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.  

DDC FPO unveils iCapture back-office freight billing solution

San Diego, CA. DDC FPO, a Divison of the DDC Group, chose the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition to officially introduce its new back-office solution for freight billing called iCapture. According to Chad Crotty, vice president of sales for the company, the new automated solution can eliminate up to 90% of the keystrokes required to handle the billing process manually thanks to “highly intelligent, context-based technology” developed to reduce human error and streamline effort.

Acuity adds new trucking specialist position


San Diego, CA. In recognition of the company’s commitment to the trucking industry, Acuity announced today that they have created a new position, that of trucking specialist. Cliff Johnson, an industry veteran, will fill the role. The announcement was made at a press conference here at the 2014 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

Mesilla Valley expecting to save more than $1M per year with FlowBelow AeroKits

San Diego, CA. Tractor aerodynamics company, FlowBelow, held a press conference Saturday afternoon here at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition to announce that Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) is currently installing FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits on all its trucks. According to FlowBelow, MVT expects to save in excess of $1M per year on fuel (or about 300,000 gallons of diesel) by installing the AeroKits on its more than 1,200 tractors.

Private fleets: The measure of success 

Talk to anyone who runs a private fleet and the first thing you are apt to hear about is customer service—and for good reason. The ability to deliver highly personalized, top-rate customer service is arguably the most important value private fleets can bring to their parent organizations.
Great customer service is not a static goal, however, a fixed star to reach for every day.

“Unprecedented growth” at Fleet Advantage

Growth in 2014 has exceeded expectations according to Fleet Advantage, which recently announced the company’s Q2 results.

Fleet Advantage first half 2014 highlights include:

• Lease origination volume in excess of $165 million

• New equipment orders in excess of 1,500 vehicles

• Expansion of interim loan facilities to $100 million

• Increased funding capabilities in excess of $250 million annually

Truck trade cycles at a tipping point

John Flynn, president and CEO of Fleet Advantage, has spent decades studying the cost of operation for truck fleets, especially as it relates to truck lifecycle cost.  Right now Flynn is seeing what he calls an “inflection point” in the truck market, a point after which the way fleets manage their equipment assets will be irrevocably changed from what came before.

Consumers want heavy trucks to be more efficient

A new report from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), entitled ,"Paying the Freight: The Consumer Benefits of Increasing the Fuel Economy of Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks," estimates that the average American household spends $1,100 extra on consumer goods and services every year to cover the costs of fueling heavy-duty trucks.

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.

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