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Work Truck Show educational sessions provide fleet management essentials

In addition to a 500,000-square-foot trade show floor featuring the newest vocational trucks, vans and equipment, The Work Truck Show 2015 includes a full slate of educational sessions offered in surrounding meeting rooms. It is during these exclusive sessions that attendees can learn the latest strategies for maximizing return-on-investment, evaluating new technology, controlling costs and better serving customers.

The Work Truck Show 2015 will be held March 4–6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, begins March 3.

“The Work Truck Show’s educational sessions provide opportunities for attendees to learn how to improve their operations using input from work truck industry leaders and experts,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “We’ve sharpened the focus of many of these sessions to give specific answers to the most pressing challenges faced by fleet managers. By participating in the educational sessions, attendees can learn about the newest strategies fleets are using to improve performance and reduce costs.”

The new “Fleet Management 101: Fundamentals of Truck Fleet Management” workshop provides a thorough introduction to the most important elements of an effective fleet management program. It highlights outsourcing and supplier management, analytics, benchmarking, vehicle cost and replacement, and safety. This session is led by senior representatives from Mercury Associates, Inc., the largest dedicated fleet management consulting firm in North America. It is held March 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Individual sessions held on March 4 and 5 provide in-depth looks at decision-making processes fleet operators follow to implement changes. These include “Lease or Capital Purchase – Identifying the Best Option for Fleets,” “Strategies and Techniques for Rightsizing Your Fleet,” “Utilizing Life-Cycle Cost Analysis as a Selling or Purchasing Strategy,” and “Fleet Performance Measurement and Benchmarking.”

For government fleet operators who must balance the need to provide the best possible service with the financial realities of their agencies and taxpayers, the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will host a two-part training course on truck specification development and life-cycle cost analysis. The “Indiana LTAP Fleet Educational Program” Special Session provides strategies for developing truck chassis specifications, evaluating bids, and determining real ROI to ensure a positive outcome for any equipment purchase. The Special Session takes place March 5, 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Extensive education on clean vehicle topics is offered at the Green Truck Summit, the only alternative fuel and technology conference held in conjunction with the largest dedicated vocational truck event in North America. The two-day Green Truck Summit features general and breakout sessions that cover alternative fuel and advanced technology trends and implementation success stories.

Work Truck Show learning opportunities also include Chassis Update sessions, in which the world’s leading work truck chassis manufacturers present product line developments and new technical information.

Conference registration is required to attend concurrent educational sessions. Separate tickets must be purchased for the Green Truck Summit and Special Sessions. Green Truck Summit registration is also included in the Work Truck Show & Green Truck Summit Complete Event Package. The full list of educational sessions is available at www.ntea.com/worktruckshow/educationalsessions

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