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Changing government regulations impact fleet operations

Government mandates add cost and uncertainty to fleet operations
By Tom Kelley
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Just a few decades ago, beverage fleet managers worked with a well-established and generally predictable set of equipment-related variables to arrive at a total fleet operating cost that could be factored in to the wholesale product prices charged by a distributor.


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Hybrid beverage fleets face challenges

Next-generation advancements stifled by policy
By Tom Kelley
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In spite of generally positive performance out on the road, diesel-electric hybrid drivetrains have had less than stellar success in the North American truck market. So much so that Eaton Corp., a manufacturer of hybrid components, has recently announced that it will discontinue offering hybrid drivetrains in North America.


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Palletizer automation helps fuel craft beer growth

Robotic, hybrid and conventional options help handle different packaging types
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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When Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing Co., now a part of Puurs, Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat, realized that the craft brewing business it had been building since 1989 was outgrowing its infrastructure and equipment, the company knew it needed to turn to automation to support its growth.


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Maintenance plans help save time, money, injuries down the line

Effective procedures important for all employees
By Tom Kelley
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Nearly all maintenance advice typically is aimed at one type of part or one specific procedure. Unfortunately, this results in many maintenance operations “not being able to see the forest through the trees.”


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Telematics software offers real-time solutions for beverage distributors

Tracking solutions coded for tablet, mobile connectivity
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Because of GPS devices, drivers nowadays are used to being instructed to “turn right in 500 yards” or — for those a little more navigationally challenged — “make a legal U-turn when possible.” Beverage distributors are equipped with these advantages as well, but the latest telematics solutions offer some added perks to help drive efficiency, safety and more.


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5 key steps to risk management

Protect your fleet through driver training, scheduled vehicle maintenance
By Tom Kelley
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According to Merriam-Webster, risk is the possibility that something bad or unpleasant, such as an injury or a loss, will happen. The entity also defines management as the act or skill of controlling and making decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc.


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Carts and hand trucks help with ergonomic delivery

Delivery equipment flexes to accommodate varying packages
By Stephanie Cernivec
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When it comes to beverage delivery, safety is a top concern. However, drivers also are interested in delivering more product in less time, says Kari Michalski, channel manager for Magline Inc., Standish, Mich.


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Mid-America Trucking Show focuses on safety, efficiency

Trucking companies highlight telematics solutions
By Tom Kelley
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Not much is certain in today’s world, but two things can be counted on as winter releases its icy grip on Louisville, Ky.


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DSD softwares helps managers uncover business insights

DSD hardware keeps sales reps, delivery personnel connected en route
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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In a recently completed survey of 250 companies with direct-store-delivery (DSD) operations, nearly two-thirds of respondents stated that their businesses are becoming more complicated, according to survey sponsor Intermec, an Everett, Wash.-based subsidiary of Honeywell Scanning and Mobility.


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Top tips for driver ergonomics

Ensuring that trucks fit the drivers
By Tom Kelley
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Although much thought is given to the care and maintenance of the mechanical equipment used in the beverage industry, far less attention is devoted to proper care of a distributor’s most important asset: the drivers who deliver finished products to the customers.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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