Guest Editorial: What Do You Love About Being a Freight Broker?

Penske Logistics trucksThe transportation industry has a wonderful legacy of entrepreneurs and innovators. However, not every legendary tale is of someone whose new business start-up became one of the household names we all know today. There are many lesser-known success stories out there including freight brokers.

These are folks who may have learned the business working for a larger carrier or broker and then set out on their own as a small business enterprise. [Read more...]

Guest Editorial: Top 5 Things to Look For in a Freight Broker

Cargo containersThe critical nature of supply chains in today’s business environment is taxing the already lean logistics staffs of shippers. Beyond just running the business, logistics teams are spending more time on analytical projects, what-if scenarios and network designs. The list goes on and on.

Getting things done requires capable partners and one area of attention is in carrier sourcing. [Read more...]

Penske Used Trucks Website Offering Vehicle Delivery Calculator

Penske Used TrucksPenske Used Trucks has introduced an online vehicle delivery calculator to assist equipment buyers in the continental United States with estimating total purchase cost.

If a potential buyer locates a Penske 16-foot box truck for sale anywhere in the country and needs to have that vehicle transported to their operations [Read more...]

Motor Carriers: Do You Know Your Compliancy Deadlines?

Highway drivingMotor carriers have a number of deadlines they need to meet in order to stay compliant. To help stay current on upcoming dates between now and the middle of 2014, here’s an overview of industry dates that need to be met. [Read more...]

Retailers, Shippers Embrace an Omni-Channel

Penske omni-channel imageAs more and more consumers embrace digital technologies and e-commerce, retailers and shippers are moving to an omni-channel experience that integrates their stores with multiple fulfillment paths to meet customers’ needs quickly and provide a positive overall experience. [Read more...]

Guest Editorial: Static Pricing Models Out of Synch with Today’s Transportation Market

Highway photoI don’t know anyone who would argue with the assertion that supply chain operations must be highly dynamic and adaptable in order to succeed in today’s fast changing markets. Why is it, then, that pricing of transportation and other supply chain services remains a largely static process, based on annual bids and static routing guides that can never do more than reflect a single snapshot in time of a company’s freight volumes and flows? [Read more...]

Guest Editorial: Is Right Person Running Your Warehouse?

Stock Warehouse Leader PhotoDo you have the proper person running your warehouse operation today that will launch you into the next level of service required for tomorrow’s customers? Each year the logistic warehousing industry sees leaner margins due to ever increasing cost down initiatives by their customers. [Read more...]

Penske Honored with ATMC Excellence in Maintenance Training Award

Penske Wins ATMC Maintenance Training AwardPenske Truck Leasing was given a 2013 National Excellence in Training Award by the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC). One of seven companies to earn this honor, Penske was lauded for its heavy-duty and medium-duty truck preventive maintenance certification program for the 5,500 maintenance technicians and customer service representatives it employs across North America. [Read more...]

Guest Editorial: Small Changes Equal Big Paybacks

Warehouse Manager Counting InventoryWhen I’m working at home hanging pictures my wife can always spot a crooked picture from across the room. I usually have to pull out my iPhone and use the level function or grab a tape measure because it’s not centered on the wall.

I have an associate who is very adept at doing the same thing except he looks for waste. Not waste as in trash on the floor – but waste in motion, layout or process design. He can spot the problem from across the room. [Read more...]

Penske Given Green Award by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

shutterstock_17301190 [Converted]Penske Logistics has received a 2013 Green Supply Chain award from a logistics industry publication, Supply and Demand Chain Executive magazine.

According to the magazine, winners were recognized for “making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, and are working to achieve sustainability goals within their own operations. The awards also recognize providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.” [Read more...]