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Announcing our 2017 Driver of the Year Winners' Circle

May 24 2018

These professional drivers have been identified as our safest and most dedicated, and each has earned the respect of the entire Ruan team

Prepare for the Roadcheck Inspection Spree Set for June 5-7

May 21 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct thousands of inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year's focus is on hours-of-service compliance.

2017 Driver of the Year Finalists

May 2 2018

It is an honor to announce our 2017 Driver of the Year finalists, honored for their dedication to safety, professionalism, and customer service.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Do You Know the Risks?

Apr 18 2018

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. At Ruan, Safety Focus is our first Guiding Principle; the safety of our team members and the motoring public comes first.

New! RED Magazine Highlights Disruptive Innovations

Apr 6 2018

This issue is all about discovering the current and potential challenges that the ever-changing transportation industry faces and how Ruan is adapting to continue to provide excellent service to our customers and team members.

Disruptive Innovations Abound in Transportation Industry

Mar 30 2018

Disruptive innovations ultimately change business models, create new markets, add value networks and improve or eliminate existing markets, established firms, products and alliances. In the world of trucking, disruptors are in abundance.

Three Questions to Ask Your 3PL

Mar 27 2018

Marty Wadle, SVP of Supply Chain Solutions, was recently featured in Global Trade Magazine.

2018 Transportation Industry Update White Paper
2018 Transportation Industry Update White Paper

Feb 12 2018

In 2018, the transportation industry must navigate a confluence of opportunities and challenges, including regulatory pressures, innovative disruptions and changing marketplaces, to capitalize on increasing demand for freight and tightening capacity.

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Ruan Reserves Five Tesla Electric Semi Trucks For 2019 Rollout

Jan 22 2018

Ruan Transportation Management Systems has reserved five of Tesla Motors' new wholly electrically powered tractor-trailers for testing and delivery in 2019. The new semis were unveiled by Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, at an event in California in November.

Winter Driving Awareness
Winter Driving Awareness

Dec 11 2017

As fall turns into winter, our thoughts often turn to the holidays and all the happiness they bring. With this exciting time of year, however, comes some dangerous driving conditions. Depending on where you live, you may experience snow, ice or fog-or a combination of all three.

Iowa State University and Ruan Partnership

Nov 29 2017

Iowa State University and Ruan are partnering in the development of tomorrow's logistics professionals.

Ruan Awarded American Trucking Associations' President's Trophy

Nov 16 2017

Ruan was awarded the American Trucking Associations' President's Trophy in the over 100 million miles category.

Be Alert, and Don't Veer for Deer

Oct 30 2017

Drivers regularly see deer crossing signs on the side of the road. But do you really increase alertness when you see them? You should, especially in fall and winter. Mating and migration season-October through December-more than doubles the likelihood of a collision with a large animal.

Ruan Hits Milestone of 1 Million Miles On CNG-Powered Class 8 Tractor

Oct 9 2017

A 2014 Kenworth T660 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered class 8 tractor operated by Ruan Transportation Management Systems has reached the milestone of 1 million miles in service.

Ruan Recognized at IMTA's 75th Anniversary Management Conference

Sep 28 2017

Ruan is a proud and longstanding member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA), an organization tasked with promoting the success of the trucking industry in Iowa. Our founder, John Ruan, was integral in the founding of the IMTA 75 years ago.

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Ruan Invests in Agile as Technology Innovation Catalyst

Sep 22 2017

CIO Dan Greteman explains how Ruan's IT team employs Agile methodology to expedite development of mobile app solutions for unique customer requirements.

Ruan's Natural Disaster Response Efforts

Sep 20 2017

The trucking industry faces a host of challenges during natural disasters. Ultimately, local authorities, federal agencies, and victims turn to companies like Ruan to quickly respond to deliver critical goods in the affected areas. Simple enough.

Ruan Named Top Bulk Motor Carrier

Sep 7 2017

Ruan has been named the Top Bulk Motor Carrier by Logistics Management magazine. This recognition is part of the 34th Annual Quest for Quality program carried out by the publication.

Ruan Provides Transportation for Annual Hunger Fight

Aug 29 2017

Ruan is proud to be an in-kind sponsor of transportation for Meals from the Heartland's (MFTH) Annual Hunger Fight August 31-September 2 at Hy-Vee Hall. Two of Ruan's Iowa operations, one in Des Moines and one in Cedar Falls, will provide trucks, dry van trailers and professional drivers to deliver several loads of goods necessary for the 10,000 MFTH volunteers to package more than 5 million meals at the Hunger Fight.

Have you read RED?

Jul 31 2017

Our 85th anniversary issue of RED Magazine was just released this July and highlights 85 reasons Ruan is still going strong since John Ruan hauled his first load of gravel in 1932.