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The Penske Logistics Premier Driver Recognition Program honored 44 safe truck drivers in the United States and Canada as part of the 2019 Platinum and Gold classes. The Platinum class requirements include 15 consecutive years of safe driving and the Gold class recognizes those with 10 consecutive years of safe driving.

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Penske Logistics will be a participant in the upcoming 2018 Megatrend Series: Transportation Summit taking place on October 17 in Chicago, co-hosted by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee. Tom Scollard, Penske vice president of dedicated contract carriage, will be a speaker on the Carrier Steps to Improve Capacity panel. Click here for more information and to register.

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Penske Logistics introduced a new guide simplifying the process for shippers to evaluate dedicated contract carriage services. The free 15-page publication serves as a how-to guide on selecting the right dedicated transportation partner.

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Penske Logistics has earned repeat entry onto the Inbound Logistics magazine 2018 Top 100 Trucker list. Nearly 300 carriers submitted information for consideration.

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The current state of the trucking industry is putting shippers across the country in a bind – leaving them with fluctuating rates for freight transportation and a shortage of drivers. Several factors have driven high demand for trucks, including the hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Texas, severe winter storms, higher holiday freight volumes, new driver regulations for electronic logging devices (ELDs) and an overall increase in economic activity.

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Penske Logistics was recently named “2017 Carrier of the Year” by MI Windows and Doors, LLC, one of the nation's largest suppliers of vinyl and aluminum windows and doors.

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Here are several videos in support of the 2018 Third-Party Logistics Study, that were filmed at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta during the 2017 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) EDGE yearly conference.

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Penske Logistics has once again been included in Inbound Logistics magazine's list of Top 100 Truckers. Featured in the September issue, the ranking showcases 100 trucking leaders narrowed down from nearly 400 carriers.

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As a mode of transportation (when compared with private truck fleets or the use of common carriers) dedicated contract carriage is still a relatively new choice for shippers. But it has been nearly 40 years since the Interstate Commerce Commission deregulated the trucking industry, and given the inevitable evolution in markets, I’d say DCC is coming of age.

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Penske Logistics has been again named to the 2017 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list by Food Logistics magazine. The annual award serves as a resource guide of third-party logistics and cold storage providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain. Penske Logistics currently manages more than 21 million square feet of warehousing space as well as an extensive refrigerated dedicated contract carriage fleet for its diverse base of customers that include leading food and beverage companies such as grocers, convenience stores, and quick-service restaurants.

“The global food supply chain is faced with unprecedented challenges, from consolidation and M&A in the grocery sector to the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), among others,” remarked Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, “Companies that earned a spot on Food Logistics’ 2017 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list are critical to supporting the agricultural community, importers/exporters, food manufacturers, grocery retailers, food-service distributors and others that depend on them to support the growing complexities of the global food supply chain.”

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Penske Logistics has been awarded new business with Detroit Diesel Corporation to support the company’s engine, transmission and axle supply chain operations in Redford, Michigan.

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Penske Logistics and its associates have joined with BMW North American Operations to achieve the highest level of facility quality and dealer satisfaction.

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Penske Logistics has been selected by PPG to be a recipient of the Pittsburgh-based company’s 2016 Excellent Supplier Award. Cited for superior performance, Penske Logistics is one of nine winners and the only supply chain company to be honored.

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Penske Truck Leasing announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Richmond, Virginia-based Old Dominion Truck Leasing. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Penske Logistics is now in compliance with another component of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act, the pillar regarding sanitary transportation of human and animal food.

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For the second consecutive year, Penske Logistics received the Lowe’s Gold Carrier Award. The award recognizes trucking companies that provide a consistent high-level of service exceeding 99.5 percent on-time delivery. In addition, gold status carriers must exemplify outstanding customer service and advanced supply chain solutions.

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Earl Taylor, a Penske Logistics professional truck driver in Orlando, Florida, is hoping to keep the company’s streak alive and become the second associate in Penske history to serve as a Road Team Captain for the American Trucking Associations. He is seeking to succeed Neil Kirk, who is wrapping up his two-year term.

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Penske Strategic Account Executive Mark McGee, center, accepts the Gold Carrier Award from Lowe's Vice President of Global Transportation Richard Gabrielson, left, and Director of Domestic Transportation Doug Chellman, right.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated to release its final rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food by March 31, 2016. The rule will prescribe sanitary transportation practices to ensure that food transported by motor vehicles or rail remains safe. It is expected to take effect in 2017.

The proposed rule dictates a number of specific requirements, ranging from materials used to hand washing. While the rules are not expected to specify use of particular technologies, they are likely to require more data recording and tracking throughout the food and beverage supply chain.

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The fresh supply chain is evolving and consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to fresh foods. That shift is creating a number of opportunities within the fresh supply chain, said Andy Moses, senior vice president of global products for Penske Logistics.

Moses spoke during the Trading Partner Alliance Supply Chain Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, earlier this year and outlined opportunities that exist within the fresh supply chain.

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