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FedEx cut Amazon ties in U.S., but not in Canada

September 9, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — FedEx has terminated a business relationship with Amazon in the U.S., but the work with the e-commerce giant continues in Canada.

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Will drones help trucks transform the final mile?

September 1, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Consumer demand and e-commerce are transforming shipments and routes, but could drones eventually support trucks in the race to serve the final mile?

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Opinion: Fleets must embrace a digital transformation

July 10, 2019 Mike McCarron

It should be no surprise to anyone that big tech companies are set on disrupting the fragmented trucking sector. There is certainly room to improve.


Opinion: E-commerce will reshape trucking in final mile and beyond

April 9, 2019 John G. Smith

As buyers point and click with increasing frequency, e-commerce is reshaping trucking activities in a way that we haven’t seen since automakers first embraced Just in Time delivery schedules.


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.


Canada Post looks to clear ‘hundreds’ of backlogged trailers

November 27, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The annual surge of online shopping linked to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals has concluded. The question that remains is how quickly the parcels will ship through Canada Post.


‘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.


Bedard warns against adding capacity

May 4, 2018 by John Smith

LA MALBAIE, Que. – Alain Bedard, chief executive officer of TFI International, is emphasizing the value of a stable workforce — and warning carriers to avoid the temptation of adding capacity at a time when the demand for transportation is exceptionally strong.


Trucking is growing, but watch NAFTA and driver shortage

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trucking activity is surging thanks to an array of economic factors in the U.S., but there would be a steep price to pay if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on threats to pull out of NAFTA. “NAFTA trade via truck supports over 46,000 jobs in our industry, including nearly 31,000 truck driver jobs,” the ATA’s Bob Costello observed during Omnitracs’ fourth-annual Outlook conference.


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter keeping connected

February 7, 2018 by John Smith

DUISBURG, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Vans chose the inland port city of Duisburg, Germany, to reveal is third-generation Sprinter, which adapts to a rapidly evolving world where delivery vehicles are expected to be a constantly connected piece of the Internet of […]


Polaris unveils online booking portal

January 31, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Polaris Transportation has officially unveiled an online booking portal, which has been developed over the past year. The tool is designed to book up to four standard 48x48x72-inch pallets per destination, or custom pallet configurations as required, […]


Parts is Parts? Hardly. Observations from Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

January 26, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV — Children of the 1980s might recall a Wendy’s commercial that mocked the quality of chicken sandwiches from competing fast food chains. “Parts is parts,” the cashier for a generic restaurant says with a shrug, suggesting different pieces can be fused together into some sort of processed Frankenchicken.

There are clearly differences in parts, though.


Sobey’s, Ocado partner on grocery delivery

January 26, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Another grocery giant will be entering the home delivery space in Canada.

Sobey’s is partnering with grocery software and order fulfillment company Ocado Group to build a web shop and Customer Fulfilment Center (CFC) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).


Dana enhances e-commerce platform, introduces seal installation tool kit

January 25, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Dana announced enhancements to its e-commerce platform, and a new seal installation took kit during Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week.

Dana launched its e-catalog and e-commerce platform at HDAW last year, and says it has since added many upgrades and enhancements.


Communication key to distributor partnerships

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Price plays a role in any business transaction, but strong relationships continue to be a differentiator when it comes to selling truck parts — even in an era of e-commerce.

“It’s changed the way communication happens, but it doesn’t change the type of communication,” says Carl Mesker, SAF Holland’s vice president – aftermarket. “What’s critically important is the relationship and the trust.”