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Work Truck – Issue

March 2008

Cover Story By Cindy Brauer
Ford Gets Tougher with the 2008 Super Duty

The full-size pickup boasts a new 6.4L V-8 turbodiesel engine, refined chassis and suspension, industry-leading towing capacity in the F-450, improved cargo-handling flexibility, and a quiet, more functional interior.

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Features

ServiceMaster’s staff manages an 18,096-unit fleet, predominantly light- and medium-duty trucks. Top Truck Fleets by Vehicle Segment

By Lauren Colin

The fastest growing fleet segments are light- and medium-duty trucks, vans, and SUVs. Here are the top 25 fleets in each segment.

GeoFencing Adds to Your Truck Security Arsenal

By Paul Dexler

It’s 2 p.m. Do you know where your trucks are, and, more importantly, what they are doing there? New technology can help you find out. But there can be employee relations downsides.

If the GVW is rated below 26,000 lbs., the driver does not need a commercial driver’s license. Re-rating GVWR: Why and How it's Done

By Paul Dexler

Sometimes, it is not in a fleet’s best interests to have a vehicle at a given GVWR. Changing the GVWR to a special value can be done, but the process is complicated.

Medium-Duty Truck Operating Costs Increase (Again)

By Mike Antich

The key reason for the increase was the cost of fuel, in particular, diesel fuel. This has also led to price increases for other oil-based products such as tires, which increased 4-7 percent in the past year. Other PM costs remained flat.

With Vericom’s MRM solution, Paul J. Rach Co.’s fleet management  reduced overtime, fuel cost, and nonallowed vehicle use. Telematics Solutions Help Fleets Improve Productivity & Trim Costs

By Cindy Brauer

Mobile resource management (MRM) systems allow fleet managers to track fuel transactions, streamline routing, monitor driver behavior, automate maintenance alerts, and implement other efficiency-producing functions.

A record 534 exhibitors will present their products and services during The Work Show 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The NTEA Revs Up for The Work Truck Show 2008

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The National Truck Equipment Association’s annual convention is a ‘one-stop’ marketplace for industry professionals seeking all aspects of work truck equipment, solutions, and training.

GM Moves to Fill the Cutaway Gap

By Paul Dexler

A new 14,200-lb. GVWR G-Van diesel cutaway chassis expands the platform’s capabilities in the commercial market. Potential uses include commercial trucks, ambulances, and shuttle buses.

RFID Technology Can Help Manage Fleet Loads

By Paul Dexler

Adding tiny RFID tags to incoming and outgoing cargo in trucks can help the driver and the distribution office keep track of items.

With the push of the OnStar button, drivers can obtain turn-by-turn directions, summon roadside assistance, or initiate a vehicle diagnostics check. Onstar Enhances Fleet Driver Safety & Productivity

By Cheryl Knight

Available on 27 GM truck, van, and SUV models, OnStar helps keep fleet drivers on the road and heading in the right direction. In the event of an accident, help is summoned automatically or is just one button-press away.

FleetFAQ

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

By Mike Antich
A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Never Stop Learning

By Lauren Fletcher
As we age, our cognitive skills and capabilities start to decline, some more quickly than others. Continuing to learn, whether it be something specific like a new language or continuing a college education to something more job-specific can help keep you sharper, longer.

The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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