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Q & A with Sarah Mogk of Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, WA.


Since starting its leasing agreement with PacLease two years ago, I understand that Costco has improved its fuel economy by 3.5 percent and boosted driver satisfaction substantially. How did you accomplish this?

Mogk: PacLease came in with a very good bid process. They did what they needed to do to understand our business and needs. Fuel mileage was a major consideration and they did a great job spec'ing the right trucks for us.

We actually went through a line-by-line spec review process with PacLease, Kenworth and Costco fleet managers and fleet drivers. PacLease and Kenworth went through each spec, and explained every nuance to our fleet managers.

We looked at each fleet's individual topography, climate, payload, etc. to ensure we were spec'ing the right truck for them. For example, we ended up with different engines in California and. Florida. Costco fleet managers in California worked with PacLease and Kenworth to fit T800s with Caterpillar C15 435 horsepower engines, Eaton transmissions and Spicer axles. Florida, being virtually flat, did not need the horsepower of the trucks traveling in California.

Also, in asking ourselves what the overall "right" spec was, we looked into the use of the super single wide tire, which we are now using on both the tractors and trailers. Since the tires create less drag, we are increasing our fuel efficiency with the use ofthis tire as well. — Leonard Klie

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