Paccar, the folks who build Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, among other products, came out at the very top of PC Week Magazine's 1999 Fast-Track 500 listings. United Parcel Service took fourth place. That places Paccar and UPS ahead of most U.S. companies in adapting to new, Internet-oriented technologies -- at least to the editors of PC Week.
But they ought to know. The magazine, based in Medford, MA, is one of the oldest and most respected in the digital technology field, in touch with a broad cross-section of the business community. Among the business giants behind Paccar and UPS are such technology giants as MCI WorldCom, Silicon Graphics. and Motorola.
According to PC Week, Paccar earned the top spot for aggressive initiatives across a broad spectrum of information systems. For instance, Paccar is the first truck maker to join the ANX (Automotive Network Exchange), a global network of auto makers and suppliers. It is also using the Internet to better serve customers and its dealer network.
UPS has long been a pioneer in instant electronic communications, from driver to dispatch to customer. It also led the way in Internet-based shipment tracking and many other customer services.