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40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicks off July 11



The Iowa pork chop cookout is one of the highlights of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. (Courtesy: IOWA 80 TRUCKSTOP)

WALCOTT, Iowa — The 40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicks off July 11 at The World’s Largest Truckstop.

The 2019 Walcott Truckers Jamboree to be held at the Iowa 80 Truckstop will feature a Super Truck Beauty Contest, antique truck display; Iowa pork chop cookout; over 150 exhibits, Trucker Olympics; carnival games; two fireworks displays, a 100th birthday party for not one, but two trucks at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

A 1919 International and a 1919 Pierce Arrow will be honored.

“There will be fun for everyone. Trucks, games, music, food, fireworks and more,” said Heather DeBaillie, vice president of marketing. “The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is truly an event about the professional driver. We appreciate the important job they do in keeping America rolling and we think they should be celebrated.”

DeBaillie  said on July 11 attendees can enjoy a performance by Davisson Brothers Band which have been hailed by Rolling Stone Country as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.”

“If you like a little Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top and some Bon Jovi, you are going to have a great time listening to these guys,” DeBaillie said.  Local favorite Dani Lynn Howe and Band will kick off the concert at 5 p.m. Fireworks and the Lights at Night show will follow.

Friday, July 12 brings adds a Pet Contest, and another evening of music. Lindsay Lawler and Natalie Stovall will get the party going at a 5 p.m. opening for CMA Award winning group Sawyer Brown. With 38 years and 5,000 shows under their belt; when asked what their secret is, lead singer Mark Miller simply said, “We’re blue collar working-class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.”

They are expected to play favorites such as “Six Days on the Road,” “Some Girls Do,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Thank God for You” and many more. Fireworks will cap off the evening.

Visitors can get breakfast on Saturday, July 13 in the Super Truck Showroom (chrome shop).  “In lieu of a cake this year we are going to be giving away doughnuts and crescents from Tiffiny’s Tipton Bakery. Attendees won’t want to miss the huge doughnut wall we are building,” DeBaillie said.

Saturday afternoon will feature the southern rock sounds of The Kentucky Headhunters starting at 1 p.m. The group is best known for hits “O Lonesome Me,” “Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine,” “Dumas Walker” and so many more.

“The Kentucky Headhunters wanted to come back again this year to finish the what they started, and we can’t wait for their performance,” DeBaille said

Admission and parking to the event and all concerts is free. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the event grounds.

Iowa 80 Truckstop is located at I-80 Exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa. The most up to date information can be found at




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ATA Truck Tonnage Index falls 1.1% in June, but 1.5% higher than June 2018



Compared with June 2018, the SA index increased 1.5%, the smallest year-over-year gain since April 2017.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 1.1% in June after falling 4% in May. In June, the index equaled 115.2 (2015=100) compared with 116.5 in May.

“Tonnage continues to show resilience as it posted the 26th year-over-year increase despite falling for the second straight month sequentially,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “The year-over-year gain was the smallest over the past two years, but the level of freight remains quite high. Tonnage is outperforming other trucking metrics as heavy freight sectors, like tank truck, are witnessing better freight levels than sectors like dry van, which has a lower average weight per load.”

May’s reading was revised up compared with our June press release.

Compared with June 2018, the SA index increased 1.5%, the smallest year-over-year gain since April 2017.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 117.6 in June, 3.3% below May level (121.7). In calculating the index, 100 represents 2015.

Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 70.2% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled 10.77 billion tons of freight in 2017. Motor carriers collected $700.1 billion, or 79.3% of total revenue earned by all transport modes.

ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 5th day of each month. The report includes month-to-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons, and key financial indicators.





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JK Moving modernizes moving with mobile app and virtual AI estimating options



The JK mobile app enables clients to go onto the app to receive and review estimates; accept and edit estimates; make payments; communicate with their sales consultant and move coordinator; and prepare for the move day. (Courtesy: JK MOVING)

STERLING, Va. — JK Moving Services, a global moving, storage, relocation and logistics enterprise, says it has added new technologies to further modernize the move experience for customers, including a mobile app to help the customer manage the move process and software to do virtual estimates with either a real person or by an artificial intelligence interface.

“Great technology makes for better moves and that’s why we invest in cutting-edge solutions. Mobile apps and AI are now part of our customer tool kit,” said CEO Chuck Kuhn. “Giving clients choices in how they work with us helps us meet a variety of customer needs and styles.”

Kuhn said JK’s tech team had created a downloadable mobile app that enables clients to go onto the app to receive and review estimates; accept and edit estimates; make payments; communicate with their sales consultant and move coordinator; and prepare for the move day. The app is monitored 24/7 by the JK team.

Since this custom app was developed in-house, JK is able to incorporate feedback and improvements quickly, Kuhn said, adding that the mobile app complements new estimating software that clients can use to get a virtual estimate.

The client gives a tour of their house with their phone to their choice of a real or AI representative. The AI estimating software recognizes shapes of objects and makes an inventory list. From that tour, JK can provide an estimate and send it to the mobile app. Estimators still are available to come to someone’s house if that is what the client prefers.

“Going mobile improves our customer offerings since many clients want products that are seamless, easy and quick. We’re receiving terrific feedback for our new mobile app and virtual estimating. These tech advancements put us at the forefront of the residential moving business,” said David Cox, executive vice president, residential, JK Moving.

Cox said the mobile app also reduces the use of paper, which is good for the environment. Environmental stewardship is part of the JK culture and a consideration in many of the company’s innovations.

“In fact, JK was one of the first on many environmentally friendly practices, including: ordering Tesla semi moving trucks, embracing new technologies that will further its aggressive carbon emissions-reduction goals, leading with box-less moves and major recycling efforts, and starting a chemical free community farm,” he said.

Another recent modernization includes the addition of dashcam technology in its whole fleet. These cameras are installed in the truck cabs. When a trigger event happens, such as a sudden stop or jostling movement, a 12-second video clip gets sent to DriveCam, a third-party vendor that monitors and evaluates the incidents. DriveCam sends JK feedback when opportunities arise to improve driving behaviors, enabling JK to provide customized training to drivers. The dashcams have resulted in employees improving their driving skills and experiencing fewer triggering events, resulting in fewer accidents and a reduction in claims.



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Reddaway celebrates centennial anniversary while continuing its evolution



One hundred years after its founding, Reddaway operates with 5,000 trailers, 1,500 tractors, and is now part of YRC Regional Transportation, along with Holland in the Midwest and Southeast, and New Penn serving the Eastern United States (Courtesy: REDDWAY)

TUALATIN, Ore. — Reddaway, the longest continuously operating Oregon-based regional less-than-truckload carrier, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year.

Founded in 1919 in Oregon City, Reddaway continues to advance its services for the 21st century while remaining the premier service provider in the Western United States and Canada, according to Reddway President Bob Stone.

Reddaway’s founder, William Arthur Reddaway, began the company with one Ford Model T truck primarily serving Portland and Oregon City. One hundred years later, Reddaway operates with 5,000 trailers, 1,500 tractors, and is now part of YRC Regional Transportation, along with Holland in the Midwest and Southeast, and New Penn serving the Eastern United States.

“It’s humbling to think about the legacy of innovation, continuous improvement, exceptional reliability and the personalized support that have not only carried us through the past 100 years, but have allowed us to thrive,” Stone said. “I have had the pleasure of witnessing it firsthand for the past 25 years. I’m honored to work alongside the dedicated people who make Reddaway a company that our customers enjoy doing business with. It’s this culture and our people who help us continue to thrive into the next century.”

As part of the company’s 100-year celebration, Reddaway will be hosting appreciation events in the Tualatin office as well as field offices to recognize and thank the thousands of loyal employees who work hard to take care of the customers they serve, Stone said.

The western U.S. provider of LTL services, Reddaway currently employs over 2,800 people and operates more than 40 service centers. With high on-time reliability and one of the lowest claim ratios in the west, Reddaway continues to lead the industry in customer satisfaction.

Reddaway has earned multiple distinctions over the years, including these recent awards such as the 2018 West Coast Regional Carrier of the Year from Worldwide Express, 2018 LTL Carrier of the Year from DHL Supply Chain and the 2018 Carrier of the Year, West Regional, by GlobalTranz.

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