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.  

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Great drivers need great coaches

 

Commercial truck drivers have been thrust into the national spotlight by recent high-profile events like the tragic accident involving a Wal-Mart truck, by new regulations, and even by the active safety and performance monitoring systems that can give fleets (and others) a window onto driver actions. As a result, providing drivers with regular coaching on their performance is quickly emerging as an essential fleet management function in order to reduce risk, control costs and optimize productivity.

Tough to swallow: Sysco fined $19.4 million for unsafe food storage practices

Food distribution giant Sysco Corporation has agreed to pay $19.4 million in fines and restitution for storing food in unrefrigerated and unsanitary buildings in California. NBC’s Bay Area affiliate broke the news earlier this week.

Orbcomm counting down to launch date for new satellites 

While most industry eyes are focused on Earth-bound issues such as the surface transportation  infrastructure and  continued funding for same, Orbcomm, Inc. has been looking skyward for months, counting down to the launch date for its new LEOs –Low Earth Orbiting Satellites. According to the official countdown website, the six new OG2 satellites are “encapsulated and ready to launch” next Monday, July 14 at 9:21 EDT from Cape Canaveral, FL to be precise.

Sandberg demystifies ELD mandate 

Annette Sandberg, managing partner of TransSafe Consulting, LLC and former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, recently offered some practical guidance for fleets making decisions about when and how to comply with the pending ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) mandate.  Her live webinar presentation is now available for viewing free online.

Dream on 

I suppose it was inevitable that the tragic accident involving a celebrity and an allegedly tired truck driver would instantly cause a chain reaction of outrage against trucking and a demand for tighter regulations.  Still, I was disappointed to see how many individuals and groups leapt from their beds to broadcast blame and misinformation as fast as they could slide into their slippers upon hearing the morning news.

SmartWay’s global impact

Back in the earliest days of SmartWay, there were more than a few skeptics in truck land concerned with the idea of voluntarily working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (a regulatory agency, for Pete’s sake) to help reduce vehicle emissions, save fuel and lower costs by adopting advanced technologies and practices. Today, however, the proof of this public-private partnership’s success is everywhere you look.

Cash for clearing the air

First the good news: No matter what you want to do to help make your fleet more fuel-efficient or to reduce emissions, odds are there is funding available from someplace to help you do it.  The not-so-good news: Finding those sources can be challenging, and applying for grants can be even more difficult and time-consuming. 

The ABCs of ELDs 

Once upon a time, in 1988 to be precise, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began what will turn out to be an almost 30-year rulemaking odyssey to arrive at last at a regulation mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) to monitor hours-of-service (HOS) compliance for regulated carriers.  Like other epic journeys, this one has been fraught with setbacks and conflicts, with fierce battles, with alliances made and broken.  Even now, skirmishes continue.  On May 7, for example, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a group representing state la

At the head of the class 

Frito-Lay Inc. employee Beth Mars, manager of transportation optimization and technology for the company, earned the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) Top Graduate Award for 2014.  The award was presented by long-time award sponsor Fleet Owner during the opening general session of NPTC’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held in March in Cincinnati.

Hino and Telogis announce partnership

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, announced this morning that the company has partnered with Telogis to release its next-generation platform for Hino INSIGHT, the company’s web-based location and telematics solution tailored specifically for the medium-duty commercial truck market.  The partnership is exclusive and involves multiple layers of cooperation from sales support to technical training for customers.

Webinar to take a new look at diesel as a “green” and cost-efficient fuel option

Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum and John Flynn, president and CEO of Fleet Advantage will take a fresh look at the compelling case for petroleum-based diesel vehicles from both an economic and environmental perspective in an exclusive webinar on Thursday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

The speakers will discuss:

Building CNG fueling stations faster, better

Sister companies SSP Corp. (the parent corporation) and AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems recently gave the trucking industry and members of the press a close up look at how they are helping to accelerate build-out of the compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station network while also providing tube and hose assemblies for use in natural gas vehicle fuel systems.

American Power Group reports growth in dual-fuel vehicle conversions

American Power Group Corporation (OTCQB: APGI) recently announced that domestic vehicular revenues for the three months ending March 31, 2014 increased $272,000 or 312% to $359,000.  The company noted that this is an indication of “continued growth in the early-adopter customer phase” for dual-fuel natural gas conversion of diesel engines, adding that over 200 vehicular dual-fuel conversion systems have been shipped in North America since 2012.

Construction: The Road Ahead 

“The 2014 construction market appears promising,” says Alan Fennimore, vocational marketing manager for Kenworth Truck Co., and his optimism is generally echoed around the trucking and heavy equipment manufacturing industries.

“Customers at the World of Concrete and CONEXPO-CON/AGG shows earlier this year offered positive comments on the market and are ready to buy new trucks and equipment,” he notes.  “The economy is in an upward swing and housing starts are up—both good signs that the construction market is definitely on the rebound.

Women in ACT Summit showcases female leaders in clean transportation

Long Beach, CA. The first ever Women in ACT Summit took place here this morning in advance of the official opening of the 2014 ACT (Alternative Clean Transportation) Expo. Presented by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, presenters of ACT Expo, it featured a stellar line-up of panelists drawn from both the public and private sectors who came to share observations and experiences about the alternative fuel and transportation industries and about what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated business. 

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