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07/30/15
Ken-Tool releases DIY repair kit

Repairs tire pressure monitoring system valve stems

Ken-Tool announced the availability of the DIY reCore TPMS Valve Stem Repair Kit to automotive do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

“This is the first kit on the market for consumers which allows them to repair their own damaged aluminum TPMS valve stems,” according to Ken-Tool. “The DIY reCore Repair Kit has huge market potentials, since there are over 400 million clamp-in style sensors on the road today, and many more added daily.” 

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07/30/15
DuraTherm containers provide thermal insulation

ACH Foam Technologies’ DuraTherm Insulated Shipping Containers and EPS Foam coolers come in a combination of standardized sizes and custom designed shipping containers to meet any need, the company said.

“Providing a great combination of packaging protection and thermal insulation, these products can be imprinted with your company logo and are produced in a full range of assembly and kitted solutions,” ACH said.  

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07/29/15
You Cannot Not Communicate

5 Simple Steps to Keep Communications Flowing

Most successful fleet owners realize the importance of clear, consistent communications with employees, customers and vendors.  They understand how it saves time and money because it makes operations more efficient and cost effective. It builds stronger customer relations and it makes you and your team aware of both challenges and opportunities.

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07/29/15
CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith, 91, dies

Herald “Smitty” Smith Jr. passed away on July 27 at his home in Door County, Wis., after a brief illness.  He was 91.

Smith founded Cedar Rapids Steel Transportation (CRST) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1955 when he was just 31 years old, from humble beginnings, having no trucks and no customers, the company said.

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07/29/15
Aviation and trucking

There are so many similarities between aviation and trucking. Both industries have a need for operators (pilots or drivers), mechanics, dispatchers and both groups are anticipating a severe shortage of personnel due to an aging demographic and regulatory changes.

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07/29/15
Where environmentalists and highway safety advocates collide

There’s been quite a bit of debate of late regarding the renewed push to make double trailer trucking rigs longer – stretching each trailer out to 33 ft. from the current 28 ft.

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07/29/15
Uber-for-freight finds its footing

Appeal rests on fast payment and smartphone-based research

Car-service apps like Uber and Lyft are growing in popularity, as the immediacy of being matched with a vehicle via the speed and payment efficiency of a smartphone is a winner in the eyes of many.

However, can the “Uber model” offer similar benefits in terms of matching freight with available truck capacity? Are new entries like Cargomatic and Roadie squeezing out more traditional players such as DAT?

The industry may be in the process of finding out.

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07/29/15
FTR: Shippers get respite from rate increases for now

Conditions projected to deteriorate in 2016

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for May, at -3.1, reflects the current manageable capacity utilization, which is expected to remain in place through 2015.

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07/29/15
Mack Trucks delivers 25,000th truck with GuardDog Connect

GuardDog reduces diagnostic, repair times, Mack said

Mack Trucks announced it has activated its Mack GuardDog Connect integrated telematics solution in more than 25,000 Mack models. The 25,000th truck, a Mack Pinnacle model, recently was delivered to Cresson, Texas-based 3 Star Daylighting. Mack launched the proactive diagnostic and repair planning solution in 2014.

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