(Jan. 24) Xata Corp. has added the owner of North America’s largest private truck fleet to its list of clients.

Sysco Corp. plans to begin using Xatanet — Xata’s Web-based fleet optimization tool — sometime during the first quarter for its fleet of more than 9,000 vehicles, said Toni Spigelmyer, director of media relations for the Houston-based foodservice giant.

Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Xata launched Xatanet in 2004. Marketing and communications specialist Karl Nilsson said the company is working with 34 of the nation’s top 100 private fleets, including Columbia, Md.-based U.S. Foodservice.

“It validates that our strategy and our product are what the market is looking for,” he said.

Xatanet 4.0 was rolled out in October. The newest version of the fleet management system has more than a dozen improvements, including SmartChecks. That feature sends critical data and performance information, including driver delays and schedule variances, to fleet managers via e-mail, phone or pager.

The Exceptions feature allows users to set defined limits, and fleet managers are alerted to driver log violations, low fuel economy and excessive idle time. The system also can gather and store data for the entire fleet and track delivery time, miles per gallon (by driver or truck) and idle time.

Spigelmyer said Sysco was still determining how Xatanet will be rolled out across the company.

Brian Sturgeon, president and chief executive officer of FreshPoint Inc., Sysco’s Houston-based produce distribution company, could not be reached for comment.