Fleet Technical Congress offers ideas for operational improvement

This article was published in the December 2018 edition of NTEA News.

Fleet Technical Congress presents strategies and processes to help fleet managers take advantage of the technology revolution and find creative solutions to enhance fleet operations. Now in its second year, this conference is designed for both established fleet managers and those moving into more senior management roles.

For 2019, NTEA expanded educational opportunities during The Work Truck Show — offering a new option for registrants to attend both Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress sessions. The events will be held concurrently at JW Marriott Indianapolis, on March 5 from 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (a reception runs from 5–6 p.m.).

The Work Truck Show 2019 is scheduled March 5–8, at Indiana Convention Center. Educational sessions — including Fleet Technical Congress, Green Truck Summit and Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference — begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6–8.

This year’s Fleet Technical Congress program addresses critical topics such as disaster recovery planning; strategies to secure fuel supplies; using data to design work trucks; ensuring a reliable fleet power supply; and last-mile delivery.

Session highlights
Opening day of the conference features a keynote address, followed by these general sessions.

Restoration and Disaster Recovery Planning: Being Your Team’s Hero
One of the most critical and challenging elements of fleet management is preparing your fleet and team to meet unique operational demands in response to a significant disruptive event or disaster. Learn elements of recovery planning necessary to manage a smooth, effective restoration to business-as-usual after a disruptive event.

Securing Fuel Supply During Disruptions
Fuel supply disruptions are common during disasters but can also occur during localized power outages along pipeline routes and at tank farm sites. Also, due to tight U.S. fuel refinery resources, a major refinery outage can cause localized gaps in the normal supply chain. Learn how you can establish contingency plans and strategies to insulate your company from being without access to fuel.

Designing Your Next Work Truck — Make it an Acquisition, Not a Purchase
Using structured experience, intelligent analysis, and drive and duty cycle data to design your work trucks provides a more effective customer experience, longer vehicle life and higher residual value. Learn how this method can be turned into tools every fleet manager can use when acquiring their next work truck.

Critical Considerations for Restoring Equipment Without Wheels
The ability to deploy your fleet often depends on your company’s infrastructure being able to survive a disruptive event. Even with on-site fuel resources, if the power supply running your pumps or dispatch center isn’t functioning, you can’t effectively apply your fleet resources. Find out what it takes to ensure your on-site power generator runs reliably under demanding conditions.

How Last-Mile Delivery Affects Vehicle Design and Fleet Operations
Often, last-mile delivery is the most expensive and cumbersome portion of meeting heightened customer expectations. Hear how two of the delivery industry’s most forward-looking companies plan to meet this challenge with redesigned trucks, packaging and delivery methods.

Learn more
In addition to the full day of general sessions and reception on March 5, registration for Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit includes access to concurrent sessions on topics such as fleet productivity, risk mitigation, OEM chassis updates, and more; all three days of Work Truck Show exhibits; Wednesday and Thursday lunch; and access to the Ride-and-Drive on Wednesday and Thursday.

Visit worktruckshow.com/fleettechnicalcongress for more details or contact the NTEA team with questions (info@ntea.com or 800-441-6832).