Enhance Productivity with a Collaborative, Holistic Approach to Spec’ing

For any vocational fleets, your approach to developing vehicle and upfit specifications influences virtually all facets of your overall fleet management strategy. A comprehensive, proactive specification and cycling strategy ensures you have cost effective, reliable vehicles that help your employees support your daily business operations. Conversely, if your vehicles are not spec’ed properly or cycled appropriately, it can lead to safety risks, increased maintenance costs, unforeseen downtime, and shorter lifecycles. These factors can result in significantly higher operating costs and reduced productivity.

In a recent article with Work Truck, ARI’s Ted Davis offers some advice for spec’ing each vehicle for its intended job function to help you maximize your fleet’s revenue-generating capabilities. Ted discusses the importance of thinking about your fleet in business terms, not just fleet terms, and how a holistic understanding of your business empowers you to tailor your specification and cycling strategy accordingly.

“In rural areas, a larger truck allows for larger loads with fewer trips back to the terminal and a more effective delivery route. In an urban setting, a cabover truck rather than a full-chassis cab will help you access tighter delivery areas with greater ease. Similarly, in some scenarios, curtain side boxes may allow for faster, more effective loading/unloading rather than rear-entry options that may require other products to be offloaded (and then reloaded) to access what is being delivered, adding additional time to routes,” explains Ted.

To read the entire article, visit WorkTruckOnline.com. To learn more about how your fleet strategy can help you solve the real-world challenges impacting your business, be sure to take a look at our all-new interactive video experience at FleetIsAnInvestment.com.