trucking?  I mean, I see moving trucks […]

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Big HOS Changes 4 Months Away

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The Hours of Service (HOS) changes expected July 1st will drastically impact the supply chain in the US.  Many companies are putting off preparing for the changes as they expect the rules to be deferred.  This wait and see approach has been effective in the past, as Hours of Service (HOS) rules have been known […]

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