The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

January 2015

Cover Story
Reinventing the F-150 Truck with Aluminum
By Lauren Fletcher

The decision to lightweight the Ford F-150 with an aluminum body was not reached lightly, and numerous challenges faced the automaker in making this risky change to its best-selling pickup truck.

Features

Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service.

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.

A Closer Look at Schwan's Preventive Maintenance Plan Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service.

By Shelley Mika

Schwan's Home Service's in-house preventive maintenance program keeps costs low and trucks on the road delivering home-style food to customers in 48 states.

Best Practices in Truck Maintenance Photo of F-350 courtesy of Ford.

By Staff

Maintenance continues to be among the most expensive aspects of running a Class 3-7 truck fleet. But, there are ways to control these costs and remain efficient.

Editorials

Forecast for the 2015 Medium-Duty Truck Resale Market Illustration by Armie Bautista.

By Ricky Beggs

The ongoing economic recovery has fueled slightly higher depreciation for medium-duty trucks. It is expected that overall depreciation for 2015 will be 15.5-16.5 percent.

Blog

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

By Thi Dao
Instead of a gauge showing RPM, the Camry Hybrid displays three states: “Charge,” “Eco,” and “Power.” I assume if you want to improve your MPG, you can try to stay in the Charge and Eco modes for a long as possible.

2015 Ram ProMaster City Compact Van

By Paul Clinton

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
Don't Make Your Fleet Operation Conform to the Truck

By Mike Antich
Building a truck is a complicated process. Specifying the right truck requires hundreds of decisions and choices – and each choice potentially impacts another. The tricky part is finding the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a vehicle, each with its own unique set of consequences.

Fleet Managers Must Earn Respect, Not Expect It

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…