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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.

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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.

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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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