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Work Truck – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Tire Prices Experience Upward Pressure

For many vocational truck fleets, price is the key factor when selecting the type of replacement tire. As shown in the past, when replacement tire prices increase, the retread industry benefits since retreads are significantly cheaper.

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Features

Acela Trucks offers two extreme-duty trucks, the Monterra 4x4 and the Monterra 6x6 (pictured). Both models were built specifically for use in extreme work environments. (Photo: Acela Truck Company) Acela's New Extreme-Duty Chassis

By Lauren Fletcher

Trucks with a history in some of the harshest war zones are a perfect fit for extreme work environments, such as oil, mining, and construction.

E-Series will be available in 2018 as either the cutaway or stripped chassis with multiple packages. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.) Versatile Vans Available in 2018

By Lauren Fletcher

A staple of many commercial fleets is the van. From compact vans to their full-size counterparts, there are a growing number of vans available for fleets in 2018.

Michelin is backing its XDA Energy+ linehaul with a limited fuel-savings guarantee. (Photo: Michelin) 6 Tires You Need to Know About

By Tariq Kamal

Take a closer look at some of the new rubber on the market that helps keep trucks and equipment rolling.

Photo: Getty Images Latest Innovations in Retread Tires

By Tariq Kamal

Long a staple of the replacement tire market for trucks and vans as well as tractor-trailers, aircraft, and buses, new advances in manufacturing and technology have made retreaded tires an attractive choice for fleet owners and operators.

AutoZone locations are arranged in a hub-and-spoke formation. Larger “hub” stores are stocked with a variety of products, and are surrounded by smaller satellite stores. (Photo: Getty Images) How Autozone Moves Parts Around the Globe

By Roselynne Reyes

The largest auto parts retailer in the world maintains a fleet of nearly 16,000 vehicles across seven continents. To manage it, the company makes sure vehicles are rightsized and well-equipped to handle deliveries.

Departments

Kathy Close, transportation editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, ELD Mandate: Day of Reckoning Arrives

By Kathy Close, J.J. Keller

In this, the “eleventh hour,” many companies still have last-minute questions on ELD implementation. Find out some areas of consideration including how to find an acceptable device and how to handle short-haul drivers.

FleetFAQ

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics 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
Why Competent Fleet Managers Are Terminated

By Mike Antich
Over the years, I have known many competent fleet managers. But, like salmons swimming upstream, not every promising fleet manager survives the challenges and rigors of day-to-day fleet management. It is understandable when fleet managers are fired for making expensive mistakes or when caught engaging in ethical transgressions, but, sadly, many more are terminated for circumstances that are entirely avoidable.

Forces Threaten to Change Fleet From a Career to a Stepping Stone

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher
We live in a world where we can tell anyone exactly what we think about anything with a few keystrokes. Why is it, then, that the majority of the feedback is negative? Why do people feel so much more apt to complain than praise? And, what does this have to do with fleet management?

Instilling a Culture of Safe Drivers

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

By Chris Brown
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the least expensive model on the market to offer electric-only range, while offering spirited driving performance and plenty of standard features.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown
If you don’t stay on top of the latest developments in mobility, battery technology, autonomous vehicles, and telematics, you are subjecting yourself to the whims of senior management who may be making decisions based on the latest trendy news.

Fleet Management 2.0

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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