Penske Truck Rental Ready for Holiday Shipping Demand

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Green Monday. You name it. The holiday season is here and Penske Truck Rental is busy helping parcel companies and retailers meet their peak holiday shipping demands. Recently, the National Retail Federation issued its 2011 forecast for the holiday season.

The association forecasts retailers will have an “average” type season in spite of the challenging economic conditions. The association expects holiday retail sales for 2011 to increase 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion. [Read more…]

Tracking CSA Data and Top Violations

Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) program that calculates fleets’ safety scores and determines which fleets warrant intervention, was introduced nationwide earlier this year, and carriers are continuing to review their safety data and determine what inspectors are focusing on at roadside inspections. [Read more…]

Risk of Cargo Theft Rising

Cargo theft has been steadily increasing since 2008 and is on track to rise again in 2011. Thieves are becoming more selective and organized, which is adding to the increase. [Read more…]

Guest Editorial: Private vs. Dedicated Fleet? Top Shipper Considerations

Over the last few years, the combined forces of rising energy, equipment and commodity prices have created a strain on transportation budgets. Simply put, the costs of acquiring, fueling and operating a fleet continues to rise. Logistics managers face competing pressures to reduce internal costs, without sacrificing service levels required by value-conscious customers.

Not surprisingly, in-house fleets are under significant pressure to justify their effectiveness vs. available alternatives. Options generally include the increased use of common carriers or conversion from a private fleet to a dedicated contract carriage arrangement with a logistics provider. [Read more…]

Penske Logistics Manages Natura’s New Distribution Center in South America

Natura, a leading Brazilian manufacturer of skin care, cosmetics, perfume, hair care and other beauty products, recently announced the opening of its first distribution center in Parana, Brazil, with Penske Logistics South America selected to manage the operation.

The facility is located in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, near the metropolitan area of Curitiba. The building will supply Natura’s sales growth in the southern region and to improve services provided to Natura’s door-to-door sales consultants. [Read more…]

Latest Volvo Equipment Available with Advanced Technology

Penske Truck Leasing is offering 2012 Volvo day cabs and sleepers available with no regen engines. One is perfect for routes close to home and the other is perfect for long hauls. Both are available for immediate lease and quick delivery.*  [Read more…]

Penske Named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer

Penske has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list.

The magazine recognizes military friendly companies that demonstrate commitment to recruiting America’s veterans.

In a news release, Sean Collins, senior brand manager for G.I. Jobs, said, “Appearing on the G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list is recognition of these companies’ hard work and their allocation of resources to recruiting from this invaluable employee base.” [Read more…]

How Low Can You Go?

Don’t become the next star of a YouTube video by driving your rental truck under a bridge or overpass that is too low.

The internet features countless images of truck drivers attempting to maneuver their tall vehicles under low clearances, peeling back their roofs like sardine cans. To avoid this embarrassing driving blunder, the experts at Penske Truck Rental encourage you to watch for overhead clearance postings. [Read more…]

Penske Thanks and Supports Veterans

Penske thanks and supports veterans and active military members not only on Veterans Day, but every day.

“Penske is grateful for members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their valuable contributions to both our nation and our organization,” said Mary Ellen Morris, Penske’s vice president of staffing and associate relations. “Our company is a better company when we include former members of the military who have demonstrated their work ethic, their commitment and their dedication to their country.  For that reason, we continue to reach out to military veterans, retirees and reservists to join the Penske team. Penske has been recognized by the Department of Defense for our support of the Guard and Reserve.” [Read more…]

Penske Helping Improve European Cold Chain Drug Distribution Safety

A Penske Logistics Europe associate is among a top group of industry experts that collaboratively helped draft new pharmaceutical supply chain management guidelines designed to strengthen cold chain safety practices in Europe.

Olav Berkelmans, a Penske operations manager based in Roosendaal, The Netherlands, had a hand in drafting the European Guideline on Risk Management for Temperature-Controlled Distribution. He is one of nearly two dozen supply chain and pharma professionals asked to contribute by the taskforce leader, an executive with a global drug maker. [Read more…]