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Work Truck – Issue

July 2012

Cover Story By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski
Unique Vocational Applications & Upfits

Due to the unique needs of individual fleets, OEMs offer a range of specialized vocational upfits.

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Features

Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Cargo Van Market

By Sean Lyden

After decades of few models and even fewer options, the cargo van market is beginning to capture the attention and fill the needs of fleet managers.

5 Keys to Managing Effective Fleet Supplier Relationships

By Staff

Working with vendors is a significant part of a fleet manager’s job. Here are several tips for effectively managing those relationships.

Total trucks leased and managed by the top 10 truck leasing companies are illustrated above, totalling more than 2.2 million trucks. Commercial Truck Leasing: What Fleet Managers Should Know

By Staff

Learn what leasing is, how it works, and what to consider before signing a lease agreement.

A simple fender bender can be a time-consuming and costly event. The CEI Group saved the client approximately 30 percent through use of an aftermarket bumper for the repair. Outsourcing to Reduce Truck Fleet Accident Costs

By Luann Dunkerley

Reduced downtime, priority service, increased visibility of accident costs and trends, and additional benefits can be realized by outsourcing some administrative services.

ARS Technicians Get a Hoist with New Vehicle Lift

By Cheryl Knight

After making the switch to a new strap hoist vehicle lift, American Residential Services (ARS) has reduced technician injuries, increased productivity, lightened vehicle loads, and improved portability.

Shifting Class 3-8 Resale Market

By Mike Butsch

Because of historically high resale rates, most commercial fleets no longer sell out-of-service Class 3-8 trucks to their employees.

The big Apple Circus’ Tom Larson manages a fleet that includes 10 Ford F-350 pickups. The Juggler: Big Apple Circus Takes the Show on the Road

By Tariq Kamal

Transporting the Big Apple Circus requires a big top’s worth of planning. Learn how Tom Larson and his crew take the show on the road.

Departments

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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