Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.
Aftermarket continues to be healthy, Vipar conference hears
MARCO ISLAND, Fla -- Times are good everywhere in the trucking industry and Chris Baer, president and CEO of Vipar Heavy Duty, confirmed that this applies to the aftermarket segment as well. “It’s a good time to be in the truck parts business these days,” he said during the company’s annual conference in Marco Island, Fla.
Amazon re-shaping ‘final mile’ and beyond
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amazon -- the bookseller that transformed into the world’s largest online retailer – has been transforming the way goods are trucked to market. And not just the freight that rolls through its distribution centers. Thank (or blame) the need for speed.
IN PRINT — The Clock is Ticking: Consumer demands transform trucking
Seventeen years ago, Tom Hanks stood in a shipping yard and lamented that 87 hours was an eternity. Castaway was on the big screen, and the Hollywood superstar was playing a time-obsessed operations manager for a world-wide shipping company. Shouting that "the cosmos [were] created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled in 87 hours. Fortunes made and squandered," Hanks was forecasting the future of the supply chain. From 87 hours to just 24 or less, time is running out for goods that take more than a day to get to consumers, and trucking is undergoing massive changes, all thanks to a store that sells just about everything: Amazon.