The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

November 2014

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

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.

Features

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

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.

Determining the Optimal Lifecycle for Truck Fleets 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)

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.

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

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.

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

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

Innovation Spotlight: Reversing the Food Truck Concept 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)

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.

Blog

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

By Chris Wolski
Yes, for fleets, the Colorado is fundamentally a truck, designed for a specific, utilitarian purpose, but Chevrolet also didn’t forget the driver—hence it’s the perfect melding of form and function.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

By Mike Antich

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
Ruminating About the Medium-Duty Truck Market

By Mike Antich
As we approach the start of a new calendar-year, it is inevitable that we take a look at where we’ve been and where we are going. I'll start by examining the evolution of the medium-duty truck market over the past 45 years and then identify the key trends that will influence product design in future model-years.

10 Factors Driving Commercial Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions

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 - November/ December 2013

In This Issue:
Here are the Highlights

  • Double Cab Now Available for Hino 195 Diesel &195h Hybrid
  • 6 Principles for Selecting Upfits with Ergonomics (and Economics) in Mind
  • How to Avoid Running a Truck Until its Wheels ‘Fall Off’
    And much more…