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Work Truck – Issue

May 2017

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
What to Know Before Opting for a Full-Service Lease

A full-service lease provides many added benefits beyond traditional lease options. Growing in popularity, there are situations where it may not be the ideal option as well as some common misperceptions.

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Features

Photo courtesy of Ford. Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

By Mike Antich

Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters of truck and van assets, it is impossible to spec the best powertrain, chassis, and body needed to optimize productivity and total cost of ownership.

Photo: Getty Images Cost-Reduction Strategies that Go Beyond the Asset

By Mike Antich

Fleet cost-reduction programs typically focus on the asset; however, there’s a limit to how much a fleet manager can modify truck specs without impacting the fleet mission. True cost savings are to be found in areas beyond the asset.

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Photo via fourbyfourblazer/Flickr. Roadcheck: How Secure Are Your Drivers?

By Kathy Close

This year’s International Roadcheck — a 72-hour enforcement blitz — is scheduled June 6 to 8. If last year’s event is any indication, motor carriers and their drivers can expect to see almost 63,000 inspections over the course of these three days, or about 15 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspections on average every minute.

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

By Mike Antich
Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

Lessons Learned from Great Fleet Managers

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

By Lauren Fletcher
In today’s digital age, technology is developing at a break-neck pace and fleet management is often the recipient and early adopter of many of the new options available. One of the more newsworthy pieces of modern technology has been the “drone.” Their use in fleet may offer several possibilities.

‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

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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