Delivery

The Wheel Deal

Feature Story Practical design enhancements, plus the right specs, can make fuel oil trucks better tools – and provide greater productivityBy Stephen Bennett Fuel oil distributors engaged in the task of specing a new delivery truck typically have a list of “must-have” features and a list of “like-to-have” features. The truck that finally gets purchased ideally has all of the ...

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Dispatching and Driver Communications Roundup

Feature Story A sampling of companies providing services to the mobile fueling industry By Debra Reschke For fleet managers of mobile fueling companies looking to run their business as tightly as possible, communication is a lifeline. Keeping tabs on mobile fueling trucks is now becoming easier with new technology that helps monitor the inventory as well as driver practices. Two-way ...

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Tank Truck Insights

Feature Story Proper tank truck preparations for the upcoming heating seasonBy Butch Amthor, Executive Vice-President, Amthor International Now that the summer vacations are over and school is starting that is a sure sign that it’s time for the heating oil companies to get back to work. Since your trucks were most likely sitting dormant from late spring until now, there ...

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Petrotrac

Feature Story Building a Common Sense Solution McEvoy Oil Company looked inside to meet its technology needs Petrotrac addresses all phases of deliveries, product line inventory and accounting. Increased business costs have forced every energy supplier to focus on their operations and find ways to improve competitiveness and the bottom line. The problem days of manual registers using bulky paper ...

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A New Age in Dispatching

Cover Story Modern day dispatching software dispenses with paperwork and combines with communications technology to automate much of the humdrum of fleet management By Stephen Bennett Photo courtesy SmartLogix Dispatching, by definition, always used to involve a great deal of verbal communication with drivers ‘ and lots of paperwork. But it doesn’t have to be that way.By combining dispatch and ...

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LOST?

Feature Story Personal navigation devices save the dayBy Tom DuffeyThe costs of an oil driver or service technician getting lost on his (or her) way to the customer’s home are significant. The dollar effect on a company’s profit can be analyzed and determined, and although that analysis and determination goes beyond the scope of this article, it is safe to ...

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Forging ahead

Feature Story Major truck fleets band together to speed development of hybrid work trucks Twenty-one of the biggest mixed fleets in North America are working together to help speed the development of a cost-effective, light-duty work truck that reduces exhaust emissions while improving fuel economy compared to current vehicles. These fleets make up the Light-duty Hybrid Action Group facilitated by ...

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Jacobus Energy

Feature Story Delivering Reliability Jacobus Energy’s promise of timely accurate, safe deliveries made possible with Blackmer pumps by Scott Jackson Art Hoff, who has been with Jacobus Energy for 33 years and is currently the company’s fleet procurement supervisor, is responsible for updating and maintaining the company’s truck fleet. ‘Reliability, accuracy and safety are critical. Our customers want their fuel ...

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New lease on life

Feature Story Kenworth’s T800 model can be spec’d in a variety of configurations, helping fuel oil dealers optimize their trucks’ maneuverability and weight distribution. Fleets operators are learning that leasing is a suitable alternative to truck ownership Several years ago, many fleets thought owning their own trucks made the most financial sense. But numerous changes, including the increasing complexity of ...

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Time is money

Feature Story Fuel haulers need to be nimble in order to make those crucial just-in-time deliveries Daufeldt Transport utilizes a fleet of 28 tractors and 31 tanker trailers in order to make sure that its deliveries are made on time. Playing the petroleum market isn’t just for international investors. In an era of rapidly fluctuating petroleum prices, customers such as ...

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