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Top fleet manager offers thoughts on alternative fuels

A Q&A with Silver Eagle Distributors’ Ed Pritchard
September 16, 2013

As the year begins to wind down, it’s time to look at the factors that are likely to have a significant effect on beverage fleet operations in 2014.


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No-idle solutions for fleet temperature control

Saving energy and fuel consumption
August 16, 2013

With fuel prices seemingly anchored around $4 a gallon, most beverage fleets remain quite proactive about reducing fuel consumption.


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Trucks packaged for flexibility

Distributors move toward cargo-style truck bodies
July 15, 2013

As noted in last month’s article on the shift from straight trucks to tractor-trailer combinations, the bottler/distributor consolidation and SKU proliferation of the last decade have had an unprecedented impact on the beverage industry, and more specifically, on beverage fleet operations.


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Telematics helps drive the bottom line

Fleet managers utilize telematics to cut costs, boost efficiency
June 14, 2013

With fuel prices hovering near the $4 a gallon range, drivers across the industry are looking for ways to cut costs and boost vehicle efficiency. Some fleet managers have turned to telematics to help monitor fleet performance and reduce overall vehicle costs.


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Hooking up trucks for profitability

Trailers increase productivity, flexibility
June 14, 2013

The first decade of the 21st century saw profound change in the beverage industry, with an exponential explosion of product SKUs taking place at the same time as unprecedented levels of bottler and distributor consolidation.


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Reusable containers deliver a path to sustainability

Reusable containers offer ecological, economical advantages
June 14, 2013

Although it might not have been a requirement 10 years ago, good brands today will need to make a genuine commitment to sustainability moving forward, says Trent Overholt, vice president of supply chain solutions for Los Angeles-based Rehrig Pacific Co.


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Carts and hand trucks bend to meet ergonomic concerns

Delivery equipment helps create a safer working environment.
May 15, 2013

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), or ergonomic injuries, are one of the most common injuries route delivery drivers encounter and accounted for 33 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work for all occupations in 2011.


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Mid-America Trucking Show 2013 post-show report

Trucking trade show highlights refined product lines.
May 15, 2013

Each year in March, the trucking industry comes together in Louisville, Ky., for its single largest event, the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS). As the industry’s key event, it’s fairly common for the chief executive officers of exhibiting companies to report on recent performance and prognosticate about the year to come.


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Working with DSD gadgets

DSD software, hardware add efficiency to the supply chain
April 15, 2013

Just like the Secret Intelligence Service wouldn’t send James Bond on a mission without the best gadgets, distribution managers need to ensure that their sales and distribution representatives in the field are equipped with all of the tools to get the job done.


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Considerations for leasing vs. buying

Beverage fleets weigh the cost of money
April 15, 2013

During the last several years of working with beverage fleet managers, few topics have shown a solid division between strategy and practice.


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