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We’re excited to announce that ALK’s own Director of Implementation & Support, Jeff Sibio, has a feature chapter in Peter Bakker’s book, Reinventing the Post: Building a Sustainable Future. Jeff’s chapter, Efficiency Provides Many Gains and Multiple Winners, demonstrates his expertise and passion for the industry. He covers topics including the challenges facing the transportation and delivery industry and provides solutions on how to achieve efficiency and sustainability.
Here’s an excerpt from Jeff’s Chapter, Efficiency Provides Many Gains and Multiple Winners:
“Becoming more sustainable can seem like an impossible goal. Especially with managing the expansive demands of today’s delivery environment, labor turnover and customer expectations while also reducing costs, and serving a continuously growing customer base. Similarly with our facilities, which are constantly space-challenged with the changes in mail and parcel flow, our assets and resources are equally strained. Where does sustainability possibly get added on?”
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Jeff is known for his innovative, customer-first approach and his deep expertise in transportation and logistics. With over 25 years of experience, he is considered a thought-leader in the T&L industry and has spoken and published widely on transportation technology topics. Throughout his career, Jeff has been sought out for his unique ability to bridge the gap between operations and technology.
Provides LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers updated nationwide commercial routing, mileage and mapping
Birmingham, Alabama – October 5, 2015 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, and McLeod Software, a leading provider of transportation management and trucking software solutions, today announced that ALK’s PC*MILER® 29 routing, mileage and mapping software has been successfully tested and approved for use with McLeod’s LoadMaster® and PowerBroker® products.
“This integration provides our customers another helpful tool in managing their fleets and brokerage operations to gain further efficiency and cost savings,” said Robert Brothers, manager of product development at McLeod Software.
Throughout the year, we send our experts to nearly 70 tradeshows around North American and Europe to spend time with customers, build partnerships, and spread the word of our products: PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps. It’s during these shows that we get to spend quality time with customers and partners, where we open the floor to any questions and/or comments they may have. It is always a pleasure to visit with attendees and showcase our products through demos and candid conversations.
We hope to see you at the following events:
Plan on attending? Don’t miss our presentation on True Route Compliance on October 6 @ 3PM!
–Mobility for Business • October 6-8
– FreitRater User Group Conference • October 11-13
New Orleans, LA
We’re presenting about PC*MILER’s new features and benefits of the latest release, PC*MILER 29!
– American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exhibition • October 17-20 • Booth 718
– NEW! ALK Interactive Training Program • October 28
– PeopleNet Canada Transportation Symposium • November 9-10
– Truckstop Connected • November 9-11
To further enhance our relationships with customers, we created our own Interactive Training Program, taking place on October 28, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where our team of product experts will take turns leading training sessions. Some of the topics include:
- Solving Compliance Challenges with the new HOS Manager in PC*MILER
- Maximizing Revenue and Assets with Improved ETAs
- Ensuring True Route Compliance with CoPilot Truck
- Cloud Services: Web-Based Application Options for Specialized Integrations
- And more!
For your convenience, there are two available tracks to choose from: the first is the morning session, running from 9AM – 12:15PM and the second is the afternoon session, running from 1:30PM – 4:45PM. The programs will be identical in terms of session offerings.
This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our suite of solutions! With a hands-on, one-on-one approach, you’ll come away with more knowledge of our products, confidence in your company, and connections you can count on. Register today – we’d love to see you and teach you how you can improve your fleets’ efficiency, compliance, and ROI.
For more information, contact Dana Petrone, Senior Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPFORUM 2015 Sponsor Series: Mapping the Journey from Navigation to Advanced Route Solutions with ALK Technologies
As a sponsor of APPFORUM 2015, ALK is eager to meet application developers to swap ideas about practical, commercial approaches to enterprise challenges in the key areas of fleet navigation, mapping and route optimization. We will be sending one of our experts to Las Vegas to give you hands-on experience with some of the software solutions we offer, so that he may take your praise (and your constructive criticism) directly back to our development team.
As the enterprise continues to digitize its business processes, it has become essential to maintain a constant rapport with key channel partners to see market developments in advance. This approach enables ALK to timely adapt existing products and leverage opportunities to bring new products to market. With an eye always focused on how mobility and the Internet of Things is constantly impacting the enterprise, it has become possible to harness the power of transportation and travel technology to enhance mobility and IoT in revolutionary ways. ALK’s solutions now enable the enterprise to:
- Allow web-based customers to review vehicle restrictions (including Hazmat) and use map overlays for fuel and truck stops, weigh stations and toll roads;
- Implement Weather Alerts for a positive impact on route planning, efficiency and driver safety;
- Maintain operational consistency between the planned back office routes and actual routes driven among multiple products; and
- Manage driver efficiency, save miles and fuel costs, and improve customer service by combining mapping software with customized driver-management tools to track assets and plan vehicle-specific routes.
And let’s not forget the huge impact that the rise of the consumer is having on the industry’s evolution. Quite simply, the tech savvy individual now wants the technology they use in a business context to match the simplicity and convenience of the technology they use in their daily lives. In the context of mapping and navigation, this emerging breed of consumer has come to expect clear, detailed and accurate voice directions (with spoken street names if you please), traffic and parking data, and high quality, downloadable maps of the entire nation that are regularly updated, easily manageable and pleasant to look at. These opinionated consumers are regularly voicing their many demands to increasingly mobile and digitized enterprise employers.
ALK has sponsored the APPFORUM for several years now, because we consider it a key influencer in ensuring that both experienced and new developers are aware of our expanding portfolio of business solutions. During the event, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the mapping, route optimization and navigation software in which ALK specializes, especially ALK Maps, a toolset for routing visualization and asset management that includes commercial routing and Geocoding as standard features. We can also explore the many features of CoPilot Professional and CoPilot Truck, which is navigation software that has been verified and certified for a broad range of Zebra mobile computers and is currently installed on over 250,000 Zebra devices world-wide.
The enterprise will be earnest in drawing upon the experience of developers who may have new ideas or concepts for improving current products. In order to become relevant to the enterprise, development teams must poise themselves to deliver wherever there is a requirement for innovation in any aspect of a company’s professional portfolio that makes commercial sense. The market will drive these requirements, and developers must keep their eye on the market. Developers would also do well to develop a footprint in the social media space (which has proved to be one of the key ways to interact) and to be adaptable and open-minded to new emerging technologies.
It will be great to have a chat about all of these topics and more at APPFORUM. We look forward to seeing you there.
By: David Morris, Business Development Manager with ALK
Dave Morris is a Business Development Manager with ALK, working out of its London office. Dave combines an analytical development background with a practical, commercial approach to the challenges faced by enterprise level organizations in the key areas of fleet navigation, mapping and route optimization. Prior to joining ALK, Dave worked with Capgemini on a range of projects including systems to improve the efficiency of processes at the launch of Terminal 5 at Europe’s busiest airport, London Heathrow.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week may be coming to an end, but don’t let that stop you from tipping your hats and thanking these hardworking men and women any chance you get. Truckers dedicate their time to safely transporting the necessities of life to Americans, keeping us happy and also acting as a critical factor to our economy. Who knows what life would be like without them!
Next time you see a truck driving alongside you, think about these incredible facts, presented by Trucking Moves America Forward:
The Impact of Professional Truck Drivers on the American Economy
- The 3.4 million American professional truck drivers drove over 421 billion miles in 2014.
- Most individual long-haul drivers average 100,000 to 110,000 miles of driving per year; regional and city drivers will drive an average of 48,000 miles.
- Trucking is still the dominant mode of freight transportation, hauling over 68% of domestic freight in 2014.
- 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
ALK Technologies proudly honors each and every truck driver across the country
and thanks them for their service and dedication.
Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2015.
Did you know there are 3.4 million professional truck drivers working day in and day out to provide Americans with the goods and services they need? Think about what you’re wearing, what you brought for lunch, or the furniture you’re sitting in. Such items (and millions more!) are transported by the hard-working, dedicated truck drivers that this week is ALL about! September 13-19 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, so when you see a trucker on your travels, show your appreciation for everything they do for you and this country.
It’s our pleasure to help America’s professional trucker get to their destinations safely by providing them with the best routing, mileage and mapping software in the industry. PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps proudly support and thank our truck drivers.
TMW customers gain the latest nationwide commercial routing, mileage and mapping for planning and optimizing fleet operations
Orlando, FL – September 14, 2015 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, and TMW Systems, a leading provider of enterprise transportation management software, today announced that the latest version of PC*MILER®’s routing, mileage and mapping software, PC*MILER 29, is now successfully tested and approved for use with multiple products in TMW’s portfolio of transportation and fleet management products.
The following TMW software products have been tested and approved for operation with PC*MILER 29:
- ExpertFuel® version 8.3
- TMWSuite® version 2016.15_07.0135
- TMW Operations version 16.10
- TruckMate® version 2015
“PC*MILER from ALK has been a key component of successful transportation business operations in North America for many years. All TMS, routing and scheduling and optimization software products from TMW leverage this industry-standard commercial vehicle routing, mileage and mapping technology to support the most efficient and effective operations for our customers,” said Scott Vanselous, EVP of Marketing and Strategy at TMW.
September 6-12 is all about Brake Safety Awareness, thanks to an initiative brought forward by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in 1998. Throughout the week, the CVSA has been conducting inspections as part of their Operation Airbrake program. Even though this week is coming to a close, we always encourage you to maintain your brakes and make sure they’re in good, working condition for the roads ahead!
The certified inspectors, who can be found in various locations around North America, take several things into consideration, including the air brake mechanical components, the tractor protection system, and the brake adjustment. Last year, the CVSA reported 2,162 trucks out of the total 13,305 inspected were in violation of brake standards. Trucks can be forced out of service until fixed when they’re found to be in violation, causing problems for more than just the driver!
You can easily “inspect” the condition of your brakes each time you drive. The CVSA recommends you listen for air leaks, check low air signals, and look for component damage. Furthermore, you can be observant of other warning signs, for instance, if you have to apply extreme pressure to the brakes before they engage or if the vehicle pulls to one side when applying the brakes. Driving while your vehicle is in this condition poses a threat to both yourself and fellow motorists, which is never worth the risk.
No matter your destination, we want you to get there safely. Be observant while driving and make sure to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these indicators of damaged brakes. Take the responsibility and keep yourself and others safe on the road by inspecting your brakes today.
More on brake inspections and safety here.
We care about drivers and their safety. That’s why we’ve created CoPilot Truck. Our unique offering provides drivers:
- Safe, reliable, truck-specific navigation
- Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
- Map data stored directly on your device without the need for a mobile data connection
Our experts are in in Dallas, Texas at GATS from 10AM-5PM today and tomorrow at Booth #18158.
Visit our booth for a CoPilot Truck GPS Navigation app discount code of 33% off and leave with some cool freebies! You can even enter to win the CoPilot Truck app for free while you’re at it!
Sale price is for a limited time only – don’t miss out on connection to real-time ActiveTraffic™ and millions of truck specific POIs.
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Enter to Win by simply submitting the basics – first & last name and email address
Retweet our posts that mention PC*MILER or #TrusttoGuide #RelytoComply #DependtoPlan*
We’ll keep a tab of your entries and retweets and will randomly select winners in October. One winner from both Facebook and Twitter will receive a Bose® speaker set, valued at $250. We’ve got plenty of other prizes too, including t-shirts, headphones, Amazon gift cards, and car chargers.
*Retweets will only be recognized if they’re posts from August 26-October 2
*Contestants are limited to one prize only
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