Today's Trucking

UPS looks to paint brown trucks green

March 5, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Carleton Rose of UPS says electric trucks are the “way of the future”. But they aren’t perfect. Not yet.


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.


UPS executive challenges fleets to ‘define excellence’

March 6, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. — Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, is challenging the trucking industry to define the excellence needed to realize cleaner cities, safer vehicles, and underlying technical knowledge.
“If you’re the one who defines excellence, then you’re the one who shapes expertise to achieve it,” Rose said.


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.


Delays at Vista Terminal up to 3 hours

August 1, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON. – Drivers picking up or dropping off items at Vista Cargo Terminal are facing long delays due to a Swissport ground crew strike in its fourth day at Pearson International Airport.


David Abney signs UPS onto diversity pledge

July 25, 2017 by elizabeth

ATLANTA, GA – UPS CEO and Chairman David Abney has taken a pledge to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Abney signed the pledge just a month after 175 CEOs came together to launch the “CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion” program, aimed at creating a more welcoming work environment for everyone.


UPS names Chief Information and Engineering Officer

April 24, 2017 by sehui

ATLANTA, GA – UPS has announced they’ve combined all technology and engineering functions into one organization and have named Juan Perez Chief Information and Engineering Officer. Mark Wallace will continue to lead Global Engineering and Sustainability as a member of UPS’ executive Management Committee and will report to Perez.


UPS expands dangerous goods shipping program

April 12, 2017 by sehui

ATLANTA, GA – UPS has announced it has expanded its global dangerous goods shipping program to include 400 additional commodities that can be accepted in its global air network, with 300 additional commodities across its European ground network. In addition, the company has also increased permitted quantity of select dangerous goods accepted for shipment.


Daum Reaches the Pinnacle

March 30, 2017 Rolf Lockwood

I’m writing this issue of the newsletter in absentia, so to speak, as it will be published while I’m away from computers and unable to stay in touch. To be more precise, I’m a week early in posting this so forgive me if giant events occur between now and the 22nd and they’re not covered here. Then again, this report isn’t intended as a news vehicle.


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.


UPS faces $872M fine in NY contraband cigarette lawsuit

November 7, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

NEW YORK, NY – New York court’s ruling on whether UPS should have been aware that it was shipping contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves is expected to come before year’s end, a judge said following closing arguments yesterday in the federal-civil trial of America’s largest courier service.


UPS begins testing drone deliveries in remote areas

September 26, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ATLANTA, GA – UPS has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations.


UPS driver shares tips after 25 years collision-free

September 14, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VAUGHAN, ON – Along with a big smile, Rohan Stephens has a big number 25 patch on his new khaki UPS blazer. It marks the number of years he has driven the courier service’s famous brown trucks without a single collision.
Stephens was presented with the UPS Circle of Honor blazer Wednesday alongside 17 other Ontario recipients. Canada, by year’s end, will have 132 UPS inductees within the Circle of Honor, part of some 8,000 UPS drivers worldwide to claim the 25-year safe driving milestone.


Fuel economy up 3% at 17 major fleets

August 24, 2016 by John Smith

NEW YORK, NY — Seventeen major North American fleets – including Canadian-based Challenger Motor Freight and Bison Transport – boosted their fuel economy by 3% in 2015, according the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released today by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE).

Fleet-wide fuel economy increased from 6.87 to 7.06 miles per gallon (34.2 to 33.3 liters per 100 kilometers), representing the largest boost in eight years of consecutive improvements. And they saved just shy of $650 million on fuel bills when compared to the national average.

Put another way, their individual trucks saved about $6,020 per year compared to the baseline of a “business as usual” truck that reaches 6.3 miles per gallon (37.3 liters per 100 kilometers).


UPS speeds up delivery for Maritimes, Quebec

August 23, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

MISSISSAUGA, ON – As Canada emerges as one of the world’s Top 5 online shoppers, UPS says it’s time for U.S. shippers to reach ground customers in the Maritimes and Quebec one day sooner at no additional charge.