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Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

July 23, 2017

When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Tags: Upfitting, Medium-Duty Trucks, Procurement, Efficiency, Productivity

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:46 AM | » Comments(1)

Lighting Innovations to Revolutionize Work Truck Productivity & Safety

June 29, 2017

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution in the automotive industry that started with the proliferation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). More dramatic lighting innovations are fast emerging, such as laser diodes, organic LEDs, and dynamic bending light headlamps. Historically, new automotive technologies have always first manifested themselves in luxury brands, then migrated downward to lower trim level models and non-retail customers such as the vocational work truck market.

Tags: Upfitting, Productivity, Equipment, LED Lighting, Vehicle Lighting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:04 AM | » Comments(0)

The Invisible Cost of Low Driver Morale

September 28, 2016

There is a direct correlation between high driver morale and high driver productivity. The converse is also true. The hidden cost of low driver morale has a direct bearing on a company’s bottom line. While low morale is an HR/management issue, and even though fleet managers do not control driver salaries, there are actions that fleets can take to help increase driver morale.

Tags: Ergonomics, Fleet Management, Productivity, Drivers, Employee Morale, comunication

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2016 2:20 PM | » Comments(1)

Spec’ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

July 31, 2016

Fleet managers need to view work trucks as earning assets. To maximize the productivity of this working asset, it is necessary to optimize specifications, operating procedures, and replacement strategies. The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case in the real world.

Tags: Productivity, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fleet Optimization, Payload, Vehicle Spec'ing, Chassis

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, July 31, 2016 5:09 PM | » Comments(1)

Fleet Is on the Verge of a Productivity Revolution

May 26, 2015

The fleet industry is on the verge of a productivity revolution through the introduction of faster, better, and more sophisticated analytical tools. Developing in parallel with this trend are increasingly sophisticated vehicle connectivity tools that will turn predictive analytics into a true science. The first manifestation of this will be the transition of fleet maintenance from reactive to proactive practices using remote diagnostic tools.

Tags: Productivity, Big Data, Analytics

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:04 AM | » Comments(2)

How to Spec Trucks to Optimize Productivity

May 27, 2014

The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case. While fleet managers understand how their trucks are intended to be used in the field, intended usage often does not match real-world usage.

Tags: Productivity, Spec'ing, Medium-Duty Trucks, Payload

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Managing the Asset Vs. Managing the Driver

June 11, 2013

What is your primary responsibility? Is it managing the vehicle or managing the driver? Where do you think you will have the greatest opportunity to control costs and increase productivity?

Tags: Sustainability, Asset Management, Productivity

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Running Trucks Till the 'Wheels Fall Off' is Expensive and Counter-Productive

October 4, 2012

The cliché in fleet management is that trucks are kept in service until the wheels "fall off." In many cases, this isn’t too far from the truth. Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment. However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.

Tags: Upfitting, Productivity, Replacement Cycles

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Trucks are Earning Assets: How to Make Them More Productive

January 20, 2009

Fleet managers need to view work trucks as earning assets. To maximize truck productivity, it is necessary to optimize specifications, operating procedures, and replacement strategies. When spec’ing vehicles, past history is important, but one outcome to using last model-year specs is repeating past inefficiencies. Fleet managers need to adopt a “clean sheet” approach to how they manage their truck fleets.

Tags: Productivity, Spec'ing, Truck Fleet, Work Trucks

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:50 AM | » Comments(3)

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