Wendy Leavitt

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.  

Articles
Natural gas and climate change: problems in alternative power paradise? 1

For some time now, natural gas has been the alternative power darling, praised for its many benefits from domestic availability and lower cost to its lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels as compared to diesel.  Now, however, a new study released today by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is raising serious questions about the relative merits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, at least in the short term, when it comes to negatively impacting the climate.

Data-driven decisions  1

Company: Lawrence Companies, Roanoke, VA

Operation: Provides a range of services that include truckload, dry van, flatbed and intermodal, as well as logistics, warehousing, and moving and storage

Problem:

Alternative fuels: Finding the sweet spot 1

Every alternative fuel has its own sweet spot, says Darren Engle, director of government relations for Blue Star Gas. “[Although I work for a propane supplier], we are about promoting all alternative fuels and finding the one that works best for each fleet application.

Teamwork: Of humans and autonomous vehicles

LAS VEGAS. Nobody gets into the trucking business because it is easy. It is one of the most demanding and difficult jobs out there and nobody expects it to get any easier in the years ahead, either. Traffic congestion won’t suddenly dissipate; the amount of freight to be moved and work to be done by trucks won’t decline to a “perfect” level; and customers won’t (inexplicably) find themselves delighted with the status quo.

New autonomous Freightliner rolls across Hoover Dam, really

LAS VEGAS. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) officially presented its new autonomous truck, the Freightliner Inspiration, to the world tonight, underscoring the vehicle and the company’s link to America’s indomitable “can-do” spirit with a can’t-top-this event at Hoover Dam.

DTNA and the State of Nevada: Making history together

LAS VEGAS. Members of the press and other guests from 25 countries around the world gathered together this afternoon in a huge air-conditioned tent at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to see Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, officially present the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).  Then that autonomous truck (the “Freightliner Inspiration”) with Dr.

Surprising things you might not know about driver retention 2

People packed Fleet Owner’s virtual conference room recently to hear two experts from the National Transportation Institute -- Gordon Klemp, CEO and Leah Shaver, vice president, sales and marketing—talk about driver recruiting and retention in a webinar called, Helping New Drivers Succeed and Stay.  The free webinar was presented by Fleet Owner and sponsored by

Trucking Moves America Forward raises $1 million to promote industry

LOUISVILLE, KY. Publically launched just last year at the Mid-American Trucking Show, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) met here at the show again last week to celebrate the successes of its first year and look ahead to 2015. Kevin W. Burch, president of Jet Express, Inc., second vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations, and co-chairman of TMAF told the audience that founding members and major donors raised $1 Million in 2014 to promote a positive image of  trucking.

Hendrickson & Wabco debut optimized trailer air disc brake system

LOUISVILLE, KY. Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems chose the Mid-America Trucking Show here in Kentucky this past week to announce the expansion of its brake offerings with the launch of Hendrickson MAXX22T. According to the company, it is the first and only air disc brake system optimized for North American trailer applications.

Volvo AB’s Persson: safety and sustainability driving product development

LOUISVILLE, KY. Some 900 people packed a meeting room at 7:00 a.m.

Trucking Moves America Forward raises $1 million to promote industry

LOUISVILLE, KY. Publicly launched just last year at the Mid-American Trucking Show, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) met here at the show again yesterday to celebrate the successes of its first year and to look ahead to 2015. Kevin W. Burch, president of Jet Express, Inc., second vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations, and co-chairman of TMAF, told the audience that founding members and major donors raised $1 Million in 2014 to promote a positive image of  trucking.

Alcoa dazzles with new Dura-Bright EVO wheel

LOUISVILLE, KY. Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products introduced its most durable and easy-to-maintain commercial truck wheel today at a press conference here at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Dubbed the Dura-Bright EVO, this third generation Dura-Bright wheel maintains all the benefits of its predecessor, the Dura-Bright wheel with XBR technology, while taking the popular wheel’s performance to a new level, according to Victor Marquez, vice president & general manager, Americas at Alcoa Wheel Products.

Thermo King opens Dealer Drop Yards to trailers, tractors

LOUISVILLE, KY. Thermo King, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has seven different solutions on display here at the Mid-America Trucking Show from its solar panel solutions to its TracKing telematics offering, but the recently released Dealer Locator and Drop Yard Referral System Application drew the most interest from the audience assembled for the company’s press conference on Wednesday.

Peterbilt looking for stellar 2015 with new products, services

LOUISVILLE, KY.  “The trucking industry is coming back in a big way,” observed Robert Woodall, assistant general manager for Peterbilt Motors Company, as he took the stage at the annual Peterbilt press luncheon here today. 2014 was the best year for the industry since 2006 and, except for the driver shortage, 2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for truck sales over all, he said. The company forecasts 250,000 to 280,000 Class 8 truck sales over all in North America this year.

Maintenance in the cloud 

It is early spring in 2018. Most major fleets have become such sophisticated users of data to do prognostics or predictive maintenance these days that they don’t even use the predictive word anymore. It is just part and parcel of routine maintenance—business as usual.

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