abbvie 01Drug maker AbbVie shifted its fleet management to a global perspective and reduced its supplier base to leverage buying power.

By Tim O’Connor

On Steven Bair’s first day as the global fleet manager of AbbVie on Jan. 1, 2013, the pharmaceutical company separated from healthcare giant Abbot Laboratories. Bair had no prior fleet experience, so he and his fleet and travel analyst, Samantha Johnson, immediately began to build the new department from the ground up.


RokstadRokstad Power is expanding its fleet to keep up with the demands of the transmission line market.

By Tim O’Connor

One of the biggest challenges for fleet operations is the idling of diesel engines not designed for extensive idling. Idling is especially problematic for companies who have crews out in the field for upward of eight hours at a time like Rokstad Power, which erects and maintains transmission lines across the United States and Canada. To combat the pollution and wear of continuously running engines, Rokstad Power launched its Clean Air Challenge to encourage employees to turn off the ignition.

SunocoSunoco Transportation worked with truck and trailer OEMs to reduce vehicle weight and increase payload.

By Tim O’Connor

Bob Manchester, senior director of transportation operations at Sunoco, says the three pillars of his organization – safety, customer service excellence and efficiency – are intricately linked. If one gets weak or breaks, it affects everything. 


Piedmont AirlinesPiedmont Airlines combats the pilot shortage by offering aggressive incentives while investing in training and jet aircraft.

By Tim O’Connor

There was a time when being a passenger airline pilot was one of the most desired jobs in America, but that is no longer true. Competition for new pilots is driving operators such as Piedmont Airlines to become more aggressive in recruiting and incentivizing the next generation of aviators. “Our growth is limited by the number of pilots we can hire and train,” Piedmont CEO and President Lyle Hogg explains.

PG and EPacific Gas & Electric Company leads the charge in advancing technology to create electric and hybrid utility vehicles to eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases.

By Stephanie Crets

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. The company provides its services to approximately 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Much of that service wouldn’t be possible without the transportation and aviation services department, with vehicles that go into the field every day to service outages and take care of other customer needs.


Nestlé has thrived over the past 150 years by continuing to evolve with its consumers.
By Alan Dorich

For 150 years, Nestlé has been a leader in the food and beverage category with a portfolio of more than 2,000 brands today. “Nestlé has established a strong history of leading the way in the industry,” National Fleet Manager Mark Shagoury says.

Based in Vevey, Switzerland, the company’s lines touch nearly every food and beverage category, including bottled water, chocolate, pizza, ice cream and pet food.

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Five Star Food Service focuses on meeting the food and beverage needs of its customers while becoming more efficient in its daily operations.

By Janice Hoppe

Five Star Food Service hangs its hat on being customer service-oriented because it can’t sell product that is not in its vending machine or Avenue C micro-markets. “We want to make sure that when your associates want a bottled beverage, that bottled beverage is there to buy,” Corporate Fleet Manager Grayson Wood says. “It’s how our operation functions that sets us apart from companies. Customers for life are never given, always earned.”

The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company was founded in 1993 as an acquisition company with 26 branches in eight states. In 2008, Five Star Food Service became a franchise of Canteen, the largest vending services company in the United States with more than 200 company and franchise locations servicing 48 states.

Since then, Five Star Food Service has grown into one of the largest full-line vending, micro-market, office coffee and foodservice providers in the country. The company has a dominating presence across the Southeast, including in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. “We work hard and pride ourselves on providing our customers with the food and refreshment solutions that meet their exact needs while delivering their employees and guests a delicious, satisfying experience,” the company says.

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