Industry outlook.

Author:Gross, Darin
Position:Government Relations - Brief article
 
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In the future, carriers will be looking to offset rising fuel expenses. In addition to passing costs to shippers, carriers will be focusing on other options:

* Tightening supplier management

* Reducing hefty maintenance costs and improving cash flow

Carriers also cite maintenance expenses as the best area for cost savings and fleet managers will have to explore new methods for achieving greater operational and financial efficiencies.

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Fleet Enterprises, a Detroit based company, provides on-site semi-trailer maintenance services to the transportation industry. Their unique network of mobile technicians utilize information technology and the internet to provide first hand information on repair data which help fleet managers control costs and manage budgets.

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