The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

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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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.


Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher