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TRANSPORTATION TIPS: FLEETS' & DRIVERS' GUIDE FOR THE WINTER

Posted by Brett Wilkie - Sr. Director, Fleet Services on 11/12/19 12:07 PM

It is that time of year again - the temperature is dropping, the snow is falling, and a long winter is coming. Winter is a difficult season for those in the transportation industry, as hazardous road conditions create a dangerous driving environment for drivers. The winter months demand increased safety measures and supplemental equipment to keep rigs (and drivers) from expensive damage. Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty suspects that adverse weather can cost the transportation industry north of $3.5 billion each year.  

SO WHAT MEASURES CAN YOUR FLEET TAKE TO BEAT OLD MAN WINTER AND AVOID THESE EXPENSES?

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Topics: Fleet Safety

NPTC Driver Safety Letter June 2019

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 6/13/19 9:05 AM

stop. trains can't.

We all need to take greater care at highway-rail grade crossings. A highway-rail grade crossing is an intersection where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level or grade. Such crossings may be encountered on both public and private roads. There are more than 250,000 such crossings in the U.S. Although the highway safety picture has improved considerably over the last decade, still too many people are killed and injured every year at grade crossings. Of all the highway-rail grade crossing incidents annually, around 500 involve trucks or tractor-trailers. This translates to an average of about 10 per week. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

CVSA 2019 International Roadcheck Starts June 4; Your Fleet Safety Checklist!

The annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck will take place this year beginning June 4 – 6, 2019.  This is the 32nd year for this event, known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  The organization has on record that that nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period! Here is some helpful fleet safety information to start educating your drivers about this event and its importance in assuring safe commercial vehicle operations, along with information in regards to the roadside inspection program. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

Saving The Planet – One Mile At A Time... Earth Day 2019

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 4/19/19 12:51 PM

Today, many companies are involved in Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to take responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of their daily operations.  For example, Dell initiated a 2020 Legacy of Good Plan that addresses community challenges by using their technical expertise where it can have an impact for people and the planet. Specifically, they are partnering with Camera Education to help train teachers in Ethiopia on how to provide computer knowledge to their classroom.

This example of a global initiative is great, but seldom in life can a company provide a product or service that contributes to all of humanity.  I feel fortunate to be associated with a company that does exactly that, and on this Earth Day I would like to express my appreciation for the forward-thinkers who recognize that the changes they are making not only save their companies money, but to also acknowledge them for doing the right thing for society and the planet. 

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Topics: Trucking Environmental Sustainability

Latest Fleet Advantage Survey Shows Vast Communications Challenges Between Truck Fleet Operations & Finance Departments

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 7/12/18 11:11 AM

Finance and Operations Not On The Same Page Regarding Focus Of Fleet Cost Management and Procurement

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management announced today its latest industry survey showing where there’s a significant lack of communication between fleet operations and finance departments within many organizations with a private fleet.

Where Is the Lack of Communication?

The online survey shows private fleet management personnel highlighting several obstacles when trying to communicate fleet operational needs with finance departments. Signifying this lack of communication, 37.5% of fleet executives cited the inability of their finance departments to clearly communicate the company’s financial metrics and goals to the operations department as the largest communications struggle. An additional 34.4% said finance doesn't understand the benefit of investing in newer equipment; and 31.3% said finance doesn't understand various operating costs associated with the fleet.

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Topics: Lease vs Buy, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

Latest Fleet Advantage Equipment Lease Vs Buy Study Showing Operating Cost Savings for Private Fleets and For-hire Carriers

Posted by Brian Holland, CTP on 7/12/18 11:10 AM

Significant Savings Realized When Leasing Compared to an Ownership Model Over the Same Period

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and lifecycle cost management unveiled today new analysis that shows the operating and financial benefits of a truck lease vs. buy structure for private truck fleet operators, as well as for-hire carriers. The analysis illustrates a missed opportunity for cost savings when comparing a seven-year ownership of one truck to a four-year ownership and a four-year lease of two consecutive trucks.

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Topics: Lease vs Buy, Truck Fleet Analytics, Data Analytics, Fleet Management

CVSA 2018 International Roadcheck Starts June 5; Your Fleet Safety Checklist!

Fleet Advantage Safety Tips - 2018 International Roadcheck HOSThe annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck will take place this year beginning June 5 – 7, 2018.  This is the 31st year for this event, known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  The organization has on record that that nearly 15 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period! Here is some helpful fleet safety information to start educating your drivers about this event and its importance in assuring safe commercial vehicle operations, along with information in regards to the roadside inspection program. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

Latest Data Analysis Shows Truck Cost Savings Continue to Increase Year-Over-Year When Upgrading to Newer Models More Frequently

Posted by Brian Holland, CTP on 12/6/17 10:45 AM

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management made public today its 2017 Truck Lifecycle Data Index (TLDI) comparing all-in operating costs of early-model Class-8 trucks to 2018 model-year replacements. The TLDI shows significant cost savings when replacing older-model vehicles with 2018 MY trucks. According to Fleet Advantage’s ATLAAS (Advanced Truck Lifecycle Administrative Analytics Software), the TLDI shows that fleet operators can realize a first-year per-truck savings of $22,162 when upgrading from a 2012 sleeper model-year truck to a 2018 model, a 17% increase in savings compared with year-ago figures ($19,023) for 2017 model-year upgrades. 

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance, Truck Fleet Analytics, Data Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization

Big Rigs Achieving 10 MPG Will Become a Standard In The NEAR Future!

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 11/9/17 11:59 AM

Fleet Advantage was founded in 2008 on a number of principles formulated around information technology. It was also founded upon the necessity to help organizations improve their tractor fleets’ productivity and to reduce operating costs by improving their fuel efficiency from 6.0 MPG to 10.0 MPG. One of the cornerstones was the Greenhouse Gas Mandate that took effect in 2011 with its requirement to reduce CO2 emissions, which can only be accomplished by improving fuel economy/MPG.  The technology and supporting data analytics have arrived, and we are now seeing the results we knew were there - tracking a goal of 10.0 MPG.

A recent success program called “Run on Less”, organized by the Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, proved that 10 MPG is possible using technology that are available on the market today. The results exceeded the original 9 MPG goal set by CWR and NACFE.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization, GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE

CVSA 2017 International Roadcheck Starts June 6; Your Fleet Safety Checklist!

The annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck will take place this year on June 6 – 8, 2017.  This is the 30th year for this event, known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  The organization has on record that that nearly 15 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period! Here is some helpful fleet safety information to start educating your drivers about this event and its importance in assuring safe commercial vehicle operations, along with information in regards to the roadside inspection program. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety