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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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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