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Uptick in Staged Accidents Target Commercial Vehicles

Uptick in Staged Accidents Target Commercial Vehicles

The COVID pandemic has created a spike in fraudulent claims targeting vocational trucks by instigating 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 company if it is self-insured.

July 5, 2021

More Vocational Fleets Adopt Lightweighting Strategy

More Vocational Fleets Adopt Lightweighting Strategy

A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle. Specifying lighter-weight upfit materials decreases the vehicle’s curb weight, which, in turn, lowers operating costs by reducing fuel consumption and decreases emissions.

April 6, 2021

Deep Dive Analysis of the 2022-Model Ford E-Transit

Deep Dive Analysis of the 2022-Model Ford E-Transit

The E-Transit is available in eight body-style configurations, including cargo van, chassis cab, and cutaway versions, with three roof heights and three body lengths. The E-Transit cargo area is the same as the current gasoline-powered Transit van.

December 16, 2020

Q&A: How Ford Plans to Increase Commercial Vehicle Sales

Q&A: How Ford Plans to Increase Commercial Vehicle Sales

Ford wants to make commercial vehicles a larger part of its business, and Ford CV leader Ted Cannis explains how the company is turning to things such as electrification and connectivity to make it happen.

December 6, 2020

Asset Simplification vs. Asset Standardization

Asset Simplification vs. Asset Standardization

The key to reducing asset variability is to involve user groups early on and to gain their buy-in by framing the asset simplification discussion as ways to enhance user productivity and safety, and creating cost efficiencies that contribute to P&L objectives.

November 23, 2020

Are Vocational Fleets Futureproof?

Are Vocational Fleets Futureproof?

One of the largest vocational fleet segments between the late 1940s and early 1960s was milk home-delivery fleets. It took 15 years for the milk home-delivery fleet segment to cycle from its peak to its near demise.

August 6, 2020

Unpopular Flat-Rate Compensation Contributes to Shortage of Repair Techs
2019 Mercedes Metris Cargo Van Excels in Urban Fleet Applications
COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Spike in Part Thefts from Vocational Vehicles
COVID-19 Offers Opportunity to Make a Dent in the Technician Shortage

COVID-19 Offers Opportunity to Make a Dent in the Technician Shortage

Now is when the fleet industry should be proactively identifying these future technicians. The fleet industry has a window to tap into this idled labor pool, who will look attractive to other industries experiencing labor shortages leading to increased competition to recruit this talent.

April 2, 2020

Last-Mile Deliveries Surge in a Socially Distanced World

Last-Mile Deliveries Surge in a Socially Distanced World

Whatever the final impact of the pandemic on fleet management, one legacy will be the creation of an expanded base of new customers comfortable with e-commerce transactions to be serviced by a growing number of final-mile delivery fleets.

March 30, 2020

Severe Skilled Technician Shortage Triggering Higher Shop Labor Rates

Severe Skilled Technician Shortage Triggering Higher Shop Labor Rates

The vehicle maintenance and repair industries are experiencing a skilled labor shortage as technicians in the Baby Boomer demographic retire in greater numbers than those replacing them. The skilled labor shortage requires shops to pay more for skilled technicians, which translates into higher shop labor rates.

January 7, 2020

Vehicle Complexity Increasing Fleet Repair Costs
Forecasting Tire Price Trends in 2020

Forecasting Tire Price Trends in 2020

Most of the subject matter experts that we spoke to expect an increase in tire prices, although predicting future tire costs is difficult due to variables that influence tire pricing.

January 6, 2020

Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Fleets are being impacted by a variety of inflationary pressures ranging from higher acquisition prices due to the proliferation of onboard safety equipment, to increased material costs pushing up pricing on parts, upfits, and replacement tires.

December 13, 2019

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