May 17, 2022
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How to Prepare for the International Road Check

This year’s International Road Check takes place between May 17th and May 19th. Over the course of 72 hours commercial motor vehicles are stopped and inspected by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) alongside the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. So what does that mean for your business? 

Transportation industry revenue should not be spent on violation tolls. So, mostly, your business should make every effort to successfully pass potential inspections. Inspections can take time better spent on freight. Set a goal to pass the CVSA’s Level One inspection for each of your vehicles.

2022 International Road Check Tips For Fleet Owners

A safety inspection by the CVSA does not have to be stressful. With a preventative maintenance schedule on your fleet, you should be set to pass 2022’s International Road Check. 

This year’s focus for the Level One inspection is wheel ends. Just in case, especially for vehicles that are on the road long term, double-check that your wheel ends are in good working order. These support the heavy loads commercial vehicles carry, help maintain control, and keep braking safe. 

During the international road check, violations involving wheel ends make up one-quarter of the total violations sent out. Before you get an inspection, you can increase your chances of success by to have your driver:

  • Look for loose, broken, missing or damaged wheel fasteners and elongated stud holes.
  • Inspect the hub for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs.
  • Check for exposed fabric or cord.
  • Release any debris between the tires.

Once your vehicles have successfully passed Level One inspections, you will receive a CVSA decal sticker to display on your vehicles. This sticker exempts those commercial vehicles from other Level One inspections for three months. It is still possible for those vehicles to get a Level Two or Level Three inspection, but those only involve walking around the truck and paperwork so they’re less time-consuming. 

How Can Commercial Vehicle Renters on COOP Respond to International Road Check Week?

As a Renter, you should account for the International Road Check in your logistics. We screen Owners so that all the vehicles on COOP should be in good working condition. However, the CVSA will still potentially inspect your rental from May 17th - 19th. In addition to the above tips, here are a couple things your driver can do in response to the 2022 International Road Check inspection: 

  • Give extra time to get your loads to their destination on time. If you need to, request an extension with the vehicle’s Owner early so that you can ensure you can complete your lane. 
  • Make sure your drivers have access to all the paperwork. Since part of the inspections is to check your documents, your drivers should have their licenses in-order, and access your COOP reservation to access other agreement documentation.

We hope that from May 17-19th, you can get passing Level One checks quickly and get the wheels moving.

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Commercial Vehicle Rental Market Guide: Third Quarter 2023

From growth in the food industry’s demand for freight, interest rates remaining high for the time being, fluctuating truckload rates, and other trends, the summer sees activity heat up, and it’s essential to be aware of these key topics. 

 This blog covers various commercial vehicle rental developments and historical stats you need to know, including whether we can expect an uptick in demand in Q3. To manage your fleet needs effectively, tools like the COOP by Ryder platform help businesses gain the flexibility to optimize fleet use. Read our complete guide for more data and insights to help your business make informed decisions about the transportation market in the third quarter and beyond.

At a Glance: Q3 Trends & Insights

  • Slowdown in Grocery Inflation –  Grocery inflation is slowing down this summer, meaning lower costs when filling up your cart. This is good news for the transportation industry. Filling grocery loads in the coming months will be vital. Expect to see a skyrocketing demand for refrigerated vehicles.
  • The State of Interest Rates – Interest rates are expected to remain steady in early summer, but keep an eye out for increases as the year goes on. If interest rates climb again, there will be inflationary pressures which may increase fuel, maintenance, and labor costs for vehicles.
  • Reduced Truckload Volumes – In May, several carriers reported a decrease of about 11% in truckload volumes. While experts predict it may not go up as high as last year’s level, the demand across the food, leisure, and entertainment industry is accelerating.

Download our complete guide to read more about these topics and for additional market insights.

Historical Industry Rental Trends for Q3

Based on historical rental trends over the last few years, we expect the Food & Beverage to see very strong activity. Additionally, moving companies have plenty of activity with local and cross-country moves until summer’s end.

As the holiday rush of Q4 approaches, keep in mind that many businesses will look to secure additional fleet capacity to move inventory toward the end of this season. 

Popular Vehicle Types in Q3

  • Refrigerated Trailers
  • Dry Van Trailers
  • Tandem Sleeper Tractors

Solutions to Optimize Fleet Utilization

  • Drop and Hook Freight
  • Telematics 
  • Trailer Repositioning

Take a deeper dive into these solutions and how they could help your business. Get the Q3 Rental Guide.

How COOP Can Help with Rentals

Having the right amount of vehicles for your business can take time and effort during the summer months. COOP helps Renters source equipment by finding available commercial vehicles from other trusted companies on the platform.

  • Our Smart Rate tool allows businesses to offer competitive rates.
  • Find and reserve vehicles with a wide variety of unique specifications usually not available at rental counters.
  • More options and flexibility to access vehicles nationwide.

How COOP Helps Your Business Earn Revenue

Whether you have a large or small fleet, listing idle vehicles on the COOP platform can improve utilization, cover transportation costs, and increase your bottom line in Q3.

  • Reduce vehicle downtime and optimize fleet use.
  • Rent out vehicles for extended periods by offering long-term discounts.
  • Profit from last-minute rental requests by keeping your fleet flexible and availability up-to-date.

Join the Leading Commercial Vehicle Sharing Platform

Start your journey and sign up for COOP. With the assistance of our team of professionals and cutting-edge technology, you'll have access to an innovative platform with tools that businesses across the country are using to create extra revenue or increase their fleet capacity.

To learn more about the market conditions this summer and gain additional knowledge and statistics, get the comprehensive Q3 2023 Commercial Vehicle Rental Market Guide today!

New Feature: Renter Dashboard

Managing commercial vehicle rentals efficiently is vital for businesses. That's why we've developed a user-friendly dashboard to get rental information quickly and help streamline your experience. Whether you're a frequent Renter or just getting started, our Renter Dashboard is designed to give you greater control and visibility over your rental activity on COOP.

What Can You Do on the Renter Dashboard?

  • Easily Track Rental Activity: Gain insights into your rental history at a glance. Including the number of active, upcoming, and pending reservations.
  • Take Quick Action for Reservations: Manage transactions that require the completion of the pick up and drop off process or are pending payment.

  • Access Billing Statements: Access and download your billing statements for accurate record-keeping and expense tracking.

How to Download Billing Statements

If you’ve had rental transactions on the COOP platform, you can see and download  your statements with just a few clicks. Here’s how:

1. Click the Get Statements button from your Renter Dashboard.

2. Your renter statement overview will open displaying your summary of charges.

3. Filter the statement(s) you need by reservation or date range.

4. To download the page as a PDF, right click anywhere in the top portion of the page. To download the page as a csv file, right click the reservation and select “Export”.

Empower Your Business with COOP

At COOP, we're dedicated to helping businesses succeed by streamlining logistics and transportation needs with our technology-driven commercial vehicle rental and solutions platform. This new Renter Dashboard feature is another valuable tool to helps Renters on their journey to success. Stay tuned for more features coming soon!

Ready to get started? Apply for an account today!

Have an account? Check out your Renter Dashboard.

New Feature: Request to Rent Multiple Vehicles

Looking to rent commercial vehicles in bulk and unlock the possibilities for your fleet needs? We're thrilled to bring you a new, significant feature designed for businesses that are looking for multiple rentals at once. You can now request multiple vehicles on the platform when searching for them.

How It Works

To use this new feature and request to rent multiple vehicles of a certain type, click here. With a few clicks and a little bit of info, you're on your way to getting the vehicles you need. You’ll be able to customize your requests based on vehicle type, price point, specifications, rental periods, and more, all in one go. Once you submit a request, our team will connect with you to set up the reservations.

Watch this video clip to see how it works:

Your Fleet Optimization Solution

Finding extra capacity and optimizing fleet use shouldn't be a middle-of-the-road experience, and with COOP, it's anything but. We understand that seasonal demands, special events, excess inventory, and many more impact the need for finding several vehicles right where you need to pick up and haul your loads. 

Continuing Excellence with COOP

At COOP, we take pride in providing reliable service and innovative solutions for your commercial vehicle rental needs. The introduction of the Multi-Vehicle Request feature is just one more way we're committed to elevating your experience with us. Start renting today and discover how to enhance your approach to bulk rentals and empower your business for success. Stay tuned as we share more new features in the coming weeks and months!

Moving Season

The busy moving season is here! Many individuals, families, and businesses choose this time to relocate due to favorable weather conditions, school breaks, and the availability of free time. Whether your company is in the moving industry or not, this time of year presents a significant opportunity to expand your customer base, maximize fleet utilization, and find ways to generate higher revenue. 

On the COOP by Ryder commercial vehicle sharing platform, companies can build relationships by connecting with a community that provides access to rent or list vehicles all at their fingertips. In this blog, we’ll cover some trending stats, tips for planning, and more. For an in-depth look at some moving industry insights and tools to effectively manage fleet demand, read our complete guide.

3 Interesting Facts About the Moving Industry

Here are a few stats that show the direct connection between transportation and the moving industry.*

Read our guide for more facts about the moving industry.

The Importance of Careful Planning 

Preparation is key to ensuring a successful peak season. Even if your business is not in the moving industry but has commercial vehicles sitting on a lot somewhere, exploring plans for maximizing fleet utilization can lead to practical solutions that can move the needle and increase profits. Here are 3 tips on what you can do to remain competitive:

·  Embrace flexibility 

·  Keep up with new tools 

·  Adapt to the market's needs 

Using the COOP platform provides helpful resources and options to plan accordingly and keep your business moving. 

Most Used Vehicles for Moving

Depending on the size of the job, a wide range of vehicles are needed to have sufficient space and capabilities to transport belongings. The following are some of the most commonly used vehicles during peak moving season:

·  Box Trucks

·  Cargo Vans

·  Trailers

Want to get more specifics about these vehicles? Read our guide for more details about each one.

Need Extra Vehicles? Have Trucks Sitting Idle?

Join COOP by Ryder and Everyone Wins!

There are many ways businesses can take advantage of a revolutionary commercial vehicle sharing community like COOP during the moving season. With our innovative tools, we’re helping businesses overcome challenges and optimize fleet utilization. By registering for an account, you can get access to thousands of commercial vans, trucks, tractors, and trailers available for rent in your area. Plus, companies with idle equipment can list their vehicles to earn thousands in additional revenue.

Download our complete moving season guide now to get more insights!

 

*Sources: American Trucking Associations, Forbes, IbisWorld

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