The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

March 2015

Cover Story
Ram ProMaster City is Upfitter Friendly, Business Ready
By Mike Antich

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is based on the Fiat Doblo, a two-time International Van of the Year winner with more than 1.3 million units sold. Built on a 122.4-inch wheelbase, it is available in cargo and wagon versions.

Features

State of the Trucking Industry: Mostly Smooth

By Adam Pringle

The trucking industry continues to enjoy very strong revenue and employment growth, although a number of challenges remain, according to a GE Capital, Transportation Finance survey of middle-market trucking companies.

How to Make Fleet Trucks More Productive When spec’ing a truck avoid the temptation to plan to operate it at 100 percent or more all the time. As the above example shows, this will lead to excess wear and tear.(Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

By Sean Lyden

The meaning of maximized productivity differs from fleet to fleet, but the means to maximizing vehicle function can be found using a straightforward approach of measuring, spec’ing, and considering the human factor.

NPL Construction Company Focuses on Idle Reduction Through idle-reduction, NPL Construction saved more than $180,000 in fuel costs in six months. (PHOTO: NPL Construction)

By Staff

Through a focus on reducing the fleet’s idling, the pipeline construction company has reduced its CO2 footprint by more than 690,000 pounds in just six months.

Delivering Vehicles to the Ebola Hot Zone Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three vehicles into bloodmobiles and sent them to West Africa to combat the Ebola virus. (PHOTO: MATTHEWS SPECIALTY VEHICLES)

By Adam Pringle

To help combat the Ebola virus, Matthews Specialty Vehicles converted three of its units into bloodmobiles and sent them to the West African nations of Guinea, Nigeria, and Liberia.

Finding More Miles in Today's Fuels Clark County, Wash.’s fleet of Ford F-550 models (similar to above) improved routing for fuel gains. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

By Chris Wolski

Even with falling gasoline prices, fleets need to monitor and measure fuel use by drivers. Many of the techniques to increase mileage and, consequently, productivity are tried and true, but there are still new ideas to explore.

 

 
 

Blog

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2015 Nissan Murano

By Chris Wolski
The all-new 2015-MY Nissan Murano was designed to appeal to a consumer demographic with a sporty, fresh look; however, for fleets, the compact crossover could also be a perfect fit.

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The More Things Change, The More They Actually Change

By Sherb Brown
As we approach another NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) — my 20th — it seems like a good time to pause and reflect a bit on how the event and the industry have changed over the years.

What Being a Green Fleet Means Today

By Sherb Brown

Market Trends

Mike Antich
What Problems Do Fleet Managers Want Fixed?

By Mike Antich
I surveyed a number of commercial fleet managers in a variety of industries and asked them to reply anonymously to the following question: “What are the most pressing problems in commercial fleet management that need to be addressed? If you could wave a ‘magic wand,’ what problem would you fix?” Here’s what they told me.

How Will Autonomous Vehicles Disrupt Fleet Management?

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher
Today’s fleet managers are pressured to keep doing more with less, while saving their companies money year-over-year, and, at the same time, ensuring that drivers are safe and accomplishing their jobs. It’s a tough job, and countless individuals couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher

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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