A five-day intensive educational program covering fleet finance, operations, safety, human resources, and maintenance and equipment will be held on Jan. 16-20 by the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) during its annual Private Fleet Management Institute. The meeting will also offer a separate full-day workshop for those planning to take the Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) certification examination on Feb. 13, 2010.
Faculty for the institute will be drawn from private fleet professionals, who will lead workshops, panel discussions, lectures and interactive training sessions, according to the association.
Specific sessions will focus on: network analysis; supply chain integration and strategic partnerships; justifying the private fleet through proper costing methodologies; building, enhancing and sustaining a culture of excellence; best practices in customer service; fleet planning; benchmarking strategies to improve the private fleet; and transportation alternatives.
Concentration on financial strategies for the private fleet executive, other sessions will include communicating private fleet value; accounting procedures; financial models for the private fleet; profit center vs. expense center; financial reporting and budgeting; key performance indicators; and return on investment measures.
The Institute will also feature an in-depth look at maintenance strategies for the private fleet including establishing a system for compliance; managing multiple sites; trade cycle strategies; spec’ing best practices; improving fuel economy; and outsourcing strategies.
In addition, the training will address recruiting, hiring, and development of drivers, in addition to offering a session on driver compensation, incentives and scorecards. On the safety front, attendees will learn the basics of how to develop an effective safety program and how to survive a DOT compliance review.