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24 May by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

GCR Tires & Service launches Route Planner Tool

GCR Tires & Service (GCR), a business of Bridgestone Americas Inc., recently launched a new Route Planner tool available on the GCR website. Powered by an enhanced Store Location Finder application, the Route Planner provides access to course intelligence to locate GCR stores along haul routes and select store locations based on their specific service needs, the company noted.

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23 May by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

YRC: Think technology first, trucking second

Motor carriers need to both embrace and lead with technology, explains chief customer officer at YRC Worldwide.

PHILADELPHIA. Justin Hall believes that it's time to rethink how trucking companies visualize themselves and the services they provide in order to survive and thrive in the increasingly digitized world of supply chain operations.

“We need to embrace and lead with technology,” Hall, chief customer officer for LTL conglomerate YRC Worldwide, explained during a presentation here at the ALK Technology Summit.

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23 May by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

War of Words Erupts over Trump Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released 6-page “fact sheet” on President Trump's “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

The bullet item calls for reducing the restriction on tolling of Interstate highways so as to “allow the States to assess their transportation needs and weigh the relative merits of tolling assets.”

In the next sentence, the administration said that it also “supports allowing the private sector to construct, operate, and maintain interstate rest areas, which are often overburden and inadequately maintained.”

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association was quick to praise the Trump Administration for seeking to draw down the restriction against Interstate tolling that dates back over 60 years.

“Today, the Trump Administration became the second straight White House to call for easing the ban on Interstate tolling and giving states the maximum flexibility needed to make the best funding decisions for their local transportation projects,” said Patrick Jones, IBTTA executive director and CEO.

Jones said IBTTA wants “Congress to immediately join with the President to reduce burdensome regulations that prevent state and local governments from utilizing all available funding mechanisms. Toll financing may not be the answer for every highway, bridge, or tunnel project in the country, but the power of tolling is proven and effective.

“Combined with the President's proposed investment in infrastructure, tolling can provide valuable resources to the states to tackle transportation infrastructure projects,” he added.

Not buying the administration's proposal was the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates. “We are very concerned about how heavily the Trump Administration wants to rely upon public-private partnerships to fund our roads and the idea of loosening the federal restriction on tolling interstate highways,” said ATFI Spokesperson Stephanie Kane. “As outlined in the proposed budget, leveraging $200 billion public dollars into a $1 trillion transportation plan ...Read the rest of this story

23 May by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Haldex Updates Website for Ease of Use

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Haldex has rolled out its updated website, designed to be easier to use for customers looking to place orders and search for parts.

The website works with any mobile platform and now features a “click to order” function to make it easier to place an order. Parts availability is shown in real time and orders can be placed by clicking on the part number, which adds it to the online shopping cart . The website also allows users to view part numbers, product drawings, images and product dimensions.

A new My Haldex tab allows customers to check order status, review order history, search by purchase order, view invoices, core report summaries, and core turn analysis.

Product literature can be sorted by document type -- such as a brochure, user guide, technical information -- sorted by product category or sorted by language. All available literature pieces can be viewed, downloaded, or printed.

Over 20,000 parts numbers are featured in the Haldex Cross Reference interchange, which allows customers to cross a competitive part number to a Haldex number for comparison.

“We will continue to develop our online capabilities to make it easier for our customers to quickly access product information, customer specific data, and Haldex services,” said Mark Owen, vice president aftermarket sales North America.

Related: Haldex Adds Smart Trailer Control Module

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Ancra Partnership Brings Preinstalled Captive Beam Decking System

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Ancra International has partnered with CellTech Metals to provide a new category of bonded truck and trailer wall systems.

Track from either of Ancra's captive beam decking systems is now available preassembled into CellTech metal sandwich wall panels. Integrating the track from Ancra's Lift-A-Deck II or Vers-A-Deck systems into the panel manufacturing process before vehicle assembly can reduce costs and installation time.

CellTech wall panels offer a high stiffness to weight ratio and a rivetless exterior for distortion-free placement of custom graphics. The smooth interior surface achieved by flush-mount bonding reduces the risk of track and cargo damage, according to Ancra.

This partnership between Ancra and CellTech is aimed at mutual customers that want to maximize load space and reduced damage claims by avoiding double stacking of freight.

Related: Vers-A-Deck Captive Decking System Offers Versatility

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Truck tonnage index down 2.5% in April

Index off 1.8% from year earlier, ATA reports.

American Trucking Assns.' advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 2.5% in April, following a 1.1% decline during March. (March's percentage decrease was slightly more than reported on April 18, ATA said.) In April, the index equaled 134 (2000=100), down from 137.4 in March. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.

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