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Work Truck – Issue

September 2017

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Tips for Reducing Truck Acquisition Costs

One of the easiest ways a fleet manager can reduce truck acquisition costs is not over-spec’ing for fleet needs. But, there are a few out-of-the-box ways of thinking to further reduce costs.

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Features

When writing specs, companies should consider their fleet’s current and future needs, as well as what will increase the truck’s value down the road. (Photo: Getty Images) How to Get the Most from Truck Resale

By Roselynne Reyes

For some fleets, a truck’s value does not come up until it’s time for remarketing. But getting the most profit for these assets requires careful planning long before the truck goes up for sale.

Brake systems are so consistently cited during on-road inspections that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) devotes an entire week to roadside brake-inspection-only activity. (Image from Getty Images) Brake Systems: How to Pass a Roadside Inspection

By Bob Stanton

Brake systems continue to be the system most responsible for out-of-service violations at roadside inspections. A well-maintained brake system relies on the technician and the driver.

Lashing points can be used for added safety measures, keeping items secured to the floor of a van, trailer, or truck bed. (Photo courtesy of Ranger Design) Maximizing Truck Security

By Shelley Ernst

When a truck’s contents are unsecured, it can be a major fleet risk — but upfitting and following a few common sense rules can ensure they stay safe and sound.

Departments

Image courtesy of wikimedia commons Top 5 Questions on DOT Crashes

By Kathy Close, J.J. Keller

CMV crashes capture the nation’s attention and perpetuate the stereotype that commercial trucks cause or are involved in more fatal accidents than others. To mitigate risk and shatter this misconception, your team should be familiar with what is required of them and how a crash affects the motor carrier.

FleetFAQ

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

By Mike Antich
A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Never Stop Learning

By Lauren Fletcher
As we age, our cognitive skills and capabilities start to decline, some more quickly than others. Continuing to learn, whether it be something specific like a new language or continuing a college education to something more job-specific can help keep you sharper, longer.

The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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