Penske Driver Nominated for America’s Road Team

Every two years, America’s Road Team searches for the country’s top drivers. This year, Penske Logistics driver Neil Kirk has been nominated to be a part of the best of the best.

Created by American Trucking Assocations, America’s Road Team is a national public outreach program led by a group of professional truck drivers – nominated by their employers – who share superior driving skills and safety records, along with a desire to spread the word about safety on the highway. [Read more…]

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…]

Penske Increases Bulk DEF Offerings at U.S. Fueling Facilities

Following the addition of 19,000 new medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks this year equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, Penske Truck Leasing is expanding its bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) availability at 370 of its major U.S. fueling sites. [Read more…]

Driver Shortage Remains a Top Concern

The availability of qualified truck drivers is always a long-term industry concern, but rebounding freight volumes in 2010 have brought the driver shortage issue back to the forefront and numbers continue to rise. 

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that the turnover rate for over-the-road truck drivers rose to 79 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the latest period for which figures are available. [Read more…]

Social Media Use Rising in Logistics

While Facebook and logistics are not two words often used in the same sentence, many third-party logistics companies are beginning to explore the use of social media tools for their companies, according to the 18th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Providers. The survey was presented October 4 by its author Dr. Robert Lieb, professor of supply chain management at Northeastern University. The report was underwritten by Penske Logistics. [Read more…]

DOT Aims to Increase Safety with Cell Phone Restrictions

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently reviewing comments on its proposed safety regulation that would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. 

FMCSA already bans text messaging for all drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle.  That rule took effect late last year, and in March DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule banning texting for intrastate haulers carrying hazardous materials. [Read more…]

Penske Supporting Penn State’s Supply Chain Leadership Forum

Joe Gallick, a senior executive with Penske Logistics, will serve as guest program director for one of the nation’s leading university supply chain programs. 

The Penn State University Center for Supply Chain Research is hosting the Fall 2011 Supply Chain Leaders Forum in University Park, Pa. from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9.  It will examine the economics, outlooks and trends for global supply chains. [Read more…]

Guest Blog: Opportunity Knocks for 3PLs and Shippers. Will They Answer?

If I put myself in the shoes of a 3PL and read the recently published Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 22nd Annual State of Logistics Report®, my overall takeaway is this: Opportunity knocks.

Manufacturers and retailers face many complex challenges in the years ahead: [Read more…]

Rising Pump Prices Fuel More Gas and Diesel Thefts

Rising fuel prices for gasoline and diesel have made consumer and commercial trucks easy targets for crooks looking to steal fuel. One recent media report from Hickory, N.C. noted that over 400 gallons of gas, valued at nearly $2,000, were pilfered from the parked trucks of area businesses.  [Read more…]

Penske’s Earth Day Tip: Join SmartWay. Save Fuel. Help the Environment.

As Earth Day 2011 approaches, Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics encourage everyone in the transportation and logistics sectors to consider joining the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to help further reduce fuel consumption needs and emissions. [Read more…]