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Amazon quietly launched an app called Relay to go after truck drivers

  • Amazon has quietly launched Relay, its first app designed for truck drivers that makes it easier to pick up and drop off packages at Amazon warehouses.
  • The app will give Amazon direct access to millions of truck drivers across the country.
  • Amazon is reportedly working on another app that would match truck drivers with cargo.

Article By: Eugene Kim | @eugenekim222

A truck drives past the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, Nov. 30, 2015. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

A truck drives past the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, Nov. 30, 2015. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Amazon has quietly launched an app designed to help truck delivery drivers get in and out of warehouses faster.

The app, called Relay, rolled out late last month and is available on Apple and Android devices. Drivers enter cargo information into the app, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate, avoiding the manual process of badging in. At some facilities, Amazon has built special Relay lanes, according to the app page.

Relay is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process, which is error-prone due to its reliance on phone calls and paperwork. About 80 percent of cargo in the U.S. is transported via truck, which makes the market a big target for tech companies like Uber and start-ups such as Convoy and Trucker Path. According to Convoy, the trucking market is worth $800 billion.

While Relay may have a narrow application today, it serves as the first connection point between Amazon and potentially millions of truck drivers, a job that's become one of the most common in the U.S. Amazon is reportedly looking into other services as well, including an app that would match truck drivers with cargo shippers.

Amazon has made no secret about its quest to become a logistics and transportation juggernaut. Over the past couple years, it has purchased thousands of trailer trucks, dozens of cargo planes and minority stakes in two cargo airlines for its Prime Air service. It's also launched new delivery services like Amazon Flex to do package shipping on its own.

Amazon often launches new services without a public notice to test them before expanding more aggressively. For example, the company has dozens of pop-up stores and private label brands, as well as a thriving merchant lending business — all of which launched without big, splashy announcements.

Amazon may be keeping quiet about Relay to fix some technical glitches. Its Android app has fewer than 5,000 downloads and a mere 3.5-star rating, with one reviewer saying it has "a lot of glitches."

Original article: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/amazon-quietly-launched-an-app-called-relay-to-go-after-truck-drivers.html

Child Donates To Joliet's Hurricane Harvey Site

Danica Ward, 10, mobilized hurricane relief efforts near Joliet. She brought her donations to Joliet City Hall on Thursday.

By John Ferak (Patch Staff) - Updated September 9, 2017 11:00 am ET


JOLIET, IL - A large Hurricane Harvey donation brought to Joliet's City Hall by a small child from Crest Hill has garnered lots of appreciation from city officials. On Thursday afternoon, 10-year-old Danica Ward got a ride to downtown Joliet from her parents. At the Des Plaines Street parking lot, Danica brought Joliet city officials two vehicles stocked with donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Joliet partnered with Cadence Premier Logistics to collect the donated goods. The Joliet trucking company plans to deliver the goods to the Southwest in the coming days.

Danica's mother stressed it was strictly her 10-year-0ld daughter's idea to organize a donation drive.

"She actually had tears in her eyes," her mother told Patch. "She said, 'Momma, I want to help those people.' She opened the laptop and started typing a flyer for donations. It was two pages long."

Ultimately, the Wards reached out to the City of Joliet, which provided the family with the city's donation flyer. "We sent out the flyer and posted it on our Facebook pages that our daughter would love to collect donations with her wagon."

This past week, Danica went door to door around her neighborhood in Crest Hill to pick up donations. In addition, numerous friends and relatives gave Danica cash donations, which she used at the local Target and Walgreens to buy several boxes of diapers, bottled water, baby wipes and cleaning supplies. (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)


On Thursday, Danica's parents Jeff and Jenni Ward drove her to downtown Joliet, filling two of their vehicles with supplies and goods their 10-year-old daughter collected.

All told, the Wards said, they delivered around $650 worth of goods for Joliet's relief effort. At the time of their arrival, interim city manager Marty Shanahan was one of several city employees loading donations.

"He told her it's amazing what a difference one little girl could do," Jenni Ward told Patch. "After they unloaded both vehicles they gave her a round of applause and told her that's the most they've seen dropped off by one family, let alone by the efforts of one person. My husband and I both had tears in our eyes and were so proud of her. "

But that's not the end of this uplifting story.
On Friday afternoon, Shanahan reached out to the Ward family. He sent them an e-mail mentioning how he had met with Rocky Caylor, CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics, the Joliet trucking company off Laraway Road that donated the semitrailers for the Hurricane Harvey relief. "He would like to invite her to his facility ... so Danica can see first-hand the donation efforts and personally thank her," Shanahan wrote.

Her mother remarked, "We're definitely going to go, and she's excited about that."

Actually, when Danica found out about the upcoming tour of Cadence Logistics, she told her mother they now need to go buy some Dunkin' Donuts gift cards for the truck drivers.

"She said they'll need coffee to stay awake since they'll be driving all the way to Texas," Jenni Ward said. "Oh, my gosh, this girl."

Images via Jenni Ward, Danica's mother

Original article: https://patch.com/illinois/joliet/child-donates-joliets-hurricane-harvey-site


The City of Joliet, in conjunction with Cadence Premier Logistics, will begin a donation drive to bring supplies and relief to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Beginning Thursday, August 31st at 11:00 A.M., anyone wishing to contribute may bring items to the City Hall parking lot located on DesPlaines Street (west side of City Hall). A tractor and trailer provided by Cadence Logistics will be on site to accept donations through September 8th. Once donations are collected, Cadence has volunteered to deliver the items to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Accepted items for August 31:    HOURS: 11AM - 4:30 PM
Pre-boxed/pre-packaged/ cases of items such as water, juice, diapers, and canned vegetables.

Accepted items for September 1- 8:   HOURS: 8AM - 4:30 PM (Mon. – Fri.)
(in addition to above listed items)

  • Toiletries (i.e. shampoo, body wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e. bleach, heavy duty cleaners, dish soap, sponges, etc.)
  • Black construction-grade trash bags
  • Mops and buckets
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Latex/Nitrile gloves
  • Box fans
  • Bottled water

Items NOT accepted: clothing, toys, or household furnishings.
Receiving organizations do not have the ability to sort these types of donations at this time.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated, “I want to personally thank Cadence for once again being a great neighbor and partnering with the City. The people of Joliet have always come together to help other communities in need and I am sure the response will be the same for the people in Texas and Louisiana.”

Martin J. Shanahan, Jr.
Interim City Manager

The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. Home to 149,386 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity. For more information on Joliet visit www.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000. The City of Joliet’s Media Releases are always available on our website.


Cadence is always a step ahead of our industry future challenges:

“New regulations in transportation continue to come our way increasing our costs,” says Rocky Caylor, President/CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics Inc. "We spend so much of our lives chasing singular goals in technologies that it's easy for us to forget the power of synergy; it is that mysterious dynamic whereby several factors come together to create a result far greater than the sum of its parts. Working with M2M in Motion and VisTracks, technology companies that actually care about the carrier - large, medium or small - have taken these dot-connecting opportunities, which can often reveal a wide range of possibilities that have been developing over many years and created a robust compliance platform, with ELD, In Cab Cameras, Tracking assets, and Driver scorecards that actually walk the talk. With all this being said, Cadence Premier Logistics is excited to put aside that singular thinking and work with the synergies of M2M in Motion and VisTracks."

Rocky Caylor
Cadence Premier Logistics


ITA Meets w/ Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, who signs on to co-sponsor ITA Legislation

LtoR: Caylor, Cappellett, Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, Hart

LtoR: Caylor, Cappellett, Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, Hart

On Monday, ITA board members Rocky Caylor (Cadence Premier Logistics) and Mike Cappellett (TransChicago Truck Group), along with ITA Executive Director Matt Hart, met with State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
D-Plainfield).  ITA met with the senator to discuss trucking industry issues in her district as well as to seek her support for HB 386, a bill initiated by ITA that would save truck owners up to $400 per truck per year.

ITA is pleased to report that the senator has signed on to co-sponsor HB 386.  She is the 35th State Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor to the legislation.  The fate of HB 386 rests with the Illinois State Senate where it is being sponsored by State Senator Martin Sandoval
(D-Chicago).  The legislation has already passed the House 109-3.

Now is the time for the trucking industry to come together and demand that lawmakers repeal this fee that singles out the trucking industry.  The CDF costs truck owners up to $400/truck/year in additional fees.

Call your State Senator immediately.  Ask them to SUPPORT HB 386 and ask if they would sign on as a
co-sponsor to HB 386.  Let your voice be heard.

A Message from our President/CEO Rocky Caylor

ATA Reports that Freight Transportation Will See Continued Growth in Years to Come

Forecast Being Used to Help Develop Future Strategies at Trucking Companies
As the economy grows, so does the trucking industry. Last month, the U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2027, compiled by the American Trucking Association (ATA), predicted that the future of freight transportation will grow in both freight volume and the amount of goods being transported by trucks over the next 20 years.

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear explained that Forecast “has proven to be a valuable tool for everyone from industry leaders to government policy makers.” This prediction will be used as a guideline to help trucking companies develop strategies for the future, improve revenue and find methods to improve shipping.

The Forecast suggested that overall revenue for the industry will rise nearly 66 percent and tonnage will increase 24 percent by 2022. This increase is due to the growth in the overall economy, according to ATA’s Chief Economist Bob Costello. “As we continue to see growth in the overall economy, particularly due to manufacturing, consumer spending and international trade, we will also see increases in the amount of freight moved in America’s trucks,” Costello reported on ATA’s website.

However, as the trucking industry is seeing growth, other modes of transportation may see a decline in tonnage and revenue. The ATA predicts that by 2022, rail transportation may only account for 14.6% of the transportation industry compared to 15.3% it accounted for in 2010. Rail and water transportation will lose market share to pipelines as the U.S. energy production grows.

In contrast to the growing trucking industry, driver shortage is continuing to be a problem across the industry and is expected to worsen as drivers retire and hiring qualified truck drivers becomes more and more difficult.  The ATA reasons that the shortage may be due to factors such as demographic, regulatory and the fact that drivers may be away from home for long periods of time. The increase in trucks on the road in the coming years may present a problem for companies if there is a shortage in drivers. That is why organizations such as Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) are working to ensure the trucking industry remains thriving.

"We do know as long as our economy continues to grow, trucks will continue to move the vast majority of America’s goods, underscoring our industry’s critical role in our country’s future,” Spear reported on ATA’s website. Trucks are essential to our daily lives and there are no signs that the industry is slowing. Which is good news because as TMAF puts it - when trucks stop moving, the country stops moving.

Information sources, ATA and Robert’s Perryman PC

A Message from our President/CEO Rocky Caylor

Why You Should Vote "YES" on the Safe Roads Amendment Nov. 8

by Matthew W. Hart, ITA Executive Director
On November 8, we have the opportunity to exercise one of our rights as Americans: to go to the polling place and to vote. November 8 will also mark the end to a very bitter and ugly battle for many political offices.
According to the Associated Press, 78% of Americans are dissatisfied or angry with the way the federal government is working, and 62% of you are dissatisfied or angry with the way state and local government is working.
One of the reasons for such a low level of trust in Illinois is because elected officials have been saying one thing and then doing another once they are elected to office.
A prime example of this behavior is the unprecedented raiding of the state's Road Fund to pay for things that have nothing to do with your roads. At least $6.8 Billion has been diverted from the Road Fund over the past several years. Money that you have paid when you fill up your gas tank has been collected by the state with the understanding that the money would be used for building and maintaining the roads you travel. Unfortunately, this hasn't been happening in Illinois.
Lawmakers have been diverting money out of the Road Fund for more than a decade in Illinois. When you fill your tank, you pay taxes of 19 cents per gallon for gasoline and 21.5 cents per gallon for diesel fuel; money that is supposed to be used to repair the street in front of your house. That money is also supposed to be used to add lanes to the highway you use each day travelling to and from work.
With the push of a button, lawmakers in Springfield have been voting for decades to sweep your motor fuel tax money away from the Road Fund, and your tax money has been used to prop up state spending in other areas.
Now you have the opportunity to tell lawmakers to keep their hands off of the Road Fund. On November 8, you have the chance to tell politicians that the motor fuel tax, a tax that you pay to fund our roads and bridges, should actually be used to fund our roads and bridges.
This year's "Safe Roads Amendment" is of even greater interest to the trucking industry in Illinois because we pay the greatest share of motor fuel taxes in the state.  Trucking only accounts for 9 percent of the vehicle miles traveled in the state, yet we pay 43 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Illinois motorists.  So shouldn't we support the effort to actually keep our highway tax money in the Road Fund?
You might not be excited about some of the names on your ballot next Tuesday, but you can confidently vote to tell lawmakers that the tax money you already pay should be used to keep our roads safe.
On November 8, vote "YES" on the Safe Roads Amendment.

The Future is Closer!

A message from our Chairman and Founder Tom Maciulis.

Newly updated as of 9/8/16.

Cadence Premier Logistics is excited to announce the ground breaking of our new corporate home in Joliet.  Two thoughts went in to the design of our new home, Our People and Our Customers.  The key to our success today and moving into the future is our strong core values and culture.  Our new facility is being designed to give our drivers all the comforts of home, this includes; our new overnight bunk rooms, state of the art drivers lounge, full kitchen and cafeteria, health facility which includes indoor soccer and much more.
By listening to our associates and customers our new facility will allow us to expand on our values and culture, providing meaningful opportunities for professional growth and successful experiences, attracting, retaining and developing the great employees that help us provide the high quality services our customers deserve.