Guest Post: Move For Hunger

Imagine a world where everyone has enough to eat – where families don’t have to make a choice between feeding their children or paying their rent, all while perfectly good, consumable food fills up our landfills. This is the vision the team here at Move For Hunger shares with our partners such as US Cargo Control.

logoThe issue of hunger is a growing one in America, but it’s not always easy to see. In a country known for wealth and opportunity, 50 million Americans struggle to find their next meal, including 17 million children. What we find shocking is that while hunger is increasing, so is food waste. According to the USDA over 30% of food produced in the US will end up in a landfill. Let’s do something about this together!

Move For Hunger is a non-profit hunger relief organization with a mission to eliminate food waste and deliver more food to those in need. Started by Founder and Executive Director Adam Lowy in 2009, Move For Hunger partners with moving companies across the country who collect nonperishable food items during the moving process and delivers them to local food banks. Lowy, whose family has owned a moving company for over 90 years in New Jersey, developed the idea after noticing how much food would go to waste when people move. Five short years later, over 600 movers are now also a part of the solution that has already delivered over 4,000,000 meals to food banks all across America.
truckpull_ropeWe celebrate as each new partner joins us in the fight against hunger because it means new opportunities to expand our hunger relief efforts. US Cargo is a wonderful example of a growing partnership. Having first worked with us as a sponsor of our fundraising truck pull event (they donated the much needed rope!), they were officially named a Signature Partner in January of this year.
It’s easy to Get Involved! Most of us know first-hand how much “stuff” gets wasted when you move. If you are moving or know someone that is, head over to www.moveforhunger.org and choose a moving company that is partnered with Move For Hunger. Support a partner! By supporting partnering organizations like US Cargo Control, you are choosing to work with a socially responsible business. Hold an event! Move For Hunger runs food drives and fundraising events throughout the country. Donate! Over a $100 and we’ll even send you an awesome t-shirt. truckpull_rope2

Always looking to grow and do more, the Move For Hunger team welcomes you to email us, call us, or if you are in NJ stop by and say hello! For more information about the cause, Move For Hunger’s mission, and how you can help visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

-Written by the Move For Hunger team 

 

Moving Supplies Checklist: is your truck or trailer ready?

Stocking a moving truck with the right moving supplies can be a tough task – and we want to help make that process as simple as possible. At US Cargo Control, our experts have put together an equipment recommendation guide to help you furnish your truck or trailer with the moving supplies you need.

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Check out our handy guide pictured. It breaks down the types and number of recommended equipment depending on the size of the truck or trailer.

Let’s start with moving pads, also known as moving blankets. Pads are essential moving items you’ll definitely use. Our pads offer premium protection to keep your customer’s possessions safe during the move. US Cargo Control recommends our supreme moving pads, they are made from a heavy-duty cotton and polyester fabric blend. These blankets are durable and can be used over-and-over again. They are also machine-washable.

Moving skins are a must. They are good pads to have on hand for light-duty protection and packing. Skins are made of non-quilted, recycle cotton fabric filler. They are also an extremely economic choice; 24-skins come per pack

Stretch wrap is another great protector – used to bundle and secure loads, it resists puncturing and tearing even on the sharpest corners. Mattress bags are another smart buy, used to combat dust, spills, moisture and stains.

Moving isn’t just about packing – professional movers also need the right tools to help them lift heavy furniture and appliances out of the house and into the truck.

We recommend several different types of dollies including a four-wheel dolly, a box dolly and an appliance truck dolly. Our four-wheel dolly is made of hard-wood and features carpeting, foam or rubber to protect the item it’s hauling. Both box and appliance styles are two-wheeled, designed to be loaded, tipped and rolled. The appliance-truck style will help with super heavy refrigerators and washing machines.

Moving straps and bands are also good for moving hefty or bulky items. The straps can help prevent injury by working larger muscle groups like shoulders, thighs and forearms, taking strain off the neck and back. Bands will keep drawers closed and secure moving pads to protect furniture during the move. A rubber band holder is a smart buy to keep the bands organized and off the floor of the truck.

Movers are often asked to haul the heaviest of items, including a piano or car. A piano board will help crews get the expensive instrument out the door and to its next location safely. The board features three slots on each side for quick and easy attachment of e-track straps. The board is also padded to protect the piano. You’ll need a piano moving strap to secure it to the board. If you’re responsible for moving a vehicle, auto tie downs are necessary. Make sure you know the specs for the type and style you select.

A professional mover is expected to leave the house the way they found it.

Stock upon  door jamb protectors, door covers and floor runners. These products are in inexpensive way to prevent damage. Full covers protect the front and back of the door, while jamb protectors can be adjusted to fit almost any door. Floor runners keep floors clean, damage-free and provide a non-slide surface for crews. The runner also wipes clean and can be rolled-up and stored until the next job.

Items need to be safe and secure during transit.

US Cargo Control offers E-track straps and shoring beams to tie-down your customer’s belongings. Shoring beams, also known as decking beams, are used to lock cargo in place and prevent items from sliding around inside the trailer. The beams are lightweight and can be adjusted to fit many trailers. Straps are available in variety of styles and lengths. Bulk orders come at a discount and can be customized with color and stenciling. Customization is a great way to show-off your brand and can help prevent loss or theft. Rubber Tarp Straps should also be in the truck for light-duty tie downs. They come in a variety of lengths and bundles. Finally, you should padlock the truck to keep thieves away from your customer’s possessions.

Safety is key in maintaining a reliable, reputable moving organization.

Keep wheel-chocks on the truck and use them to secure the wheels when movers start loading. Break-downs and other emergencies do happen, so keep a set of emergency or safety triangles on hand to warn other vehicles you’re stopped on the roadway. Have a first-aid kit ready in the event of injury and a fire extinguisher around should you ever encounter flames.

Some final supplies to consider: keep a toolbox in the truck or trailer in case you need it on-the-go. US Cargo Control offers a 116-piece all inclusive tool kit and carrying case.  A double sided ladder is a good investment for tall jobs and a ramp or walking board is useful for loading boxes and furniture into the trailer. Those items can be purchased at almost any hardware store.

We hope this list helps as you stock up for the busy moving season ahead. Our moving supplies team is happy to help with any questions.

Give them a call toll free at (877)-339-1588.

 

Customer Photo: Sunny Hot Shot Securement

A special shout-out to loyal US Cargo Control customer, Marc.  This is a great shot of his hot shot rig in action with US Cargo Control securement. Marc tells us he is double booked out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale (We’re a little jealous!). He’s hauling a 2,000 lbs. crankshaft and 10,000 lbs. flat roller — both headed to Texas. Marc trusts US Cargo Control to keep his heavy loads secure. Thanks for the photo, Marc! Keep them coming.

 

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US Cargo Control Straps Trusted to Secure Professional Race Car

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Michele Abbate behind the wheel of her 2013 Scion FR-S race car.

US Cargo Control straps can be used to tie down some pretty precious cargo, but for professional race car driver Michele Abbate they are used to secure her most prized possession – her car.

Racing has been a big part of Abbate’s life since she was a child. The Las Vegas native says she’s been following racing since she was just a kid. Her older brother started racing when he was 10-years-old, and the family always traveled with him and cheered him on. It wasn’t until she turned 16-years-old that Abbate put herself in the driver’s seat and her own racing career took off.

“I was always intrigued by anything with a motor, because it was always in my life – my love was truly for wheel to wheel racing, because it was always where my passion led to,” Abbate said.

Abbate got her start racing autocross with her every day car – the same car she used to get to work and the grocery store was racing in local and regional autocross events. Her racing operation has since expanded to include a 2013 Scion FR-S race car and licenses with both the National Auto Sports Association and Sports Car Club of America.

It hasn’t been an easy journey. Abbate has overcome some serious roadblocks along the way.

Last year, she lost her title sponsor three days before her first race. That disappointing news forced her to become her own team owner, start a massive fundraising campaign and build her own race car. She and her crew-chief constructed the car and now run all the maintenance and repairs themselves.

“We are a two man team on a tight budget, but we are out there finishing in front of a lot of the big boys,” Abbate said. “He and I put in the blood, sweat, tears and finances to keep the team running.”

So when we say the race car is valuable – we mean it.

US Cargo Control 2'' ratchet straps used to secure the back of the race car to the transport trailer.
US Cargo Control 2” ratchet straps used to secure the back of the race car to the trailer.

Abbate trusts US Cargo Control to keep her car safe and secure as she travels all over the country for about ten races each year. Right now, she’s using 2’’ olive green ratchet straps with double J hooks to secure the back of her car to the trailer. She selected the color to coordinate with her car.

For the front, she uses US Cargo Control’s superior, heavy- duty BlackLine ratchet straps. She says they are the only straps she’s encountered that don’t snag, shear or rip while tied-down to the front of her car.

US Cargo Control heavy-duty, BlackLine straps trusted secure the front of the car.
US Cargo Control heavy-duty, BlackLine straps trusted secure the front of the race car.

“We have been using our BlackLines for over six months and they still look brand new,” Abbate said. “There’s nothing better than knowing you have the right tools for the job and we are thankful to have US Cargo’s products with us.”

Racing is a stressful gig and it isn’t just on the track.

Abbate says financing is her biggest struggle. Last year, she launched a crowdsourcing campaign, raising more than $13,000 to fund her 2015 racing season.

“At races we strive to have the best equipment, set up, and attitude; and off the track we work equally as hard to promote, expand, and advertise for all of our partners that make this possible,” Abbate said.

US Cargo Control is proud to provide products that give Abbate and her team peace of mind as she strives for greatness. To learn more about Abbate and her racing operation visit her website.

Michele Abbate with her self built FR-S Photo Credit: Richard Pochop
Michele Abbate with her self built FR-S. Photo Credit: Richard Pochop