It’s Maintenance Awareness Month!

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Week 3 Maintenance Team Shout Out Winner!

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Congratulations to Jessica S., Maintenance Clerk, in Jefferson City, MO, for her winning shout out:

“I would like to give a huge shout out to our Maintenance Team. Our technicians go above and beyond to ensure drivers are driving safe trucks that run well. Bruce, JD and Don are amazing co-workers.  Our Manager, Matt, and Supervisor, Grant, work hard to make sure our whole team feels appreciated and makes safety a #1 priority. I am proud to be a part of this Maintenance Team.”

Jessica won a Company Store gift basket worth over $75.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Shout Out during Maintenance Awareness Month! Also, thank you to those of you who participated in the OneFleet quiz! The winner of the quiz is Robert H., Commercial Lead Driver, Cape Cod, MA.  He wins a Company Store gift basket worth over $75.
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Maintenance in 2019

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] As Maintenance Awareness Month winds down, it’s clear how crucial proper maintenance is to our business and our customers. Throughout this past month, we’ve had a Companywide focus with a variety of articles, quizzes and other content to create a stronger understanding of just how important maintenance and all involved are to our business.

Achieving OneFleet will enable us to be Route Ready: One Driver. One Truck. One Route. Our customers and employees count on us to get this right. We’re working to create more visibility around the things that matter. In 2019, we’ll be focused on …

5 Star improvement. It’s our goal to move all our shops to 4 and 5 Star status. Right now, only about 17% of our shops are 5 Star. In 2019, we’re going to focus on this by working with each shop at different levels through development plans and taking a hands-on approach to reach our goal.  

Warranty. To say there is a huge benefit when we turn in warranty work is an understatement. Turning in work and collecting on warranty saves us money and time. In 2019, we’re aiming to recover more than $30 million dollars.

Data integrity. Familiar with the saying – “You get what you give?” This statement holds true when it comes to the data we put into our systems and having it be valid is a non-negotiable for our fleet. We can’t make strong business decisions without good data.

Good fleet maintenance happens when drivers and technicians work together. It happens when we follow the standards of OneFleet. We’ve made great strides on our OneFleet journey, and as 2019 approaches, we’ll continue that growth as we progress to all 4 and 5 Star shops.
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Week 2 Maintenance Team Shout Out Winner!

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Congratulations to Noel M., Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, in San Antonio, TX, for his winning shout out:

“During this Maintenance Appreciation Month, I would like to recognize the San Antonio Maintenance Team for their dedication to excellence. This team has overcome great hurdles in 2018, with shop construction including working outside during difficult weather, tight parking spaces, far and odd travels to find trucks, and much more. Through it all they have remained in good spirits delivering continuous and reliable work.”

Noel won a Company Store gift basket worth over $75.

Email your maintenance team shout out to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com. Each week during Maintenance Awareness Month, we’ll feature a new shout out winner, so recognize your team today!
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Fleet Maintenance – A Driver’s Perspective

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Side-Load Behind-the-Wheel Instructor
Buckeye, Arizona
With Republic since February 2015
[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Why is fleet maintenance important to our business?
Fleet maintenance is important for the safety of our drivers and customers. It also helps us ensure the public presentation of our trucks as they represent Republic on the road every day. I pride myself in driving in a clean and orderly vehicle.

What role does OneFleet play in maintenance and operations?
The OneFleet program helps keep all aspects of Company vehicles, including tires and operating equipment, in top running order for safety purposes and cost efficiency.

Why do you think driver/technician collaboration/communication is important?
The importance of safety and properly maintained vehicles is crucial and communication between the driver and technician helps to ensure this is accomplished.

What are the challenges of your role as it pertains to maintenance, and how have you tried to overcome these challenges?
Proper description of the potential issue, such as a strange noise, vibration, hydraulic system, unknown oil leaks or any malfunctioning components can be difficult to communicate. To overcome this, I am continuously communicating with the technician. I want to learn as much as possible about the vehicles I drive on my daily route, so that I can better communicate what might be the issue.

What role do vehicle condition reports (VCRs) play in fleet maintenance?
VCRs help to keep the communication between drivers and technicians flowing for safety purposes. These reports also help maintain documentation of any problems, issues or concerns for Company equipment.

Why do you think Daily Huddles are important?
Daily Huddles allow for continued improvement with safety concerns and education of Company policies and procedures. This communication is crucial for ensuring proper Company protocol is followed and keep us proficient in each other’s roles and routes. Daily Huddles also help with employee morale. It’s a good feeling when our fleet has very few issues and is standing tall.

In your opinion, what is the key to good fleet maintenance?
Good maintenance happens when you keep the lines of communication open for all involved, such as administration, technicians and drivers. Education of all employees in the operation of vehicles and Company policies is very important when it comes to fleet maintenance. I cannot stress enough the importance of knowledge and education.  The more I know about the operation and maintenance of my vehicle, the more confident I am in the performance of my job and for the safety of all concerned.
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Week 1 Maintenance Team Shout Out Winner!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Congratulations to Bonnie B., Maintenance Shop Clerk, in Houston, TX, for her winning shout out:

“Great big shout out to Humberto J. for making sparks fly to keep our trucks up and running and saving money. Way to go Humberto and thank you for all you do!!”

Bonnie won a Company Store gift basket worth over $75.

Email your maintenance team shout out to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com. Each week during Maintenance Awareness Month, we’ll feature a new shout out winner, so recognize your team today!
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Fleet Maintenance – A Technician’s Perspective

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Technician and 2017 ROAD-EO Winner
Lexington, KY
With Republic since October 2005
[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Why is fleet maintenance important to our business?
Good fleet maintenance helps service our customers safely, adequately and promptly. A strong focus on preventive maintenance is a must and helps us identify issues that could potentially impact our ability to service our customers.

What role does OneFleet play in maintenance and operations?
OneFleet promotes safety and dependability while simultaneously driving a partnership between Maintenance and Operations.

Why do you think driver/technician collaboration is important?
The Operations team is considered a customer to the Maintenance team. This relationship promotes effective communication and collaboration to maintain our equipment and keep our fleet standing tall.

What are the challenges of your role as it pertains to maintenance, and how have you overcome them?
Parts availability from dealerships, outside service dependability from dealerships and having enough work hours to complete repairs. To help with this, I work to be proactive so that parts are ordered in a timely fashion and ensure communication between technicians to correctly diagnose defects. It’s also a good idea to foster good relationships with outside vendors.

In your opinion, what is the key to good fleet maintenance?
Solid leadership and hiring qualified and properly trained technicians. These make a world of difference.

Why are Daily Huddles important?
These meetings provide a line of communication between first and second shift. It’s vital for second shift to know what has transpired during the day. Daily Huddles also help with workplace togetherness, finding a common ground and advance planning to share what needs to be done.
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3 Reasons Daily Huddles Matter

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Communication is key in just about everything we do, and it plays a vital role when it comes to maintaining our massive fleet. It takes drivers and technicians collaborating to ensure our trucks are route ready every day. To help facilitate that collaboration and communication, we host ‘Daily Huddle’ meetings in the field. Taking just 15 minutes every day can make a real difference in keeping our fleet on the road and servicing customers.

Below are the top three reasons these meetings matter and why we value them when it comes to maintaining our fleet.

  1. Review performance and plan for the future. Sometimes it’s tough to pull away from a project when you are in the thick of something, but Daily Huddles have must-know information for both operations and maintenance and are a great venue for getting people to communicate and collaborate on solutions for the local BU.
  2. Provide an opportunity to address issues. Both operations and maintenance report on facts and relevant performance issues in our Daily Huddles. General Managers lead the meetings and are responsible for keeping them concise.
  3. Share a daily glance on fleet health and operational planning. Without proper maintenance, our fleet doesn’t run, and without proper VCR documentation our shop can’t fix the problems.  The metrics shared are at a high level and actionable. Daily Huddles help us keep a pulse on what issues need to be addressed to keep our fleet route ready.
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Test Your OneFleet Knowledge - Win Prizes!

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] You’ve probably heard the term OneFleet …a lot, but how much do you really know? Test your OneFleet I.Q. with this quick quiz as we celebrate Maintenance Awareness Month. Email your score (ex. 3 correct out of 4) to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com for your chance to win some company swag!
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The Non-Negotiables of OneFleet

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Without our fleet, we can’t service our 14 million customers every day – plain and simple. Fleet maintenance is the cornerstone of our business and when it comes to maintaining the 7th largest vocational fleet in the country, standardization is key. It’s what it takes to keep our fleet Route Ready, and it’s why we created OneFleet and our 5 Star shop designation.

In 2012, we initiated OneFleet - a collection of standards, processes, practices and metrics aimed at providing superior service to our customers – both internal and external. It includes maintenance and operations, and its success is dependent on both. From coast to coast, our shops use the same standards to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet.

OneFleet is based upon several non-negotiable elements:

  1. 100% compliance with preventive maintenance (PM). Getting PM right means we’re proactively protecting our equipment investment, and at over $300k per truck, that investment is substantial.
  2. Ensuring timely, professional repairs. If it’s broken, we fix it. It’s the right thing to do and the way we protect our employees, customers and the communities we serve.
  3. Completing daily vehicle condition reports (VCRs). Pre and post route inspections facilitate driver and technician collaboration while keeping our fleet operating smoothly.

Using quality data to make good decisions. We rely on solid data to make good fleet and operations decisions. Identifying trends, the ability to predict the future and knowing when to retire a vehicle are vital to the success of OneFleet.
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Benefits of OneFleet

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  • Improves fleet reliability with well-maintained vehicles through professional repairs

  • Promotes safety

  • Better communication and collaboration amongst leadership

  • Improves productivity

  • Creates a highly-engaged workforce

  • Reduces employee turnover

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It’s Maintenance Awareness Month!

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For many years, we have been on the OneFleet journey to dramatically improve our fleet reliability and availability. Achieving this will enable us to be Route Ready, described as. “One Driver. One Truck. One Route.” Our customers count on us to get this right.

While there are many success stories of maintenance shops maintaining high OneFleet standards and delivering on performance expectations day in and day out, other shops are not where they need to be, and we must remain committed to improving these shops quickly. With this in mind, we are designating November 19 – December 19 as Maintenance Awareness Month. To learn why maintenance matters, click here to watch a short video.

We have some of the best employees under the hood and behind the wheel, and we encourage everyone to celebrate Maintenance Awareness Month in honor of the hard work they do, and our goal to achieve OneFleet! Check back frequently this month to learn more about our maintenance shops, OneFleet and your chance to win prizes!
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Win a Prize by sharing a Maintenance Team Shout Out!

Email your maintenance team shout out to BlueNation@RepublicServices.com. Each week during Maintenance Awareness Month, we’ll feature a new shout out winner, so recognize your maintenance team today!

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