The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

July 2015

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

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Features

When evaluating toolboxes, review usage needs and vehicle specifications.(PHOTO: Adrian Steel) How to Choose the Right Toolbox

By Adrian Steel

Organization is a key to success in many trade fleets. Before picking the first toolbox you see, understand the options and types available on the market today.

ROUSH CleanTech can retrofit propane-autogas medium-duty vehicles, including the Ford F-450 (pictured). ROUSH Now Retrofitting Ford Medium-Duty Trucks

By Adam Pringle

ROUSH CleanTech has been certified to convert customers’ existing Ford medium-duty vehicles with the 6.8L V-8 engine to run on propane autogas in all 50 states.

Companywide, Bartlett’s fleet includes more than 600 International trucks, mostly DuraStar 4300s. (PHOTO: Navistar) 'Tree Doctors' Rely on DuraStar Trucks

By Rod O'Connor

Tree specialists in Pittsburgh rely on their DuraStar work truck fleet to fill their every need.

 

 
 

Blog

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2016 Mazda CX-3 Compact SUV

By Paul Clinton
Mazda may have just obliterated the razor-thin line between compact cars and entry-level crossovers with its impressive CX-3 that should rise to the top of an increasingly competitive category.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

By A.J. George

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The System is Still Broken

By Sherb Brown
Looking back on the problems that plague the OEM vehicle ordering and delivery process. And deciding what can be done to repair this broken system.

Everybody Is the Best at Something

By Sherb Brown

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Impact of Chinese Truck Tires on Fleet Aftermarket

By Mike Antich
One factor driving the deluge of Chinese exports of replacement truck tires to the U.S. is China's immense tire production overcapacity. In 2015, China manufactured 120 million tires, with an overcapacity rate of almost 25 percent. The influx of Chinese truck tires is also having a detrimental effect on the tire retreading industry, because many of these “bargain” tires have only one life because they cannot be retreaded.

Why Element Wants to Buy the Fleet Businesses of GE Capital

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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