Randy Gosson, Great Dane’s director of national accounts for AdvantEDGE, along with executives from Fleet Owner, part of Informa Business Intelligence, presented the award during a luncheon at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) annual conference held in the Netherlands Plaza Hall of Mirrors in Cincinnati OH.
Frito-Lay senior transportation managers Beth Mars and Rob Paton accepted the award.
“Great Dane was proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this year’s Private Fleet of the Year award,” Gosson said. “It was an honor to present this award to Frito-Lay, an impressively innovative company that shares Great Dane’s commitment to efficiency, sustainability and new technology.”
The Fleet Owner award considers the overall size of fleets and other factors to find the “best of the best.” The annual Fleet Owner 500: Top private fleets of 2019 list was released in conjunction with the largest private fleet gathering of the year at NPTC 2019.
“At Great Dane, we are constantly working to develop innovative solutions to help our customers achieve maximum fuel efficiency and to bring awareness to the technologies that are currently available,” Gosson said.
“So, it is encouraging to see companies like Frito-Lay, who are not only embracing the latest technology, but looking forward to create sustainable solutions for the future.”
Dallas-based Frito-Lay, which, along with its parent company, PepsiCo, operates the second largest private fleet in the US—with more than 600,000 vehicles—has shown a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Frito-Lay recently participated in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s Run on Less program to help demonstrate how the implementation of different technologies can help achieve higher levels of fuel economy, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and fuel expenditures.
The company’s fleet was an early adopter of alternative fuels such as CNG and electric vehicles, thereby enabling the fleet to reduce it diesel fuel consumption by 30% in recent years. Frito-Lay is the private fleet that operates the largest number of all-electric vehicles in the US. The company also works with charities such as Feed the Children, the United Way and the Southern Dallas Thrives initiative.