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Work Truck – Issue

November 2014

Cover Story By Mike Antich
The State of the Market for Class 3-4 Trucks, Vans

The forecast is for Class 3-4 truck sales in CY-2015 to remain strong. Many fleets are increasing order volumes, moving away from past slow replacement schedules. The debut of 2015 products promises to further stimulate growth.

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Features

Utilizing telematics can help extend a vehicle’s lifecycle by helping ensure optimal vehicle utilization. (SOURCE: VERIZON NETWORKFLEET) How to Cost-Effectively Manage a High-Mileage Truck Fleet

By Sean Lyden

Better vehicle quality and the economic crisis of 2008-2009 have both impacted what most view as the traditional lifecycle for a truck fleet.

Lifecycle cost tools, such as the one illustrated here by E3 fleet, can help fleet managers determine the optimal replacement time frame for trucks, based on important factors. (SOURCE: FRASER BASIN COUNCIL 2006) Determining the Optimal Lifecycle for Truck Fleets

By Staff

Waiting too long can result in unnecessary wear-and-tear, expense, and lost productivity. Making the decision too soon can result in higher capital expenses and depreciation costs. The key is finding the perfect balance.

UPS Sets Aggressive Emissions-Reduction Goals

By Staff

Reaching its emissions-reduction goals of 10 percent three years early, the parcel delivery fleet has upped its goals to achieve a 20-percent reduction by 2020.

While an extreme example of an overloaded truck, fleet managers must be aware of the obvious dangers of carrying too much material. Avoid the 'If-it-Fits-it-Ships' Trap

By Sean Lyden

Overloading can have serious consequences for truck fleets ranging from accidents to increased maintenance costs to DOT citations. Make sure fleet trucks are properly spec’d and that drivers avoid “pack-ratting” tools and other supplies.

Photo of 2015-MY Freightliner M2106 courtesy of Daimler. Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks

By Mike Antich

The Class 5-6 truck market is very similar to the Class 3-4 market and shares many of the same trends. Among the key trends driving this market are fuel spend, downsizing, the growing receptivity to telematics devices, and funding.

Departments

Emptying the truck of all interior storage helped allow more room for food. An awning was added, as well as a window to accept donations and a metal table was installed for anyone working the donation window. (PHOTO: FINNEGANS REVERSE FOOD TRUCK) Innovation Spotlight: Reversing the Food Truck Concept

By Lauren Fletcher

One business took innovation to a new level with a fresh take on an old favorite. Utilizing a 1983 Chevrolet Step Van had its challenges, but the end result was worth the effort.

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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