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  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Drivers - Separating Fact from Fiction

    Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Drivers - Separating Fact from Fiction

    With the launch of the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) in December 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to receive questions from drivers.

    FMCSA is committed to providing all stakeholders with factual and timely information on CSA. As part of this commitment, it is important that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are aware of how CSA affects them.

    What is the DSMS?

    · The SMS assesses a carrier’s safety performance based on its roadside violations and crashes. The DSMS is a tool within the SMS used by

  • Volatile Fuel Prices Are Top Fleet Manager Concern

    Volatile Fuel Prices Are Top Fleet Manager Concern

    Corporate fleet managers rate higher and more volatile fuel prices as their top concern in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services. More than a quarter of respondents (29 percent) said the recent spike in fuel prices has made this issue their top concern, up from 12 percent a year ago.

    The survey of 105 fleet managers, conducted recently at the 2011 NAFA Institute & Expo in Charlotte, found that driver safety and cost savings were also top areas of concern. Concern for driver safety increased in 2011 to 28 percent from 21 percent in 2010, while cost savings fell as a priority but remained important at 23 percent, down from 36 percent in 2010.

    Moreover, cost savings are now a bigger focus for executive management according to fleet managers. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed indicated that executive management’s main focus for fleets is cost savings, up from 48 percent in 2010.

    “Volatile fuel prices are an overriding concern today for corporate fleet managers, given the current environment,” said Clarence Nunn, CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services. “We are seeing a corresponding increase in interest from our fleet customers for solutions in fuel, telematics and maintenance programs that will help them combat rising fuel costs and improve operational efficiency.”

    Other key findings from the survey include:

    ·         Analytics: 29 percent of fleet managers use fleet analytics to improve operational efficiency and 27 percent noted that analytics helped them achieve cost savings

    ·         Lease accounting: Between a third and half of fleet managers (40 percent) feel they don’t have a good enough grasp of how pending changes to lease accounting rules (FASB) will affect fleet leasing

    ·         Electric Vehicles: 28 percent said they plan to incorporate electric vehicles into their fleets within the next 12 months

    For more information about GE Capital, Fleet Services, visit: www.gefleet.com.

  • Veolia Environmental Services Commits to DriveCam

    Veolia Environmental Services Commits to DriveCam

    SAN DIEGO – May 9, 2011 – DriveCam, Inc., a global Driver Risk Management Company, today announced that Veolia Environmental Services, one of the nation’s largest solid waste management organizations, has signed a 3-year contract to deploy DriveCam’s Managed Service Program across its entire fleet.

    “We have been very pleased with the results we’ve seen with DriveCam – an 89% reduction in risk frequency program-to-date improvement,” commented Jim Long, President and CEO of Veolia ES Solid Waste. “Having worked with DriveCam for many years, we’ve found them to be a proven partner that delivers bottom line results and continually enhances their product to meet the operational needs of solid waste fleets.”

    John Nowak, North American Director of Safety at Veolia ES Solid Waste, added, “DriveCam provides an easy-to-use solution that allows us  to attain the results we need with the lowest possible impact on our organization. We’re excited to expand our relationship and ensure on-going safety and operational improvement throughout the Veolia Environmental fleet.”

    DriveCam continually adapts its technology and service to deliver an effective and efficient solution for large scale fleets, like Veolia Environmental Services. As a result, DriveCam clients regularly see dramatic reductions in collision costs, lower operating costs (including fuel), and can report a positive impact on the environment – a key focus of Veolia Environmental.

    “We are proud to continue our relationship with Veolia Environmental, where safety and the environment are core values,” commented DriveCam CEO Brandon Nixon. “Our proven ability to provide a strong return on investment, along with our deep experience in the unique attributes of the solid waste industry help to ensure our on-going partnership with Veolia.”

    Visit the companies' Web sites at www.veolia.com and www.VeoliaES.com and www.drivecam.com.

  • Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School Hosts Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated at zMax Dragway

    Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School Hosts Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated at zMax Dragway

    CONCORD, NC – When Robert Chambless, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, was looking for a way to bring his sales team together in a fun and energizing way, a day of learning the ropes of drag racing at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School fit the bill perfectly. 

    On Wednesday, May 4th, Chambless and his team met at zMax Dragway just outside of Charlotte, NC, where they rode in the Roy Hill’s Drag School two and three-seater dragsters, watched a match race between Chambless and Hill in the school’s Super Comp dragsters, then took to the wheel themselves in six Roy Hill 2010 Mustangs for a full-on eliminations race between the entire team. 

    “Our team had an absolute blast out here with Roy today,” Chambless said. “A lot of these team members have never been to or even seen a drag race, so they were in for quite a rush when they jumped in the ride-along dragsters. By the time we got to the actual race in the Mustangs they were having the time of their lives, keeping up with the action on a bracket they had created and brought with them to the track.” 

    “We were fortunate to have over thirty Coca-Cola Consolidated employees with us today,” said Roy Hill. “It’s been really great working with them. Last year we had a small deal with them through the drag racing school and hosted over 3,500 of their employees during the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600, and this year we’ve expanded on that to include the Super Stock national event and match race program that I’m running in 2011.” 

    As fun as it is, a day at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School is also a great tool to sharpen the mind, a process that starts on the drag strip but easily carries over to the workplace.  

     

  • NCTA Maintenance Council Hosts Air Conditioning Tech Night Training

    NCTA Maintenance Council Hosts Air Conditioning Tech Night Training

    The  North Carolina Truck Association Maintenance Council will host a Tech Night at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24 at Charlotte Truck Center, 4633 Equipment Drive, Charlotte, NC (Directions:  Take Exit 40 from I – 85.  Go North (right) on North Graham Street.  Turn Right on Equipment Drive.  Go East approximately 1/2 mile to dealership on left.  Phone:  704-597-1110.).

    The subject of the program will be Air Conditioning Maintenance and Troubleshooting.  The program will be presented by Professional Maintenance and Supplies, Inc. and will discuss air conditioning systems operation, preventive maintenance recommendations and trouble shooting tips.

    Note:  Participants can also take an optional test for EPA Section 609 Certification ($25.00 Processing Fee Required).

    Maintenance Council Tech Night programs are designed to give real, hands on assistance with some of your biggest training challenges.  Each program is conducted by qualified industry professionals and provides more information than generally available in a regular monthly Maintenance Council meeting.  Participants will learn both theory and practical application on specific maintenance topics and each successful participant will receive a certificate of completion.

    The NCTA Maintenance Council provides a forum for people to share information, promote professional maintenance practices and network with suppliers and peers in the industry.

    Monthly programs are presented by suppliers, regulatory personnel and members. The programs highlight new technologies, products or processes to improve maintenance operations.

    Periodic Fleet Talk and Tech Night programs are designed to provide in depth coverage of specific maintenance topics.

    For more information about the May 24 Tech Night and the NCTA Maintenance Council, go to the the Maintenance Council web site at www.nctamaintenance.org.

  • Herbert to Hold Open House and Car Show at New, Concord Location

    Herbert to Hold Open House and Car Show at New, Concord Location

    First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley Muldowney, Guest of Honor

     

    CONCORD, N.C. – Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer, will hold an Open House at his new location in Concord on Saturday, May 7.  The event, which will also include a Super Sale and Car Show, will feature Shirley Muldowney, the first lady of drag racing, as the guest of honor.

     

    The event begins at 9:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm.  The new location, at 4030 Concord Parkway South in Concord, is only one mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The store officially opened two weeks ago but this will be the first event held there.  Herbert will fire up his Top Fuel dragster at approximately noon.  There will be free hot dogs and sodas for all customers and patrons will also have the opportunity to dyno their car or truck.

     

    “This is our 20th Annual Car Show but this year is special because it is the first event at the new shop in Concord,” said Herbert.  “The entire day is centered on thanking our customers.  They’ll have the opportunity to meet Shirley, get her autograph and take a picture with her.  We’re expecting a huge crowd and it’ll be a great event!”

     

    Muldowney, who is a three time NHRA Top Fuel Champion, is a pioneer in the sport of drag racing.  She broke huge barriers to become to first woman to receive a license from the NHRA to drive a Top Fuel dragster and subsequently became the first woman to achieve mainstream success as a professional racecar driver.  With 18 NHRA National Event wins to her name, she paved the way for modern female racers.

     

    Representatives from B.R.A.K.E.S., the nonprofit organization founded by Herbert, will also be in attendance to speak with families about safe driving and promote the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School.  The school provides hands-on driver training to teens and their parents free of charge.  The organization has provided free, behind-the-wheel training for over 2,000 teenagers from 15 different states since it began in 2008.

     

    Trophies will be given out for best street car, best muscle car, best truck, rarest car, best hot rod, best drag car and best in show.  Participants are asked to be on-site by 8AM for registration.  To obtain more information, call (704) 732-2400 or visit www.dougherbert.com .

  • Herbert to Hold Open House and Car Show at New, Concord Location

    Herbert to Hold Open House and Car Show at New, Concord Location

    First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley Muldowney, Guest of Honor

     

    CONCORD, N.C. – Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer, will hold an Open House at his new location in Concord on Saturday, May 7.  The event, which will also include a Super Sale and Car Show, will feature Shirley Muldowney, the first lady of drag racing, as the guest of honor.

     

    The event begins at 9:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm.  The new location, at 4030 Concord Parkway South in Concord, is only one mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The store officially opened two weeks ago but this will be the first event held there.  Herbert will fire up his Top Fuel dragster at approximately noon.  There will be free hot dogs and sodas for all customers and patrons will also have the opportunity to dyno their car or truck.

     

    “This is our 20th Annual Car Show but this year is special because it is the first event at the new shop in Concord,” said Herbert.  “The entire day is centered on thanking our customers.  They’ll have the opportunity to meet Shirley, get her autograph and take a picture with her.  We’re expecting a huge crowd and it’ll be a great event!”

     

    Muldowney, who is a three time NHRA Top Fuel Champion, is a pioneer in the sport of drag racing.  She broke huge barriers to become to first woman to receive a license from the NHRA to drive a Top Fuel dragster and subsequently became the first woman to achieve mainstream success as a professional racecar driver.  With 18 NHRA National Event wins to her name, she paved the way for modern female racers.

     

    Representatives from B.R.A.K.E.S., the nonprofit organization founded by Herbert, will also be in attendance to speak with families about safe driving and promote the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School.  The school provides hands-on driver training to teens and their parents free of charge.  The organization has provided free, behind-the-wheel training for over 2,000 teenagers from 15 different states since it began in 2008.

     

    Trophies will be given out for best street car, best muscle car, best truck, rarest car, best hot rod, best drag car and best in show.  Participants are asked to be on-site by 8AM for registration.  To obtain more information, call (704) 732-2400 or visit www.dougherbert.com .

   

Quick Read!  

Good content management software can not only make your life easier, but it can save you time, money, and above all save you from the headache of manually updating your site or outsourcing changes. Here are seven ways it can benefit your business, no matter level of technical knowledge you possess.

 

1.) No need for a B.S. in C.S. to update your site. Programming and markup languages can seem very foreign unless you have studied computer science or a related field. This can create a barrier between you and your site. With a CMS, the need to know these languages is eliminated. Content management software is tailored to the needs of non-technical people, using boxes, text ,or symbols that are easily recognized to help you update your site instantly.

 

2.) A professional looking site has consistency. Anyone who has surfed the Web knows that inconsistencies in Web sites can make it seem as though they were created by a 5-year-old. Design, layout, format, and color changes that were initially created to draw attention to a page can actually serve as a distraction to the site's initial purpose. Content management software makes standardization easy; designs, text sizes, fonts, formats, and layouts can be created consistently throughout the site. However, standardizing does not mean your site will be generic or boring. Creative design combined with a CMS and an effective online marketing campaign will ensure your site's success.

 

3.) Dynamic up-to-date sites are created. If the information is outdated on a Web page, the site will appear stagnant. A CMS eliminates the wait time when needing to update. A CMS allows you to instantly post up-to-the-minute news and information about your company. You may also have the opportunity for rotating articles and images in your pages, so your site is constantly changing even if you don't have time to update as often as you would like.

 

4.) Save your business a substantial amount of money. In the past, the only way to maintain a professional looking Web site was to hire someone to do it for you. However, when you outsource a job such as updating a Web site, you are not always the company's first priority and there is usually a large hourly rate or monthly retainer associated with the service. Content management software gives you the ability to do it yourself instantly, and at a fraction of the price. It also allows for several authors, giving you the ability to assign certain sections to the people that are best suited to input the information.

 

5.) Allows for Separation of Content, Structure, and Design. Normally, when wanting to redesign a Web site or change the structure, it is necessary to do a complete rebuild of the site, which can take a lot of time and money. With a CMS the design, content, and structure are separated. You can change the content without losing the design of the site, and you can change the design without losing the content.

 

6.) Work-at-home friendly. Everyone knows that you can't plan for the unexpected, but you can be prepared. Whether it be a doctor's visit or a sick child, neither can stop you from updating your site with a CMS. All you need to have is an Internet- accessible computer and a Web browser to make immediate updates to your Web site from anywhere.

 

7.) Increases consumer interaction. Content management software will give your business a greater ability to interact with your target audience. With a CMS you may choose to send out an online newsletter, which allows you to share any new progress in your business, special promotions, or general information about your company. You may also choose to create a contact form, interactive calendars of events, press releases systems, etc. A good CMS tool will enable you, the non-technical professional, to perform these and a myriad of other important (and often costly) Web site functions easily and affordably.

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