Articles by Tom Kelley

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

Effective procedures important for all employees
July 16, 2014

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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5 key steps to risk management

Protect your fleet through driver training, scheduled vehicle maintenance
June 16, 2014

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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Mid-America Trucking Show focuses on safety, efficiency

Trucking companies highlight telematics solutions
May 16, 2014

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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Top tips for driver ergonomics

Ensuring that trucks fit the drivers
April 16, 2014

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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Fleet managers turn to route optimization to cut delivery costs

Route optimization, tracking software boost distribution efficiency
March 14, 2014

Even though fuel costs have stabilized somewhat, few other items are immune from upward price trends, and competition shows no signs of letting up. With this in mind, it’s as important as ever for fleet managers to wring every penny possible out of delivery costs.


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2014 Outlook Fleet Survey

Results reflect shift to end-load trailers
February 14, 2014

Beverage Industry recently surveyed a sample of its readers to gain insight into the size and makeup of current delivery fleets, future vehicle purchase plans, as well as operational concerns and strategies.


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New Belgium’s brewery-direct fleet goes hybrid

Craft brewer blends environmental stewardship with local distribution
January 15, 2014

After Colorado home brewer Jeff Lebesch returned from a trip across Europe on his “fat tire” mountain bike in 1989, he began brewing an amber beer called Fat Tire in the basement of his Fort Collins, Colo., home.


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Top tire tips

Steps for controlling tire costs
December 16, 2013

Tires, by a wide margin, are the top maintenance cost for most beverage fleets. Containing these costs requires frequent, thorough inspections and diligently maintaining proper tire pressure to prevent a tire’s early demise.


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The 2014 truck roundup

What's new in the fleet space
November 15, 2013

Beverage truck news continues to show a mixed bag for 2014 as many truck manufacturers are still in a “holding pattern” due to economic uncertainty.


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Best Fleet Graphics of 2013

Leading fleets use innovative graphics to stand out
October 16, 2013

Apart from buying a pricey ad during the Super Bowl that would be seen by a few million viewers once each year, one of the next best methods of beverage marketing is in the form of delivery truck graphics, which can be seen by millions every day.


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Wine Riot - Chicago

Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Crafting growth: A look into the bourgeoning craft beer market

Learn how the beer segment is performing and where it is heading, what to consider before expanding your markets and innovations that are captivating consumer audiences.

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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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