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Many Americans will take advantage of the long Fourth of July weekend to move to their new homes. Penske Truck Rental offers these tips for a safe, happy and patriotic move.

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The busy summer moving season is an attractive time for thieves who prey on unsuspecting consumers.

When planning a move – across town or across the country, Penske's security experts encourage consumers to be selective when it comes to hiring a moving company and taking extra precautions when performing a do-it-yourself move.

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Logisticians have a history of rising to the occasion in the face of hardship, and third-party logistics providers worked throughout 2020 to respond to supply chain disruptions, addressing unexpected challenges while driving efficiency and innovation.

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Penske Logistics has earned placement on this year's Top Green Providers list that is published by Food Logistics magazine.

The publication's annual listing recognizes companies whose products, services or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the cold food and beverage industry.

Penske has been a leader in the electric truck space, which includes an EV charging station infrastructure, winning awards as part of the U.S. EPA SmartWay program, taking part in industry webinar events, and the company's involvement in a number of sustainable organizations and initiatives.

Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive: "When the pandemic hit, I thought for sure that sustainability would be pushed to the wayside. But, in fact, the complete opposite happened. And, I couldn't be more appreciative of the supply chain industry's efforts in making sustainability top of mind in every aspect of their organization despite the many supply chain disruptions they continue to face."

By "Move Ahead" Staff

Summer. The infamous season to soak up the sun – but not too much sun.

If you're one of the thousands of new homeowners or renters braving the heat for a summer move, Penske offers these tips to keep you safe and cool.

Top Tips for Staying Cool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.

Hydration is Key

Chuck Pagesy, Penske's director of safety, reiterates the importance of hydration.

"The most important thing to consider when moving in hot weather is to ensure you remain properly hydrated," said Pagesy. "You can never drink too much water in extreme heat."

According to the CDC, certain factors hinder the body's ability to stay cool:

  • High humidity – sweat doesn't evaporate as quickly when the humidity is high. This prevents your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors – Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use can impact whether an individual is able to effectively cool off.

Taking these factors into account, it is important to be aware of the telltale signs of heat-related illness. According to the CDC, these signs could indicate:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat cramps
  • Sunburn
  • Heat rash

Concerned about too much sun exposure? The CDC outlines what to look for and what to do if an individual is exhibiting symptoms of a heat-related illness.

It's not too late to plan your summer move. Penske Truck Rental offers free unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Are you ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rental website for more information.

By Nicole Forktus

A continued increase in demand coupled with carrier constraints and a driver shortage has strained capacity, and carriers are getting more selective with the freight they will haul. The current situation is worse than the last extraordinarily tight market the industry faced in 2018, and it is expected to last through the end of the year.

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Are you packing up and moving into a new space this summer?

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Penske Truck Leasing has debuted a facility in Romulus, Michigan, near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. With an address of 37750 Northline Road, the location offers full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance services.

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Penske Truck Leasing will be a Platinum Sponsor and exhibitor at the upcoming National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition, June 13-15 in Cincinnati. The company will also host the First Timers' Orientation Breakfast and Sunday Exhibit Hall Reception.

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Penske joins with TechForce Foundation to celebrate the remarkable women working in the truck maintenance industry. #WomenTechsRock!

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Powered industrial trucks – such as clamp trucks, electric power jacks and forklifts, play a central role in helping to move millions of pounds of freight each year across the global supply chain.

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Warehouse associates play a vital role in ensuring necessary goods are stocked for businesses and consumers around the world. These goods range from important medical equipment to groceries, and even everyday things we may take for granted, like office supplies and sporting goods.

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Transportation capacity is expected to continue tightening throughout the year, putting a strain on the supply chain that could impact warehouses.

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Mark your calendars for June 24 – the date that the 2021 edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) State of Logistics Report will be released. Presented by Penske Logistics, and researched and prepared by Kearney, it will be launched virtually. Click here to register.

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Penske Truck Leasing recently took delivery of two VNR Electrics from Volvo Trucks North America, expanding its fleet of battery-electric Class 8 models available in Southern California. Its first Volvo VNR Electrics will be used by two consumer retail companies, enabling both customers to gain firsthand insight into the many benefits of battery-electric trucks, the ease of recharging, and the ideal routes to deploy additional units in the future.

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