Bison has worked in partnership with CP Rail for many years. In late 2016, Bison established a refrigerated service utilizing CP’s equipment. We now have access to more than 700 of CP’s refrigerated rail containers, enabling us to provide refrigerated Intermodal service to our customers.
I was in Boston, MA, during the recent U.S. election. As a Canadian, it was interesting to share such a cultural and political event with locals. On Wednesday morning, just hours after the polls closed, there was a lot of shock and despair but there were also many people who were relieved and excited to have a change in leadership. Regardless of which camp you see yourself in, new leadership in the White House is likely to create change.
When British Columbia became the first Canadian province to announce their intentions to impose a provincial carbon tax in 2008, most carriers and shippers were asking themselves and each other the following questions:
- What is this tax all about?
- How will it be assessed?
- Whose responsibility is it to pay the tax?
- Should it be treated as a separate accessorial charge or part of the fuel surcharge?
There is a lot of exciting planning and preparation that happens behind the scenes when it comes to making videos, and 2016 was a big year for video production at Bison. We produced more videos than ever before, and tried many new and innovative ideas! As we move into the New Year, we’ll be working on even more videos and creating live content, giving you, the viewers, the inside scoop on what’s happening at Bison.
It was you who took the took the time to watch our content and ultimately, decided which videos were the most popular. So, let’s get right to it and take a look at our Top 5 videos of 2016.
We started the Bison Transporter blog two years ago to inspire and inform our readers, and stimulate discussion in the trucking industry and we’d like to think it’s serving its purpose. Since the blog’s inception, we’ve written more than 150 blog posts and have gained many loyal followers (Thank YOU!).
This year alone, we published 64 blog posts. At roughly 500 words each, that comes in at 32,000 words about Bison’s Drivers, culture, safety and news and views on the trucking industry as a whole.
I was ready to turn 40, in fact, I was actually looking forward to it. With six months to go, I felt prepared and ready for the next chapter. I had accomplished a lot in the past 40 years and I was excited for what was upcoming.
For those of you over 40, I wonder if you found the same conflicting emotions. On one hand, I still felt like a teenager and I realized that fart jokes would always be funny, but, I also saw that spending my days as a senior were not as distant as they once were. In the same day, I would be bombing through the monkey trails in winter on my mountain bike, but, then also think that I need to put on foot spikes in the parking lot so I don’t slip and get hurt. I was even called an old man at hockey once! I have been called a lot worse, but, being called an old man hurts. That’s cruel.
Wreaths Across Canada (WAC) has an important mission: Remember - Honour - Teach. Each year on the first Sunday of December, WAC organizes the placing of wreaths of remembrance on the headstones of thousands of military veterans in military cemeteries across the country.
Bison Transport is a proud supporter of Wreaths Across Canada. Bison’s President, Rob Penner, got involved with the organization a few years ago, championing the inaugural Manitoba service at the Field of Honour at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. Since then, Bison has been arranging for the purchase and transport of wreaths that are placed on our fallen military personnel’s headstones.
In a world where information is available, quite literally, at the tips of our fingers, Bison knows our customers expect immediate access to timely and accurate information about their shipments. We monitor trends and actively drive inefficiency out of our business through technology and process improvement. Our leadership – and our dedication to providing total transportation transparency – makes a difference for our customers and their bottom line.
Every aspect of our business is optimized by our use of technology, and many of our customized applications have been developed in-house by our Systems team to suit our customer’s needs. We are ready and able to provide our clients with customized solutions that utilize technology to bring efficiency, provide timely information, and drive out cost.
At Bison Transport we constantly invest in our fleet to ensure that our Drivers and customers have access to the latest in equipment and technology. You may have already read a little bit about how sometimes this dedication earns us special rewards like testing Freightliner’s pre-series Cascadia. While we only received one of those to test – out of 12 in North America, we’re adding 40 new Ultralight Freightliner tractors to our fleet!
While it’s a benefit for our Drivers to be equipped with the latest in technology, it’s also a benefit for our customers – and they are a large reason why we’ve added these new Ultralight tractors to our fleet. The tractors are used for single-haul (non-LCV) use and because of their lighter weight, can haul heavier shipments.
You may have already read how Bison has the special privilege of being one of 12 fleets in North America to test out Freightliner’s new 2018 Pre-Series Cascadia. If you have, you were briefly introduced to Jack Fielding, who we chose to test-drive the truck.
In order to provide Freightliner with the feedback they’re looking for about this Pre-Series model, we wanted to ensure we chose a Driver who will provide timely, accurate and detailed information in regards to the performance of the truck.