ALK, a Trimble Company, has rolled out Weather Alerts-- the latest module for its ALK Maps and PC*MILER web-services platforms. According to the company, fleet managers can use the new module to “quickly and easily identify weather-alert information overlaid on the existing ALK Maps route-visualization platform to assess the impact on route planning. This can improve driver safety and operational productivity by more efficiently planning routes around inclement weather.”
Truck-Lite has redesigned its packaging for its polybags, retail boxes and clamshell packaging. The new designs will be completely rolled out by the end of the first quarter, the company said.
“Consumer packaging is a hugely influential aspect of a customer’s purchasing decision, especially in a premium product like Truck-Lite. We’re confident that this change strengthens our in-store presence,” said Beth English, vice president of marketing.
WIX Filters has launched a “comprehensive fuel maintenance initiative” that will “create a more expansive product line” to meet the diverse needs of heavy-duty customers with operations ranging from small- and medium-sized fleets to light-duty larger vehicles.
The new HD product line includes filters, test kits, fuel water absorbers and additives.
Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced that its low-cab forward Model 320 reached record production in 2014 with more than 1,600 trucks built—which amounts to a 12% year-over-year increase.
The specialty vehicle – used primarily in refuse operations and concrete-pumper applications – was recently introduced with an entirely new interior. A right-hand, stand-up cab configuration was announced late last year as well. Additionally, the company said it would introduce a dual-steer configuration later this year.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced that it is continuing “to build on its nearly 40-year legacy as a remanufacturing leader, growing its reman business and further developing its operations and offerings.” Remanufactured components from Bendix include brake shoes, valves, air dryers, compressors, and electronics.
Bendix said it plans to further extend its remanufactured product offerings this year.
Motivational speaker Shawn Archor will lead a discussion on the keys to home and work-life happiness at the upcoming NAFA Fleet Management Assn. 2015 Institute & Expo. The event will be held April 14-17, in Orlando, FL.
New analysis by the International Transport Forum (ITF) projects that international freight volumes will grow more than fourfold – by a factor of 4.3 – by 2050, with the average distance traveled by all modes to deliver those cargoes increasing by 12%.
The latest Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from FTR indicates that the capacity crunch the industry has been feeling is easing, although the firm warns that the longer-term outlook remains negative for shippers.
The SCI for November 2014 came in at a reading of -3.2, reflecting an easing of capacity tightness and lower fuel prices.