March 2014 Blue’s News
FLORIDA MESSENGER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WINTER MEETING HELD IN ORLANDO
The Florida Messenger Association (FMA) hosted nearly 100 attendees at their Annual Winter Meeting at the Orlando Doubletree Universal Resort in January. The conference began on a Friday afternoon where attendees were able to spend quality one-on-one time with vendors prior to the opening reception. The Saturday agenda included two roundtable discussions where members discussed topics such as: overcoming funding needs, customer diversification, exit strategies, and standard operating procedures.
The day continued with vendor presentations as well as panel discussions with unique customers who offered insight for improved customer service. The FMA continues to refine the program for the winter meeting as a result of feedback from both member and vendor attendees. As always, the FMA leads the country when it comes to state association activities. Blue Streak is very involved in the activities of the FMA and continues to play a leadership role in the association.
DON’T FORGET TO SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins Sunday, March 9, 2014. The official time you should change the time begins at 2 a.m. early on Sunday morning when most computer and electronic clocks will automatically reset themselves and jump one hour ahead. So instead of 2 a.m., the clocks will show 3 a.m.
Daylight Saving Time is a way of making better use of the daylight in the evenings by setting the clocks forward one hour during the longer days of summer. In the United States, the time will fall back again on Nov. 2, 2014, when DST ends.
Since DST isn’t federally mandated, two states—Arizona and Hawaii—and four U.S. territories—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—don’t observe it. Indiana adopted DST in 2006.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SPRING BREAKERS
Many school districts across the county – both public and private – will observe their spring breaks over the coming weeks. Please be sure to use extra caution when driving in neighborhoods as there is a likelihood kids will be roaming about during times in which they are normally in school.
MODEST RATE INCREASE TO PUBLISHED ON-DEMAND RATES
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your courier and transportation needs. Our goal is to provide our customers with the greatest value for their transportation dollar. We challenge ourselves to continually improve the way we operate to reduce our costs, and improve the way we service you and your customers.
Developing long term customer relationships by utilizing polite, professional and dependable service providers with the latest technological enhancements has been our goal since day one. Attracting and retaining these high quality service providers is a challenge and Blue Streak’s costs of doing business continue to increase.
To meet our customers’ expectations, we are implementing a modest rate increase – $.50 for published on-demand, standard orders – beginning April 1, 2014. These rates will not impact customers that are currently under contractual agreements with Blue Streak, but rather any customers requesting unscheduled, on-demand transportation services outside of any letter of agreement.
It is our sincere hope that you understand our need to make these changes. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing as your transportation provider of choice for years to come. More information about Blue Streak’s published, on-demand rates can be obtained by emailing your request to [email protected]
FUEL SURCHARGE TO INCREASE SLIGHTLY IN MARCH
Because of an increase in fuel prices in the past month nationwide, Blue Streak’s fuel charge will increase slightly to 10.5% in March. Our fuel surcharge continues to be among the lowest in the region.
How it’s calculated: If the national average price of regular unleaded fuel* is above $1.79 during the last week of any given month, the surcharge will be in effect on the first day of the following month.
*As reported by the US Department of Energy.