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Aftermarket increasingly global, online

January 23, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – The business of selling truck parts has become increasingly global, introducing a series of new brands along the way. But the source of the parts is only one thing to change, as the industry is further transformed by the tools of e-commerce.

“It’s amazing to see what’s happened in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association president Tim Kraus, referring to the global alliances of Volvo and Mack, Paccar and DAF, Navistar and Volkswagen, and equipment made under the Daimler umbrella.

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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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E-commerce is transforming trucking

August 28, 2017 by elizabeth

NASHVILLE, TN – 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 at 87 hours. Fortunes made and squandered,” Hanks was forecasting the future of 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.
As e-commerce grows exponentially, taking larger and larger shares of markets — like household goods, cosmetics and personal care items, groceries, and furniture — it’s re-shaping how goods are packaged, shipped, and stored, forcing fleets to adapt quickly. Retail markets were up in July all over the United States, but online sales saw an increase of 1.3%, compared to just 0.1% for traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

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Wabash National buying Supreme body builder

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

LAFAYETTE, IN – Wabash National is purchasing Supreme Industries — the second-largest maker of truck bodies in the U.S. – as an answer to the growing e-commerce segment.
The cash offer is valued at US $21 per share, which equates to an equity value of $364 million and enterprise value of $342 million. The company expects to realize at least $20 million in annual cost savings by 2021, largely through corporate and procurement expenses and operational savings. Supreme, founded in 1974, recorded $299 million in sales last year and has seven facilities across the country. (All figures are in US dollars.)
The Wabash portfolio includes dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, and platform trailers.

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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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UPS reports successful drone delivery

February 21, 2017 by John Smith

LITHIA, FL – UPS says it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of one of its famed package cars, delivering a package to a home and returning to the truck while the driver continues along the route.

The test was conducted in Tampa, Florida on Monday with Ohio-based Workhorse Group, which developed the electric truck and drone used in the test.

The Workhorse HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system includes an octocopter delivery drone that docks on the roof of the truck. A cage underneath the drone extends through a hatch in the truck. The driver loads the package into the cage and sends the rechargeable drone on its pre-set autonomous flight. It has a 30-minute flight time and can carry packages that weigh up to 10 pounds.

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PuroPost guarantees 2-5 day deliveries

February 21, 2017 by John Smith

JERICHO, NY – Purolator International’s ecommerce shipping solution, PuroPost, will now offer guaranteed delivery in two to five days to any residential address in Canada with the introduction of PuroPost Plus.

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Dana unveils new e-commerce platform

January 25, 2017 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV – Dana’s new e-commerce platform means Spicer and SVL driveline product information is just a click or search term away. The actual purchasing, however, remains in the hands of the company’s distributors.

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FedEx ups profit by 23%, invests in e-commerce

December 18, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

MEMPHIS, TN- Trucking and package delivery giant FedEx Corp. reported a 23-percent jump in profit for its fiscal year second quarter.

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Truckers Buckle Up for Busy Holiday Season

December 2, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Canadian truckers might want to get ready for a busy holiday season this winter because more folks in Western Canada plan to buy their gifts online, a new poll shows.