Werner Enterprises featured at the ALK Summit

Werner President and COO Derek Leathers was the keynote speaker at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit, garnering attention from national media sources. Leathers delivered a comprehensive industry outlook discussing the growth in freight demand, the role of technology as a solution, the strength of intermodal and the impact of regulations.

“Slowly but steadily, freight demand is growing,” stated Leathers. “More demand is good, but the risk is that it brings the truckload industry closer to an imbalance that could disrupt distribution. You need the proper blend between technology and human interaction. The fleets that survive will be the ones that can offset rate increases with innovation,” he said. “You need to have the optimization and collaboration that is required to thread the needle to get the rate you need while respecting the customer’s need to lower costs.”

Werner Enterprises Operation Freedom truck wins technology award

Werner Enterprises Operation Freedom truck received the “Most Technologically Advanced Cab” award at the Mid-America Trucking Show that took place March 21-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. The military themed Operation Freedom truck was one of 79 trucks in the competition and won the award due to its advanced technological equipment.

“At Werner, we are proud to be known as a technological leader. It’s important that we continue to push the envelope, testing new products and strategies, so that our drivers are equipped with the best technologies available,” stated Steve Phillips, senior vice president of operations for Werner Enterprises. “The investments we make in our fleet are consistent with our dedication to the safety of our drivers and the safety of the motoring public.”

The award-winning truck is equipped with the MCP200 mobile information system that provides mobile communication for both production and safety items including hours of service. In addition, the truck also has a safety system called Mobileye. This is a passive safety system that uses a camera to detect lane markings, speed signs, vehicles and pedestrians and provides the driver with audible and visual warning alerts.

Werner Enterprises named technology innovator

Werner Enterprises has been named to the InformationWeek 500 list that recognizes leaders in innovative business technology. Werner earned the selection for its strategies, initiatives, investments and administrative practices at the core of business technology innovation.

The award was announced at the 2012 InformationWeek Conference and Awards Gala in September at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, Calif.

A panel of editors from InformationWeek determines the list of 500 based on points earned from the application process and achievements as outlined in essays submitted. Those companies on the list must demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural and organizational innovation. Organizations with $250 million or more in annual revenue are invited to participate. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found on the InformationWeek website.

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