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Maines Seeks To Improve Fleet Efficiency Via New Management Software

CONKLIN, NY (October 5, 2012)—Fleet Advantage has successfully deployed its proprietary data-driven lifecycle management initiative with Maines Paper & Food Service Inc, headquartered in Conklin NY.

“We are always seeking better ways to serve our customers and reduce costs,” said Terry Walsh, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maines. “Fleet Advantage demonstrated innovative ways to reduce our overall cost of ownership with their comprehensive analytics and their lifecycle management software.”

Walsh said Maines has also reduced fuel consumption as the result of several spec changes in new equipment and is poised to take advantage of government-mandated fuel economy improvements and future technology advancements through use of Fleet Advantage’s flexible financing options.

“Along with improved efficiency on our road equipment, we also see administration and analytics benefits at headquarters, with tools such as the online portal that allows us to access data in one place,” said Walsh. “Fleet Advantage’s early execution has been above our expectations and has already reduced our operating costs significantly.”

Fleet Advantage provides Maines with an extensive range of services using "big data"—a technology term referencing the profusion of data now available to businesses and the emerging analytics platforms for processing that data—to achieve the lowest cost of ownership (LCO), with the added benefit of helping the company achieve corporate sustainability goals.

The Maines fleet includes more than 500 refrigerated trailers and 400 tractors. Sixty-seven percent of the tractors are new 2012-13 model years and are powered by clean diesel technology with idle reduction technologies as well as safety systems including collision avoidance and lane departure technology. The company has ranked in the top 300 of Forbes’ America’s Largest Private Companies list since 2004 and is the seventh largest independent foodservice distributor in the United States with annual revenue of approximately $3 billion.

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