Daily Archives: August 22, 2020

Trucking Industry Rebounds As States Reopen

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It is relatively easier for heavy loads to be transported using flatbed trucking because it has no fixed roof and sides. However, the goods must not be vulnerable to rain and other weather conditions. Weather protection can be provided through a tarpaulin tied down with ropes but it might not be enough for goods that can be easily damaged by water or moisture.

Demand for trucking has made a drastic recovery in June after the lockdown but there is a still a risk of backsliding if federal stimulus funds are not renewed. According to transportation industry analysis group FTR Transportation Intelligence, trucking market conditions jumped to its highest level in a decade after many of the US regions started to reopen their economies even without a vaccine.

Demand for freight trucking was record-low in March and April but soared back in June. The reversal of the trucking industry’s fortunes has been staggering but understandable. The changes in the trucking market were tracked using 5 conditions that include freight volume, freight rate, fleet capacity, fuel price and financing. Individual metrics were combined into a single index number where a positive score means good conditions and a negative score meaning bad times.

According to FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading, June got a score of 11.35 which was the highest in a decade. However, Avery Vise, vice president of FTR, continued strong support will be required until a vaccine will be available. Stabilization is expected because rebuilding inventory will result to strong demand. There are also indications that carriers are starting to restore driver capacity modestly.

States have started to reopen although at different rates because they were hit by the coronavirus at different times. This has resulted to unseasonal ups and downs in consumer demand and manufacturing output. Freight demand is inconsistent at commodity and lane level leading to a spike in demand for spot freight.

The best shipment option for heavy loads like large construction components and raw materials is flatbed trucking that has more space available than a closed body. Loading and unloading of materials is quicker and more efficient through the use of forklift trucks.

Explore The World Through The Illustrated Map

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The scientific rules of cartography do not apply to the creation of illustrated maps. The beautiful and artistic illustrated map by Rabinky Art’s services does not provide directions to help with navigation; it tells a story or history about a certain place. It is a reflection of the artist’s personal experience and how well he knows the area.

Many people have made travel plans that did not push through because of the Covid19 pandemic. They are restless because the travel plans were put on hold. Even the quick trip to market or stroll in the park is limited. To help fill the void that was left by social distancing and travel restrictions, the attention can be redirected to creating illustrated maps of familiar places.

Illustrated maps are typically used by hotels, resorts, parks and universities to encourage visitors to visit the place. The map illustration usually includes the sites that people want to see including the activities and experiences that they can enjoy. In order to elicit an immediate sense of recognition, landmarks and existing natural wonders must be included. A few major roads are often included in the map to provide the viewer with a point of reference.

Most illustrated maps are hand-drawn with fun drawings and doodles based on the artist’s perspective or memory of the place. Empty spaces in the illustrated map can be filled with illustrated trees, birds, animals, flowers, clouds, rainbows, cars or other interesting stuff. The possibilities are endless to capture attention.

If you are illustrating a place that you have never been before but plan to visit after the pandemic is over, you can consult your bucket list. You can also create a fictional place based on a book you have read or a favorite movie you have watched. Your map does not have to be accurate because the goal is usually for fun.

Illustrated maps by Rabinky Art’s services are created entirely by hand but incorporated with technology. The map can be modified, altered or updated by the client based on future needs. The software used makes the illustrated map generally editable to better serve the client’s long-term requirements.