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COMPETITION WATCH: U.S. Xpress implements Cetaris’ Fleet Assistant

TORONTO, Ont. -- Cetaris has announced its Fleet Assistant maintenance management system has been adopted by U.S. X...

TORONTO, Ont. — Cetaris has announced its Fleet Assistant maintenance management system has been adopted by U.S. Xpress Enterprises.

The Fleet Assistant system features PocketPC wireless capability and allows maintenance managers to better manage their responsibilities while eliminating much of the paperwork traditionally required. It’s designed for use by technicians and parts people and Cetaris says it will further the efforts of U.S. Xpress to continue improving the maintenance efficiency of the company’s 5,500 trucks and 16,500 trailers.

U.S. Xpress worked with Cetaris to determine just how the system could improve its efficiencies and examined infrastructure requirements, system integration requirements, business requirements and stakeholder criteria for success.

“The excellent collaboration that has taken place between the U.S. Xpress and Cetaris teams allowed the requirements phase joint project team to meet their goals on time and on budget,” said Ric Bedard, president and founder of Cetaris. “A high level of mutual respect has been developed between U.S. Xpress and Cetaris.”

“Implementing the Cetaris Fleet Assistant system provides our Fleet Services team with an additional tool that will further streamline the process of effectively maintaining the equipment in our fleet,” said Jerry Elkins, U.S. Xpress vice-president of maintenance. “Time management is one of the key measurements for our operation. The Fleet Assistant system offers a host of time and communication efficiencies that will benefit our Fleet Services team and our drivers. In addition, we believe that implementing the Fleet Assistant system will provide an additional cost-control tool and, at the same time, enhance our reporting abilities.”

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