STELLA! Don’t Let Storms Like Winter Storm Stella Hurt Your Bottom Line

As Winter Storm Stella is in the process of delivering more than a foot of snow to the east coast of the United States make sure your fleets are prepared for any unpredictable weather conditions.

 

With large storms such as this one, weather conditions can go from manageable to a complete white out in a matter of minutes. Hazardous weather will likely not only delay prompt delivery of goods but more importantly put drivers and pedestrians at a higher risk of accident. Keeping your drivers updated on potential weather conditions can be the difference between a smooth delivery and a disastrous one.

 

Many fleets currently depend on manually reviewing weather reports to re-route drivers around these harsh weather conditions. This forces back office support to constantly be up against the clock and make critical decisions based more off of guess work than certainty.
Take some of the guess work out of the equation with PC*MILER|Weather and ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts. You can now view radar and weather alerts directly on the map and identify when your route plans are scheduled to travel through storms like Stella.

 

PC*MILER|Weather

  • Quickly identify weather conditions on the map with optional radar, cloud, and alert overlays
  • Receive an alert in the route plan if a route is scheduled to pass through a predicted weather alert zone
  • View a comprehensive report that details the alert, effective and expiration times, certainty, severity, and urgency rating for the planned route
  • Make critical decisions about routing drivers around hazardous areas
  • Notify drivers and customers of potential delivery delays

 

ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts

  • Visualize live weather data
  • View potential impacts to route plans
  • Send alerts to managers for improved decision making

To learn more about how ALK’s solutions can benefit your fleet, visit ALK Maps and PC*MILER today.

YRC Worldwide Inc. Chief Customer Officer Justin Hall to Deliver Keynote Presentation for the 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit

Address will focus on fleet utilization of technology innovation for operational, customer and strategic growth

Princeton, N.J. 2017 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in transportation technology and mobility solutions, today announced that Justin Hall, chief customer officer at YRC Worldwide Inc. will headline the 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit as its Keynote Speaker.

Hall oversees the design and deployment of innovative technology, logistics and other transportation solutions for YRC Worldwide Inc., which includes YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn collectively.  In his current role, he focuses on strengthening the customer experience and overall satisfaction, as well as developing long-term business growth and opportunities for the company.  YRC Worldwide Inc. was recently ranked as the #5 For-Hire Carrier in Transport Topics’ Top 100 list.

After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Entrepreneurship, he went on to start five successful companies in the logistics industry and solidified himself as an industry visionary and leader. During his 10 years as president with Logistics Planning Services (LPS), the company was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list five times, and was on the Minnesota Fast 50 and 100 Best Places to Work. Hall is a recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and is Scrum Master Certified (CSM).

“Justin brings a unique perspective to ALK’s Transportation Technology Summit,” said Michael Kornhauser, general manager and executive vice president, ALK. “His ability to piece together a complicated puzzle of business operations, innovative technology, and customer needs will set a powerful tone for the day’s presentations.”

ALK will hold its 13th annual Transportation Technology Summit May 22-23, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia, PA. With over 150 transportation industry leaders expected in attendance, the session topics will once again be dedicated to today’s top challenges and opportunities, with panels concentrated on technology, safety, regulation, and driver issues.

New in 2017, the Summit will offer interactive roundtable sessions on a variety of topics for individualized contribution, information sharing, and personalized networking opportunities. Additionally, on the day prior to main stage and breakout sessions, ALK will be providing dedicated product training on PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps.

Specific topic information, additional speakers, and registration availability will be announced shortly. For the most up-to-date program information, visit www.alktechsummit.com.

 

About YRC Worldwide
YRC Worldwide Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is the holding company for a portfolio of less-than-truckload (LTL) companies including YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn. Collectively, YRC Worldwide companies have one of the largest, most comprehensive LTL networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Through their teams of experienced service professionals, YRC Worldwide companies offer industry-leading expertise in heavyweight shipments and flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial and retail goods with confidence.

Please visit the website at www.yrcw.com for more information.

 

About ALK Technologies
ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 30 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

ALK Technologies Announces Integration of PC*MILER 30 with TMW Systems’ Software and Services

Enhanced route planning tools, including weather alerts and overlays, for trip optimization and asset utilization

Princeton, N.J. – January 24, 2017—ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in transportation technology and mobility solutions, today announced that PC*MILER 30, the latest version of its industry leading routing, mileage and mapping software, is now tested and approved in TMW’s portfolio of transportation and fleet management products, including:

  • ExpertFuel® software
  • TMWSuite® 2016 0311 software
  • TMW Operations 16.40.10139 software
  • TruckMate® 2016 software
  • TruckMate® 2015 SP3 software
  • IES®, Innovative Access and Access Plus® software

“Being able to offer TMW’s large and diverse customer base access to PC*MILER’s latest software enhancements is a real success for us,” said Bill Maddox, Vice President of PC*MILER, ALK Technologies. “The new functionality can streamline operations in both the back office and on the road with planning features that focus on efficiency, safety, and compliance.”

Users will gain access to the latest street-level maps of North America with updated addresses, roadways, and commercial vehicle restrictions for precise mileages, drive times, and overall trip cost estimates.

Customers will have the option to benefit from additional PC*MILER 30 features* including:

  • New weather visualization and reporting tool for making critical decisions to route drivers safely around a potentially hazardous area, notify customers of a potential delay, or simply monitor the route throughout the designated alert times
  • More precise ETAs and drive times with the choice to set governor road speeds
  • Improved Hours of Service (HOS) compliance tools to keep drivers safe and compliant

*The use of referenced integrations or interfaces with TMW software may require the purchase of additional software licenses and professional services from TMW Systems. Please contact solutions@tmwsystems.com for purchase requirements and details that may apply to the capabilities referenced in this announcement.

For more information on PC*MILER visit www.pcmiler.com.                     

About TMW Systems
TMW is a leading transportation software provider to commercial and private fleets, brokerage and 3PL organizations. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. The company serves over 2,000 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division. www.tmwsystems.com

About ALK Technologies
ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 35 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Transport America Case Study: The 5 Benefits of Weather Alerts

 

We recently caught up with Tom Benusa, CIO at Transport America about how his team has incorporated Weather Alerts to provide a safer more efficient driving environment for its fleet.

His experiences provide a number of insights. Here are our top five takeaways from how Transport America has benefited from Weather Alerts:

 

  1. Save Time

Tom says Weather Alerts saves his team between 15 and 20 hours during busy winter weeks. It does this by allowing his team to identify trucks in jeopardy of encountering severe weather and communicates this to them much quicker than before.

 

  1. Improve Safety

Transport America has seen a reduction in Department of Transport reportable accidents on snow-covered roads from 19 in the winter of 2013-14 to just three last winter. While there are obviously a lot of factors at play here, Tom puts a special emphasis on the positive impact Weather Alerts has had in helping bring this number down.

 

  1. Be Analytical

Beyond safety and efficiency there’s a more direct business benefit. Weather Alerts has introduced a level of analytics that allows Transport America to understand the cost of rerouting around bad weather.

This analysis means that it can pass on some rerouting costs to customers reducing the financial impacts of bad weather.

 

  1. Be Innovative

Under the guidance of Tom, Transport America has continued to innovate and build upon the platform to better serve the business’ needs.

This past summer it developed a way to alert drivers that are moving towards a tornado or severe thunderstorm.  Given the short life of these types of events, Transport America is now able to alert drivers far enough away to give them the opportunity to stop short of the weather, but not too far so that it would be passed by the time they got to the alert area.

 

  1. Empower drivers

Beyond the business impacts, the driver sees a real difference in their day jobs from Weather Alerts. Tom says that drivers appreciate the information being delivered directly to them, and they appreciate knowing that those in the office are aware of what they are facing.

Tom says that Weather Alerts helps Transport America reinforce its empowerment message to drivers: They’re the captains of their ship and if weather dictates they should shut down, then that is what they should do.

 

For more information on ALK Maps visit: alkmaps.com

YRC Worldwide Inc. Chief Customer Officer Justin Hall to Keynote the 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit

Keynote Speaker Announced

Justin M. Hall
Chief Customer Officer

YRC Worldwide Inc.

 

It is with great excitement we announce YRC Worldwide Inc.’s Chief Customer Officer Justin M. Hall as the official 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit Keynote speaker.

Mr. Hall oversees the design and deployment of innovative technology, supply chain and transportation solutions for YRC Worldwide Inc., the holding company for YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn.  In his current role, he focuses on strengthening the customer experience, as well as developing strategic growth opportunities for the company.  YRC Worldwide Inc. was recently ranked as the #5 For-Hire Carrier in Transport Topics’ Top 100 list. Read his complete bio here.

Stay tuned! Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

Interested in attending? Head on over to www.alktechsummit.com to register today!

Winter is Coming. Plan with proactive weather displays and alerts to keep your assets safe.

With winter on the horizon, fleet managers are preparing for the busiest and most dangerous time of the year. The holiday season will see fleets at full capacity and road conditions will become increasingly hazardous with freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Many fleets still manually review weather reports to help drivers navigate environmental hazards. However, it is impossible to provide accurate and timely reports through manual research. By the time the information reaches drivers, it’s usually too late and they are reacting to old information.

Not only does this reduce the optimization of routes, costing businesses money, but the safety of drivers and security of cargo is at risk, too.

The Weather Alerts module in ALK® MapsTM can make manual reporting a thing of the past. It pulls in severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and can be directly integrated with internal alert systems. Additionally, it’s real-time, meaning accurate and timely information is always available for fleet managers and their drivers.

 

SAMPLE WEATHER OVERLAY & ALERT ON ALK® MapsTM

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Transport America recently integrated Weather Alerts into its fleet logistics system and has seen a number of benefits, including the ability to proactively contact drivers and make sure they are aware of weather situations and ensure their safe passage. Transport America is also using Weather Alerts to look ahead at future routes to understand which ones might be affected by weather. They have the information far enough in advance to make the decision to re-route ahead of storms or, if needed, reach out to clients to schedule earlier or later pickups and deliveries.

Did we mention that the Transport America’s use of ALK Maps’ Weather Alerts won them the CCJ Innovator of the Year Award?

ALK published a Case Study on Transport America’s integration of its Weather Alerts Module. Check out the whole story!

 

SAMPLE TRANSPORT AMERICA WEATHER ALERT ON ALK® MapsTM

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Compliance Counts – How CoPilot Truck Keeps Fleets Ahead of the Curve

Adhering to ever changing regulations can prove to be a headache for any driver manager or driver. Staying complaint on the road isn’t a goal anymore, it’s a necessity. By incorporating truck-specific navigation into your fleet, ensure that the regulations needed to stay compliant on the road are factored into your route from the beginning.

Help keep your drivers compliant on the road ahead:

  • Detour function quickly identifies an alternate safe truck-legal route
  • Posted speed limit display, plus audio and visual alerts, notify a driver when they’ve been speeding
  • Safely maneuver between lane changes with real road signage and lane assist guidance
  • Save multiple pre-defined and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to regulations

 

For information on how to keep your drivers compliant visit copilottruck.com.

 

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Protecting the Driver & Others on the Road – How CoPilot Truck Puts Safety First

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Safety is one of the top concerns for any fleet – knowing that how safe a driver is on the road impacts far beyond the road itself. Minimizing driver distraction and interaction with technology in the cab is a huge piece of the puzzle.  By using a navigation software that is specifically designed for guiding trucks, drivers can stay safe each trip and every mile.  

With CoPilot Truck, keep your drivers safe above all else:

  • Reliable, and accurate industry standard PC*MILER routing
  • Familiar, driver-friendly designed UI featuring visual and audio guidance
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination
  • Clear, non-distracting 3D and 2D map views and a Driver Safety View for at-a-glance instructions
  • Motion Lock control to prevent a driver from making changes while the cab is in motion
  • Advance notice of upcoming lane changes with lane assist guidance

For information on how you can ensure safety for your fleet visit copilottruck.com

 

 

To Our Veterans, ALK Salutes You

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On Veterans Day, and every day, we would like to say thank you to all the men and women who have bravely served and continue to serve our country. We thank our veterans and their families for the sacrifices that they have made and the dedication to keeping us safe.

Former military are particularly valuable to the transportation industry. Through their time in the service they have gained a unique and valuable set of skills that give them a competitive edge as they transition back into the civilian workforce. ALK is proud to be considered among an industry that not only acknowledges the value in our servicemen but has put procedures in place to help them find employment once they are home.

Now more than ever, the transportation industry is looking at veterans specifically to become commercial truck drivers. Their military training gives them the situational awareness, dependability, leadership, and mental stamina that is required to be a safe and successful truck driver.

Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has now made it even easier for veterans with experience safely operating trucks or buses equivalent to civilian vehicles to become commercial drivers. Visit fmcsa.dot.gov to learn more about qualifying for the Military Skills Test Waiver Program.

Thank you to all veterans, past and present.