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.  

Alcoa presents lightest heavy-duty wheel in the world

Louisville, KY.  Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products presented “the world’s lightest heavy-duty wheel,” the Ultra ONE, to the trucking industry at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The new 40-pound wheel is 47% lighter than steel wheels of the same size and five pound lighter than the Alcoa aluminum wheel that formerly held the lightest title, so it is no wonder the assembled crowd was impressed. According to Alcoa, the Ultra ONE can save up to 1,400 pounds per 18-wheeler.

Daimler Trucks unveil new products, programs

 Louisville, KY. The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) exhibits were crowded Wednesday evening at MATS as several of the company’s entities shared previews of new products and new programs with customers and members of the press before the show officially opened this morning. 


Peterbilt celebrates 75th year with anniversary edition truck, new spec packages and more

 Louisville, KY. Peterbilt Motors Company (A PACCAR Company) brought the celebration of its 75th anniversary to the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) here in Louisville, KY today with a line of new spec packages and an eye-popping anniversary edition of the Model 579 featuring bright work and a paint design reminiscent of its show truck history.

Baylor receives TCA Past Chairmen’s award

Grapevine, TX. At the official opening of the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) annual convention here Monday, one of the first orders of business was to present the organization’s most prestigious award. The Past Chairmen’s Award was given to Robert (Bob) Baylor, president of Baylor Trucking, Inc., based in Milan, IN and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Cari Baylor, who is also the vice president of Baylor Trucking. TCA’s immediate past chairman, Robert Low, did the honors.

The better to see 

Vehicles have been generating data at a furious pace for years.  Today, the amount of data coming from the engine control module alone is mind-blowing.  “Over 30 computers generate over 2,500 messages per second,” says Ryan Barnett, director of market development for XRS.  “We have seen up to six terabytes of data per year per truck running through a test on our Relay [device].

Technology of tomorrow 

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held each year in Las Vegas, NV, has become the largest event of its kind in the world, so it is no wonder that people come from all over the globe in the hopes of seeing “the next big thing.”

Trust me 

Trust is one of those intangible things often defined by its absence.  In business, the lack of trust seems to actually turn up the force of gravity under a project.  Work slows down or drags to a halt altogether.  People drift away.  Costs mysteriously climb.  When trust is high, on the other hand, work just hums along.  You know the feeling, right?

Using data to save fleets dollars

There is so much enthusiastic talk about the value of big data these days that it sometimes sounds almost magical in its ability to transform fleet operations and turn losses into profits. While using data analysis is certainly not be as easy as waving a wand, it can make invisible realities suddenly visible for fleets and put isolated information into relevant and revealing context—and that really can make a difference to the bottom line.

Saving hours 

Company: Jim Beam Brands-Maine, Lewiston, ME

Operation: Dry van, private fleet of eight tractors primarily delivering finished products such as vodka and rum and backhauling raw materials and other loads for a Lewiston, ME, plant and other shippers


Sylectus launches iPhone-based mobile app 


St. Augustine, FL. Sylectus, a business unit of Omnitracs Canada, Inc., recently announced the launch of its iPhone-based Sylectus Mobile application.  The announcement was made just ahead of the company’s 2014 User Conference, being held here February 7 to February 9.

PeopleNet now offering Drivewyze weigh station bypass app 


Drivewyze, Inc. and PeopleNet, a Trimble Company, recently announced that the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application is now available for PeopleNet onboard devices, effective immediately.

Telogis unveils Fleet 11 to transform business with big data + business intelligence

This morning, Telogis, Inc. introduced Fleet 11, the latest major upgrade to its comprehensive, cloud-based, fleet management software platform.

Time to buy trucks? 

“We think there will be a gradual improvement [in the economy in 2014],” says Kenneth Vieth, president and senior analyst of ACT Research.  “We call this period the ‘Great OK.’  Things are too good to be sad and too bad to be happy.”

Vieth is voicing what fleets all over the country are experiencing as they begin a new year—an economy that is clearly doing better, but in a lackluster sort of way.  This absence of economic vibrancy is forcing truck buyers to be cautious as well.

The tie that binds: Connecting drivers to vehicles

 Mercedes-Benz recently announced a strategic partnership with Silicon Valley-based  Pebble Technology. As a result, attendees at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will have the opportunity to see first-hand (or first wrist in this case) where human-to-vehicle interaction might go next.

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