Friday, August 27, 2010

From Tierra del Fuego to Alaska on Natural Gas

Gas station with natural gas.

Zietlow ecountered all kinds of climatic conditions: from 110°F in Colombia down to -37°F in Alaska.

Adventure under palms.

The cargo bay was occupied with additional gas tanks so Rainer Zietlow (right) and his team member Marius Biela had to spend the nights sitting on the car seats.

Ulm, 27th August 2010 – The German long-distance driver Rainer Zietlow has traversed South and North America from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska along the Pan-American Highway. He is the first person ever to complete the route using a vehicle running on natural gas. Zietlow drove a Volkswagen Caddy, which is offered in a natural-gas version as standard. “I want to prove with this tour that natural-gas vehicles have long been fit for everyday use – even in areas where there are not so many filling stations.”

Like in the U.S., where the network of filling stations supplying natural gas is sparse, and many stations are operated by businesses for private use only. This situation required some of Zietlow’s organizational talent. Even the entry from Mexico was unexpectedly difficult. A narcotics dog alerted U.S. border officials, and Zietlow suddenly found himself in handcuffs. Hours later it turned out that the dog had responded to the imperceptible smell of natural gas, which it did not know. Zietlow was allowed to enter.

The German motor oil and additives manufacturer LIQUI MOLY sponsored the car adventurer on his tour. The company wanted to know how its products would perform under such an extreme constant load. Because natural gas burns at higher temperatures, the thermal load on the engine is higher. The LIQUI MOLY Valve Protection additive works to reduce the thermal load on the valves, especially in natural-gas vehicles. The motor oil must also be heat-resistant and especially ash-free. LIQUI MOLY Top Tec 4300 5W-30 with Valve Protection withstood the constant load. “In fact, we had not the slightest problem with the engine,” said Zietlow. “No matter what the temperature, be it a searing 110°F in Colombia or a glacial -37°F in Alaska, the oil and the additive never gave out.”

Immediately prior to this tour across the two Americas, Zietlow completed a drive with his CNG Caddy from the Atlantic coast of Portugal to the Pacific coast of Japan.

About LIQUI MOLY
LIQUI MOLY GmbH from Ulm in South Germany offers a wide range of qualitative high-quality products such as motor oils, additives, vehicle care products and service products. The range includes some 4000 items. LIQUI MOLY develops and tests their products in their own laboratories, manufactures exclusively in Germany and markets all of their products themselves. LIQUI MOLY was founded some 50 years ago and is now one of the leading companies in the industry. The products are sold in Germany and in 90 other countries. In the U.S., LIQUI MOLY products are available under the brand LUBRO MOLY.

MANHEIM ADDS NEW WELLS FARGO AUTO FINANCE LOCATION IN PHOENIX

ATLANTA – Manheim has expanded its partnership with Wells Fargo Auto Finance by adding a new sale at Manheim Phoenix, the 15th Manheim location to feature top-notch Wells Fargo Auto Finance inventory. Strong sale results and customer service satisfaction at existing Manheim locations fueled the expansion.

“We chose to grow our partnership with Manheim in Phoenix based on a solid track record of sales success,” said Howard Segal, national remarketing manager, Wells Fargo Auto Finance. “Based on the first month of sales results at the new location, Manheim’s multiple sales channels and customer focus continue to yield a big – and immediate – return on investment.”

Both the inaugural sale at Manheim Phoenix on July 8 and the second sale on July 22 achieved solid results with high sales percentages as well as strong in-lane and online dealer participation.

“We love to be part of a good success story, especially one with continually new chapters like Wells Fargo Auto Finance’s,” said Nick Peluso, senior vice president, customer management, Manheim. “The addition of Manheim Phoenix is a win for everyone – including dealers who benefit from even broader access to pre-owned inventory from one of the leading consignors in the industry.”

Weekly Wells Fargo Auto Finance sales are held at Manheim Phoenix each Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Online buyers are invited to participate via Manheim Simulcast. To learn more about Manheim Phoenix and upcoming sales featuring Wells Fargo Auto Finance inventory, please visit www.manheim.com.

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 130 worldwide wholesale operating locations, Manheim impacts every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.

Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and online offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visitors each week.

Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. In 2009, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

FieldLogix CEO to Speak at Green Fleet Management Conference

FiedlLogix CEO, Yukon Palmer, will be speaking at the Green Fleet Management Conference on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in Palo Alto, CA put on by Agrion. In his discussion, Yukon Palmer, a green fleet telematics expert, will provide attendees with valuable insights, ideas, and examples to help fleet managers create the most cost-effective and environmentally conscious Green Fleet possible for your company. Telematics is the use of technology to manage fleet vehicles and Mr. Palmer will discuss how it can help make your fleet greener and more efficient.

Mr. Palmer’s speech will reiterate that in light of today’s environmental issues and corporate responsibility expectations, the concept of Green Fleet Management should be important to all fleet managers, whether you have a fleet of one or one thousand. Developing and managing a green fleet requires a thorough knowledge of available products, technologies, and an in-depth cost-benefit analysis, plus much more.

The Green Fleet Management Conference Panel Discussions will cover the following topics:

* What are the most useful tools to manage vehicle fleets?
* Do fuel-smart driving practices and driver training have a significant impact on fleet emissions reductions?
* Is managing a green fleet an important selling point and a valuable improvement to a company’s brand image? Are green fleet vehicles an effective marketing tool?
* How does managing a green fleet effect the bottom line? Are the current green fleet options cost-effective and sustainable? What kind of ROIs can companies expect to see from upgrading to a green fleet? Will fuel savings outweigh upgrade costs?
* What were the important lessons learned from the Green Fleet Conferences held this year in Frankfurt and Paris?
* What are the benefits and limitations of alternative fleet options – biofuel, electric, hybrid, natural gas?
* What are the costs and challenges associated with the infrastructure requirements for fueling and/or vehicle charging stations?
* Is it more cost-effective and environmentally responsible to convert traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles or should you replace them?
* What types of energy management systems would need to be put in place to manage the electricity required for an active electric fleet? Would this be disruptive or beneficial to the grid?
* What is the current status on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology? At this time, should its prospects be factored into green fleet management decisions?
* What financial, tax, and manufacturer incentives are available?
* In addition to tax rebates, are there other financial incentives in place (free/reduced parking/tolls, manufacturer incentives, more?) for driving a green vehicle?
* Does a green fleet have a tangible effect on the well being of the company and greater community?

Who is Agrion? Agrion brings together entrepreneurs, investors and corporations involved in energy, cleantech, raw materials, sustainable development, mobility and urban management. Agrion was created in 2006 by a group of world-renowned business leaders and entrepreneurs including Fran├žois-Henri Pinault (Owner of Gucci Group), Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft), Sir Martin Sorrell (Founder of WPP), Wu Janmin 28Prer4dent of the Beijing Institute for Diomacy and former ambassador of China to several countries), Gehard Zeiler (CEO of RTL, the leading German media group) and other international leaders.

What is FieldLogix? GPS9fleet*Lracking and fleet management system, FieldLogix, can quicklylash vOhicle* uel consumption and educe /reenhouse gas and CO2 flgt emissions. FieldlLogix GPS fleet management system will give your fleet managers a GREEN Fleet Tracking Report that is easy to understand and utilize to develop a green fleet strategy. These automated Green Fleet Score Reports work around the clock, so you can quickly see increases in profitability, performance and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With this type of GPS fleet tracking solution, even a small fleet can go green and save thousands of dollars per vehicle per year.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

FORD AND CITY OF SEATTLE TEAM UP TO PREPARE CITY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

SEATTLE: August 26, 2010 – Ford Motor Company and the City of Seattle today announced a partnership to help prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and the City of Seattle will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

“Ford will has a an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in 2011,” said Mike Tinskey, Manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. “There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in Seattle. To support the roll out and acceptance of these vehicles in Seattle and across the country, it is important to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary infrastructure and demand on the grid are ready.”

The partnership between Ford and the City of Seattle, including municipally owned Seattle City Light, also involves working with the state and local governments around permitting, electric vehicle tax incentives and future legislations or regulations. Continued tax incentives as well as an easy charging station permitting process are both considered keys to electric vehicle acceptance in Seattle and across the country.

“I am pleased Seattle is working to support the environmental benefits of electric vehicles,” Mayor Mike McGinn said. “We are working with Ford to better understand the needs these vehicles will have so we can provide local owners with excellent service to support electric cars.”

Seattle and Seattle City Light have been national leaders in promoting the use of electricity for personal transportation. Their efforts include:

* Participation in one of the country’s largest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle demonstration projects.
* A commitment to respond to home charging station permit applications within three business days. Winning $500,000 in ARRA funding through a Clean Cities Coalition grant, which will enable the City to install at least 50 charging stations on public property.
* Seattle City Light’s fully offsetting its carbon emissions since 2005, the only large utility in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, which means electric cars charged in City Light’s service territory run totally clean.

The collaboration between Ford and the City of Seattle was announced during Ford’s “Charging Into the Future Tour.” The 14-city tour, which kicked off in Portland, Ore. earlier this week, promotes Ford’s electric vehicle strategy and educates consumers about what to expect from electrified automobiles and what is needed from the public and private sector to support this new technology.

Over the next two years, Ford will introduce the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, the Ford Focus Electric passenger car, two third generation lithium-ion battery hybrids (2012) and a plug-in hybrid (2012).

These vehicles will achieve breakthrough efficiency; some, like the pure battery electric vehicles Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, will use no gasoline at all.

Electrification is an important piece of Ford’s overall product sustainability strategy that includes a range of fuel efficient and alternative fuel technologies including EcoBoost engines, six speed transmissions, power assisted steering, aerodynamic improvements and light weighting materials. Ford’s electrification strategy also leverages the most fuel-efficient powertrains, the most technically competent hybrids and our global vehicle platforms in order to develop affordable choices for consumers.

First Transit Renews Paratransit Contract with Omnitrans

CINCINNATI— First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has recently renewed its contract with Omnitrans, where they operate 107 paratansit vehicles in San Bernardino, Calif. First Transit employs 183 employees and transports more than 412,000 passengers annually for Omnitrans. This agreement extends the business relationship an additional two years, with three additional one-year options and is worth more than $7 million.

Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services is pleased to be able to continue the strong relationship.

“Since 2006, we have had a positive relationship with Omnitrans and our paratransit customers,” Thomas said. “In the next few years we look to continue growing this partnership providing San Bernardino and its citizens with safe and reliable transportation services.”

First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services as well as comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet customer transportation and budgetary needs.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.

PACE Suburban Bus Service Renews Contract with First Transit for Paratransit Service

CINCINNATI— PACE Suburban Bus Service in North Cook County has renewed their contract with First Transit, a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, for an additional year. This contract is worth more than $5.9 million and extends the business relationship more than 25 years. First Transit oversees the operations of 60 paratransit vehicles and employs 125 individuals at this location. Annually, PACE transports more than 195,000 passengers throughout the city of Arlington Heights, Ill.

According to Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services, the safety and security of the passengers First Transit transports is a core value. “Our long and tenured past with PACE has made our partnership strong and has allowed us the opportunity to provide exceptional paratransit service to the residents of Arlington Heights,” Thomas said. “As we look to move forward in this new extension of our contract, we plan to continue to provide the same safe and reliable service PACE riders rely on.”

First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services as well as comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet customer transportation and budgetary needs.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.

Navman Wireless Releases New Qube 3 GPS Unit for Fleet Tracking

GLENVIEW, IL (August 25, 2010) — Navman Wireless today announced the immediate availability of Qube 3, an upgrade to the GPS vehicle tracking device that is a core component of the company’s OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system. Featuring the lowest failure rate in the industry, the Qube has now been enhanced with advanced tamper detection, eight-day backup battery, built-in motion sensor and related alerts.

Now in its third generation, the Qube transmits real-time vehicle location and activity information to Navman Wireless’ OnlineAVL2 software over the cellular network for in-depth reporting that helps managers lower fleet operating costs, reduce fuel consumption and increase productivity. The Qube unit installs in each car, van, truck, bus or other fleet vehicle, with a small footprint that allows it to be concealed if desired.

New features in Qube 3 include:

• A tamper-resistant cover that protects all connections and thwarts employee efforts to disable the GPS signal in order to hide unauthorized vehicle use. If the cover is meddled with, the system detects the interference and automatically sends real-time email or text alerts to designated personnel.
• An eight-day backup battery that enables continued GPS tracking even if a thief cuts the wires that connect the Qube to the vehicle. The new battery is built into the Qube device to prevent removal.
• A built-in motion sensor that detects and alerts dispatchers or other personnel to off-hours vehicle movement. This feature can help managers prevent theft, moonlighting and personal use of the vehicle.

Like the earlier model, the new Qube also records vehicle speed, mileage, ignition on/off, entry and exit to geofenced areas, and other critical data that helps managers monitor and measure driver and fleet performance. It stores up to 100 geofences and 1,600 standard events, and has an operating range of -20C° to +70C°.

In addition, the Qube 3 optionally connects to Navman Wireless’ mobile communication devices for drivers. Those devices - the M-Nav 760 messaging/navigation and MDT-860 messaging-only units – integrate with the OnlineAVL2 software for instant communication between dispatchers and drivers in the field.

“Our Qube tracking device has proved to be the most reliable unit in its class with a failure rate of less than .6% compared to 10, 20 and even 30% reported for other systems,” said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. “This upgrade retains that same dependable technology to ensure that fleet managers have the data they need to optimize operations, from real-time vehicle location displayed on a single map in our OnlineAVL2 interface to detailed reports that can be used to reduce waste and drive new efficiencies.”

The Qube 3 is available on a monthly lease that eliminates the need for upfront capital investment or as a one-time purchase. It was designed and is manufactured exclusively by Navman Wireless. More information is available by calling (866) 527-9896 or emailing navmanwireless@navmanwireless.com

About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company’s flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world’s largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit www.navmanwireless.com or www.navmanwirelessus.com .

Leading Fleet Tracking Company, GPS Insight, Ranks No. 281 on the 2010 Inc. 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 1,075%

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. & NEW YORK, August 24, 2010 -- Inc. magazine ranked GPS Insight No. 281 on its 29th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Zipcar, Clif Bar, American Apparel, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

“Fast growth at any time is a big achievement; fast growth during the past few years is just short of miraculous,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “The Inc. 500 consists of these just-short-of miraculous companies, the ones that through ingenuity and ambition have increased revenue, hired employees, and grown fast in difficult economic times.”

GPS Insight was formed in 2005, and since 2006, the first year of this Inc. 500 ranking period, GPS Insight has seen 1,075% growth. They had revenues of $7.7 million in 2009. GPS Insight is the only GPS Fleet Tracking Company ranked in the Inc. 500 this year which was covered in the CJ Driscoll & Associates Mobile Resource Management Report.

Robert Donat, CEO and Founder of GPS Insight, commented that, “GPS Insight was founded at the right time, with the right people and the right technology to satisfy the increasing GPS Tracking needs of the fleet community. Our strong growth since inception, and through the economic downturn, continues to prove how vital our technology is to fleet companies to remain competitive and efficient. We continue to experience significant growth and look forward to being included on Inc.’s list in the future. We appreciate this prestigious honor.”

The 2010 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 24 to November 16 and on Inc.com), is a group of companies that are smaller but much faster-growing than last year’s crop. Aggregate revenue is $11.3 billion—down from last year's $18.4 billion—but median three-year growth is 1,231 percent, substantially up from last year’s 880.5 percent. The companies on this year's list employ more than 45,000 people. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at Inc.com/500.

About GPS Insight:
GPS Insight is a leading supplier of reliable GPS tracking, navigation, and messaging technology for fleet-based customers. They utilize high quality GPS hardware and add the technology, customization and enhancements which fleet based companies demand. Using the GPS Insight Vehicle Tracking product, companies realize a significant increase in efficiency, and gain insight into all aspects of their fleet operations. Current location, unlimited history, Garmin integration, engine diagnostics, routing, reports, alerts, and messaging all combine to provide the ideal platform for fleet-based companies. GPS Insight provides highly flexible solutions, which include a wide range of customized reports, alerts, and other features that can be tailored to meet specific customer requirements and ensure maximum return on investment.

AmeriQuest Transportation Services Makes List of NJ's Top 100 Largest Private Companies

Cherry Hill, NJ (PRWEB) August 26, 2010

AmeriQuest Transportation Services in Cherry Hill comes in at No. 28 on a list of the Top 100 largest privately held companies in the state of New Jersey. NJBIZ, New Jersey’s statewide business newspaper, also placed AmeriQuest at the 7th position among the largest private businesses in South Jersey.

AmeriQuest, the corporation formed by Haddonfield, NJ resident Doug Clark, has been a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services in the U.S. and Canada since 1997. Sales revenue in 2009 exceeded $350 million, placing it among the “elite businesses,” according to Sharon Waters, editor of NJBIZ. “Being recognized as one of New Jersey’s largest privately held companies shows that we’ve been able to tackle current economic challenges while providing exactly the kind of solutions private fleets and carriers need to run more productive businesses,” Clark said.

AmeriQuest leverages the combined strength of more than 700,000 vehicles in its network of more than 1,000 member companies. A staff of transportation professionals is able to deliver dramatic cost savings on equipment and maintenance-related purchases by taking advantage of proprietary technology and established supplier relationships. The company also offers its members access to services that include asset management, financing, remarketing, full service leasing, and technology support.

In 2009, NJBIZ named AmeriQuest Transportation Services the No. 1 fastest growing company in the state. This is the first year that AmeriQuest has been on the “Top 100” list published by the newspaper.

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
AmeriQuest, headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides supply management services, asset management services, material handling services, financing, technology products, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, integrated logistics, and contract maintenance. More information can be found at ameriquestcorp.com.

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT AND FORD E-SERIES VANS JOIN BEST BUY GEEK SQUAD FLEET

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Leading Global Transportation and Regulatory Compliance Company Celebrates 95 Years of Service

Baltimore, MD (Hwy52 Media) August 24, 2010 -- On August 11th, M. Sigmund Shapiro and Margie Shapiro, his daughter and President/CEO, celebrated the company’s 95th year in business with over 150 of its customers, employees, local officials, family, and friends.Michael Lovejoy, Baltimore Port Director,customs and Border Protection, presents Sig Shapiro with the U.S. Customs Ensign Award.

Speakers included Mary Jane Norris, Maryland Port Authority; Michael Lovejoy, Baltimore Port Director, Customs and Border Protection; Rick Lidinsky, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman; Marianne Rowden, President and CEO of the American Association of Exporters and Importers; among others.

During the event, Michael Lovejoy awarded Shapiro the prestigious U.S. Customs Ensign Award while Mary Jane Norris presented “Sig,” as he is known by his friends and colleagues, with the Commemorative Ship’s Wheel. “It was such a pleasure to be part of this wonderful event and celebration of 95 years of dedicated service,” noted Norris. “During the good economic times, and the not so good times, there are constants: the family, dedication to the companies they represent and a strong commitment to the Port of Baltimore. We look forward to the next 95 years and the company’s continued success.”

Margie, the youngest of Sig’s children, became the third generation to run the family business. At the tender age of 12, Margie recalls helping her father numerically sequence checks at the dining room table. Today, her goal remains to continue the legacy of old-fashioned customer service that began so many decades ago. “We are still grounded by the company’s roots and the $5 roll-top desk of which my grandfather was so proud,” noted Margie. “We still honor its essence, its soul, and its philosophy: to serve as an extension of each of our customer’s businesses, providing compliant, stellar, and proactive service. This will never change.”

Mary Shapiro addressing guestsMany customers and employees have remained loyal to the company for decades. James Speitel, President of Peerless Hardware of Columbia, PA, has been doing business with Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc. for over 17 years. “Samuel Shapiro has guided and protected our company through the years with their vast knowledge of the industry and their never ending patience,” noted Speitel. “Samuel Shapiro has enabled our company to experience growth by introducing solutions and handling the details. Being a small company, we rely heavily on Michael Lovejoy, Baltimore Port Director, Customs and Border Protection, presents Sig Shapiro with the U.S. Customs Ensign Award. Samuel Shapiro to keep us not only informed but handle the necessary work to keep our shipments moving on time.”

Today, looking back at the company’s growth and development, Sig can’t help but to be proud of what has been accomplished. “The company has grown in a steady and orderly way, with new clients and expanded business from the old ones,” he noted. “Our horizons and markets have broadened appreciably and will continue to do so. Much of this is due to Margie whose love of the action permeates everything we do.”

Margie, who has been President and CEO since 2002, shares the same proud sentiment as her father. But both also share undeniable humility and gratitude for the support of their employees, vendors, and customers. “Nothing makes me prouder than to represent the third generation of this Baltimore-based family business,” she noted. “My grandfather, and my father after him, committed their hearts and their lives to this company, its employees and the city of Baltimore.”

When asked to reminisce on the company’s history and its 95 years of service, Sig tries to think of what hasn’t been said before. “I think of my dad, Sam, and his five-dollar-roll-top desk that started it all in 1915,” he noted. “To have three generations prevail in business is quite thrilling.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Navman Wireless Releases New Qube 3 GPS Unit for Fleet Tracking

GLENVIEW, Ill., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Navman Wireless today announced the immediate availability of Qube 3, an upgrade to the GPS vehicle tracking device that is a core component of the company's OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system. Featuring the lowest failure rate in the industry, the Qube has now been enhanced with advanced tamper detection, eight-day backup battery, built-in motion sensor and related alerts.

Now in its third generation, the Qube transmits real-time vehicle location and activity information to Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 software over the cellular network for in-depth reporting that helps managers lower fleet operating costs, reduce fuel consumption and increase productivity. The Qube unit installs in each car, van, truck, bus or other fleet vehicle, with a small footprint that allows it to be concealed if desired.

New features in Qube 3 include:

* A tamper-resistant cover that protects all connections and thwarts employee efforts to disable the GPS signal in order to hide unauthorized vehicle use. If the cover is meddled with, the system detects the interference and automatically sends real-time email or text alerts to designated personnel.
* An eight-day backup battery that enables continued GPS tracking even if a thief cuts the wires that connect the Qube to the vehicle. The new battery is built into the Qube device to prevent removal.
* A built-in motion sensor that detects and alerts dispatchers or other personnel to off-hours vehicle movement. This feature can help managers prevent theft, moonlighting and personal use of the vehicle.


Like the earlier model, the new Qube also records vehicle speed, mileage, ignition on/off, entry and exit to geofenced areas, and other critical data that helps managers monitor and measure driver and fleet performance. It stores up to 100 geofences and 1,600 standard events, and has an operating range of -20 degrees C to +70 degrees C.

In addition, the Qube 3 optionally connects to Navman Wireless' mobile communication devices for drivers. Those devices - the M-Nav 760 messaging/navigation and MDT-860 messaging-only units – integrate with the OnlineAVL2 software for instant communication between dispatchers and drivers in the field.

"Our Qube tracking device has proved to be the most reliable unit in its class with a failure rate of less than .6% compared to 10, 20 and even 30% reported for other systems," said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. "This upgrade retains that same dependable technology to ensure that fleet managers have the data they need to optimize operations, from real-time vehicle location displayed on a single map in our OnlineAVL2 interface to detailed reports that can be used to reduce waste and drive new efficiencies."

The Qube 3 is available on a monthly lease that eliminates the need for upfront capital investment or as a one-time purchase. It was designed and is manufactured exclusively by Navman Wireless. More information is available by calling (866) 527-9896 or emailing navmanwireless@navmanwireless.com

About Navman Wireless

Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company's flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world's largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit www.navmanwireless.com or www.navmanwirelessus.com.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ryder names Garcia as next CFO

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ryder System Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!r/quotes/nls/r (R 37.91, -0.59, -1.53%) said late Monday it will appoint Art Garcia chief financial officer effective Sept. 1. Garcia succeeds Robert Sanchez who will move onto president of Ryder's Global Fleet Management Solutions business at that time.


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FORD AND PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC TEAM UP TO PREPARE OREGON FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

PORTLAND: August 24, 2010 – Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) today announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and PGE will work together to share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand for electric vehicles, as well as partner on consumer education outreach around electric vehicles.

“Ford has an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in 2011,” said Mike Tinskey, Manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. “To support the roll out and acceptance of these vehicles it is important to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary infrastructure and grid capability are ready.”

Ford and PGE have also agreed to work together with state and local governments to support charging station permitting, electric vehicle incentives and future legislation or regulations. Vehicle incentives and an easy charging station permitting process are considered to be two key to elements to electric vehicle acceptance in Portland and across the country.

“The idea of widespread use of electric vehicles in an urban setting is becoming a reality and we want Oregon to be well-positioned to take advantage of this new technology and the environmental benefits these automobiles will bring,” said Jim Piro, president and CEO, PGE. “By working with Ford, PGE can better understand how these vehicles will interact with our electrical system and how we can best support our customers with the charging service they need to keep their electric cars rolling.”

PGE is partnering with state and local government, higher education, the automobile industry, and businesses to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. In early August, PGE opened the nation’s first quick-charge station at its World Trade Center headquarters, which complements the network of more-than 20 charging stations now up and running across PGE’s operating areas. Ford will draw upon PGE’s partnership with Portland State University to further study urban mobility and the integration of energy and sustainable design.

The partnership with PGE was the first one announced during Ford’s “Charging Into the Future Tour.” The 14-city tour, which kicked off at Portland State University in Oregon, promotes Ford’s electric vehicle strategy and educates consumers about what to expect from electrified automobiles and what is needed from the public and private sectors to support this new technology.

Ford will introduce its first pure battery electric vehicle, the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, this year. In 2011, Ford will deliver the Focus Electric passenger car to market, and in 2012, will introduce new next generation lithium ion battery powered hybrids and a plug-in hybrid in North America.

These vehicles will achieve breakthrough efficiency; some, like the pure battery electric vehicles Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, will use no gasoline at all.

Electrification is an important piece of Ford’s overall product sustainability strategy that includes a range of fuel efficient and alternative fuel technologies including EcoBoost engines, six speed transmissions, power assisted steering, aerodynamic improvements, light weighting materials and the use of more sustainable and recycled materials. Ford’s electrification strategy also leverages the most fuel-efficient powertrains, the most technically competent hybrids and its global vehicle platforms to develop affordable choices for consumers.

FleetMatics and SageQuest Announce Merger Agreement

Dublin, Ireland; Solon, OH (Vocus) August 24, 2010

FleetMatics and SageQuest today announced the completion of a merger agreement to create the fastest growing, global software-as-a-service (SaaS) company for vehicle management solutions. FleetMatics agreed to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of SageQuest, creating a combined new entity. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“With this acquisition of SageQuest, FleetMatics will extend our ability to deliver the best-in-class products and services to fleets of all sizes. It is the strength of our combined products and services, as well as our reputation as superior service providers that compelled this combination to happen,” explained Jim Travers, CEO of FleetMatics. “Together we possess an unmatched set of products and services. We are now in a stronger position to capture market share faster than our competitors and accomplish our goal of being the leading global software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of vehicle management solutions.”

“We are excited about the prospects of growth through our combined efforts. While both organizations have had successful records of performance, this merger positions us as the clear market leader,” said Dennis Abrahams, President of SageQuest. “We now have the scale and financial stability to expand our reach into the commercial fleet market. We will be able to offer new customers the best solutions available anywhere, while providing our existing customers the exceptional products and support they have come to expect.” It is reported that Abrahams will continue as President of SageQuest and report directly to Jim Travers.

“The market for GPS tracking continues to evolve and mature at an intense pace and a number of market leaders are starting to emerge. The mobile resource management (MRM) market is still underpenetrated and the industry is going to experience serious growth over the next several years,” stated Clem Driscoll of C.J. Driscoll & Associates. Driscoll added, “These two companies have each established themselves as leading competitors in their respective market segments. The combined company possesses an impressive team, which has deployed solutions that have become well accepted by both large and small fleets.”

About FleetMatics
FleetMatics is a rapidly growing, privately-funded software-as-a-service (SaaS) company focused on GPS vehicle tracking. FleetMatics’ comprehensive software offerings are designed for businesses of all sizes that focus on improving customer service, real-time operations visibility and maximum performance from their vehicles and service representatives.

The FleetMatics fleet management system offerings include: GPS-based fleet tracking software, a command center dashboard for real-time fleet monitoring over the internet or on a mobile device, comprehensive and easy-to-use management reports and the industry’s only Panoramic Reporting that allows executives to see how they have improved their fleet performance over time.

FleetMatics handles all the technology issues so customers focus strictly on their business to realize a rapid and ongoing ROI that includes increased revenue, reduced costs, and ability to grow profitably. For more information, visit www.fleetmatics.com or call 866.844.2235.

About SageQuest
SageQuest LLC provides proven GPS vehicle management solutions that improve the efficiency and productivity of mobile workers for utility, cable and broadband companies throughout North America. SageQuest’s Mobile Control complements workforce management tools to provide real-time insight into technician and vehicle activity, providing actionable decision-making information for dispatchers, supervisors and executives. Mobile Control is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution which helps customers minimize their upfront capital investment. For more information about SageQuest, visit www.sage-quest.com or call 888.837.7243.

Engine Repower Council Strongly Supports the Right to Repair Act

BETHESDA, MD – August 23, 2010 – The Engine Repower Council strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (S 3181/HR 2057) to ensure that car owners and their trusted repair shops have the same access to safety alerts and repair information as the franchised new car dealer network.

“Engine repowering extends the life of a vehicle and is good for the environment and the pocketbook. The Right to Repair Act ensures a competitive automotive repair industry where car owners, not car companies, can decide who repowers or repairs their vehicles,” said Ken Carter, chairman of the Engine Repower Council.

The Right to Repair Act protects motoring consumers from a growing and potentially hazardous vehicle repair monopoly by requiring that car companies provide full access at a reasonable cost to all service information, tools and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The legislation, however, also provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets, only requiring them to make available the same diagnostic and repair information they provide their franchised dealers to the independent vehicle repair market.

The Right to Repair Act has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. The Senate version of the bill (S 3181) was recently introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) and has 4 co-sponsors. The House version (HR 2057) was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA) and currently has 69 co-sponsors.

“We support each motorist’s right to patronize the auto repair facility of their choice and encourage all vehicle owners to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives urging them to support the Right to Repair Act,” concluded Carter.

About the Engine Repower Council:
The Engine Repower Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating consumers about the economic, performance and environmental benefits of remanufactured/rebuilt engines. The Engine Repower Council supports the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign. For more information about the Engine Repower Council and where to find qualified remanufactured/rebuilt engines and installation providers, visit www.enginerepower.org.

Monday, August 23, 2010

MANHEIM RECOGNIZES NAAA’S NATIONAL AUTO AUCTION WEEK

ATLANTA – National Auto Auction Week carries extra meaning for Manheim and its employees this year, as 2010 marks Manheim’s 65th anniversary.

Sponsored by the National Auto Auction Association, National Auto Auction Week (Aug. 23-27) is intended to increase the public’s awareness of the auto auction industry and its contributions. Each of Manheim’s 81 locations within North America will participate in National Auto Auction Week.

“As we celebrate our 65th anniversary this year, National Auto Auction Week is a great time to reflect on the hard work that our employees are doing each day for our customers and their communities,” said Manheim president and CEO Dean Eisner. “Auctions play a vital role in the auto industry and we thank NAAA for recognizing their importance.”

A number of Manheim employees play active roles in NAAA, including association treasurer Mike Broe and Jay Cadigan, who is slated to be installed as NAAA’s new president at its annual convention in September.

Cadigan says his goals as NAAA president are focused on reaching out to young and inactive members to develop the next generation of leaders, providing opportunities for existing members to actively engage on meaningful issues and promoting the implementation of standards to increase customer confidence.

“There is tremendous benefit in auctions working together to provide customers with the services they need and to build their confidence in industrywide standards,” Cadigan said. “I look forward to joining with leaders from across the industry as we roll up our sleeves and work hard on behalf of the industry to increase our collective success.”

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 130 worldwide wholesale operating locations, Manheim impacts every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.

Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and online offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visitors each week.

Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. In 2009, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

AAPEX Organizers Update New Packaging Showcase

ORLAND PARK, IL – August 23, 2010 – The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) is making extensive enhancements to its New Packaging Showcase this year by partnering with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI). Through an agreement reached between the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and its member organizations IoPP and PMMI, the New Packaging Showcase will reflect the highest standards of packaging design in the industry.

“I hope that our involvement in the AAPEX New Packaging Showcase will demonstrate how well-designed packaging can perform two important functions – protecting the product and enhancing its consumer appeal. We are pleased to support this global competition,” said Patrick Farrey, executive director of IoPP.

Updates to this year’s showcase include:
o Category divisions specifically designed to highlight features of package
o Online judging by experts from IoPP and PMMI
o Expanded onsite New Packaging Showcase display

Categories include innovation, protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact. Entries are $295 each and must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 15. For more information and to enter, visit http://www.aapexshow.com/aapex2010/public/Content.aspx?ID=2215&sortMenu=103007.

Winners will be announced at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the AAPEX Theatre, Booth 3063.

About IoPP
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community. It is committed to providing continuing educational programs of interest and value to all packaging professionals. These programs cover all packaging related areas of business and technology, as well as fundamental principles. The organization, its activities and operations support the development of the best possible packaging programs and events. For more information please visit www.iopp.org.

About PMMI
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association of 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

About AAPEX
AAPEX is the annual business-to-business trade show representing the global automotive aftermarket and features more than 2,000 exhibitors. AAPEX is jointly sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the aftermarket affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). For more information, visit www.aapexshow.com.

RES Americas is Recognized by Enterprise Fleet Management for 2010 Environmental Stewardship

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a national leader in the development and construction of renewable energy projects, has been recognized by Enterprise Fleet Management for Environmental Stewardship for the purchase of 58 fuel-efficient vehicles to be distributed among approximately six (6) construction sites. The announcement comes on the heels of a rooftop solar installation at RES Americas' Broomfield, CO headquarters and is part of the company's continued efforts to be sensitive to energy consumption on the corporate level. The hybrid cars have been delivered throughout the country.

Enterprise Fleet Management will supply and maintain 42 Ford Escape Hybrids and 16 Ford F150s with carbon offsets for RES Americas. As a division of Enterprise, Enterprise Fleet Management is a full-service fleet management company, specializing in providing businesses with mid-size fuel-efficient fleets. With 57 fully staffed offices nationwide, Enterprise supplies most makes and models of cars, light and medium duty trucks and service vehicles to businesses across the United States.

"RES Americas is committed to implementing environmentally friendly business practices beyond the national development and construction of renewable energy sources. Replacing aging service cars and trucks with cleaner, fuel-efficient vehicles is a progressive step toward the environmental stewardship our company pursues," said Andrew Fowler, Executive Vice President of Construction, of RES Americas. "We are dedicated to protecting our planet by providing renewable energy and incorporating cleaner energy consumption into our company model."

For more than a decade, RES Americas has been developing, constructing, owning, and operating renewable energy projects across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The company employs 240 full time professionals working throughout North America, has constructed or has under construction more than 4,800 MW, and is working on a development portfolio of more than 12,500 MW. RES Americas is dedicated to securing a sustainable energy future.

For more information on RES Americas, please visit http://www.res-americas.com/.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across the United States (US), Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Minneapolis, MN. Canadian projects are managed from Montreal, Quebec, by its affiliate, RES Canada. RES Americas continues to seek new locations for wind and solar projects as well as opportunities to participate in other forms of renewable energy.

FORD ACCELERATES ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY TESTING WITH WIRELESS MONITORING SYSTEMS

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20, 2010 – Ford Motor Company is leveraging the Internet and wireless technology to accelerate testing and refinement of the advanced lithium-ion battery systems that will power its upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Ford’s rapid progress is enabled by two monitoring methods that allow engineers to collect real-time performance data from batteries in the lab and on vehicles in the field via a secure Internet server, and wirelessly update system software to improve capability and durability. These proprietary methods have significantly reduced test-fleet downtime and allowed Ford to more than double its battery lab-testing capability.

“Remote monitoring allows us to access real-time data and make continuous improvements very quickly,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford director, Electrification Program and Engineering. “This degree of efficiency would have been unthinkable a few years ago and will help Ford bring more fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles to market more quickly than ever before.”

Ford will launch two zero-emission all-electric vehicles – the Transit Connect Electric light commercial van in North America in late 2010 and in Europe in 2011, followed by the Focus Electric passenger car in North America in 2011 and Europe in 2012. Two next-generation hybrid electric vehicles and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle follow in North America in 2012 and Europe in 2013.

Testing the limits
Ford’s future hybrid and electric vehicles will use new lithium-ion battery systems that offer about twice the energy content of the nickel-metal-hydride systems used today, and take up less space inside the vehicle. Although lithium-ion batteries are widely used in the consumer electronics industry, the larger systems to be used in vehicles are designed to manage greater electrical loads under harsher conditions. Only through rigorous testing can the new systems be properly calibrated.

Ford’s battery researchers are focusing on lithium-ion technology’s ability to recharge under a range of conditions including state of charge (from empty to full), battery age (from new to old) and environmental temperatures (from freezing cold to scorching hot).

Understanding how lithium-ion’s material properties perform under a variety of conditions is a critical step toward determining system control algorithms that will allow quick, efficient recharging while minimizing cell deterioration to maximize battery life.

Ford researchers are conducting rigorous lifecycle tests of new lithium-ion battery systems to evaluate the technology’s ability to recharge under a broad range of environmental conditions.

“So far, we’ve been impressed by our system’s exceptionally low internal resistance, which means the battery charges very quickly and efficiently,” said Ted Miller, manager, Advanced Energy Storage Technology. “As we continue our testing, we will be able to calculate the system’s optimal recharge rate while maximizing battery life.”

Whether testing battery systems in the lab or fleet vehicles on the road, Ford engineers use the remote battery and vehicle test monitoring system to collect real-time data and identify opportunities to implement software updates to manage thermal load and maximize power capability, energy capacity and lifecycle durability.

System-specific engineers are notified via email whenever these software update opportunities occur, based on adaptive event monitoring that can detect conditions of interest and automatically collect relevant data. This method has already led to at least 20 major design improvements for Ford’s future plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

“The data we’ve collected have helped us understand how lithium-ion battery cells behave under various temperatures and states of charge,” said Jas Dhillon, global electric vehicle fleet manager. “And the monitoring system allows us to make software updates to the fleet vehicles while they recharge. What used to be logistically complicated and time consuming can be accomplished now with a click of a mouse.”

Veteran Sales Management Professional, Brian Barber, Appointed to Lead New Business Efforts for LeasePlan USA

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (August 23, 2010) – LeasePlan USA is very proud to announce the promotion of 17-year industry veteran Brian Barber to the position of senior vice president, sales. After leading the organization to record highs in client satisfaction and loyalty results, Brian is now tasked with delivering new clients interested in a premium level of fleet service.

“During his career, Brian has achieved impressive results in both sales and client service management. He possesses a passion and respect for why clients are committed to working with LeasePlan and the value we deliver every day. I have no doubt he will successfully lead our first-class team of sales professionals in their efforts to show the industry how “it’s easier to leaseplan’,” said Jon J. Toups, chief sales and marketing officer.

In his four years as national vice president, client services, Barber led the successful implementation of a disciplined and rigorous approach around the client activation process, resulting in an overall client activation satisfaction rating of nearly 97 percent. He also managed the enhancement of LeasePlan’s closed-loop issue resolution software, ResponsePlan, used to facilitate capturing, tracking, trending and resolving of client requests, which has raised responsiveness rates to more than 85 percent.

Under his leadership, LeasePlan’s client satisfaction and retention rose to an all-time high. Client satisfaction scores have increased by 19 percent since 2007 and client retention has jumped to more than 98 percent. In addition, the client loyalty rate – based on overall satisfaction, likelihood to repurchase from LeasePlan, likelihood to recommend LeasePlan and competitive advantage – grew by 17 percent.

“Brian’s expertise has brought LeasePlan’s account management to a whole new level, so I felt it was the right time to share our approach to fleet management with companies not currently using LeasePlan. And with his 14 years of experience in sales management, he is well positioned to be a catalyst for sales success,” said Toups.

LeasePlan USA, a subsidiary of LeasePlan Corp. N.V., is a global leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions. The company, which manages 1.3 million vehicles worldwide, offers clients customized plans for total fleet cost reduction through its technologically advanced products and dedication to customer service.

PHH Arval enhances online capabilities for fleet drivers

Sparks MD – August 23, 2010 – In its continuing effort to make it easier for fleet drivers to handle business related to their vehicles, PHH Arval has added new functionality to both PHH InterActive® for Drivers, its secure website, and PHH ConnectSM, its mobile application.

The new functionality available on both portals includes:

• Service card management. Drivers can handle all aspects of their service cards online, including reporting lost or stolen cards, retrieving PIN numbers and checking the status of new cards.

• Vehicle registration renewals. Drivers can obtain registration renewal status, order duplicate registrations, check status of duplicate registration, and check the status of replacement plates.

• Insurance cards. Drivers can now request insurance cards online.

In addition to these new capabilities, drivers can also handle numerous other functions from their computers and/or mobile devices, including mileage reporting, online vehicle ordering, and authorizing Motor Vehicle Record requests. Via the PHH Connect mobile app, which is available on Blackberry®, iPhoneTM, Windows Mobile and AndroidTM devices, drivers can instantly contact the appropriate PHH call center for help with maintenance, accidents, or other needs.

Cheryl Middleton, PHH Arval product manager for client-facing technology, says, “Our goal in every technology release is to enhance driver and vehicle productivity. The additional functions we’ve added to our driver-facing technology portals are designed to provide fleet drivers with easy, robust, 24/7 access to fleet-related transactions and information, so they can spend more time doing the jobs they are paid to do. As always, we have listened to what our clients and their drivers need and want when it comes to delivering the technology enablers of the future.”

About PHH Arval
PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation [NYSE: PHH], is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada. PHH Arval provides outsourced fleet management solutions to corporate clients, including nearly one-third of the Fortune 500 companies. Through consultative expertise, flexible customer service, and award-winning Internet technology, PHH Arval helps clients reduce costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit www.phharval.com, or call 800 ONLY PHH.

About PHH Corporation
Headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, PHH Corporation is a leading outsource provider of mortgage and vehicle fleet management services. Its subsidiary, PHH Mortgage, is one of the top five retail originators of residential mortgages in the United States1, and its subsidiary, PHH Arval, is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada. For additional information about the company and its subsidiaries, please visit our Web site at www.phh.com.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Individuals, organizations receive 2010 National Natural Gas Vehicle Achievement Awards

WASHINGTON --- Three individuals and three organizations were honored today by the natural gas vehicle industry for their efforts to advance the development of natural gas vehicles in the United States. The 2010 National NGV Achievement Awards were presented by NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, two organizations dedicated to increasing the use of natural gas vehicles to improve air quality, lessening dependence on foreign oil and reducing fleet operator costs.

The NGV Achievement Awards are presented at the associations’ joint Natural Gas Vehicle Summit-Conference, which brings together industry leaders from across the country. This is the 18th year for the awards.

The 2010 award winners are:

• Verizon, which will add 501 CNG cargo vans to its fleet of vehicles this year. The company, which is based in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.


• Choice Environmental Services of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for its efforts as a small independent company to implement the first natural gas vehicle refuse fleet of 11 trucks in Florida. Choice is a residential, commercial, institutional and industrial provider of solid waste and recycling services, serving the community of South Florida.


• The Los Angeles Unified School District in California for its commitment to the greening of its school bus fleet. With the help of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the district has purchased 260 new natural gas powered school buses, making it the largest fleet of natural gas school buses in the country.

• Oklahoma Speaker of the House Chris Benge, for his leadership in advancing the development of natural gas vehicles in Oklahoma. Through his leadership, Oklahoma recently passed the Oklahoma Energy Security Act, which establishes the goal of having at least one public CNG station every 100 miles by 2015.

• Joseph Noorlag, Vice President –Operations Support, West Region, for Republic Services, Inc., for his efforts this year in deploying 226 refuse vehicles at 10 facilities from California to Washington. Republic, which is based in Phoenix, is a leading provider of services in the domestic solid waste industry. The company provides services through 400 collection companies in 40 states and Puerto Rico and operates 242 transfer stations, 213 sold waste landfills and 78 recycling centers.


• Ron Gulmi, Manager, Product Management-Transportation, for National Grid, for his long-time commitment to advancing the growth of natural gas vehicles throughout the Northeast. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company with U.S. offices in New York, where it transports natural gas to more than 3.4 million customers in New England and New York.

Navman Wireless Upgrades M-Nav Fleet Tracking Unit for Drivers; All-in-One Dispatch, Messaging & GPS Navigation Reduces Costs

GLENVIEW, IL (August 19, 2010) — Navman Wireless has released the M-Nav 760, the newest edition of its all-in-one in-vehicle dispatch, messaging and GPS navigation unit designed for use with its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system. The device increases fleet productivity and reduces operating costs by automating communications and job routing with drivers on the road, enables compliance with hands-free phone regulations via new built-in Bluetooth technology, and is the only product in its class built with a ruggedized housing and touchscreen to withstand heavy commercial use.

“Fleet drivers need a commercial-grade navigation device with truck routing, two-way messaging and other features built for business. The M-Nav 760 offers this robust feature set along with the ability to tie everything back to our OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking and reporting software to gather data on vehicles, drivers and overall fleet operations,” said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. “This maximizes the benefits of our fleet tracking platform by helping operators achieve peak efficiencies on the road as well as in the office.”

The M-Nav 760 enables dispatchers to send job details, location and customer information directly from the OnlineAVL2 software to the nearest vehicle in the field without typing or making a phone call. Once the driver has accepted an assignment by tapping a pre-programmed response on the screen, the device automatically displays a map to the job and delivers audio turn-by-turn directions.

In addition to this time-saving “Accept and go” scenario, dispatchers can use the M-Nav 760 to adjust routes, modify job instructions, and send messages such as “Accident on XYZ expressway” or “Return to base immediately” to one or more vehicles with a click.

These core capabilities help decrease fuel consumption, eliminate delays caused by driving errors and traffic congestion, and improve driver safety by providing accurate no-touch navigation without map or phone use. Other benefits include reduced phone bills through fixed-price instant messaging, shorter dispatcher handling time, and trackable two-way messaging to and from the office.

The M-Nav 760 also features:

• Built-in Bluetooth technology that enables drivers to make and answer phone calls wirelessly for safety and regulatory compliance without the expense and installation of a separate hands-free kit.
• Routing based on truck attributes such as length and weight, helping to prevent fines for non-compliance with road regulations. Dispatchers can also configure the system to guide drivers to their destinations by the shortest or fastest route.
• Driver ID functionality enabling the back-office OnlineAVL2 software to capture drivers’ hours, generate time cards electronically, and analyze attributes such as speed and mileage to evaluate individual driver and overall fleet productivity.
• Pre-programmed messaging, with up to 100 customizable preset messages, that enhances safety by enabling drivers to tap the screen to communicate with dispatchers instead of typing a text or email while driving.
• Real-time forms-based reporting enabling drivers to indicate how much time they spent at a job site, what consumables they used, what they charged and other key data from the field for instant integration with the back-office software.

The M-Nav 760 is available on a monthly lease that eliminates the need for upfront capital investment or as a one-time purchase. It was designed and is manufactured exclusively by Navman Wireless. More information about the M-Nav 760 and the OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking platform is available by calling (866) 527-9896 or emailing navmanwireless@navmanwireless.com

About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company’s flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world’s largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit www.navmanwireless.com or www.navmanwirelessus.com.

OHL announces McWilliams elected Executive Chairman of the Board and Irigoyen Appointed as Chief Executive Officer:

Brentwood, Tenn. (August 19, 2010) — OHL, a leading global logistics company today announced that its Board of Directors elected Scott McWilliams, currently Chief Executive officer, to the position of Executive Chairman of the Board and selected current President and Chief Operating Office, Bert Irigoyen, as Chief Executive Officer.

McWilliams, a 20 year veteran of OHL, will concentrate on strategic acquisitions and key client relationships to continue OHL’s growth momentum and international expansion. He served as OHL’s President from 1996-2001 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

Irigoyen joined OHL in 2006 working on corporate strategy and the integration of several acquisitions that were made in the U.S. and overseas. In 2007 he assumed the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and implemented OHL’s multi-year strategy to grow its product portfolio and accelerate the company’s growth. In 2009 Irigoyen was selected as President and COO. Prior to OHL he was a Managing Director with Nightingale and Associates, a management consultancy firm and an EVP and CFO with Global Knowledge Networks, an industry leader in IT and business training. Irigoyen has over 25 years of global experience in leadership, satisfying customers and building industry leading companies.

“I am very excited about Bert accepting the CEO role,” commented McWilliams. “He has the acumen, the knowledge and the energy to lead OHL through its next phase of growth. Bert has a deep understanding of our business and has implemented a number of key programs and initiatives that have made us a much more effective organization. I look forward to working with him and the entire OHL board of directors in my new role as Executive Chairman.”

Irigoyen said, “I am thrilled to become the next CEO of OHL at a time when there is so much momentum in the business. We have a very talented management team executing very effectively. OHL enjoys a great market position and we will invest in further building our global footprint and capabilities. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Scott to build on the great strategy and direction that we have already established.”

To view this release online, please visit http://www.media.ohl.com/news/2010/08/ohl-announces-mcwilliams-executive-chairman-board-and-irigoyen-appointed-chief-executive-officer.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ZAP Delivers Fleet of Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP /quotes/comstock/11k!zaap (ZAAP 0.50, -0.01, -0.99%) today announced that its newest dealer, Alvarez ZAP, has opened in Riverside, California and will be serving commercial and government markets throughout the entire Inland Empire.

Alvarez ZAP has delivered its first shipment of six electric trucks to the City of Riverside during a Grand Opening press conference last week. While accepting keys to one of the vehicles, Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge said, "Today we take another step forward in the greening of Riverside by transitioning from gas to electrically operated vehicles. We are proud to add ZAP trucks to our fleet."

Dealer president, Ramon Alvarez is widely recognized as one of the leading Hispanic entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire through his long time affiliation with Lincoln, Mercury and Jaguar. Also attending the Grand Opening were six City Councils members and the City Manager as well as Joel Ayala representing the Governors' office of Economic Development.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Alvarez to the New Motor Vehicle Board in March 2007 and Alvarez is now a Vice President of that organization. He stated, "As a member of the New Motor Vehicle Board, I have seen the evolution of alternative energy vehicles to the point where they are moving into the automotive mainstream and I believe ZAP represents the best opportunity to capitalize on that trend."

Commenting on Alvarez's decision to become the newest ZAP electric vehicle dealer, ZAP CEO Steven Schneider said, "Ramon has passion and understanding...he genuinely gets it. He knows the importance that new energy vehicles play today and in the marketplace of tomorrow."

About ZAP

ZAP is one of the world's oldest and most experienced electric vehicle providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Santa Rosa, California based company offers some of the only electric city-speed cars and trucks in production today and is leveraging its accrued technology know-how in developing a cost effective high-speed electric car called the ZAP Alias. Further news and information is available at http://zapglobal.wordpress.com.

GM Files Registration Statement with United States Securities and Exchange Commission for Proposed Initial Public Offering

DETROIT – General Motors Company today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering consisting of common stock to be sold by certain of its stockholders and the issuance by the company of its Series B mandatory convertible junior preferred stock.

The amount of securities offered will be determined by market conditions and other factors at the time of the offering. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan (representatives of the underwriters), BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, RBC Capital Markets, and UBS Investment Bank will be the joint book-running managers for the offering. When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained for free, by visiting the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. Alternatively, you may obtain a copy of the preliminary prospectus, by contacting:

* Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, telephone 1-866-718-1649, or by sending email to prospectus@morganstanley.com
* J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone 1-866-803-9204

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statements:

In this press release and in related comments by our management, our use of the words “expect,” “anticipate,” “possible,” “potential,” “target,” “believe,” “commit,” “intend,” “continue,” “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “project,” “projected,” “positioned” or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, such factors might include: our ability to realize production efficiencies and to achieve reductions in costs as a result of our restructuring initiatives and labor modifications; our ability to maintain quality control over our vehicles and avoid material vehicle recalls; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt, including as required to fund our planning significant investment in new technology; our ability to realize successful vehicle applications of new technology; and our ability to comply with the continuing requirements related to U.S. and other government support.

GM's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q provides information about these and other factors, which we may revise or supplement in future reports to the SEC.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tom Callahan, Donlen President and Chief Operating Officer, Elected to AFLA Board of Directors

Northbrook, IL – Donlen, North America’s fastest growing and most innovative fleet leasing and management company, today announced that Tom Callahan, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been elected as Vice President of the 2010/2011 AFLA Board of Directors.

“AFLA is an organization that gives a voice to thought leaders from all facets of the fleet industry,” said Callahan. “It’s important that we all contribute to the advancement of the industry by sharing trends, news, and best practices from our respective areas.”

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) is the forum dedicated to improving communication between sellers, buyers, fleet managers, lending institutions, fleet management companies, used vehicle marketers, and allied automotive service companies.

When asked what he hoped to accomplish as Vice President of the Board of Directors, Callahan said, “It’s important that Donlen is part of AFLA so that we keep current with issues that may directly impact our customers. As a member of the board, my goal is to positively influence the present and future focus of the industry and further develop key industry contacts. These accomplishments will not only help the industry as a whole, but also help Donlen to better serve our customers who are being tasked to do more with less on a daily basis.”

For more information about AFLA, visit www.aflaonline.com

For more information about Donlen, visit www.donlen.com

About Donlen Corporation

Donlen, with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, offices nationwide, and strategic global partnerships, is a leading provider of innovative fleet management programs. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service. Donlen has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” for 2009 and 2010, National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” in 2007-2010, a “Top 100 Global Outsourcing Leader” by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) each year from 2006-2009, and a Stevie Award Finalist as “Most Innovative Company” in 2010. For more information about Donlen visit www.donlen.com.

"Big Apple" takes a bite out of air pollution

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday signed into law an air quality bill that includes a provision to ensure that cleaner burning Bioheat® is used within the city for heating homes and buildings.

Starting in October 2012, all heating oil sold within New York City will contain at least 2 percent biodiesel. The blend is known as Bioheat, a green fuel that is gaining popularity in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

“New York City consumes 1 billion gallons of heating oil annually, more than any other city in the United States,” said City Councilman James F. Gennaro, who sponsored the legislation. “This will annually replace 20 million gallons of petroleum with an equal volume of renewable, sustainable, domestically produced biodiesel. We are already home to what will be the largest biodiesel processing facility in the country as well as a growing grease collection industry, and we expect to see more green collar jobs and green economic growth as a result of our legislation.”

The visionary Bioheat legislation also limits sulfur in petroleum-based heating oil, and was supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn, among others.

The National Biodiesel Board hailed the new law as groundbreaking municipal policy.

“New York City is already the nation’s largest municipal user of biodiesel. We applaud the Mayor and City Council for building on that legacy by adopting a universal biodiesel requirement that will further improve air quality in the city,” said Shelby Neal, NBB’s director of state governmental affairs. “I would especially like to thank Councilman Gennaro, who has been a tireless advocate for this and other important environmental issues. His vision for a cleaner burning, green, and sustainable heating fuel is being realized.”

As with many other similar initiatives to reduce emissions in the City of New York, NBB member Sprague Energy, a biodiesel and petroleum distributor located in New York State, helped champion the legislation.

“As one of New York’s original biodiesel and Bioheat suppliers, we know firsthand what a positive impact the fuels have on the lives of New Yorkers,” said Steven J. Levy, managing director of Sprague Energy. “This landmark legislation is another huge step in reducing air pollution in the city, yet just another building block in cleaning the air we breathe for healthier, longer lives.”

Levy thanked Mayor Bloomberg for his insight and Councilman Gennaro for his tireless efforts as Chairperson of the Environmental Protection Committee.

NBB member METRO Fuel Oil Corp., a large fuel distributor located in the New York City area, is scheduled to open one of the country’s largest biodiesel plants in Brooklyn in 2011.

“More than 70 years ago, my grandmother started a heating oil business here because she thought coal represented the past,” said Paul Pullo, who owns METRO Terminals along with his brother, Gene. “With biodiesel, America’s only commercially available advanced biofuel, we will take our business into the next generation again.”

METRO plans on processing used cooking oil from restaurants in New York City into biodiesel. The company says it will also use other sustainable resources, such as soybean oil and algae.

Biodiesel, an advanced biofuel for diesel engines and boilers, reduces America’s dependency on foreign oil, improves air quality and protects the environment.

R. L. Polk & Co. Will Continue As Corporate Sponsor For GAAS 2011 in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – August 18, 2010 – R. L. Polk & Co. has renewed its corporate sponsorship of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) for 2011. The recognized leader in data-driven solutions and automotive aftermarket intelligence, R. L. Polk & Co. has been the corporate sponsor of GAAS since 2003.

GAAS 2011 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago.

“I am excited to announce that our longtime partnership with R. L. Polk & Co. continues,” said Dave Caracci, chairman of GAAS. “I appreciate Polk's renewed commitment to our event that helps educate our industry's leaders and also provides scholarship funds for students who want to pursue careers in the aftermarket.”

Mark Seng, vice president, R. L. Polk & Co., said, “We are pleased to extend our support as the corporate sponsor of GAAS. The Symposium is an important opportunity for top managers in the aftermarket to expand their knowledge base and learn the latest business practices from top experts. GAAS is the single greatest opportunity each year for industry education and we are proud to be associated with this prestigious event.”

Under the agreement, R. L. Polk & Co. will present the prestigious Polk Inventory Efficiency Award at GAAS 2011. This is the seventh year for the awards which recognizes and rewards outstanding aftermarket companies for process improvements relative to inventory efficiency. Winners of these awards will have demonstrated a positive impact on one of the largest problems in the aftermarket—inventory efficiency. For more information on the awards, visit http://usa.polk.com/Industries/AfterMkt/aftmkt_ie_award_2005.htm.

The annual two-day Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future. For more information on GAAS 2011, visit www.globalsymposium.org or phone (301) 654-6664.

Networkfleet Offers New Bundled Pricing for GPS Fleet Tracking System

SAN DIEGO – August 18, 2010 – Networkfleet, Inc. today announced new bundled pricing with no upfront costs for its GPS tracking systems. Effective immediately, all new Networkfleet customers have the option to pay a monthly rate that combines the cost of the GPS tracking device, installation and monthly service into one low monthly fee. With no required capital expenditures, fleets can easily start reaping the benefits of vehicle GPS tracking, including lower fuel and maintenance costs and improved fleet utilization.

Networkfleet offers both the Networkfleet 4200 and 3500 devices as part of its wireless fleet management solutions. The Networkfleet 3500 combines GPS fleet tracking and patented remote engine diagnostics to give fleets a complete picture of their vehicle operations. The Networkfleet 4200 is offered for those fleets that need reliable GPS tracking, but do not require the full engine diagnostics offered by the Networkfleet 3500. Both systems provide impressive ROI’s for their users.

“We know from talking to our customers that the Networkfleet GPS tracking system more than pays for itself in improved fleet efficiency. In these challenging economic times, we want fleets to be able to reap the benefits of Networkfleet GPS fleet tracking right away,” said Keith Schneider, president and CEO of Networkfleet. “By offering bundled pricing, fleets of all sizes and specifically small fleets have the option of paying a low monthly fee and experiencing an immediate return on their investment.”

Networkfleet is a leader in GPS fleet management, with over 100,000 vehicles using the Networkfleet system. This latest offering furthers the company’s tradition of listening to customers and addressing their needs. The new bundled pricing combined with the recently announced standard three year warranty for Networkfleet’s automotive-grade hardware makes a compelling package, especially for small businesses.

Nation’s Largest Truckload Provider Utilizes Award-Winning Technology to Streamline Shipping, Assess Impact of Federal Regulation Proposals

Green Bay, Wis. – Aug. 18, 2010 – When it comes to moving freight across today’s global supply chain, shippers and carriers alike know that even the best-intentioned idea for improving efficiencies and managing costs may not deliver the desired results. Until recently the number of variables and unpredictability of human decision making made the analysis of supply chain adjustments and improvements more of an art than a science. But a new simulation model developed by Schneider National and Princeton University is helping the transportation industry address issues previous technology couldn’t.

For three years Schneider National, premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, worked with Princeton University to develop the Tactical Planning Simulator. The TPS models characteristics of one of the industry’s most dynamic freight networks (Schneider National’s) and allows Schneider to troubleshoot for freight flow and driver capacity situations as well as determine the business impact of federal regulations and customer shipping requests. The innovative and dynamic nature of the tool earned it the 2009 Daniel H. Wagner Award for Excellence in Operations Research. The annual award, presented by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Solutions in honor of the late Dr. Wagner, emphasizes the quality and coherence of analysis, focuses on analytical content and practice successes, and recognizes individuals and their development of new methodology in the context of real-world applications.

Developed by Ted Gifford and John Nienow from Schneider National; Jeff Day, a former Schneider associate; and Hugo P. Simao, Abraham P. George and Warren B. Powell of Princeton University, the simulation tool replicates long-haul truckload operations and the behavior of Schneider’s fleet of drivers and dispatchers. The simulator optimizes the movements of 6,500 drivers hauling 13,000 loads per week over a four-week planning period.

“With the TPS system, we are able to represent the large, complex problem of efficiently transporting various types of freight across a nationwide network, while taking into account specific driver and environment characteristics,” explained Gifford. “By accurately modeling the human-decision factors of our dispatch process, we are able to create a realistic simulation from which we draw conclusions about the potential impact of various conditions and strategies.”

The TPS identifies drivers as “resources” and full-truckload shipments as “tasks.” The TPS tool then matches each driver’s location, domicile, capacity type, scheduled time at home, days away from home, available time, geographical constraints and DOT hours of service with each shipment’s origin and destination. After the simulation runs, a solution is created and produces metrics and statistics on how efficiently and effectively the Schneider resource network can perform specific tasks for shippers.

“Application of our analyses has resulted in increased efficiency and cost reductions, improvements to internal processes at Schneider, and valuable insights and feedback provided to government regulatory officials,” added Gifford. “In one specific example, we used the tool to demonstrate to a customer how a modest reduction in the customer’s delivery windows would force an increase in the number of trucks required and number of empty miles driven to serve the account and a decrease in the utilization of available driver work hours. This kind of insight is invaluable to shippers.”

Replicating the company’s freight network allows Schneider to utilize the TPS as an external proactive thinker and provide a real-world impact analysis for federal regulations, including suggested hours of service changes.

“Schneider National is able to use the TPS to assess the myriad impacts of proposed changes to the HOS rules,” added Don Osterberg, senior vice president of Safety and Driver Training. “We were given the HOS proposal on a Tuesday morning and had to provide projections to the American Trucking Associations by Thursday. We ran the simulator and were able to provide timely and credible projections on a critical topic. The TPS provides decision support tools that project the first-, second- and third-order effects of contemplated decisions and help remove emotion and conjecture from the debate. It’s a powerful tool to have.”

Internally the TPS is used as a planning tool to study policies that affect the network, including hiring locations, driver time at home, setting appointments and cross-border driver management, which improves company driver recruitment and retention by creating strategies for where to hire.