Blog: Vocational trucks are susceptible to being targeted for staged accidents, which involves maneuvering an unsuspecting employee driver into an intentional crash in order to make a false insurance claim or to file a lawsuit against the driver’s employer.
June 14, 2018
The forecast for key indicators in the national macro economy are positive, especially for the construction industry and the growth of home delivery of products purchased online, augur a strong demand for medium-duty work trucks.
June 5, 2018
The annual accident rate for commercial fleets is around 20%. Even with vehicle safety technology proliferating, traffic deaths are on the rise after years of decline. The culprit for the increase in fatalities is distracted driving.
May 25, 2018
Many upfitters are operating at capacity, necessitating fleets be extra attentive to specifications because any engineering change will even further delay OTD. It is times like today that reinforces the value of advance planning and the creation of fleet metrics to measure progress.
May 21, 2018
The Frontier is a capable work truck that can be used in diverse vocational segments, ranging from pool cleaners to gardeners to diverse tradesmen applications. It is powered by a robust V-6 and has a configurable cargo bed.
May 15, 2018
Procurement underperforms in cross-collaboration initiatives with other corporate spend categories, such as Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) and supply-chain management. A key collaboration opportunity is in the area of fleet safety.
May 11, 2018
We all agree that planning is crucial to the success of any project, but it is especially important when spec’ing a new upfit. Conceptually, most fleet managers will agree with this statement, but it isn’t always followed in actual practice.
May 7, 2018
Stew Taylor was named fleet manager for the Coachella Valley Water District in Indio, Calif.
April 25, 2018
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.
April 24, 2018
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model is designed for vocational fleet applications, such as those found in the construction, landscaping, HVAC, and plumbing industries. It is available in two cab styles and two bed lengths.
March 30, 2018
Don Trivison was named North American fleet manager for Komatsu Mining Corp. in Milwaukee, Wis.
March 29, 2018
The key objective of end-user discussions is to match the truck with the fleet application. Once you have completed your discussions, make sure the completed upfit specs have been reviewed and approved by all parties prior to order placement. It is critical to have a documented sign-off to avoid misunderstandings that result in after-the-fact upfitting modifications.
March 26, 2018
Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.
March 16, 2018
Your primary goal is to spec a truck to meet the intended job function, but how it is spec’ed has a direct bearing on future resale value. Therefore, it is similarly important to maintain a remarketing mindset when identifying specs.
March 14, 2018
Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
March 6, 2018