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.  

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.

Keeping drivers by letting go 

When you meet the people at Smokey Point Distributing (SPD), a part of Daseke Inc., in Arlington, WA, you can tell right away that this open-deck fleet operation is something very special. It is not just that SPD has one of the best CSA scores in the business or even that it has recently grown so much that it began building new headquarters this spring.

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


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.

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