Wendy Leavitt

Director, editorial & market development ,
Fleet Owner


Wendy Leavitt joined Fleet Owner in 1998 after serving as editor-in-chief of Trucking Technology magazine for four years.

She began her career in the trucking industry at Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland, WA where she spent 16 years—the first five years as safety and compliance manager in the engineering department and more than a decade as the company’s manager of advertising and public relations. She has also worked as a book editor, guided authors through the self-publishing process and operated her own marketing and public relations business.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in English and Art History from Western Washington University, where, as a graduate student, she also taught writing.  

Touring Paccar’s Renton distribution center

Paccar Parts recently provided a tour its newest regional parts distribution center (PDC) located in Renton, WA, not far from Seattle; one of 17 distribution centers serving Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co. dealers in the Northwestern U.S. and in Western Canada. The 160,000 sq.-ft. PDC, which opened for business in April, incorporates a number of energy efficiency enhancements such as 320 light emitting diode (LED) lights with motion sensors and 120 skylights that use “daylight harvesting” technology to reduce energy usage by some 40%.

Is on-demand trucking the future—your future?

Balancing capacity with demand has always been a challenge for truck fleets. The ideal is to have exactly the assets you need, no more, no less, in order to do the best possible job at the lowest possible cost.  In an industry as changeable as trucking, however, such perfection has been the stuff of dreams, not daily reality. Now, however, new business models are emerging. Technology and advanced analytics are creating enormous new opportunities -- not just to do more with less, but to do better than ever before.

The Republic of Technology 

The historically hierarchical world of business has not been quick to bring democracy inside its corporations and companies, in spite of all that has been said about “open communications.” Now technology is changing all that. As companies strive to gather data from throughout their organizations and send information back right to those who need it—at all levels—a degree of democratization is the inevitable by-product. It cannot be stopped.

Built-in connectivity at heart of new apps from Telogis

Telogis announced a number of new products today during a keynote presentation hosted by founder Jason Koch at its annual Telogis Latitude conference in Dana Point, CA. The new apps capitalize on built-in connectivity and advanced mobile applications that connect and empower mobile workers, a theme that has run through the entire conference.

Aiming to improve the fleet ecosystem

Big data extracted from vehicles are allowing the creation of more finely-tuned fleet “ecosystems” in the view of David Cozzens, CEO of Telogis, who argued at his company’s yearly user group meeting that digitally tying people and the work they perform more tightly to their vehicles is the next big leap being taken by telematics systems today.

Ethics and algorithms 

The trucking industry is becoming increasingly dependent upon the use of advanced analytics—algorithms really—to guide and even make decisions for people. And there are plenty of reasons why.

Field service fleets: Three ways to save 

Trucks involved in field service often face more bruising and more complicated work than their freight hauling counterparts. Thus, they often require different operational and support strategies compared to trucks slated to haul cargo on local roads and highways.

Technology forging partnerships

KIRKLAND, WA. Kenworth Truck Company employees and members of the press celebrated a milestone here yesterday –the 50,000th PACCAR MX series engine to be installed in a Kenworth truck. The special engine is under the hood of a new T680 Day Cab, heading to work in the UPS operation that serves the Seattle, WA area.

Management tools for fleet professionals 

Trucking has an astonishing wealth of expertise everywhere you look. From OEMs and component suppliers, to technology developers and industry analysts, to supply chain creators, fleet executives and professional technicians and drivers, the industry’s brain trust has never been richer or more diverse.  Fleet Owner is proud to be able to help bring the voices of some of these experts to you through our program of sponsored webinars and whitepapers—some produced by Fleet Owner, others created by industry partners.

Recent webinars

Apps for trucking 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there were no mobile apps for the trucking industry at all, not one. There were, of course, tools to help drivers accomplish particular tasks—things like telephone directories to look up service suppliers, paper maps for route planning, and road signs for navigation, for instance, but no apps. And now there are countless apps just for trucking alone in a total mobile app universe numbering something well north of two million by some counts.

Making the right alternative power decision: Webinar available on-demand

When it comes to alternative power, the right fit is everything. But hitting that “sweet spot” can be a lot tougher than it seems.

Open deck hauler honored for outstanding safety

Smokey Point Distributing, a part of Daseke, Inc., was recently honored by Great West Casualty Company with its highest award for highway safety-- the platinum award.

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