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Beverage Industry announces Best Fleet Graphics winner

Monarch Beverage Co. named best overall vehicle, fleet

Even the smallest beverage distributors in today’s marketplace have a vastly expanded range of products to market. Thus, they’re increasingly turning to fleet vehicles — large and small — to promote many smaller and newer brands with eye-catching mobile graphics.


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Changing government regulations impact fleet operations

Government mandates add cost and uncertainty to fleet operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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EVENTS

Industry

The World Truck Show

3/4/15
Indianapolis, IN
United States

Each year, The Work Truck Show brings together more than 10,000 truck fleet managers, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, equipment buyers and maintenance personnel in more than 500,000 square feet of space to showcase and view the newest vocational trucks, vans and equipment.

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Videos

Image Galleries

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)

9/17/14 2:00 pm EDT

The Path to New Product Success: Navigating the latest trends for new beverage development

By attending this webinar, you will learn about the top trends and how they fit into the CPG market, which channels are influencing new products and technology, how Packaging fits into your product development, and ways you can use innovation to increase sales.

Podcasts

Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

Beverage Industry Magazine

BI October 2014 cover

2014 October

The October 2014 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our 2014 Executive of the Year, Keurig Green Mountain's CEO Brian Kelley, as well as articles about bottled water consumption, whey nutrition, and more. Check it out today!

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