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Road construction and maintenance projects are the keys to maintaining healthy roadways. Yet, these work zones can provide challenges to drivers.

New speed limits, traffic patterns and rights of way, as well as worker and vehicle movement, can all impact work zone safety.

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15-19, shines a spotlight on ways drivers can keep themselves as well as work zone workers safe.

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For millions of drivers – including many Penske DIY movers and professional truck drivers, anticipation is building for Monday’s first visible total solar eclipse in seven years.

During the solar eclipse, the daytime sky is set to darken in parts of the country as the Moon passes in front of the Sun and casts its shadow to fall on the Earth.

Yet, experts like AAA are urging drivers to take extra safety precautions and avoid the strong temptation to try and catch a glimpse of the eclipse while driving.

Fascination has long surrounded the dance of celestial bodies jockeying for position in the daytime sky.

The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. occurred in 2017 and was viewed by an estimated 215 million people – or 88% of the population, according to NASA.

With the solar eclipse’s path over North America estimated to be between 108 and 122 miles wide this year, the eclipse will pass over more cities and densely populated areas than in 2017, increasing the number of potential viewers.

Coming to a View Near You?

Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PT, according to NASA.

The path of the eclipse will leave Mexico and enter the U.S. in Texas. From there it will travel through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The eclipse will enter Canada in Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. The eclipse will exit continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NT.

Whether viewers are in the path of totality - where the Moon mostly blocks the Sun revealing just the outer atmosphere - or in locations revealing less of the eclipse, experts encourage everyone to take steps to protect their vision.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests wearing eclipse glasses with certified solar filters, making a pinhole viewer to watch the eclipse indirectly or viewing a live stream of the eclipse.

Driving During the Eclipse

Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel during the eclipse, but if you do plan to drive, AAA offers these tips:

  • Keep headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Do NOT pull over to the side of the road, highway or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians who may be walking around with their eyes on the sky.

If you miss out on Monday’s solar eclipse, take heart. The next total solar eclipse will be visible in Montana and North Dakota in August 2044. However, NASA predicts the next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will not occur until 2045.

For more information about the total solar eclipse, visit NASA’s website.

By the Move Ahead Staff

Penske Logistics is pleased to announce that Amy Ilyes, vice president of Logistics Engineering has been honored with the 2024 Pros to Know Award by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. This recognition is in the Lifetime Achievement category.

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A new year can bring several unknowns, especially in transportation and logistics, which are navigating increased volatility and operational pressures. To help those within the industry prepare for the year ahead, we sat down with several industry experts to get their thoughts on capacity, operations, sustainability and how to prepare for 2024.

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Penske Logistics professional truck driver Tom Warters is one of 36 finalists for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) America’s Road Team. PJ Singh is nearing completion of his two-year team representing Penske. America’s Road Team, a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records, was created in 1986 to represent the trucking industry.

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Supply chain management is often regarded as a dynamic and ever-evolving industry, but what's the perspective of the young professionals entering this field?

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Penske Logistics has recently received the 2023 Cross Dock Award from Toyota North America at Toyota’s Annual Supplier Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Penske received this award for its highly rated service, unwavering commitment to safety and dedication to innovative Kaizen ideas.

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As National Trucking Week (Sept. 3-9) celebrations come to a close in Canada, Penske continues celebrating our drivers – this time those based in the U.S. – with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 10-16.

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With Tropical Storm Idalia expected to strengthen to a hurricane Monday evening and make landfall Tuesday in Florida, fleet operators are encouraged to take steps now to brace for the storm’s impact.

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Global volatility has continued to disrupt supply chains, and flexibility, efficiency and resilience are vital for companies throughout the logistics sector. Third-party logistics providers have played increasingly significant roles with shippers, providing data management, visibility and analytics that are helping to transform supply chain networks.

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Penske celebrates Warehouse Associate Appreciation Week from June 11-17. Please join us in recognizing the dedication and commitment of more than 5,000 Penske warehouse associates who keep the world moving forward.

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Penske Logistics is ramping up its freight brokerage capabilities this year with increased hiring and the opening of two new locations in the United States. Penske has introduced new offices in Chicago and Edison, New Jersey.

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With a month until the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, now is the time to get ready for potential storms, as preparation is key to keeping you and your property safe.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week, April 30 – May 6, provides an opportunity to review your safety plans and make any changes long before a storm arrives.

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Road construction and maintenance projects are the keys to maintaining the health of the nation’s highways. Yet, these work zones can provide challenges to drivers and road workers alike.
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The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) has named Christiane Meyer, director of strategic accounts for Penske Logistics, to its 2023 list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation. This prestigious list recognizes top performers who go the extra mile to advance gender diversity in transportation.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the invaluable contributions of women in our industry,” said Meyer. “I’m proud to work alongside so many talented women here at Penske with a shared commitment to mentorship, service and advocacy.”

Portrait of Christiane Meyer

Meyer holds the most senior direct sales position at Penske Logistics and serves as a critical advisor to some of the top players in the automotive industry. Customers rely on her expansive supply chain expertise, which spans trucking, warehousing, sea and air freight, 3PL and 4PL services and beyond. A German native who officially became an American citizen in 2016, Meyer brings a truly global perspective to her role that is indispensable to Penske’s international partnerships.

Meyer has also demonstrated a strong commitment to mentoring fellow women in logistics, having formally mentored five women and informally serving as a role model to countless others. She has won the Pyramid Award, Penske Logistics’ top sales honor, twice and has received the Winner’s Circle distinction for outstanding sales performance 10 times. She is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Women in Defense.

Each year, the Top Women to Watch list is selected by the editorial staff of Redefining the Road, WIT’s official magazine. It has previously featured Angela Tracy, director of enterprise sales for Penske Truck Leasing; Chavela Brown, area vice president for Penske Truck Leasing; and Amy Ilyes, vice president of logistics engineering at Penske Logistics. Penske is a proud partner of WIT and has been honored as a Top Company for Women in Transportation for the past four consecutive years.

By Emily Foreman

Food Logistics magazine has named Steve Chambers, vice president of operations for Penske Logistics, as one of the winners of this year’s Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award, which recognizes influential individuals in the industry whose achievements, hard work and vision have shaped the global cold food supply chain.

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Penske is committed to helping veterans move forward every day, and we are thankful for their service and sacrifice.

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With Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall in Florida, fleet operators are encouraged to take steps now to brace for the storm’s impact.

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In today’s world, nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need. And as our world faced unprecedented challenges throughout the coronavirus pandemic, it was our resilient and committed truck drivers who kept our businesses, grocery stories and hospitals stocked with the essential items needed to keep us safe.

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