With the legalization of recreational marijuana just over the border in Massachusetts, Rhode Island dispensaries are looking for ways to step up their games and compete with new competition from the north once the law goes into effect in July of 2018.

Only medical marijuana is currently available in the state of Rhode Island, but the three dispensaries in the state aren’t taking the news or the new competition without putting up a fight.

How are they fighting? By offering a new service, medical-marijuana delivery services.

How will this help?

For patients that have medical marijuana cards, it’s one way to keep their business in the state, by bringing the goods to them.

Many patients who could benefit from medical marijuana have been reluctant to do so. Not only does Rhode Island require them to be listed on a state registry, but they must also pay $50 each year to renew their patient cards.

Dispensaries believe the convenience of having delivery to their homes will offset some of these considerations while offering a value-added service that will be unavailable from Massachusetts dispensaries.

The good news for Rhode Island dispensaries is the belief that when the first recreational marijuana shops open in Massachusetts there will be insufficient supply to meet the demand. This means Rhode Island dispensaries may not be hard hit by new competition until more shops are available and the supply begins to meet, if not exceed, the demand.

There is also hope that the hefty taxes imposed on recreational marijuana in Massachusetts will keep many Rhode Island patients buying close to home instead.

The added convenience of in-home delivery may be the ticket to turn the tide in favor of Rhode Island dispensaries – at least for a little while.

In an agreement struck with the state Department of Health, one Rhode Island dispensary has been offering limited delivery services to medical marijuana patients who were homebound.

Recently, though, the state put the brakes on the program, at least temporarily. The remaining dispensaries are hopeful, even confident, this will change. So much so that they’ve invested in GPS fleet tracking and locked compartments for vehicles to monitor their locations and ensure the safety of deliveries and delivery drivers. Their goal is to offset their potential losses by adding a convenience factor that Massachusetts can’t deliver to Rhode Island customers.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released its annual report of holiday automobile thefts that occurred in 2016. The report included 11 major holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

That’s not all the report reveals. It also reports on the daily rates of theft for each month, and rates the highest and lowest occurrences of vehicle thefts for 2016.

One interesting note is that this report reveals the five states with the biggest vehicle theft problem. They are:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Washington
  • Georgia

One surprising bit of information is that while there is typically an uptick around the holidays, there are three holidays where vehicle theft trends down: Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Looks like quality time with significant others and time spent with family does help to deter crime.

In fact, Christmas Day had the fewest incidents of car theft of any day in 2016, reporting only 1,664 thefts that day compared to a daily average for the year of 2,196. It appears that thieves aren’t overly fond of frigid temperatures as the remaining two lowest days of the year with thefts reports were March 27, 2016 when thieves absconded with 1,746 vehicles and February 28, 2016 when 1,759 cars were stolen.

Halloween was the biggest holiday for car theft, which makes sense as many people choose this night to go joyriding as pranks. It was not, however, the biggest day of the year for car thefts. That prize goes to August 1, 2016 when 2,840 cars were reported stolen. The second and third highest vehicle theft days go to October 17, 2016 with 2,650 vehicles reported stolen and July 1, 2016 when 2,671 vehicles were reported stolen.

While it’s good to know which holidays and times of year vehicle thefts tend to be on the rise, it’s important to be diligent daily and defend your vehicles. If your vehicle is stolen, using GPS car tracking can help you locate it quickly.

  • Don’t leave your running car unattended – a common occurrence in winter when people warm vehicles before venturing outside.
  • Park in your garage when possible. Out of sight is out of mind.
  • Install GPS tracking in your vehicle to assist with a swift recovery if it is stolen.

Small changes in your routine, like these, can help you protect your investment in your vehicle.

The men and women who drive in your fleet not only help your business make money, but they also serve as ambassadors for your business by representing your name and your brand every time they are on the road. It’s important to hire the best of the best who will do great things for your company and represent your name well. These tips will help you hire the best truck drivers for your fleet in 2018 and beyond.

  1. Conduct Interviews in Person

While the information age makes phone and Skype interviews possible, nothing yet replaces the ability to look someone in the eye to gauge them as a person you’d want to have on your team.

  1. Verify Licenses and Certifications

While you want to trust the men and women you’re considering hiring, these people will represent your business. It’s good to trust, but verify, for the sake of your business.

  1. Incentivize Safe Driving

Excellent driving skills are necessary for truck drivers, but that doesn’t mean that drivers always exercise the greatest care when they are out of sight. GPS fleet tracking allows you to track driver behavior so you can reward good drivers while taking corrective or disciplinary actions with those who are not driving safely.

  1. Review Work History

Confirm the work history of drivers and check their references. This is just one more way you can cover your business if something occurs down the road. You don’t want to have missed something important, like a completely falsified work history.

  1. Search for Criminal History

You can’t afford to hire drivers with histories of theft from employers and other criminal charges that could reflect poorly on your business. While you may not be interested in arrests made for college pranks, stealing from former employers is a red flag you’ll want to know about before you hire new drivers rather than after.

  1. Invest in Driver Health

Healthy drivers are good for business. It’s as simple as that. Driver health is important and good health can result in fewer accidents, lower absentee rates, and reduced instances of driver fatigue. Driving is a demanding job that leaves men and women spending a lot of time seated, investing in good health programs that get them on their feet and out of their seats when possible is a great way to boost your business and keep good drivers lining up to work for your fleet.

  1. Keep a Good Reputation

Your reputation isn’t only important to customers. If your goal is to have the best drivers working for you then you need to make sure you develop a reputation for treating your drivers well. Use social media and request that your drivers say a few good words about your organization from time to time as well.

  1. Offer Abundant Time at Home

Drivers and their families give up a lot when drivers spend a great deal of time on the road. It’s not an easy life. Giving them plenty of time at home can improve their mental health, their physical health, and their happiness working for you. This reduces turnover and helps boost your reputation.

  1. Recruit Military Veterans

Hiring military veterans is not only good for business, but it can earn your business tax credits too. It will boost your reputation with customers and drivers alike while giving deserving men and women an opportunity to earn for their families upon returning to civilian life.

  1. Test Practical and Mechanical Skills

While it is essential to be certain your drivers have the practical skills behind the wheel to get the job done, they also need to possess some basic diesel mechanics skills too if they are driving long hauls for your fleet. Testing both allows you to put your drivers on the road with confidence that they can handle most situations that will come their way.

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