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Change is good: New dispatching solution unburdens the work force at Valley Oil

Cover Story When a current operational procedure involves hours and can be replaced by a procedure that takes minutes, then change is good. Valley Oil of Hopewell, N.J., identified a number of core operational procedures that burdened management, office staff and field personnel. They then researched a number of solutions that would help them reduce the time burden on these ...

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Work Truck Show 2006

Feature StoryExpo to run concurrently with NTEA’s 42nd convention The Work Truck Show 2006, held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual National Truck Equipment Association Convention, offers fleet managers and professionals from a variety of industries an opportunity to see what’s new in vocational trucks and equipment, learn about the latest trends, discuss key issues with their peers and discover ...

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Five easy steps

Feature StoryA solid preventive maintenance program can minimize repair costs and downtime A solid preventive maintenance program can help fleet managers keep repair costs and downtime to a minimum. But an inefficient, poorly designed program can cost time and money. Robert Johnson, fleet management liaison for the National Truck Equipment Association, said that vocational fleet managers should review several areas ...

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Space trucking

FeatureRF Delivery System uses satellites to keep delivery trucks connected By Gary J. Sullivan Maine, the 23rd state to join the United States, is the home of the world’s largest boulder, the inventor of the toothpick, the author of “America the Beautiful,” the first state to have mandatory retirement at age 65, the first to broadcast a transatlantic TV signal ...

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Horses to horsepower

Cover Story Jacobus Energy grows, diversifies with the help of Freightliner trucks By Jennifer Edwards When Jacobus Energy was founded in 1919, refueling meant keeping the company’s main transportation sources full of hay and oats. Back then, the company consisted of five employees and two teams of horses who hauled coal, animal feed and building supplies, among other products, to ...

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Trucking along: Over 7,000 attended the 2005 Work Truck Show

FeaturesBY CHRIS TRACZEK With initial data showing an attendance of more than 7,000, The Work Truck Show 2005 and 41st Annual NTEA Convention was the place for industry professionals to see the latest products and product innovations; discover solutions to technical questions; and network with colleagues. The event is the country’s largest gathering of Class 1 through 8 commercial trucks ...

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Beyond wrenches, Part IV

FeaturesInformation technology can help increase the productivity of service techsBy Tom Duffe This article is Part 4 of a 4-part series. Parts 1, 2 and 3 addressed information technology tools to help make dispatchers, drivers and CSRs more productive. The focus of this article is how those tools can help make service technicians more productive.Typically, a more knowledgeable, more experienced ...

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Work Truck Show 2005

FeaturesExpo to run concurrently with NTEA’s 41st convention The Work Truck Show 2005, in conjunction with the Annual National Truck Equipment Association Convention, has been scheduled for March 2-4 at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome in Indianapolis. It is the only business-to-business event exclusively dedicated to the Class 1-8 truck and transportation equipment industry.Hundreds of exhibitors will display ...

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Picking Up Speed: Trend Toward Tracking Trucks Gaining

FeaturesBy Alexis Dingfelder The coming months are going to be challenging for fuel oil companies. With record-breaking oil prices and the fast-approaching winter, many are seeking ways to upgrade service and enhance customer relations.To provide existing and new customers with superior levels of service, and distinguish themselves from their competitors, fuel oil companies are increasingly monitoring deliveries with customized, computerized ...

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