Winter Is Coming...
At least we think it is. It depends on who you ask.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a colder-than-normal winter for much of the nation.
The Weather Channel calls for an El Nino that could result in a milder-than-average winter.
And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts cooler and wetter in the south, but drier than average in the Rockies, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. (Which does nothing to explain the nine-inch snowfall in Denver Nov. 17.)
In other words, good luck figuring out the weather too far in advance.
“There is an inherent limit of about seven to 10 days,” said J. Marshall Shepherd, a professor at the University of Georgia and former president of the American Meteorological Society.
No matter what winter model – or combination of models – comes to pass, TQL will be ready whenever and wherever foul weather strikes.
“Our sales teams are on top of things when it comes to every single winter storm and knowing what parts of the country could be affected,” said Marc B., TQL operational sales manager.
“They are proactive about notifying drivers and customers about what’s coming in case other arrangements need to be made.
“Our distressed loads assistance team is quick to act if there is any kind of an accident or issue. If a truck breaks down, we have many other carriers to call to help us out in a pinch. We also work with a lot of cold and dry storages in case we need to get a load off the road for any reason.”
TQL is as proactive as possible with the weather. For example, loads running on flatbeds or vented vans in warm weather switch to reefers this time of year to protect against loss and damage caused by freezing temperatures.
“We even have people on the team who specialize in salvaging all types of products in case there is some kind of damage or rejection,” Marc said. “The entire team has prior account management experience at TQL. They’ve all covered loads, understand needs of customers and know the ins and outs of the business.
“We’re always on call. We want to assure our customers that we are manning the phones 24/7/365.”