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Pilot Flying J diesel customers can now use Amex cards at pump

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J,  in partnership with American Express, have made it possible for guests to pay at the pump in the commercial diesel lanes using an American Express Card at Pilot and Flying J Travel Center locations in the United States.

In addition, the app virtual wallet will now accept American Express and other major consumer credit cards, offering drivers new payment options for mobile fueling.

“With the driver top of mind, we want to provide our guests with additional payment options,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “By accepting American Express cards at the commercial diesel pumps and in the myPilot app mobile wallet, card members can now receive myRewards points at the commercial diesel pump. Previously, American Express card members had to authorize payment inside the store for commercial diesel fuel purchases. This change is a great advantage to small business owners and independent over-the-road drivers who are already using American Express.”

“We strive to back our card members and merchants with strong value and seamless experiences,” said Gunther Bright, executive vice president of American Express. “This partnership with Pilot Flying J gives our Card Members who purchase diesel on the road a more convenient way to pay.”

Professional drivers can securely authorize fuel purchases with American Express and other major consumer credit and fleet payment cards in the myPilot mobile app without having to carry or swipe a card at the pump.

For a limited time, members will receive an additional point on diesel gallon purchases when using mobile fueling in the app. By downloading the  app through the App Store or Google Play, professional drivers can start using the cardless fueling feature to choose the diesel lane that’s likely to open first, securely save payment cards and store payment card prompts for future use.

For more information about Pilot Flying J, the myPilot app and more, visit

Headquartered in Knoxville, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 14 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

 

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Arrow Truck Sales names Jeffrey Oldham as president

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Currently, Arrow has 17 U.S. branches, plus locations in Toronto, Canada, and Berlin, Germany. The company carries a diverse inventory of late-model trucks of all makes and models and offers financing, as well as protection and insurance plans. (Courtesy: ARROW TRUCK SALES)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Arrow Truck Sales has named Jeffrey Oldham company president.

Oldham will replace Steve Clough who has retired from the company.

JEFFREY OLDHAM

Most recently, Oldham served as chief operating officer and general manager of Ag-Power, a multi-location retailer of new and used agricultural equipment.

Prior to that, he held various management and executive positions with John Deere (Deere & Co.), including new and aftermarket sales and factory marketing positions.

Oldham was also director of sales U.S. and Canada for John Deere Financial.

He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri.

Oldham will be responsible for developing strategic plans that will deliver profitable growth for Arrow.

He will direct all financials, sales/marketing, strategic/tactical/operational planning, controls and activities to increase revenue, profitability, and growth.

Arrow Truck Sales was founded in 1950 and has grown to become a leading remarketer of used medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for December spikes to double-digit positive reading

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Despite the December gain, FTR forecasts that this level will not be sustained in 2019 with readings falling back to the mid-single digit positive readings in January. (The Trucker file photo

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following the November bounce back of FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index the December measure spiked to a reading of 11.46.

The sharply improved December reading is a result of strong month-over-month growth in volumes along with a favorable fuel environment, according to FTR Intel.

However, FTR forecasts that this level will not be sustained in 2019 with readings falling back to the mid-single digit positive readings in January and moving steadily to more neutral conditions likely by the fourth quarter

“While we don’t anticipate truly negative trucking conditions at any point in 2019, we think we have seen the end in this cycle of the abnormally strong pro-carrier conditions that had held sway from the days following the 2017 hurricanes through the second quarter of 2018. December 2018 probably was just one last taste of the good ol’ days of six months ago,” said Avery Vise, FTR’s vice president of trucking.

The Trucking Conditions Index tracks the changes representing five major conditions in the U.S. truck market. These conditions are: freight volumes, freight rates, fleet capacity, fuel price, and financing. The individual metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence fleet behavior. A positive score represents good, optimistic conditions. Conversely, 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, while readings high above zero spell opportunity. Readings near zero are consistent with a neutral operating environment, and double-digit readings (both up or down) are warning signs for significant operating changes.

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For more than two decades, FTR has specialized in freight transportation forecasting in North America. The company collects and analyzes all data likely to impact freight movement, issuing consistently reliable reports for trucking, rail, and intermodal transportation, as well as providing demand analysis for commercial vehicle and railcar. FTR’s forecasting and specially designed reports have resulted in advanced planning and cost-savings for companies throughout the transportation sector. 8

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DAT Solutions says spot rates continue seasonal slide

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All three truckload segments have been dipping for the past four weeks. (Courtesy: DAT SOLUTIONS)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Spot truckload rates dipped again during the week ending February 9 despite higher freight volumes than at this time in each of the past three years, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

The number of posted loads and trucks both increased 4 percent last week but rates sagged for all three equipment types:

  • Van: $1.91/mile, down 3 cents
  • Flatbed: $2.34/mile, down 1 cent
  • Reefer: $2.25/mile, down 4 cents

Van trends

Van load posts on DAT load boards dipped 2 percent compared to the previous week while truck posts increased 3 percent. That caused the national average van load-to-truck ratio to decline from 4.8 to 4.6 van loads per truck, although spot van volumes are strong year over year.

Average outbound rates from most major markets are well below where they were a month ago and failed to make gains last week. Rates on many lanes affected by extreme winter weather drifted back down to earth, including:

  • Chicago to Detroit, down 22 cents to $3.13/mile
  • Chicago to Columbus, down 12 to $2.79/mile
  • Denver to Albuquerque, down 15 cents to $1.88/mile

Flatbed trends

The number of flatbed load posts on DAT load boards increased 16 percent last week while truck posts were up 9 percent, an indication that construction season is heating up. It helped lift the national average flatbed load-to-truck ratio from 22.6 to 24.1 flatbed loads per truck.

Reefer trends

The national reefer load-to-truck ratio moved down from 6.6 to 5.9 reefer loads per truck. Regionally, the focus for reefer haulers is shifting to Florida, where it’s still early for citrus harvests but prices are firming up on key lanes out of the state:

  • Miami to Boston jumped 33 cents to $1.98/mile
  • Lakeland, Fla., to Baltimore added 19 cents to $1.83/mile

Higher prices out of Miami and central Florida likely means that strawberries, tomatoes, and other mixed vegetables are on the move.

DAT Trendlines are generated using DAT RateView, which provides real-time reports on spot market and contract rates, as well as historical rate and capacity trends. The RateView database is comprised of more than $60 billion in freight payments.

DAT load boards average 1.2 million load posts searched per business day.

For the latest spot market load availability and rate information, visit and follow @LoadBoards on Twitter.

 

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