FORT LAUDERDALE (September 7, 2022)Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and life cycle cost management (LCCM) announced today that Al Barner, CTP, Senior Vice President of Strategic Fleet Solutions, will be presenting at the IFDA Distributions Solutions Conference at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. Barner will host an innovation lab to discuss the best practices and tips on how to overcome today’s biggest challenges in transportation on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11:00 am to 11:45am EST.

As food distributor fleets continue to deal with challenges, including truck and driver shortages, logistical changes, asset management hurdles, and inflation, it has never been more important for leading fleets to understand how these challenges impact their organizational bottom lines. Barner will discuss why fleets need to pay closer attention to maintenance and repair (M&R) spend to not only keep existing trucks on the road and on time, but keep drivers happy.

The timely topic coincides with a growing number of ongoing supply chain issues plaguing the heavy-duty truck industry, including a lack of build slots for Class-8 vehicles. Leading fleets are now focusing more on shortening their trade cycles, which positively impacts several areas of their organizations.

Barner’s session will also cover how leading fleets are utilizing “back to basics” strategies with best fuel and maintenance protocols. He will discuss how focusing on shorter asset life cycles will lower these organizations’ Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and improve residual positions on the asset. Session attendees will learn how more frequent truck replenish cycles ensure fleets are spec’ing trucks with advanced safety equipment, which improves driver retention and recruitment efforts.

“Right now the industry needs to hear from credible, trusted voices on how companies can overcome ongoing challenges to ensure long-term success at this year’s IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference,” said Fleet Advantage Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Katerina Jones. “In addition to Al’s vast industry knowledge and expertise, Fleet Advantage has proven, innovative solutions to address industry-wide issues affecting fleet operations. We are dedicated and committed to helping more organizations monitor their fleet performance to maintain long-term competitive gains.”

Barner is a Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) and possesses over 24 years of industry experience in business development and management of national accounts for national private fleets. Barner joined Fleet Advantage in 2010 and is responsible for providing solutions for life cycle asset management and financing of class 8 tractors and trailers. He has specific expertise in structuring complex finance and service offerings in the transportation marketplace.

To learn more about the best practices and tips to overcome today’s challenges in transportation, conference attendees can visit Fleet Advantage at booth #607 for a complimentary Fleet Service Audit and complete a survey for a chance to win a brand new iPad.

About Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage is the largest independent lessor for heavy-duty Class-8 trucks and has over $1.8 Billion assets under its Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) program for more than 50 customers which includes America’s top corporate fleets, including five (5) of the top 10 private fleets in the country. Fleet Advantage guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing fleet asset management, financing solutions, and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety. Our model of TCO, clean diesel, and safety-enhanced trucks with shorter life cycles complement our customers’ ESG goals. The accomplishments of Fleet Advantage and our leadership team continue to be recognized for tremendous growth and industry leadership with numerous awards, including Top Private Independent and Most Innovative Firm by the Monitor Daily, Top Software & Tech Awards, Top Women Associates in Finance, and Green Supply Chain Awards to name a few. The company has also been named to Inc. magazine’s 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation, and CEO John Flynn was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida – Emerging Category award.