DOES MY TRUCK COUNT AS AN EXPENSE?

Filing taxes can be an extremely challenging task to navigate, and even more so for independent contractors. Whether you work in construction, HVAC, landscaping, or another traditionally contracted position, you’re prone to fluctuation between big […] More

OUT OF THE FRYER AND INTO THE STREETS

Cleaner air for its current and future citizens was the goal of one city, and that goal brought forth a fresh perspective from a commonly discarded source of energy—cooking oil waste. Oakland’s circular economy model, […] More

FINDING AN AFFORDABLE GAS ROTARY SCREW AIR COMPRESSOR

Ziegler Tire, an automotive repair and tire business, celebrates 100 years in business this year. Since it was founded in 1919, Ziegler Tire has grown to include 22 locations in three states: Ohio, Kentucky, and […] More

A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

What is your favorite part of your job? The smile on your customer’s face when you take care of the problem that’s kept them up at night for weeks? The feeling of accomplishment after finishing […] More

COVER ALL THE BASES WITH DRIVER DOCUMENTATION

By Gillian Crowl Motor carriers incur numerous costs just to stay in business, and they often incur unnecessary costs due to out-of-service time, unexpected Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) fines, and increased insurance premiums […] More

RAMPING UP

LINK IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCES COSTS  As a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to hydraulic and pneumatic liftgates, Link’s Cargo Management Products Division makes swivel, spring-assist, bifold, trifold, and customized loading ramps for lightweight, heavyweight, and side-mount […] More

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING A MEDIUM-DUTY TRAILER You officially made the switch from the heaviest duty pickup you could find to something even heavier duty. Your Ford F-350 King Ranch, built as tough as […] More

WANT A GREENER FLEET?

TRY RENTING IT Have you ever considered renting part or all of your truck fleet in an effort to go green? If not, it’s worth the consideration. As you probably know, there are several ways […] More

REVOLUTIONIZING THE MARKET

NEW DUMP PUMP ENTERS SMALL FRAME TRUCK MARKET Since the 1970s, the dump truck industry has been relegated to two sizes of dump pumps: a larger, higher flowing (up to 48 gpm at 1800 rpm) […] More

REACHING NEAR ZERO EMISSIONS

A GREEN ALTERNATIVE FOR YOUR FLEET With tens of thousands of propane-powered commercial trucks in North America, chances are your fleet drivers pass a few on the road. What isn’t obvious is how those propane […] More

THE SMARTER SUSPENSION REVOLUTION BEGINS

LINK’S CAB SUSPENSION ENHANCES COMFORT, SAFETY, DRIVER RETENTION, AND PROTECTION An aggregate-laden dump truck makes the transition from on-road to off-road, transporting cargo to a remote jobsite. Under load, the cab’s heavy-duty springs perform as […] More

TRADITIONAL VS THE ALTERNATIVE

ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TRAILER? A trailer is often one of the most used assets in construction, landscape, and other business fleets. Using ramps and rolling equipment onto your trailer is a […] More

RETREADS:

A RELIABLE TIRE SOLUTION FOR FLEETS OF ALL SIZES As the commercial transportation industry evolves, efficiency, safety, and reliability have never been more important. Fleets of all sizes are looking for ways to maximize productivity […] More

MAINTENANCE GOT YOU DOWN

MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR A FLEET UPGRADE Maintaining a fleet isn’t an easy job. A down vehicle costs time, money, and might cause headaches. Some fleets still rely on tried and true pen and paper […] More

THE BENEFITS OF RETREADS

RETREADS BRING SAVINGS AND SAFETY As a fleet owner, you know the cost of replacing tires is a major expense. But what if you could save on tire costs while still optimizing performance and safety? […] More

THE NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

LINK MANUFACTURING’S 105K TRITON TRI-DRIVE AIR SUSPENSION SETS A NEW INDUSTRY STANDARD Steel spring suspensions have been around since horses pulled wagons. The leaf spring design incorporates flexible steel strips that are layered together and […] More

A FUEL YOU CAN COUNT ON

ARE YOUR EMERGENCY AND UTILITY FLEETS USING A RELIABLE FUEL? It doesn’t matter if it’s January when a blizzard cripples the northeastern United States, August when a hurricane slams into the southeast, or November when […] More

STAY AHEAD OF THE CHALLENGES

5 WORK TRUCK INDUSTRY TRENDS THAT AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE From evolving emissions standards to the demand for more data-driven decision making, several key trends affect productivity, technician satisfaction, and costs in your work truck […] More

STRONGER THAN STEEL

TIMBREN’S AEON® RUBBER SPRINGS ARE FOR THE TOUGH STUFF They were stunned when they saw what was left on the side of the road. There it was, lying on the pavement looking like roadkill, just […] More

LIGHTS, CAMERA, FLEET IN ACTION

BROADCAST SERVICE COMPANY PROVIDES LIVE COVERAGE USING FLEETIO PSSI Global began providing television broadcasting services with a single satellite production truck in 1979. Four decades later, the company has dramatically increased, serving various media outlets […] More

THINKING ABOUT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Part 3 of 3 In January and February, we discussed the factors to consider when integrating alternative energy/advanced technologies in your fleet. In our last installment of the Green Truck Association’s […] More

REMOTE. CONTROL.

UFO CLOUD LOCK USES APP AND IoT TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT ASSETS Fleets are exposed to theft and loss at nearly every turn—or stop. A delivery vehicle left unlocked and unattended for even a moment while […] More

BUNDLE IT

MAKING THE CASE FOR INTEGRATED FUEL AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS Over the past several years, fleet managers have come under increasing pressure to cut costs and save money. While there are a number of tools available […] More

SUSTAINING THE NICHE

INNOVATIVE FORD PARTNER OFFERS FLEXIBILITY FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCKS AND RVS The Guthrie brothers are excited as they walk the floor of their 220,000-sq-ft chassis assembly plant they established on the east side of Detroit in […] More

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN GOING GREEN

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Part 2 of 3 Safe, sustainable, and efficient. These are some of the driving forces behind integrating alternative energy/advanced technology into today’s work truck fleets. Along with these driving forces are […] More

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN GOING GREEN

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Part 2 of 3 Safe, sustainable, and efficient. These are some of the driving forces behind integrating alternative energy/advanced technology into today’s work truck fleets. Along with these driving forces are […] More

ENGINE EMISSIONS REACH ALL-TIME LOW

ULTRA-LOW NOx PROPANE AUTOGAS ENGINES TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT  Propane autogas engines have hit an all-time low. But as opposed to the stock market, that’s a good thing. Recently, new technology has enabled propane engines to […] More

DESIGNING FOR RELIABILITY

HOW TO MAKE VEHICLES OUTLAST RIGORS OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT Fleet managers and procurement teams are charged with designing reliable, functional work trucks capable of undergoing the stresses of the vocational market and occupational work […] More

WHAT'S IN A NAME

IS IT TIME FOR A BUSINESS NAME CHANGE? Names play an important role in business. Names are often the identity and/or description of services and products offered. But what happens when your business expands beyond […] More

THINKING ABOUT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Part 1 of 3 Do you consider your company to be innovative and an early adopter that integrates advanced technology and alternative energy into its fleet? Or is your company less […] More

MORE COMFORTABLE, MORE PRODUCTIVE

WEBASTO HEATING SYSTEMS, COOLANT HEATERS, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EVERY SEASON TO OEM AND AFTERMARKET APPLICATIONS. In the next months, cold winter weather will be an inescapable fact of life throughout most […] More

YOUR SECRET WEAPON IN MARKETING

BRANDING YOUR FLEET TO CREATE SUCCESS. Heavy-duty work trucks are a central part of many businesses and represent a significant capital investment. Whether large behemoths like refuse and concrete trucks or the box trucks that […] More

ARE YOU COVERED

No matter the size of your business or fleet, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate your expenses, especially when it comes to your commercial auto insurance. You may not realize it, but your policy […] More

ON TRACK

The United States has relied on railroads to transport passengers and goods since the mid-1820s. As a truly non-stop industry, American railroads demand the highest level of service and maintenance to ensure all cargo not […] More

DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO RENT?

Amid the myriad industries that rent light-duty trucks, many are the perfect fit. The industries where it makes the most sense to rent trucks are in construction of some form where business is done on […] More

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT CRANE

Less than great cranes might leave your job unfinished or rushed. No manager or owner wants to be on the losing side of the crane battle. So what can you do to conquer heights and […] More

EXTEND TO WIN

There are very few secrets to success for commercial truck fleets—with power, durability, and accessibility absolutely imperative when delivering on the job and ultimately delivering results to a company’s bottom line. However, one truck bed […] More

RECRUITING WITH THE DRIVER IN MIND

Technology is advancing, leading to the digitization of many processes including hiring. Online applications are common but don’t guarantee to bring in new workers. A recent study from recruitment technology company Jibe and research firm […] More

GET YOUR BRAND ON THE ROAD

Branding is an all-important component for every business today. Savvy marketers must find effective ways to brand themselves without breaking the bank. When planning how and where to brand, everything a business owns becomes a […] More

ARE ALTERNATIVE FUELS REALLY THE ANSWER?

We’ve all seen the headlines—internal combustion engines are all but on the way out, and electric vehicles, propane, natural gas, and hydrogen are ready to take over the fleet marketplace. But where does the truth […] More

THE EFFECTS OF A TRADE WAR

It’s currently a hot topic, spanning several different industries and stretching across oceans. It has the potential to create an even stronger economy or cripple it. It’s the Trade War. Over the summer, the US […] More

MINIMIZE UPFIT FRUSTRATIONS WITH ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION

The filler neck—a critical component of completing a work truck—has long been an element of vague frustration for upfitters. We spoke to both engineers and upfitters to understand the importance and benefits of using safe, […] More

THE FUTURE OF LIGHTING IS NOW

To ensure the visibility and safety of everyone on the road, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) mandates that vehicles such as construction, utility, tow, and snowplow trucks are equipped with hazard and warning lights. […] More

YOUR FLEET'S FUEL IMPACTS MORE THAN YOUR POCKETBOOK

In the United States, nearly 7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) are emitted each year, and more than 28 percent come directly from the transportation industry. The implementation of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) […] More

9 REASONS TO DUMP YOUR TOW-BEHIND AIR COMPRESSOR

Tow-behind air compressors took the world by storm a few decades ago when they met a simple need: available compressed air wherever you want it. It was a game-changer for a lot of industries. But […] More

A RACK WORTH A TOP SPOT ON YOUR TEAM

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van embraces the motto of having “large van capabilities in a midsize van.” As consumers remain increasingly concerned with performance, safety, and the costs incurred when driving and working out […] More

IT'S EASY TO SAY "QUALITY." IT'S HARDER TO DELIVER IT.

Dolese Bros Co traces its roots to the days before statehood of its home in Oklahoma. Originally established to furnish quarried rock for railroad construction, Dolese has since developed into a full-service construction supply and […] More

DON'T BLOW IT

Selecting an air compressor for your service truck—how tough could it be? If you don’t use it much, just go with a cheap, off-the-shelf unit. Or, if you use it a lot, the bigger the […] More

WORK TRUCK ORGANIZATION BUILT TO LAST

Northwest Power Systems, an Idaho-based electric utility company, sells and services backup power systems. Northwest needed a company truck equipped with toolboxes/storage units that protect equipment from severe weather. Northwest needed a storage unit that […] More

IN THE FORECAST

Vocational vehicles—those used for a specific application such as logging, heavy haul, or refuse collection—represent around 20 percent of sales of all Class 4 to 8 commercial vehicles in the US. However, given the complexity […] More

IT'S A WIN, WIN, WIN

In today’s competitive environment, two things separate successful fleets from the unsuccessful ones: creativity and collaboration. Fleets and fleet management companies have always expected a high level of fit, finish, and quality from their equipment […] More

RENT, LEASE, OR BUY

As a fleet manager, you’ve likely wrestled with the decision to lease or buy your fleet. There are definitely pros and cons to each. But what about renting? Have you ever considered renting some or […] More

THE WRAP-UP: Part 3 of 3

Previously in this Driver Scorecard Series, we looked at the cost of unsafe driving practices and how driver scorecards, using GPS fleet tracking and telematics data, can bring significant benefits to a fleet operator. As […] More

WHERE ARE WE HEADED

The implementation of autonomous transportation over the past few years is a revolution that is completely changing the world we live in. As a truck accident lawyer, I have worked on every kind of auto […] More

MORE THAN JUST THE BOSS

No two people are alike, so why would you try to manage everyone the same way? There’s a form of leadership called Dynamic Leadership (you might also hear it referred to as Adaptive Leadership). At […] More

CAN TELEMATICS DATA IMPROVE SAFETY?

From real-time audible alerts to actionable information empowered by detailed reporting, telematics offers a wide spectrum of safety performance tools for all types of fleets. The driver scorecard is a strong enforcement tool that uses […] More

AUTOGAS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3

The alternative fuels terrain is tough to navigate. With the various fuel and technology options available for commercial vehicles, how do you make the right choice for your organization? Know that you’re not alone, and […] More

THE COST OF UNSAFE DRIVING BEHAVIOR: Part 1 of 3

High procurement and operating costs mean fleets are always on the lookout for savings and profit opportunities. We often think of achieving these by increasing productivity, reducing expenses, and mitigating vehicle downtime. However, one of […] More

MAKES FUEL SENSE

In recent years, fleets have had the opportunity to purchase a growing variety of technology options for their truck transmissions that maximize fuel economy and lower operating costs. Some of those advancements are now becoming […] More

LOADING MADE EASY

There are a variety of cranes and hoists that will simply lift and lower an object into or out of a van or box truck, but there are only a few that can do so […] More

A ONE-STOP TELEMATICS SOLUTION

Combine three industry-leading telematics systems: Telogis, Fleetmatics, and Verizon Telematics. Add $5 billion in investments. Offer a one-stop approach to vehicle software solutions. Get results that help improve safety, productivity, and efficiency. These goals were […] More

A PROCUREMENT SOLUTION

What do tires, auto parts, and hand tools have in common? They can all be purchased by your agency using cooperative procurement. Every time a tire is changed or parts installed, there’s likely a vehicle […] More

THE ROLE OF GVWR AND GCWR IN SPECIFYING WORK TRUCKS

GVWR and gross vehicle weight (GVW) are often thought to be the same, but they are not. A truck’s GVWR is the maximum weight rating established by the chassis manufacturer. GVW is the total weight […] More

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR FLEET SYSTEM: PART 2 OF 2

In part one of this article, three modules that are often overlooked were discussed: Cost-of-Service Analysis, Parts Inventory Management, and Parts Cross-Referencing. In part two, the remaining modules that get overlooked are explained, along with […] More

FEWER KEYS, BETTER RESULTS

Time is money, the old saying goes, and in the commercial vehicle world any technology that keeps technicians on the job with as little downtime as possible is a sure winner. Such is the case […] More

FEWER KEYS, BETTER RESULTS

Time is money, the old saying goes, and in the commercial vehicle world any technology that keeps technicians on the job with as little downtime as possible is a sure winner. Such is the case […] More

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR FLEET SYSTEM: Part 1 of 2

Fleet management software is much like the human brain, and we only use a fraction of its potential. The most underutilized fleet systems tend to be those in which initial software setup, training, and use […] More

CARGO ORGANIZERS MEET THE CHALLENGE

Equipping work trucks with the necessary tools for commercial use requires heavy-duty products designed to be both functional and safe while creating organization and security. Cargo organizers specially designed to fit in the truck bed […] More

TOP TIPS FOR A MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT FLEET

According to the Diesel Technology Forum, diesel moves approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and nearly all highway freight trucks are powered by diesel engines. However, it’s no secret that diesel fuel can […] More

PAINT AND POWDER COATING JUST AREN'T ENOUGH

Work truck owners, fleet managers, rental equipment company owners, and others spend large amounts of resources and time keeping their equipment both looking great and functioning at the highest levels. But many are noticing that […] More

THE UPSIDE OF COMPOSITE TRUCK BODIES

BrandFXTM recently introduced its UltimateFXTM all-composite fiberglass-based service truck body and understructure combo which is manufactured to match the toughness of steel, while weighing about 60-percent less. The lightweight—yet tough—combo is designed for 56LS and […] More

LED LAMPS LIGHT THE WAY WITH STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

The lighting in a commercial vehicle can certainly be viewed from a utilitarian perspective, and it’s true that without lighting a work truck can’t really work. The advent of more robust, brighter, and longer-lasting LED […] More

NOT YET ELD COMPLIANT? DON'T WAIT TO ACT.

In an industry where time is money and watching the clock can help a driver or his bosses avoid costly fines, we’ve got a question for you: Instead of watching the clock, are you watching […] More

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Terex Utilities recently launched its enhanced OptimaTM series of aerial devices—the company’s latest upgrades to its Hi-RangerTM product line. Primarily for utility line construction and maintenance applications, utility workers using the enhanced devices will appreciate […] More

USING DATA AS A GUIDE

Data. It’s the watchword for succeeding in today’s business environment. More and more, we’re told to let data be the guide. Quality improvement initiatives stress the importance of making decisions based on verifiable data rather […] More

LOADING AND UNLOADING EASE

National Fleet Products, a leading North American supplier of loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, introduces several versions of its unique WM System Loading Ramps. Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to […] More

FEELING WARM INSIDE

It is not easy finding the right auxiliary heater for your work truck. There are almost as many considerations to keep in mind as there are options available on the market, and it isn’t always […] More

URBAN DELIVERY PICKS UP SPEED: PART 2 OF 2

This second article in a two-part MWS series, is about increasing the efficiency of “last mile” deliveries by moving more cargo, making more urban-delivery stops, and speeding up cargo-access time. These solutions counter the costly, […] More

COMPACT CRANE ONBOARD

Many contractors and companies are electing to use Euro-style work vans, which typically are larger and have roomy rear-cargo areas that can be configured with a variety of shelving, storage, and hauling options. The Euro-style […] More

MANAGE INVENTORY ON WORK TRUCKS LIKE A PRO

Staying on top of your inventory can be a challenge. Trying to keep track of all the inventory on individual trucks can be even more difficult. Trying to use a manual process to keep track […] More

FACTORING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

When selecting a transmission for a new work truck, fleets often revisit the usual options: manuals, automated manuals, and fully automatics. While many owners think twice when it comes to the price of a fully […] More

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT PROPANE AUTOGAS (AND THE SUBSEQUENT TRUTH)

It’s hard to turn down a vehicle that offers low total cost of ownership, more comfort for drivers, reliable operation, and no additional fluid or filter requirements to meet emissions regulations. And, for fleets using […] More

URBAN DELIVERY PICKS UP SPEED

Individuals and companies along the supply chain continuum are beginning to make logistics decisions at the moment an online sale is made, and these decisions often travel all the way back to a product’s constituent […] More

SPEC' WRITING

Vocational vehicle specifications serve as building blocks for a fleet and provide financial responsibility for the end product. As work trucks become more complex, mistakes are inevitable. A well-written specification can be valuable when determining […] More

APPEARANCES MATTER

A cluttered work truck can be a huge problem for companies. Extra equipment can easily make a truck overweight without the company even realizing it. When a truck is loaded past its rating, it is […] More

ON THE SAME PAGE

Managing a fleet doesn’t necessarily begin and end with the vehicles. It’s important that all the employees and fleet drivers are on the same page. Good communication is a key to success in any endeavor—including […] More

THE HEAVY-DUTY DIFFERENCE

Heavy-duty trucks need ride control systems that can handle everything a driver can throw at it. A heavy-duty (HD) vehicle will travel many more miles in a year than the average car, and often over […] More

WHY GO COPPER FREE?

In 2010, the states of Washington and California enacted legislation addressing the presence of copper and other heavy metals used in brake friction materials. Environmental organizations maintain that remnants of these metals can find their […] More

EXCEEDING STANDARDS

Both the medium-duty and work truck markets continue to increase in priority while commercial vehicle manufacturers ramp up their launches of innovative commercial trucks, vans, and cutaway chassis. Therefore, identifying efficient operating strategies is now […] More

NO RETURNS, NO REGRETS

Air compressors are one of the most vital components in constant use among industrial enterprises. Including electricity, water, and natural gas, compressed air is widely considered the fourth vital source of energy. On an international […] More

SPEC ACCORDING TO LAW

Truck salespeople, fleet managers, and end users face challenges in determining the right work truck for a specific application. When replacing a commercial vehicle with something similar, the first inclination is often to copy the […] More

BY THE NUMBERS

Oftentimes, numbers tell a story. For example, take the more than 14,000 propane autogas fleet vehicles added to roadways in 2016—an eight percent increase from 2015. The story behind that statistic is pretty clear: More […] More

INTUITING CUSTOMER NEEDS

In today’s competitive market, developing products for commercial fleets has never been more challenging. To maintain its position as a leading innovator of commercial truck caps, A.R.E. Accessories uses an approach that blends market interaction […] More

SAVE YOURSELF SOME HEARTACHE

The work truck industry has undergone significant changes with the implementation of Tier 4 engine regulations. As a result, some companies have seen an impact on their bottom line—from increased downtime for engine regeneration to […] More

A NEW CONTENDER

Wabash National is North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers. In fact, they’ve built more than one million of them. Leveraging decades of innovation leadership in the semi-trailer market, with more than 200 patents worldwide, Wabash […] More

TOO GOOD, TOO TRUE

Gabe Gallegos runs his own roadside response company, providing 24/7 roadside service in southern Colorado for truck dealers, RoadSquad, ARI Fleet Management, FleetNet America, and fleets like U-Haul and Penske. “I don’t have an actual […] More

DISPENSER DATA SHOWS VALUE OF PROPANE AUTOGAS FOR WORK TRUCK FLEETS

Just a few years ago, it was challenging for a work truck fleet operator to capture data proving propane autogas vehicles made business sense. Sure, there were fleet management systems for autogas, but public and […] More

NO TWO UPFITS ARE ALIKE

There is no standard template truck or van body upfit for any given industry. Fleet upfits, in fact, need to be engineered based on a deep understanding of how each driver is using the vehicle. […] More

UNNATURAL MOVEMENT

On May 1, 2017, FMVSS 111 went into partial effect. FMVSS 111 aims to improve drivers’ rear-visibility fields of view. Arguably, the most effective way to guarantee that a vehicle will back up safely is […] More

COST VS VALUE

Holman Parts Distribution, a leading provider of strategic powertrain sourcing solutions specifically developed for the fleet industry, understands that for most companies, the fleet is critical to supporting day-to-day business operations. For these vocational fleets, […] More

KNOW BEFORE YOU LEASE

Lease financing is used by a majority of businesses in the US and accounts for about 1/3 of new equipment acquisitions. Seeking to acquire equipment for your business? Here are 10 questions to help determine […] More

ASSESSING YOUR FLEET'S NEEDS

How do fleet managers measure operational needs? Several approaches help quantify necessary functional requirements while filtering out end-user operator demands often communicated as needs. In the end, fleet managers are responsible for maintaining order between […] More

WORK TRUCK TECHNOLOGIES: PART 4

In our previous articles, we revealed the fragmentation in the work truck industry supply chain that makes it difficult to track final configurations of work trucks and vans. We then learned how that missing data […] More

TMC OF TOMORROW

The development of technology and maintenance leaders within the work truck market is becoming critical to the value of the industry. As many prominent figures making an impact and holding significant roles within the technology […] More

ADVANTAGES OF SERVICE BODY ORGANIZATION

Picture this: You roll up to a jobsite, hop out of your truck, and slam your jug of coffee down on the roof of your service body just as the sun peeks over the horizon. […] More

WORK TRUCK TECHNOLOGIES: PART 3

In our previous two articles, we covered the functional levels of the work truck industry supply chain; OEMs, body manufacturers, distributors, and dealers, revealing the fragmentation that makes it difficult to track final configurations of […] More

SPEC APPROPRIATELY

A lot goes into spec’ing a work truck and not all of it is easy. Sometimes, it can get downright overwhelming. It’s important to make sure your truck has everything it needs without adding unwanted […] More

UTILIZING DATA

Fleet managers in Massachusetts and Vermont upfit snowplow trucks with an automated electronic spreader control system that collects and records accurate data on the amount of salt and other deicing materials and liquids applied to […] More

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PROCESS: PART 2

Last month, the article on benchmarking reviewed its definition and importance to business operations. This article will highlight the metrics of the process as it compares actual numbers. Wikipedia defines benchmarking as “the process of […] More

BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN OEM AND AFTERMARKET PARTS

Over the past 60 years, the acceptance of replacement parts suppliers for engines used in the heavy-duty truck industry has evolved significantly. Today, the quality, availability, coverage, and warranty of products from branded aftermarket suppliers […] More

LED LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORK TRUCK ARENA

Since its introduction to the commercial vehicle industry in 1989, LED lighting has been steadily gaining ground against far less reliable filament-based lamps. Once considered cost prohibitive by some service body manufacturers and work truck […] More

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PROCESS

How do you know how well your fleet is doing relative to others? Are you spending too much … too little? Is your fleet completing a similar level of activity with others in the industry? […] More

ON COOPERATIVE PROCUREMENT'S EFFICIENT SERVICE

Cooperative procurement makes better use of an organization’s time and resources by reducing the number of administrative processes and sharing the procurement and contract management process work-load. Efficiencies may be derived from conducting one procurement […] More

FROM MANAGEMENT WITH LOVE

By properly maintaining your trucks, you know that you can keep them on the road more and prevent costly breakdowns. However, if you have not taken the time to overhaul your preventive maintenance lately, you […] More

WORK TRUCK TECHNOLOGIES

In our previous article, we spelled out the functional levels that make up the work truck industry supply chain; OEMs, body manufacturers, distributors, and dealers. We also described what role these major stakeholders have in […] More

SPEC'ING THE RIGHT TRUCK AT THE RIGHT PRICE

Each year, fleet managers are pressured to reduce expenses while increasing profits. The City of Saint John in New Brunswick is no exception. The city purchases new trucks through a tendering process to get the […] More

WORK TRUCK TECHNOLOGIES

With so many vocational work applications resulting in such a wide range of body and equipment variations, the process of creating a work truck is very complicated. Work trucks are basically custom-ordered, rather than mass-produced, […] More

DETERMINING FACTORS

Making one solution work for multiple scenarios is typically not a good idea—forcing a square peg into a round hole just doesn’t work. This rings especially true in the work truck industry, where trucks are […] More

BEEFING UP YOUR CONCRETE PUMP FLEET?

Whether adding to your existing truck-mounted concrete boom pump fleet, replacing old rigs, remounting pumps on new trucks, or just getting started with a new business, there are some significant decisions to make. One of […] More

EATON CULTURE ROOTED IN COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP

At Eaton, robust and healthy communities are seen as a vital component of the company’s culture. Eaton people care deeply about the communities in which they live and work, with employees investing their time, money, […] More

A BETTER, STRONGER COMPANY

For the second consecutive year, General Motors (GM) is the only automaker recognized by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Employers 2016 rankings. The Best for Vets list evaluates company culture and policies that […] More

TESTED LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Attracting and retaining top talent is key to Eaton’s growth and continued success, and this talent pool includes the men and women who have served our country. By tapping into the unique and positive qualities […] More

PREMIUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Work trucks require functional storage systems that can withstand consistent, heavy-duty use, while keeping tools and other gear organized and secure. Truck bed cargo organizers are among the best solutions for helping contractors stay job-ready […] More

BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING

Peter Drucker, noted economist and author, once said, “Leaders grow; they are not made.” If this is truly the case, then the ability to lead is something we can all cultivate within ourselves and each […] More

OUTFITTING WALK-IN VANS

Outfitting a van can be a complicated and, at times, confusing process when the needs are highly specific from one vehicle and contractor to the next. Depending on the application, the van size, and a […] More

SAVE YOURSELF A HEADACHE

Debates of the “he said, she said” variety are never fun to have. Yet, anyone that has rented or leased commercial trucks has dealt with this situation far too many times. Taking trucks on the […] More

UPFIT TO PROPER POWER

The work truck industry is worth more than $121 billion, according to data from the US Bureau of the Census and NTEA sources. This staggering number shows just how important work trucks are, especially as […] More

WORKING TOWARD A SOLUTION

Two Ohio companies worked together to come up with a safer, more efficient, and lighter weight solution to the large swing doors found on new cargo vans—a roll-up door. While this concept is not new […] More

SPEC'ING A TRUCK CAP IS EASY

Whether you’re an independent contractor or managing a national fleet, you likely consider a work truck as much a tool as a drill or jackhammer. And, like tools, a work truck should be outfitted specifically […] More

BUY SMART: PURCHASE PRICE VS RCO

Let’s face it: Selecting new vehicles for your fleet is a daunting task. You have a hundred factors to consider and each is a trade-off to another. While some decision-makers turn to simple purchase price—or […] More

DON'T GAMBLE ON THE FUTURE

Today’s low gas prices are not as great for your fleet as you might think they are. In fact, they can be more harmful to your bottom line than high prices. A brief search of […] More

BACKUP POWER

Every work truck serves a specific role and function in its day-to-day use, whether as a tool truck for a public utility or a four-axle rock pump for a major design and build construction company. […] More

CUSTOM BODIES

Derek Jensen, owner of Jensen Decorative Concrete Inc., works with concrete finishes, such as colored concrete and stamping for patio and driveway areas. Previously employed for 12 years with another concrete company, Jensen noticed a […] More

THE POWER OF CHOICE

The most popular diesel engines in today’s work trucks are the Cummins ISB6.7 and ISL9, which power a wide range of applications from delivery vans and pickup and delivery trucks to vocational vehicles. These engines […] More

COMPATIBLE BODIES

Until recently, purchasing an aluminum utility or service body for a work truck was often dismissed due to perceived price point, strength concerns, and repair costs. Aluminum has been used as a manufacturing material for […] More

FULL POTENTIAL

A split shaft gearbox has many advantages, which can make it an excellent option for capitalizing on the full potential of your work truck. While very beneficial, there are some considerations to keep in mind […] More

LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM WHEELS OUTWEIGH STEEL

Spec’ing lighter-weight forged aluminum wheels is a simple solution to increasing the overall fuel efficiency, maintenance economy, and freight-carrying capacity of a commercial vehicle. Medium-duty applications demand all the same benefits as heavy-duty vehicles and […] More

HIGHLIGHTING PROFESSIONALISM

The driver decrease is pushing industry leaders to think outside the box. The big question: How do we increase driver retention and bring on board new drivers? Last month, we discussed Blue Bloodhound and its […] More

DRIVING INCENTIVES

I want to throw some statistics at you so we can start with a point of reference. On average, roughly 45,000 openings go unfilled every day for Class A truck drivers. The industry average age […] More

BUILDING A BETTER FOUNDATION

Stop; take a moment to consider your surroundings. We’re currently living in a country that is increasingly polarized by politics, race, religion, sexuality, etc. At every turn, through traditional media outlets and social media alike, […] More

YOU HAVE A LOT RIDING ON YOUR TIRES

A 1990’s advertising campaign declaring, “You have a lot riding on your tires,” demonstrated the importance the safe operation (specifically of tires) of a vehicle is to any family. Today, most fleet operations understand that […] More

METRICS AND KPIs

Before any changes take place, before you install any new computer system, before you improve your new vehicle specification, you must measure your fleet’s current effectiveness and performance. These financial and other numeric measures should […] More

SAFE SHIPPING

No matter how well maintained your fleet of work trucks, sooner or later, you will be repairing or replacing an engine, transmission, or other primary power component. Oftentimes, this involves shipping the broken part out […] More

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A COMMERCIAL AUTO INSURER

No matter the size of your business or fleet, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate your expenses, especially when it comes to your commercial auto insurance. You may not realize it, but your policy […] More

OPTIMIZED TIRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT

When it comes to tires, improper inflation can lead to reduced fuel efficiency, increased costs, and safety risks. But, properly maintaining optimal tire pressure can be a grueling maintenance challenge for fleet managers. Tire pressure […] More

NEW APPROACH TO AN OLD ISSUE: PART 2 OF 2

Part one of this article introduced the issue of clearing snow and ice from trucks in a safe, timely manner that would meet OSHA safety regulations. After being tasked by an airfreight company to find […] More

FULLY AUTOMATIC

The initial purchase price of a truck is one way for a trucking company to save money. But, according to Chad Carmichael, president and owner, A&C Trucking Co., to truly get the lowest cost of […] More

WHEN A TRUCK COMES TOGETHER

Productivity is one of the many keys to your success and making the right decisions on the tools you use on a daily basis is vitally important. One of the most important tools that a […] More

NEW APPROACH TO AN OLD ISSUE

Accumulated snow on the tops of tractor-trailers and trucks—or any vehicle in transit—is a significant safety concern and one that the trucking industry has been trying to address for years. In 2008, the American Transportation […] More

MEDIUM-DUTY SPEC'ING TIPS

Truck manufacturers, like Kenworth, are working to make it simpler for customers who want heavy-duty characteristics in traditional medium-duty applications, including construction, refuse, liquid bulk, food and beverage distribution, snowplows and highway maintenance, and fire […] More

GET QUALIFIED

New federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations [OSHA 1926.1400] mandate that operators of most large cranes (2,001-lb lifting capacity and up) will need to be certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization for […] More

RESOLVING TRAILERING DREAD

When the engineers at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company set out to design a new Roadmaster brand tire—the RM272—for drop-deck trailers, they knew creating a product to withstand the demands of the application would be […] More

WHAT TODAY'S TRUCK BUYERS WANT

Today, buyers can make decisions at their own speed, moving across online and offline marketing channels to suit their specific product needs. Their smartphones and tablets have become go-to devices for purchases, helping with both […] More

SURVEY SAYS

Utilimarc released a survey of 40 clients regarding the cost and usage of ½-ton pickups. The sample for the survey included more than 5,500 Ford F-150s and Chevrolet 1500s. The data used represents the pattern […] More

IT PAYS TO KNOW

Alternative fuel use is on the rise and, with it, alternative fuel vehicle upfits. When transitioning to compressed natural gas, or CNG, there are certain questions you should ask to be sure that you’re getting […] More

PROPANE MAKES SENSE FOR NEW TRUCK OEM

Alkane Truck Company has chosen Propane autogas (LPG) to fuel its first Class 7 cab-over 26,000 and 33,000 GVW truck. Production begins first quarter 2016 with the purchase price comparable to an equivalent diesel truck. […] More

SETTING DRIVERS UP FOR SUCCESS

It’s no secret that vocational drivers spend a significant amount of time on the road. It is for this reason some companies create products targeting driver comfort and/or driver convenience. One such company is Eaton, […] More

EASY SOLUTION

For nearly six decades, Butler Machinery Company has offered equipment sales, services, and product support for customers, the construction, agriculture, demolition and scrap handling, mining, landscaping, power generation, and on-highway trucking industries. With a fleet […] More

UPFIT TO COMPLETION

Chances are, your work truck doesn’t come with everything you need to get the job done. As a fleet manager, you need an upfitter you can rely on for more than just a source of […] More

MATERIAL OF CHOICE

While there are different materials available for the manufacturing of today’s work trucks, not all materials are cut out for the various applications that trucks endure on a daily basis. Consider the specifications of your […] More

KEEPING CURRENT

In the past, some Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated fleets have not fulfilled the requirement of updating their information on the DOT website, yet they have flown under the radar of any real punishment. Because […] More

KNOWING WHEN IT'S TIME TO OUTSOURCE

While work truck fleets scramble to save money by extending vehicle lifetimes, “right-sizing,” planning more efficient routes, and increasing fuel economy, they may be overlooking other opportunities that could save them hundreds of thousands to […] More

BRIDGING THE GAP

Senior managers at Goodfellow Brothers Inc. face a geographical challenge like few others in their profession. They must coordinate the activities of fleet operations and several maintenance shops separated by more than 2,500 miles of […] More