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Can you believe we are 5 weeks away from the 10th Annual Tech Summit?

We’re pulling out all of the stops for our milestone event. We’re golfing at a new course, located directly on the Princeton University campus, and going back to where it all began for our Gala on Tuesday evening at the Nassau Inn on Palmer Square.

Did we mention we’ve got a huge lineup of industry expert speakers?

Richie Henderson, Senior Vice President, Administration & Technology, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is confirmed as our 2014 Keynote Speaker. Part of the organization’s Executive Management Team, Richie plays an integral leadership role in the areas of IT, engineered solutions, and implementation. His thoughts on the industry’s best practices will be centered on the synergy of business strategy and technology.

We’re also excited that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, will be joining us on Wednesday morning to share his professional experiences and viewpoints on the current trends and issues are shaping the transportation industry.

We’re packed full with 2 days of thought leadership sessions, networking, and events. To view our complete agenda-at-a-glance with abstract and speaker information, click here.

The goal of our event is based around our conference theme, “Defining Best Practices for Productivity & Profitability.” We want our audience of transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies to come away with actionable information on how to deploy operational efficiencies that lead to success in a variety of organizational functions.

Haven’t registered yet? That’s OK, you still have time. Visit www.alktechsummit.com for complete program information and to register online.

ALK Icon CoPilot Truck available through Trimble’s TrimFleet Mobile for Android App

CoPilot Truck’s turn-by-turn, truck-specific GPS navigation will soon be available to Trimble’s Construction Logistics customers through the new Trimble® TrimFleet™ Mobile for Android app.

The mobile app, available for any Android smartphone or tablet, version 4.0 or later, provides vehicle operators within the aggregate and ready-mix industries an easy-to-use interface that enhances the delivery experience and improves business processes.  The Active Navigation feature in TrimFleet Mobile for Android allows users to select CoPilot Truck to take into account truck-restricted and prohibited roads with safe and reliable voice-guided directions on truck-legal roads.

Read the full release here

ALK Icon Meet Our Interns!

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This summer, ALK is playing professor to a record breaking EIGHT interns! We couldn’t be more thrilled to have these talented individuals with us for the summer. Here’s a little more about them:

Jesse Carnegie

Jesse is a Penn State student interning in our marketing department. While at school, Jesse leads tours for prospective students and their families.

Brian Li

Brian hopes to graduate from Rutgers University in May 2014. He has a passion for dance which he shares through teaching and coordinating for his hip-hop dance team at Rutgers.

Kelly Holeman

Kelly holds her BA in Geography from Rutgers University. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Erin Broussard

West Virginia University grad Erin Broussard is a GIS intern who knows as much about quality donuts as she does geography. Mainly, living in this part of the country, she misses her favorite donut chain, Shipley’s Donuts which serves only six southern states. She’s currently working on her master’s through the University of Denver.

Jessica Altamira

This GIS intern and Rutgers grad is heading west in the fall to get her masters in GIS from the University of Redlands in California. If there’s one thing you should know about Jess, it’s that she doesn’t like turtles. She loves them. Even more than that kid on YouTube that says he likes turtles.

Frank Navazio

Frank, an avid outdoorsman and Temple grad, saves lives in his spare time. He was once skiing at Mont Tremblant in Quebec when he rescued a man from exposure who had torn his ACL and couldn’t continue down the mountain.

Trenton Jackson

Trenton is an avid trombonist, and he has played in distinguished venues such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the Teatro Municipal, the oldest surviving and functioning theatre in the Americas. In addition, Trenton enjoys using PVC pipes as makeshift didgeridoos, which allow him to provide entertainment to his coworkers at ALK!

Radha Shah {Not Pictured}

Travel lover Radha Shah expects to graduate from Rutgers University in May 2014. She has already traveled to 25 of the 50 states from California to New York.

ALK Icon ALK On The Road Part 2

It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through the year and our 2013 Enterprise Solutions tradeshow schedule! We’ve had a lot of success in the first couple of months including our 9th annual ALK Transportation Technology Summit and product launches like PC*MILER 27! Our schedule for the next half of the year is just as full and we’re looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces out on the road!

 

Here’s a list of shows we will be attending through the end of the year. Find our team on the exhibition floor for information on ALK and demoes on ALK Maps, CoPilot Truck and get a look at our new version of PC*MILER to upgrade your user experience. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see our booth numbers and event pictures.

 

otm OTM SIG User Conference Philadelphia, PA July 28 – 31
 xrs Xue Conference Minneapolis, MN August 18 – 20
 peoplenet2 PeopleNet User Group San Antonio, TX August 19 – 21
 ifta Annual IFTA Business Meeting Reno, NV August 21 – 22
 mgate MercuryGate User Conference Las Vegas, NV August 26 – 28
 mcleod2 McLeod Software Users’ Conference Scottsdale, AZ September 15 – 17
 cadec2 Cadec Users Group Atlanta, GA September 16 – 19
 tmw2 TMW TransForum User Conference & Exhibition Anaheim, CA September 22 – 25
 ata2 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition Orlando, FL October 19 – 22
 descartes_logo_ Descartes Users Conference Miami, FL November 12 – 14
 ont Ontario Trucking Association Conference Toronto, ON November 13 – 14
 nitl2 NITL TransComp Exhibition/IANA Intermodal Expo/ Houston, TX November 17-19

ALK Icon Introducing PC*MILER 27

 

FROM THE PC*MILER BLOG:

 

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PC*MILER 27 – A Major Milestone

Completely Redesigned User Interface

As a seasoned ALK veteran for over twenty years, I am extremely proud to be part of the latest makeover of PC*MILER.  Not only because of the awesome new features and enhancements included but also because of the winning team work that went into it to make it our best release yet.

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Because of the importance of this release, we allocated a 20% increase in staff resources for this project. There was a significant effort, along with a new organizational game plan and emphasis on improved communication, collaboration and productivity.

Read More…

ALK Icon 2013 ALK Transportation Technology Summit Wrap Up: Synchronizing Strategies via Thought Leadership

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We recently hosted the 9th Annual ALK Transportation Technology Summit. Once again, we had record breaking turnout with nearly 260 attendees. Our year-over-year growth continues to prove that the Summit offers educational content and networking unlike any other industry event.

On a personal note, I want to mention a connection to this year’s main venue, the Hyatt Regency Princeton.  Over 10 years ago, I stood (and danced) on that same floor on my wedding night. This brought to mind how things have evolved for my family of five.  Coincidentally, we will be hosting the 10th Annual Summit next year.  This event has certainly evolved from 35 attendees and 5 sponsors in 2005. We are already in planning mode for 2014.

Highlights from this year’s event include when one attendee compared Derek Leathers, the Summit Keynote Speaker, to Elvis! He commented that everyone wanted a chance to introduce themselves and speak with him – he’s indeed an industry celebrity! Derek, President and COO of Werner Enterprises, is exactly the type of spokesperson (especially on Capitol Hill) this industry needs. We are grateful that he was able to take two full days out of his schedule to participate in the Summit. Another highlight was the Senior Transportation Executive Panel. This “All Star Roster” provided invaluable insights on the industry’s challenges and trends. If you want to watch this panel video or any other presentation during the event, check out the Summit site. Presentations can be viewed here as well.

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We had a lot of social media buzz before, during and after the event – check out our Storify summary. The newest addition to the event was our Mobile Conference App – I was pleased that nearly all of our attendees used the app.  I hope you all found it as useful as I did on-site, as well as after the Summit.

I want to reiterate my sentiments throughout the Summit that I truly appreciate every one of our 30 sponsors. Your continued support and participation over the years makes our event possible.

Summit Snapshot…

  •  More than 1/3 of the thought leaders in attendance were senior management executives, including C-Level, Presidents, GMs, EVPs, and    other titles
  •  Only 1/3 of the attendees were IT, development, engineering, or related technical titles
  •  55% were first time attendees
  •  Nearly 100 golfers played TPC Jasna Polana

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Thank you to all of the participants. We hope you came away with new strategies and actionable information. It  was rewarding that all attendees who completed the Post-Summit Survey said they would attend next year. Can’t wait to see you in 2014!

Cheers,

Craig Fiander
VP, Marketing | North America
Enterprise Solutions
ALK Technologies, Inc.