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    Pirelli Launches Petathalon D Long Haul Drive Tire

    Pirelli has launched Pentathlon D, its first tire in the Pentathlon product line dedicated to long haul drive applications in North America.

    After a pilot phase of extensive testing, research and development, Pentathlon D is one of the latest tires to launch from TP Commercial Solutions, an entity of the Pirelli's industrial business unit that supplies commercial truck tires and fleet solutions globally.

    Pentathlon D is designed for high mileage, fuel savings, and low emissions as a SmartWay verified tire with EcoImpact features.

    “Pentathlon D provided excellent results in testing against the industry's most important performance benchmarks of mileage and traction in all conditions,” said Clif Armstrong, president of TP Commercial Solutions.

    Features include a dual layer tread compound for longer life, an optimized pattern and 3SB belt for durability and even wear, a tread pattern that provides high grip in all weather conditions, and the company's Spiral Advanced Technology for Truck that is designed for retreadability.

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    FourKites Real-Time Temperature Tracking Helps Shippers Stay FSMA-Compliant

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    FourKites has launched a new real-time temperature and location tracking solution for shippers, allowing users to monitor shipment temperatures and ensure compliance across the supply chain.

    The real-time temperature tracking is designed to help shippers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act, which requires shippers and carriers take steps to ensure that temperature-sensitive foods remain within a safe temperature range during transit.

    By monitoring the temperature in real time, shippers can reduce spoilage, operational costs, and one-time spot buys, according to FourKites. They can also improve customer service by identifying potentially non-compliant loads earlier in the shipping process.

    FourKites' solution relays load temperatures with location data every 15 minutes from top telematics and trailer temperature tracking manufacturers. It features customizable notifications to alert users as soon as temperatures fall outside a specified range. Visualization and analysis tools allow shippers to review individual and aggregated load temperatures over time to spot trends and compare against industry benchmarks.

    “As a partner to the largest food and beverage companies in the U.S., helping our customers achieve FSMA compliance is a natural evolution of our product,” said Mathew Elenjickal, founder and CEO of FourKites.

    Related: Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?

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    Look for a vendor-partner, not just a vendor

    When you are selecting an outside company to do business with, whether it's one for purchasing parts or turning over your service work, look beyond selecting a vendor. Instead look for what I call a vendor-partner.

    The word vendor implies a transaction. And while the term vendor-partner is not a legal arrangement, it is a contractual one. In a relationship with a vendor-partner there are shared expectations. For example, a vendor-partner does not merely sell tires; it sells cost per mile.

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