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Expediter Services reveals ES market branding initiative, launches new website 

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The company’s new website, ESsuccessintrucking.com, offers visitors an easy-to-navigate platform to review the range of programs and services available from ES. (Courtesy” EXPEDITER SERVICES)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Expediter Services (ES) said that the company is launching a branding initiative that includes a new website release.

The website, which encompasses the company’s work in the expedited sector and general trucking, provides a comprehensive look at the broad scope of its offerings and services. Through the brand update, the company will now operate under the market name ES, which reflects the organization’s history and expertise within the expedited sector as well as its success and growth with tractor-based opportunities in general trucking, according to ES President Jason Williams.

The company’s new website, , offers visitors an easy-to-navigate platform to review the range of programs and services available from ES. As reflected by the name Expediter Services, the company’s initial focus began in the expedited sector of the industry, and the company has built a strong online brand presence through more than a decade of maintaining and growing its initial corporate website, Williams said, noting that in 2016, ES introduced its Success In Trucking brand with a website that focused primarily on tractor-based opportunities in the general trucking market, highlighting options that also became an area of rapid growth for the company.

The new website provides a platform that allows visitors to smoothly toggle between the company’s offerings within expedited and the opportunities that ES has developed within general trucking. The website details how those entering the company’s truck ownership programs have access to competitive market-rate financing which places an emphasis on work history over credit history.

Visitors to the new website can review equipment options and learn about the relationships that ES has established with some of the leading carriers and vendors in the trucking industry, Williams said. The website, which also highlights the wide array of support services available to members of the ES Community, has been designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for professional drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners seeking to build and grow their respective businesses within the trucking industry.

“Our decision to place our offerings and support services for expedited and general trucking under one market brand name featured within a single, comprehensive website was driven by the overall growth of our company as well as by our desire to continue to the meet the needs of the participants in our program. The heart of our ES Community is made up of the people in our programs,” Williams said. “As a company with more than a decade of experience in transportation, we understand the importance of adapting to the opportunities in the market. The roots we planted within the expedited sector of the industry back in 2006 are still very strong, and our success as a leading resource for non-asset capacity has translated quite well to general trucking. Through our brand update and our new website, we believe we are well positioned for the future.”

Williams said a prime example of company’s expansion and the ability to grow capacity on both the expedited truck and tractor sides of the business can be seen in the success of the 150 For Business Challenge, the collaborative initiative ES developed with the Women In Trucking Association to assist in launching 150 women-owned businesses in transportation. Utilizing the infrastructure and expertise that ES has developed in more than a decade of providing ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, the 150 For Business Challenge surpassed the halfway mark in reaching its initial goal during its first year, as more than 75 new trucking start-ups began their respective operations with either expedited straight trucks or Class 8 tractors.

“Based on our experience in both markets, we believed that the 150 For Business Challenge could be a success in opening new doors of opportunity for women while helping the industry move forward. This effort has also been an important step for us a company,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, whether we are working in expedited or in general trucking, we are a service company. We want to be of service to participants in the ES Community. We are invested in their success as they work to operate and grow their small businesses. Service, and working to assist all those in our program to find their success in trucking, is one of the key points we considered in updating our market brand.”

The ES brand, with its range of offerings and services, will be on full display during the company’s inaugural Success In Trucking Expo (SITE), which will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex June 7-8. The event will be focused on highlighting truck ownership opportunities and providing insights from experts. Attendees will hear from experts discussing the latest trends taking place in the industry and offering strategies for successfully operating small businesses in trucking. ES has chosen Pro Football Hall of Fame member and entrepreneur Anthony Muñoz to serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Williams said the SITE promises to be one of the most unique events on the trucking industry’s calendar. Not only is the company developing an expo program that is focused on being informative and fun, but ES is offering free hotel accommodations and free meals for pre-qualified expo registrants. A limited number of those slots are available for the event, and attendees receiving free hotel accommodations will be made from the registration submissions that have been pre-qualified by ES. The registration form and complete information on the event are available at .

“We’ve had a strong response in the weeks following our announcement of the SITE, and I would encourage everyone who is interested in truck ownership to consider joining us at the SITE in June. We’ve seen a great deal of interest from professional drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners who want to know more about our programs and the kind of support ES can bring to the table,” Williams said. “The entire team at ES is gearing up for the SITE and welcoming all those who will be joining us in Indianapolis. When you look at what we are doing with the SITE, our new website rollout and our brand initiative, it’s an exciting time for our company. We are very grateful for the growth and success that has placed ES in a position where our company can work to make a difference in our industry by providing opportunities and support to those who are looking to build and grow small businesses in trucking. We are looking forward to the future and being of service to everyone utilizing our programs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NACV to feature 3 Solutions Theaters to focusing on trucking industry needs

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Leading truck and trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts and components suppliers will demonstrate their latest product offerings during the NACV Show 2019, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 28-31. The NACV Show 2021 will be held in Atlanta from September 27-30, 2021. (Courtesy: NACV)

ATLANTA — The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show), the biennial B2B trucking industry event focusing on the needs of fleet owners, managers and decision makers, said Thursday that it will feature three new Solutions Theaters to showcase topical industry discussions on the show floor.

The show organizers have partnered with leading industry publications to secure thought leaders and industry visionaries who will discuss a range of topics.

All Solutions Theaters’ sessions are free for NACV Show 2019 registered attendees.

“We expect the discussions that take place in our three Solutions Theaters will inform and empower all industry professionals who attend NACV Show 2019,” said Carmen Diaz, show manager for the NACV Show. “We are excited to present top industry leaders and visionaries during our on-floor education sessions to discuss both the challenges and opportunities confronting today’s fleet professionals.”

Following is an overview of some of the NACV Show 2019 on-floor education sessions:

Two panel discussions will take place in the Solutions Theater located in Hall A.

The first panel is entitled “Finding the Data Driven Solutions That Work for You,” which will focus on how fleet owners can identify leading service challenges. Panel participants will provide insight into collecting and organizing the right data to help overcome these challenges. The second panel is entitled “How to Use Data to Improve Service Operations” that will highlight how to best utilize data — from fault code data to VMRS records — to reduce fleet downtime to improve operations.

Also, in the Hall A Solutions Theater, three educational topics will be discussed, including a Class 8 panel discussion, a medium duty panel discussion and “Last Mile – Autonomous Delivery Startups” discussion.

Two panel discussions will take place in the Solutions Theaters located in Hall B, including “Vetting Technology” and “Best use of Smart Technology.” Three educational sessions will also take place in the Solutions Theaters located in Hall B, including “Transitioning from AOBRDs to ELDs,” “Driver Retention” and “Rapid Pace of Technology Trucking.”

The show organizers will announce additional conference and educational programming topics prior to the event, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 28-31.

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show is a B2B exhibition focused on fleet decision makers and key influencers in the commercial vehicle industry.

 

 

 

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FTR March Shippers Conditions Index shows positive momentum

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An FTR official said an area to watch is diesel prices, which could move up in the fourth quarter. (The Trucker file photo)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR’s March Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) rose two full points from February to a reading of 2.8 reflecting a continued easing of truckload and intermodal rates.  The outlook is for improved shipper conditions through 2019.

However, some key areas to watch are fuel price increases and capacity utilization in trucking which can result in added costs for shippers, according to Todd Tranausky, vice president of rail and intermodal at FTR.

“Shippers are benefiting from relatively stable fuel prices and weaker trucking capacity utilization than they experienced in 2018. But both of those metrics are expected to tighten up as the year progresses,” Tranausky said. “Diesel prices could move up in the fourth quarter ahead of the IMO 2020 fuel mandate, which could pressure fuel surcharges higher late in 2019.”

The May issue of FTR’s Shippers Update, published May 8, 2019, details the factors affecting the March Shippers Conditions Index. Also included is data and analysis on load volumes, the capacity environment, rates, costs, and the truck driver situation.

The Shippers Conditions Index tracks the changes representing four major conditions in the U.S. full-load freight market. These conditions include freight demand, freight rates, fleet capacity, and fuel price. The individual metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence the shippers’ freight transport environment. A positive score represents good, optimistic conditions. A negative score represents bad, pessimistic conditions. The index tells you the industry’s health at a glance. In life, running a fever is an indication of a health problem. It may not tell you exactly what’s wrong, but it alerts you to look deeper. Similarly, a reading well below zero on the FTR Trucking Conditions Index warns you of a problem…and readings high above zero spell opportunity. Readings near zero are consistent with a neutral operating environment. Double digit readings (both up or down) are warning signs for significant operating changes.

 

 

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Heartland Express opens new, remodeled terminals in Colorado, California

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The Heartland Express Driver Appreciation Team performed at the ribbon cutting for the new terminal in Frederick, Colorado. (Courtesy: HEARTLAND EXPRESS)

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — Heartland Express has opened a new terminal at Frederick, Colorado, and a remodeled terminal in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Just north of the Denver metro area, the Colorado facility offers a service shop with a truck wash, fully covered 24-hour fuel island and service lanes.

The terminal features a driver lounge with 24-hour access and amenities that include restrooms with private walk-in showers and laundry room with full size washer/dryer units. Other comforts include sofas and recliner chairs, table seating, ice machine, coffee, and a large screen TV for entertainment.

An RFID software system was installed for driver security and over five acres of parking with industrial Wi-Fi network available site wide.

The opening of the Frederick terminal occurred shortly after the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Southern California facility in Rancho Cucamonga.

This 20-acre facility includes all of the amenities available in Frederick and utilizes solar power. Rancho Cucamonga is also one of 12 company locations that hosts driver orientation and soon we look forward to driver orientation at the Frederick facility.

“I’m extremely proud of these new terminals and what we can offer to our drivers. We’ve invested significant time, capital, and environmentally conscious resources into these provisions and look forward to seeing growth of our market position in both locations respectively,” said Heartland Express CEO, Mike Gerdin. “These grand openings are just the start of great new things to come from Heartland. Including the completion of these two terminal projects, we are spending an estimated $40-50 million on terminal related capital projects during 2019.  These terminal projects are centered around upgrades, remodels, expansions and terminal amenities for the comfort and support of our drivers, including additions of truck wash facilities at certain locations. Our desire is to offer state of the art amenities to our drivers while they are away from home.

The Frederick terminal is located at 9040 Bruin Blvd. The Rancho Cucamonga terminal is located at8566 Pecan Ave.

Heartland Express is an irregular route truckload carrier based in North Liberty, Iowa, serving customers with shipping lanes throughout the United States. Heartland focuses on medium to short haul regional freight, offering shippers industry leading on-time service so they can achieve their strategic goals for their customers.

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