Summer is fast approaching and the country is getting ready. Road trips, outdoor activities, family adventures, all of which make for a great summer season. Get a head start for the summer with these five great things that have happened in trucking this week.
Pilot Flying J launches a summer giveaway on the road
In honor of the third National Road Trip Day – the Friday before Memorial Day – Pilot Flying J celebrates this kick-off of the summer vacation season with a summer of offers and the chance to win $ 5,000 in Free fuel with Summer is a Go Road Trip Gift.
Until September 5, the Summer is a Go Road Trip giveaway includes a grand prize of $ 5,000 in free fuel and quarterly prizes of $ 250 in gift cards. To be entered to win, road travelers, professional pilots and Pilot Flying J guests are encouraged to share photos of their adventures on the brand’s Facebook page or by posting on Instagram and Twitter with #SummerIsAGoGiveaway and tagging @PilotFlyingJ on social media accounts.
Photo: Flying pilot J
Entrants can double their chances and earn additional entry by including any Pilot branded cup in their photo.
“After an unusual year for many, National Road Trip Day recognizes pent-up demand to get back on the road and spend quality time with loved ones while safely exploring new destinations,” Whitney Haslam Johnson, Head of experience at Pilot Flying J, mentioned. “For over 62 years, Pilot Flying J has powered road travel in America and with over 750 locations serving over 1.5 million customers per day, our travel centers are ready to welcome travelers with stops from clean, safe fuel and everything you need for a fun summer. “
UPS volunteers help Bridge to Hope bring supplies to families in Florida
According to a tweet from UPSers, the Latin Business Resource Group (BRG) and Women in Operations (WIO) have come to Florida to help Bridge to Hope distribute supplies to more than 1,700 people.
Bridge to Hope offers comprehensive supports designed to create food security, improve health, nutrition and economic outcomes, and bridge the gap to self-sufficiency for economically disadvantaged and crisis-stricken households; improve the quality of life, the standard of living and restore dignity and hope to those who need it.
Photo: Upsers | Twitter
Throughout the past year, Bridge to Hope has provided nutritious and healthy food and personal hygiene products to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the organization, “We are bringing things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as well as meat, vegetables and shelf life products so that families can find safe shelter. ”
With their background in supply chain logistics, UPS volunteers have helped Bridge to Hope increase the number of families served by 25%.
Ford’s Accessible Streets Studio Announces First Cohort of Entrepreneurs
Michigan Central, Ford Motor Company’s new mobility innovation district in Corktown, and Newlab, a community of experts and innovators applying transformative technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges, revealed that seven companies from A competitive pool of global applicants have been selected as members of the inaugural Studio Accessible Streets cohort.
Launched by Michigan Central and Newlab in 2020, Accessible Streets Studio brings together Detroiters, civic stakeholders, startups and industry experts to co-design high-impact innovative mobility solutions to meet the needs of the community of meaningful and impactful way. In collaboration with the city and relevant agencies, in the summer and fall of this year, the Accessible Streets Studio companies plan to deploy their technologies and services in Detroit neighborhoods to help address the mobility challenges of residents.
Photo: Ford Motor Company
The seven inaugural companies of Studio Accessible Streets 2021 include:
- Soofa is building the first of its kind solar powered digital signage with electronic ink display. Soofa Signs offers real-time updates on mobility resources, urban communication and orientation.
- Kiwibot is building the autonomous delivery infrastructure of tomorrow for campuses, communities and cities. With robot-powered local deliveries, Kiwibot is focused on providing affordable, reliable and user-friendly service.
- Solartonic delivers solar power and wireless networks to smart communities exactly where they need it, managed through a remote cloud platform – solahub ™ – that integrates lighting, video surveillance, IoT sensors, signage and Wi-Fi network systems for mobility management and street safety.
- Numina measures all kinds of curbside activity to support urban planning, policy and operations that affect everyone, not just cars. Committed to the protection of privacy from the outset, Numina provides volume counts, journeys and traffic behavior of travelers and objects in the streets completely anonymous and aggregated.
- Lazarillo provides a navigation app for blind and visually impaired people to navigate the city using audible assistance that expertly guides them through their physical surroundings and also connects them to services at home.
- KUHMUTE is the universal charging network for anything smaller than a car, independent of both shared fleets and personal micro-mobility vehicles. Proudly designed and manufactured in Flint, MI.
- Sway Mobility offers carsharing as a service by creating turnkey electric vehicle carsharing programs for communities that include vehicles, insurance, technology, charging infrastructure and operational support.
“We are delighted to welcome the first cohort of members of Accessible Streets Studio – an incredible roster of companies at the forefront of mobility, urban technology and sustainability,” said Shaina Horowitz, vice president of products. and programs at Newlab. “We launched the Accessible Streets Studio to foster cutting-edge innovation that will help make city life easier to navigate for Detroit residents by filling critical gaps in transportation, public safety and access to resources and to information. We look forward to working with the companies in the cohort to launch pilot projects in Detroit to generate significant learning and impact for residents, the city of Detroit, and cities around the world.
Meritor Virtual 5K to support Military Appreciation Month
In a May 28 tweet, Meritor shouted out to its employees who participated in “Keep Your Distance VIRUTAL 5K” to support USA Cares.
According to the tweet, Meritor made a donation on behalf of employees to help veterans and military families launch the hashtags: # MilitaryAppreciationMonth. # SupportVeterans #Military #Defense #USACares
A long-distance traveler receives a gift from a trucker: a shower
In a viral Tik Tok video, a long-distance traveler living in his Toyota Prius shared the scoop inside a truck stop shower after a neighborhood trucker offered him his “free shower” from the program. of Love’s Travel Stops Rewards.
“Another day, another shower in a truck stop,” said Tik Tok’er Nikki Delventhal.
“When a truck driver offers you a shower, it’s because he makes so much fuel that he gets it for free after a certain amount of fuel he buys,” explains Delventhal. “They literally have unlimited showers – or just a lot every day – so they give them to people because they’re really nice people.”
Delventhal goes through the Love process, highlighting the level of safety that the truck stop offers its customers.
In a follow-up video, Delventhal gave another shout out to the truckers, explaining how safe she feels around them, knowing that if anything were to happen, a trucker would come out of their cab and help them out.
If that isn’t the motto of the trucking industry, I don’t know what it is.