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Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

September 10, 2014

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

So far in 2014, I have heard a few resounding themes: driver safety and the reduction of distracted driving behaviors, continued digging into the viability of alternative-fuel vehicles, and, not surprisingly, fleet rightsizing for a variety of reasons.

One of the strongest messages this year on the truck side of fleet this year, however, related to fleet rightsizing. Looking through past articles and quotes from 2014, I typically see rightsizing used almost synonymously with downsizing; however, just look at the two words and you can immediately see that they are not the same.

Rightsizing means finding the correct balance of fleet vehicles required to support an organization, which may not automatically equal a reduced fleet size; while downsizing is the act of reducing the size of your vehicle fleet to improve usage.

When rightsizing a fleet, it’s true that many fleets will find the need to downsize their vehicle operations to ensure optimum performance and limited vehicle downtime; however, I located stories where a few fleet managers mentioned the need to actually increase the number of fleet vehicles and drivers in their rightsizing effort, which resulted in the downsizing of territories instead. In these cases, drivers were able to accomplish more calls, with less downtime on the road between clients, and less wear-and-tear on the vehicles, which ended up saving money.

What rightsizing efforts have you made within your fleet?  Have you found that rightsizing meant an increase in your fleet size, or has it always equaled downsizing?

Let me know what you have experienced!

Lauren Fletcher
[email protected]


  1. 1. Allen Mitchell [ September 11, 2014 @ 02:44PM ]


    You have hit the nail on the head. "Right sizing" is not the same as "downsizing." Right sizing is synonymous with "fleet optimization" and Down sizing refers only to one possible sub-set of "right sizing." It is possible with right sizing to increase one segment of the fleet that may be under-represented without consideration of its operating parameters.. Costs and operating statistics will determine whether a type of vehicle is under-represented.

  2. 2. Gary lykins [ February 06, 2015 @ 11:37AM ]

    Spot on. It can be difficult to talk someone down from V8 pick-up truck while at the same telling them they need a bigger line haul truck to reduce trips. Numbers, numbers, numbers.

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Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the Executive Editor of Work Truck Magazine. Over the past 10 years, Fletcher has written and edited for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Business Driver magazines. A hot rod enthusiast from a young age, Fletcher has a fascination with cars and a love of trucks, from the classics to the new releases.

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