Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management (Part 1)

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management (Part 1)

1. Reducing Fuel Spend

The high cost of fuel will continue to have a major impact on fleet operating expense. Especially hard-hit will be truck fleets, since the cost of a gallon of diesel is predicted to remain higher than unleaded gasoline. Higher fuel prices will have a domino effect on increasing prices for other oil-based products, such as replacement tires.

Reducing Fuel Spend

Longer Service Life in Fleet Management

2. Telematics Proliferation

Since the late 1980s, telematics has been used by the over-the-road truck industry for delivery scheduling, route optimization, and driver communication. The widespread use of satellite tracking and communication technology in the Class 8 market will continue to migrate to the Class 3-7 market. Fleets are using telematics to capture and report key data related to the truck’s diagnostics, idling, drive time, and fuel economy. In addition, companies are using telematics to enhance driver productivity and route management. For a service fleet, just adding one more stop per day/per vehicle can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to the bottom line. In the coming years, telematics will play a larger role in maximizing cargo space for increased delivery capacity, fuel savings, and increase productivity.

3. Green Fleet Initiatives

A growing trend starting to exert influence on vehicle selection is corporate “green” initiatives to reduce a company’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. These initiatives are being felt at major truck fleets in big companies. Corporate green initiatives often go hand-in-hand with fuel reduction initiatives. Many fleets are looking to offset petroleum usage with biofuels. Biodiesel is growing in popularity with truck fleets since it requires no modification to the truck engine and can be applied toward meeting EPAct mandates. Also, more non-traditional trucks, such as hybrid trucks, will enter the market.

Green Fleet Initiatives

Small fleets don’t need management systems

5. Ergonomics

Ergonomics is playing a greater role in upfitting decisions to minimize Workers’ Comp claims. The aging workforce is also playing a greater role in work truck design. More fleets are specifying low-profile chassis, which make it easier for drivers to enter and exit, and equipment, such as hydraulic-assisted drop-down ladder racks, liftgates, and slide-out beds.

Read the second part of the article here.