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Pilot Flying J diesel customers can now use Amex cards at pump

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J,  in partnership with American Express, have made it possible for guests to pay at the pump in the commercial diesel lanes using an American Express Card at Pilot and Flying J Travel Center locations in the United States.

In addition, the myPilot app virtual wallet will now accept American Express and other major consumer credit cards, offering drivers new payment options for mobile fueling.

“With the driver top of mind, we want to provide our guests with additional payment options,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “By accepting American Express cards at the commercial diesel pumps and in the myPilot app mobile wallet, card members can now receive myRewards points at the commercial diesel pump. Previously, American Express card members had to authorize payment inside the store for commercial diesel fuel purchases. This change is a great advantage to small business owners and independent over-the-road drivers who are already using American Express.”

“We strive to back our card members and merchants with strong value and seamless experiences,” said Gunther Bright, executive vice president of American Express. “This partnership with Pilot Flying J gives our Card Members who purchase diesel on the road a more convenient way to pay.”

Professional drivers can securely authorize fuel purchases with American Express and other major consumer credit and fleet payment cards in the myPilot mobile app without having to carry or swipe a card at the pump.

For a limited time, myRewards members will receive an additional point on diesel gallon purchases when using mobile fueling in the app. By downloading the myPilot app through the App Store or Google Play, professional drivers can start using the cardless fueling feature to choose the diesel lane that’s likely to open first, securely save payment cards and store payment card prompts for future use.

For more information about Pilot Flying J, the myPilot app and more, visit www.pilotflyingj.com

Headquartered in Knoxville, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 14 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

 

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Heartland Express opens new, remodeled terminals in Colorado, California

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The Heartland Express Driver Appreciation Team performed at the ribbon cutting for the new terminal in Frederick, Colorado. (Courtesy: HEARTLAND EXPRESS)

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — Heartland Express has opened a new terminal at Frederick, Colorado, and a remodeled terminal in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Just north of the Denver metro area, the Colorado facility offers a service shop with a truck wash, fully covered 24-hour fuel island and service lanes.

The terminal features a driver lounge with 24-hour access and amenities that include restrooms with private walk-in showers and laundry room with full size washer/dryer units. Other comforts include sofas and recliner chairs, table seating, ice machine, coffee, and a large screen TV for entertainment.

An RFID software system was installed for driver security and over five acres of parking with industrial Wi-Fi network available site wide.

The opening of the Frederick terminal occurred shortly after the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Southern California facility in Rancho Cucamonga.

This 20-acre facility includes all of the amenities available in Frederick and utilizes solar power. Rancho Cucamonga is also one of 12 company locations that hosts driver orientation and soon we look forward to driver orientation at the Frederick facility.

“I’m extremely proud of these new terminals and what we can offer to our drivers. We’ve invested significant time, capital, and environmentally conscious resources into these provisions and look forward to seeing growth of our market position in both locations respectively,” said Heartland Express CEO, Mike Gerdin. “These grand openings are just the start of great new things to come from Heartland. Including the completion of these two terminal projects, we are spending an estimated $40-50 million on terminal related capital projects during 2019.  These terminal projects are centered around upgrades, remodels, expansions and terminal amenities for the comfort and support of our drivers, including additions of truck wash facilities at certain locations. Our desire is to offer state of the art amenities to our drivers while they are away from home.

The Frederick terminal is located at 9040 Bruin Blvd. The Rancho Cucamonga terminal is located at8566 Pecan Ave.

Heartland Express is an irregular route truckload carrier based in North Liberty, Iowa, serving customers with shipping lanes throughout the United States. Heartland focuses on medium to short haul regional freight, offering shippers industry leading on-time service so they can achieve their strategic goals for their customers.

For more information, visit www.heartlandexpress.com.

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Dart Transit launches search for new president

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Dart Transit Co. has grown through the years to become a fleet comprised of 1,800 owner-operators and company drivers. (Courtesy: DART TRANSIT CO.)

EAGAN, Minn. — Dart Transit Co., in its 85th year as a nationwide transportation service provider, has begun a national search for the position of president.

Donald G. Oren, who has led Dart for over 50 years, is currently serving as chairman and president of the company. Oren, along with Dart’s executive management team, will be overseeing the process of hiring a new president.

Donald G. Oren has led Dart Transit for over 50 years.

“As we are commemorating our 85th year in business and being a part of an ever-changing and vital industry, we are focused on the future and seeking to best position our leadership team to meet the challenges ahead and make the most of our opportunities. We are looking forward to our search process for a new president and bringing in fresh viewpoints that will allow Dart to continue to move forward as a market leader and innovator,” Oren said. “I’m very proud of Dart’s history, but I am even more excited about Dart’s future.”

Part of Dart’s history is the ownership by the Oren family.

Dart was started in 1934 by Earl Oren, Don’s father, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company, which is now headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, has grown through the years to become a fleet comprised of 1,800 owner-operators and company drivers.

In addition to its Eagan corporate campus and operating center, Dart has four strategically located operating centers which support over-the-road, regional, dedicated and local freight networks. Dart’s dry-van truckload operation ranks in the top 25 on multiple industry lists. In addition to truckload services, Dart offers logistics, warehousing, relay, storage and intermodal solutions throughout the U.S.

“As an organization, Dart is looking for an established leader, experienced in the truckload industry. Our new president will be responsible for driving and executing strategic decisions that result in controlled growth while adhering to our organization’s values,” said Oren, who is the majority shareholder of the company which is owned by the Oren family. “As a family, we are looking forward to working with the new president and our management team in serving the next generation of customer service needs as well as the needs of owner-operators and company drivers. We believe it’s best for Dart at this point in time to find a strong leader who can bring an outside perspective and depth of experience into this position.”

 

 

 

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ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surges 7.4% in April

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Compared with April 2018, the SA index increased 7.7%, the largest year-over-year gain since July. (The Trucker file photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surged 7.4% in April after decreasing 2% in March. In April, the index equaled 121.8 (2015=100) compared with 113.4 in March.

“The surge in truck tonnage in April is obviously good for trucking, but it is important to examine it in the context of the broader economy,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “February and March were particularly weak months, as evidenced by the 3.5% dip in tonnage due to weather and other factors, so some of the gain was a catch-up effect. In addition, the Easter holiday was later than usual, likely pushing freight that would ordinarily be moved in March into April.

“I do not think the fundamentals underlying truck tonnage are as strong as April’s figure would indicate, but this may signal that any fears of a looming freight recession may have been overblown,” he said.

March’s reading was revised up compared with our April press release.

Compared with April 2018, the SA index increased 7.7%, the largest year-over-year gain since July.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 117.7 in April, 1% above March level (116.6). 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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