The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

September 2014

Cover Story
2015-MY Trucks are Upping the Performance Ante
By Chris Wolski

For the 2015 model-year, fleets will continue to have a wide range of truck types to choose from to meet their specific vehicle needs. Among the trends for the upcoming model year are increased towing and payload capacities and more fuel efficiency.

Features

Saving Time & Money at Auctions Through the use of online marketplaces, such as TruckPlanet, fleets can buy and sell vehicles from the convenience of their offices, saving time and reducing expenses. Sellers are able to reach a larger audience, while buyers find more selection than at a physical auction. (PHOTO: TruckPlanet)

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing commercial trucks online can save fleets time and money typically spent transporting trucks to physical auctions.

25 Ways to Save Fuel in Medium-Duty Trucks

By HDT Magazine Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain to the fuel you buy to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Medium-Duty Fleets Look for Alternative Drivetrain 'Holy Grail'

By Grant Gerke & Lauren Fletcher

Following early deployments of pure electrics or hybrids, fleets examine new medium-duty hybrid plug-in vehicles for the “right fit.”

Forecast of Class 4-7 Truck Resale Market: Status Quo

By Charles Pannunzio

After a steeper decline to start 2014, depreciation is expected to settle into the range of 1 percent to 1.5 percent per month for the rest of the year.

Rightsizing for Regulatory Purposes

By Lauren Fletcher

Any fleet that operates vehicles rated above 10,000-pounds GVWR is being impacted by regulatory compliance concerns. As always, fleet managers are finding creative ways to make it all work.

Departments

Innovation Spotlight: Silver Moon Brewing The vehicle graphics on the Moon Rover are bold and eye-catching, working to serve as a mobile billboard when the vehicle hits the road for local events, including fund-raisers and races. (PHOTO: Silver Moon Brewing)

By Lauren Fletcher

The front-wheel-drive, full-size cargo van is ideal for the small brewery’s goal of shaking things up, and is the foundation of a one-of-a-kind upfit.

Blog

Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2015 Subaru Outback

By Stephane Babcock
The look of the new (fifth generation) Outback is a steer away from the past wagon-like look of the vehicle. It has more modern lines and a matching interior. I could see how this remodeled compact SUV could do well in rougher terrain.

2014 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van

By Stephane Babcock

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is used almost synonymously with downsizing; however, just look at the two words and you can immediately see that they are not the same.

What Drives You to be a Better Fleet Manager?

By Lauren Fletcher

Market Trends

Mike Antich
OEMs Improve Quality Hold Process, But More Needs to be Done to Avoid Backlogs

By Mike Antich
The good news is the management of quality holds by OEMs has improved tremendously in the 2014-MY. However, much more still needs to be done. As has been the case for the past several model-years, lengthening OEM quality holds continue to adversely impact fleet order-to-delivery (OTD) times by incurring added costs due to missed residual timing, repair costs to older vehicles still in service, and rental expenses

Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

By Mike Antich

Small Fleets – Big Challenges

Gary Lykins
Encouraging Ownership Among Employees

By Gary Lykins
Typically, a small fleet will have fewer people performing more duties, and that requires a staff that understands the magnitude of their responsibilities.

"Making" it Green

By Gary Lykins

Anonymous Public Fleet Manager

Anonymous  Author
Micromanaging Fleet Operations

By Anonymous Author
In the past few weeks, several veteran fleet managers have vented to me, voicing frustration with their directors’ micromanaging fleet operations. Some of these requests and orders run contrary to best fleet practices and may even be politically motivated.

The True Cost of Rework

By Anonymous Author

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Work Truck - January/February 2014

In This Issue:
Here are the Highlights

  • Ram ProMaster Arrives on the Scene
  • The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance
  • New Van & Truck Products to Re-Energize the Uplift Market
    And much more…