CHERRY HILL, N.J. (May 17, 2001)–AmeriQuest Corp., a provider of transportation and logistics products and services for the fleet management industry, and the National Grocers Association have agreed to offer an on-line procurement service for N.G.A. members and affiliates operating commercial fleets.
The service includes tires and retreads and is supported by Bandag Inc., Continental Tire North America, Goodyear and Yokohama Tire Corp.
AmeriQuest and N.G.A. are offering the program to retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and service suppliers representing approximately 40,000 trucks, tractors and trailers.
With these additional transportation units, AmeriQuest claims to have aggregated purchasing power of nearly 10 percent of the nation´s commercial surface fleet.
``Members and affiliates of N.G.A. participating in the N.G.A.-AmeriQuest B2B e-commerce purchasing service will have access to similar pricing and economies of scale previously available only to the nation´s largest fleets,´´ said Thomas K. Zaucha, President and CEO of N.G.A.
The service, to be launched this spring, will be based on a Web site developed by the two groups and accessible through the N.G.A. site. It will offer participants free Internet buying, tracking and paperless commerce, according to Stuart Zlotnikoff, president of N.G.A. Service Association.
Privately held AmeriQuest Transportation and Logistics Resources operates from more than 450 locations and claims to represent the direct purchasing power of more than 230,000 trucks and 100 aggregated fleets.
“With the addition of the fleets in the N.G.A. community, AmeriQuest is making marked progress toward becoming the world´s largest aggregated buyer of transportation products and equipment. This will help us extend our buying power and provide even more value to our commercial users,” said Doug Clark, President and CEO, AmeriQuest.
Among AmeriQuest's activities is FleetXchang.com, which is a wholly owned subsidiary.