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Work Truck – Issue

January 2017

Cover Story By Roselynne Reyes
Effectively Managing Fuel in Truck Fleets

Managing fuel is about so much more than a price tag. Fuel professionals share insight into best practices for fleets to get a handle on rising costs, cut down on fuel use, and keep track of purchases.

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Features

An SLA that is overly rigid can have the unintendedconsequence of driving inefficient production. (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body) 10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

By Mike Antich

Standardized delivery timelines stipulated in an SLA can create unrealistic expectations. Also, the relationship can become transactional in nature, with a risk of damaging the relationship if there are penalties for missed metrics.

An SLA should include a quality assurance process to cover defects, warranty claims, or customer complaints. (Photo courtesy of RAM Trucks) Benefits of a Service Level Agreement with Upfitters

By Mike Antich

This two-part article examines the pros and cons of a service level agreement (SLA) with an upfitter. Part 1 examines the advantages of an SLA and how to correctly structure its metrics. Part 2 will examine 10 potential disadvantages.

European-style vans, which were engineered for the narrow streets of Europe, adapt well to crowded urban environments. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz) Sprinter Charges Ahead

By Jack Roberts

Since its introduction to the North American market two decades ago, European-style vans have become a mainstay in the fleet industry. The van that started it all in America continues forging into the future.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible.

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

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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