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As millennials wield growing purchasing power, their online shopping is going places where many older consumers are reluctant to venture—and that could change the staffing game for some shipping companies.

Safety can be most noticeable when it’s absent. A company neglects safety at its own peril—especially when a team of professional drivers is at the heart of the business. Those drivers need clear messaging from leadership emphasizing the importance of safety to the company—and what it entails.

You have a lot on your plate to manage a business and a workforce that span multiple states, each with its own set of compliance rules and procedures. Add to that a constant stream of changes to those rules, and the job becomes even harder.

A healthy economy means many things for the trucking industry. With business growth comes more to manage: more freight to move, more miles to cover, more vehicles, and more drivers—about 6.2 million as of 2017—to keep everything rolling.

A change is coming to iiX this month, but all the good things you’ve come to expect from us will stay just the same. We’re unveiling a new logo that ties us more closely to the larger business we’re part of: Verisk.

Good news for job hunters can mean hiring headaches for employers. The U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 18 years—3.8 percent—according to the Department of Labor.1 And many employers are scrambling to stay fully staffed.

Compliance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) REAL ID program for driver’s licenses is about more than getting onto airplanes. It also affects access to federal facilities and nuclear power plants, which may apply to anyone doing business with the government or utilities operating nuclear plants.

Despite what we see in movies and on television, there isn’t a single database of criminal activity that companies like iiX can use. It’s no surprise, then, that picking which criminal background check to run on a candidate can be a challenge for organizations that are new to this.

Affirmation is encouraging, and iiX received it in spades through responses to our annual customer survey. Almost 77% of our customers were likely to recommend us to a colleague, and a quarter rated our service as “superior,”1 thanks to prompt and personal attention, great results, and ease of use.

In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act which among other requirements stated that any selection procedure must be related to the job. With regards to the use of a Physical Abilities Test, this means the level of physical demands required for passing such a test cannot be greater than the actual job itself.

Sometimes it's the little things that mean a lot. We’re in the process of gathering important feedback from our customers during our annual iiX Customer Satisfaction Survey. What are we doing right? What can we improve upon? We encourage iiX customers to take a few minutes to tell us how you feel about the service we’re providing to you. We'll put that information to good use.

In business, as in life, change is normal. Your company’s name or location can change. Employees move around: Perhaps your top sales executive Bill has moved on to a new position within the company. Maybe June—a primary gatekeeper of critical information—has decided after 30 years to retire. Or perhaps Ann, a key contact person within the organization, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

The recent Equifax data breach has potentially compromised the personal data of some 143 million Americans–or half the U.S. adult population. In what is thought to be the largest-recorded cyber breach ever, the names, birth dates, addresses, and Social Security and driver’s license numbers of consumers were compromised by unauthorized individuals. Some credit card information may also have been breached.

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted tests that show strong side underride guards on tractor trailers are effective for preventing underride crashes. Underride guards are steel bars attached below a trailer to prevent a smaller vehicle from going under the trailer during a crash.

So, you want to know more about the people spending 8-plus hours working alongside you... Do a Google search for “background screening” and you’ll retrieve 11 million results. Search for “background screening companies” and the result is a paltry 6.5 million links.

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