Why Hackers Are Targeting Small Businesses

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Hacking computer systems in small businesses is big business for hackers and cyber criminals. Granted, from VISA and MasterCard to Sony, from Citibank to the Veterans Administration, there is a growing list of huge companies that have fallen victim to hackers. Their ranks read like a Who’s Who in American Business. Generally,

 

The National Driver Shortage: Let's Move Trucking Forward

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Imagine heading to the Supermarket routinely to purchase groceries for the week, and you find that many shelves are out of stock.  In fact, the store only has a few of the items from your entire list.  The list that you bring to this store every week and systematically check off.  You seek answers from the nearest employee and,  

 

Hero of the Highway: David Kriegel

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In tribute to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, The Gibraltar Group will be honoring our nation’s drivers by spotlighting some individual truck drivers’ careers. The trucking industry is currently facing a driver shortage, and we wanted to get a firsthand account from the heroes who have been successful on what has fueled their  

 

Hero of the Highway: Rudy Rodriguez

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In tribute to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, The Gibraltar Group will be honoring our nation’s drivers by spotlighting some individual truck drivers’ careers. The trucking industry is currently facing a driver shortage, and we wanted to get a firsthand account from the heroes who have been successful on what has fueled 

 

Hero of the Highway: Aurelio Hernandez III

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In tribute to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, The Gibraltar Group will be honoring our Hero of the Highway by spotlighting some individual truck drivers’ careers. The trucking industry is currently facing a driver shortage, and we wanted to get a firsthand account from the heroes who have been successful on what has fueled 

 

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

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September 16th – 22nd is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.  The Gibraltar Group wants to take this opportunity to start conversations about the trucking industry, honor its hard-working members and highlight its current and future status.  Throughout the week, we will be doing just that.  Today, we will take a deeper look at

 

Top-Down Safety Improves The Bottom Line

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I want to talk to you about worker safety.” Those were the first words uttered by Paul O’Neill as the new CEO of Alcoa. Not surprisingly, his speech stunned stockholders, some of whom thought the Board of Directors had hired a “long-haired hippie” to run the company. Alcoa’s founder invented the process used around the world for 

 

Sleep Apnea Becoming a Nightmare for Transportation Industry

144349483 Brandt D. Beal CEO A risk is emerging in the transportation industry with huge implications for motor carriers and drivers alike. The risk is posed by sleep apnea. So, what can you do to help manage this risk? Costly measures and total renovation of policy? Nope. Complete turnover of staff? Not even close. Start having conversations about sleep apnea? Bingo! You might not realize it, but sleep apnea can be deadly for commercial drivers and catastrophic for the transportation industry. Studies have linked the condition to more than 29 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks that occurred in 2009. Sleep apnea makes it difficult for people to breathe efficiently while sleeping. Many are awakened abruptly throughout the night, even every few minutes, waking up in the morning irritable and distracted. After a night of interrupted sleep, sufferers are drowsy and unfocused during the day – not the way you want a man or woman to feel while hauling tons of freight down the highway.

Training Deadline Nears for Underground Storage Tank Operators

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We’ve all seen it.  The guy who drives off with the gas pump hose still in the tank.  Always makes for a good laugh. But what if the gas is still pumping?  It spills out across the ground and runs across the lot.  What happens next can be scary. The situation could warrant any number of actions.  What if someone is smoking near the pumps?  Do the employees monitor and prevent customers from smoking?  Employees must be trained to turn off the pump, control the spill, mark it with cones and have it cleaned. In this situation, a fire extinguisher must be accessible and operable.  The various scenarios involving a fire must be tested to ensure safe practices.  One expert opinion, “The employee needs to know when totry and stop a fire and when to get everyone out of there and run!”

A Retailer's Reputation Risk: Mile a Minute

200464106-001 Brandt D. Beal CEO In the retail industry, companies face situations where risks are encountered from all angles. They spend significant dollars and years building a positive reputation for their brand. For retailers, public perception is one of their greatest assets, but it can quickly become their greatest liability. Reputation is as important as product. This is especially true for convenience stores, an extremely competitive segment of the retail industry. With over 148,000 convenience stores in the United States, customers have many choices, often just across the street or next door, magnifying the retailers’ need for a good reputation.

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