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A digital economy and physical moves coming together

April 15, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – As digital as the economy becomes, there will always be a need to move goods from Point A to Point B. But Francis Roy, director at vHub, stresses the need for business models to evolve.

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Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket

January 29, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.

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Aftermarket continues to be healthy, Vipar conference hears

October 17, 2018 by John Smith

MARCO ISLAND, Fla — Times are good everywhere in the trucking industry and Chris Baer, president and CEO of Vipar Heavy Duty, confirmed that this applies to the aftermarket segment as well. “It’s a good time to be in the truck parts business these days,” he said during the company’s annual conference in Marco Island, Fla.

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‘Hey Mercedes’: Sprinter gains ground in North America

September 6, 2018 by John Smith

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The medium-duty Sprinter vans sold in North America are German no longer, with units now assembled entirely in a new plant that Mercedes-Benz Vans has inaugurated in Charleston, S.C.

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Amazon re-shaping ‘final mile’ and beyond

March 28, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amazon — the bookseller that transformed into the world’s largest online retailer – has been transforming the way goods are trucked to market. And not just the freight that rolls through its distribution centers. Thank (or blame) the need for speed.

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Amazon experiments with delivery model

October 5, 2017 by John Smith

SEATTLE, WA – Amazon is experimenting with a free two-day delivery model that would see it taking over some roles currently handled by United Parcel Service and FedEx, Bloomberg is reporting.

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IN PRINT — The Clock is Ticking: Consumer demands transform trucking

October 3, 2017 by John Smith

Seventeen years ago, Tom Hanks stood in a shipping yard and lamented that 87 hours was an eternity. Castaway was on the big screen, and the Hollywood superstar was playing a time-obsessed operations manager for a world-wide shipping company. Shouting that “the cosmos [were] created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled in 87 hours. Fortunes made and squandered,” Hanks was forecasting the future of the supply chain.

From 87 hours to just 24 or less, time is running out for goods that take more than a day to get to consumers, and trucking is undergoing massive changes, all thanks to a store that sells just about everything: Amazon.

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IN PRINT — The Last Mile: Companies from Amazon to Zootly are transforming trucking

March 30, 2017 by John Smith

Consumers are now a click away from just about anything they want to buy. But the story of convenience does not end there. These e-commerce transactions are also transforming the way goods are shipped from Distribution Centers, and even giving birth to new private fleet models.

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Amazon files patent for airborne fulfillment center

January 2, 2017 by John Smith

SEATTLE, WA — An Amazon patent filing surfaced on December 28, describing an airborne fulfillment center for the company’s drone delivery system, according to a report by CNBC.

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Amazon fights ground shipping costs by leasing 20 planes

March 10, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SEATTLE, WA – After spending more than $11.5 billion on ground shipping for 2015, online commerce giant Amazon is taking to the air after leasing 20 Boeing 747 freighter planes for its U.S. deliveries.