Ruan Blog

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Our Most Successful United Way Campaign to Date!

Nov 18 2019

Ruan's Des Moines campus team members recently participated in our annual campaign to raise funds for the United Way of Central Iowa.

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Get to Know Our Team: Carlisle Wheeler

Nov 14 2019

Ruan's Extended Operations Center provides seamless support and business continuity to Ruan's operations team members and customers outside of traditional work hours. Learn more about what the team is working on from manager Carlisle Wheeler.

Van Alstine Named IMTA 2020 Chairman

Nov 4 2019

Ruan's President and COO Dan Van Alstine was elected as the 2020 chairman of the board for the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) at the organization's annual management conference this fall.

Ruan Breaks Ground at Ankeny Operating Center

Nov 1 2019

The new transportation facility will serve numerous customers across the Midwest.

The State of Infrastructure Funding in 2019

Oct 30 2019

America's crumbling roadways and bridges continue to deteriorate in 2019 with a lack of clear direction regarding the future of federal infrastructure funding.

Don't Veer for Deer This Fall

Oct 23 2019

The chances of hitting a deer while driving nearly doubles from October through December. November is the worst month for crashes-October is second.

Meiners Graduates LEAD ATA Program

Oct 21 2019

Ruan's Director of Safety Programs Allison Meiners recently graduated from the American Trucking Associations' LEAD ATA industry leadership program.

Check Out RED Magazine!

Oct 17 2019

We recently released our latest issue of RED Magazine, which covers a number of industry topics affecting Ruan and our customers.

Ruan Earns Fleet Safety Award

Oct 15 2019

Ruan was recently recognized as one of the safest carriers in the state by the Iowa Motor Truck Association.

Leveraging System Design and Engineering Optimization for Supply Chain 4.0 Impact

Oct 14 2019

Supply Chain 4.0 is an integrative approach to operational digitization, where existing and emerging technology applications are leveraged to transform the supply chain ecosystem in response to evolving business requirements and the gradual industry 4.0 evolution.

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Ruan Receives 2019 U.S. EPA Smartway® Excellence Award

Oct 10 2019

The award recognizes Ruan for our outstanding environmental performance and leadership.

Extended Operations Center Provides After Hours Support to Ruan Operations and Customers

Oct 7 2019

Ruan's Extended Operations Center, based at our Des Moines Campus and created nearly two years ago, has become the single resource at Ruan that supports operations, professional drivers, carrier partners, and customers in a 24/7 industry.

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Recognized for Public-Private Partnership with Ruan in the Distribution of Spirits

Oct 7 2019

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has received the Best Distribution/Warehouse Innovation Award from StateWays magazine for partnering with Ruan for the warehousing and distribution of spirits.

Driving Safely at Night

Sep 23 2019

Darkness can compromise a driver's depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision. Check out these tips to help keep you safe while driving at night.

Ruan Driver Training Centers Prepare Drivers for Success

Sep 18 2019

The Ruan driver onboarding experience provides our drivers the tools and training they need to successfully perform their jobs with special focus on safety, customer service, teamwork, and retention.

Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Sep 9 2019

Ruan would like to take this opportunity to honor all of our professional truck drivers for their hard work and dedication in tackling one of our nation's most demanding and important jobs. You deliver safely for our customers every single day. For your talent, professionalism, and dedication: thank you.

2018 Driver and Operation of the Year Testimonials

Sep 4 2019

Check out these video testimonials from our 2018 Driver and Operation of the Year Winners' Circle.

FMCSA Proposes Hours-of-Service Changes

Aug 30 2019

Since new hours-of-service regulations were introduced by the Department of Transportation in 2013, the transportation industry has argued the need for flexibility in the rules. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently issued proposed changes to the HOS rules with the goal of improving the lives of truck drivers while still ensuring safety on the roads.

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Choosing the Right 3PL and Supporting Supply Chain Excellence

Aug 26 2019

Choosing the right third-party logistics (3PL) provider can make or break your goal of achieving supply chain excellence and have a significant impact on your company's brand.

Ruan and Hawkeye Community College Announce New Partnerships

Aug 21 2019

Ruan and Hawkeye Community College have announced their new partnership for driver hiring and training. Ruan recently donated two driver simulators to Hawkeye for its Regional Transportation Training Center. Additionally, the college and Ruan have partnered on a Military Driver Apprenticeship program offered to separating U.S. military personnel.