Fleet Owner

Read the monthly column of NPTC President & CEO Gary Petty in Fleet Owner magazine.

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Truck Pilots of Tomorrow (April, 2017)

In the recently published book titled Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman predict that “every disruptive technology has a dark side, and millions of truck drivers and taxi drivers will lose their job” as a result of   . . .  read more . . .

NPTC 2017 (March, 2017)

The NPTC 2017 Annual Education Management Conference & Exhibition will be filled with the largest and most comprehensive array of learning opportunities, award recognitions, workshops, and roundtable discussions. The Conference Planning Committee is made  . . .  read more . . .

All-Star Driver (February, 2017)

“Growing up on a 300-acre farm in Pennsylvania, I watched my dad operate trucks all the time. In addition to working the farm, Dad owned a tractor-trailer and hauled coal and later cement,” says driver Niles Frantz   . . .  read more . . .

School of Private Fleets (January, 2017)

Over the past decade, the National Private Truck Council has developed a master plan to provide private fleet management practitioners with education, training, and business networking services through live events and web-based information that deliver optimal take-away value at an affordable cost.   . . .  read more . . .

Driver Data Aggregation (December, 2016)

Recognized as Number One in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index among national QSR-pizza chains for 15 of the past 17 years with over 3,400 restaurant locations in North America, Papa John’s operates a safe and efficient private fleet of 527 full-time team member drivers   . . .  read more . . .

Teamwork and Loyalty (November, 2016)

Organized in 1899, VF Corp. is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories with more than 30 brands, 64,000 associates, and revenue of $12 billion in 2015.  The company’s business and brands are organized into four coalitions, one of which is VF Jeanswear Inc. (featuring well-known brands Wrangler, Lee, Riders by Lee, and Rock & Republic), based in Greensboro, NC,     . . .  read more . . .

Making the Business Case (October, 2016)

Entering its 180th year in business, Moline, IL-based Deere & Co. operates a successful private fleet consisting of 110 power units, 345 trailers, and 170 full-service leased drivers. John Van Geest, CTP, manager of Canadian Logistics and Fleet Services, says the purpose of the private fleet is to support the    . . .  read more . . .

Benchmarking Report (September, 2016)

Results from NPTC’s 2016 Benchmarking Survey Report published last month provide an inside look into the differentiating performance qualities that private fleets bring to a broad cross-section of industries and customers..     . . .  read more . . .

Cost-of-Service Experts (August, 2016)

With $2.7 billion in annual sales, Chicago, IL-based Hill-Rom Inc. is a leading provider of medical technologies for the health care industry, including the manufacturing and distribution of hospital beds, furniture, patient lifts, operating room, diagnostic and other health care equipment, and medical technology systems.     . . .  read more . . .

Standards for Bigger Stakes (July, 2016)

Road congestion, eroding, unsafe roads and highways with insufficient lanes for high traffic volume, and dangerous bridges are at epidemic levels.  Poor road conditions account for one-third of highway fatalities.  Lawsuits, jury awards, and settle­ments from accidents involving commercial trucks are routinely at multimillion-dollar levels.     . . .  read more . . .

Benchmarking Excellence (June, 2016)

Measuring private fleet performance is reaching higher standards of accountability with each passing year. Ten years ago, fleets went through a seasonal exercise comparing how well their numbers "stacked up" against. . . .  read more . . .

Shifting Gears (May, 2016)

Headquartered in Naperville, IL, KeHE Distributors LLC (KeHE) distributes natural and organic specialty and fresh products to retailers across the U.S. and Canada. In the past three years, KeHE has grown rapidly through both organic sales increases and strategic acquisitions. . . .  read more . . .

Aaron’s Fleet (April, 2016)

Aaron’s Inc. is the nation’s leading sales and lease-to-own retailer of furniture, home appliances and accessories, computers, and consumer electronics. Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Atlanta, the company has more than 2,000 company-operated and franchised stores in the . . .  read more . . .

Tone at the Top (March, 2016)

Founded in 1982, Dallas-based Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics is widely recognized as one of the best diversified transportation businesses in the United States. Under the innovative and visionary leadership of founder and CEO Daryl Flood, the company has a long-standing reputation for hiring quality people  . . .  read more . . .

A Model Convention (February, 2016)

Over the past 15 years, the National Private Truck Council’s annual conference has become the centerpiece event and premier marketplace crossroads for the private fleet truck industry. Each year, the conference grows a little bigger and provides more value than the year before.

The annual conference has steadily grown in overall attendance figures  . . .  read more . . .

The Best People (January, 2016)

Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. has expanded through both internal growth and acquisition of established wholesalers. It is now the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor, operating in 35 states and  . . .  read more . . .

Gold Standard (December, 2015)

At its founding and from the time of its charter class graduation in 1993, the National Private Truck Council’s Certified Transportation Professional (CTP ®) program’s guiding vision was to create a widely recognized and respected   . . .  read more . . .

Be Remarkable (November, 2015)

Founded in 1921, Coborn’s Inc. started as a produce market in Sauk Rapids, MN, and has grown to 52 grocery stores in five upper Midwest states under a family of brand names including Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods, and Save-a-Lot stores. In addition, the company provides a home-delivery operation with $36 million   . . .  read more . . .

Prime Grade Fleet (October, 2015)

Part of a privately held family business of integrated companies started in 1946, American Foods Group provides highly dependable on-time delivery of the freshest beef to foodservice, retail, and international markets. The company ranks as the fifth largest beef producer in America, shipping over 4 million lbs. daily.   . . .  read more . . .