Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

By Team Writer / October 1, 2016

Safety is amongst one of the main concerns in every aspect of life. Being able to be proactive instead of reactive situation can not only save you valuable time but can potentially save your life or another. Increasing safety in a specific field can be very challenging. One person who overcame the challenge was Kelsey Wolfe.

Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

2017 ROUSH F-150 Ready for Order

By Team Writer / October 1, 2016

ROUSH performance has recently announced the new 2017 ROUSH F-150 is available for order now through certain authorized ROUSH dealerships. The 2017 ROUSH F-150 is very customizable and buyers have a slew of customizing options. Some of these including trim, color, and engine combinations, as well as a host of aggressive body additions.

2017 ROUSH F-150 Ready for Order

Find Out Why Dodge Van Racing is a Thing in Japan

By Team Writer / October 1, 2016

A recent and new weird Japanese trend include modifying and racing Dodge vans. The new and weird trend is discussed in a video that was posted on the Noriyaro YouTube channel. The video explains to the viewer how the weird Dodge van racing culture or otherwise known as Dajiban culture had first gotten started and taken off.

Key Takeaways:

  • People in Japan like weird things: miniature plastic foods, maid cafes, vending machines that dispense whatever your heart desires, and a lot more. But a new video explores a weird Japanese trend we can get behind: modifying and racing Dodge vans.
  • video posted on the Noriyaro YouTube channel explains how the Dodge van, or “Dajiban,” culture took off in Japan. It’s not clear why the Dodge Ram van of the mid-1990s specifically became the rig of choice, but the video explains that vans became popular because motorcycle racers needed a vehicle that could haul their bikes, parts, and tires to the track
  • The vans shown at Ebisu Circuit are painted in all different colors, with some wearing stickers advertising American brands like Mooneyes, Sunoco, and Liqui Moly.

“A new video explores a weird Japanese trend we can get behind: modifying and racing Dodge vans.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/find-dodge-van-racing-thing-japan/

Profit Is Hiding In Dark Places

By Team Writer / September 30, 2016

According to reports, most fleets operate on very thin margins and it does not look like much change will be coming anytime soon. This is mostly partly due to them not having total and complete control over their procurement process. This can be changed if the procurement process is managed properly and efficiently for profit.

Key Takeaways:

  • In a recent survey conducted by AmeriQuest Business Services, 2,000 respondents who were responsible for managing or influencing their company’s procurement process shed light on why this process so often falls short of its potential.
  • Fifteen percent of the survey respondents didn’t know which department managed their company’s procurement, even though they were directly involved in the process.
  • Estimates are that 15–40 percent of a company’s overall operating costs fall in the indirect spend category.

“Fifteen percent of the survey respondents didn’t know which department managed their company’s procurement, even though they were directly involved in the process.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/article/story/2016/09/profit-is-hiding-in-dark-places.aspx

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

By Team Writer / September 30, 2016

Daimler Trucks has recently announced its plan to unveil two electric vehicles, a Mitsubishi and a Mercedes. Both for commercial use, these new vehicles are expected to be introduced into the United States market in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Due to recent advancements in battery technology, these vehicles are becoming more widely available than they were in years past.

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

Here’s Your Chance to Own Donald Trump’s Lamborghini Diablo

By Team Writer / September 30, 2016

This “lemans blue” 1997 Lamborghini Diablo roadster vet has only had three original owners! The first owner being the presidential candidate Donald trump. Currently on eBay the reserve has not bid met yet with a first bid at $460,000! The miles are 15,2777 and it comes with a sticker saying trump 2016! It also has some differences in relation to other lamborghinis including all wheel drive.

Here’s Your Chance to Own Donald Trump’s Lamborghini Diablo

Report: Small Fleets Keep Trucks Nearly Twice as Long as Large Fleets

By Team Writer / September 30, 2016

There is a recent jointly produced study by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research that is now available. This study examines heavy duty vehicle usage, maintenance practices, as well as replacement parts purchasing activity. The cost of these maintenance and replacement parts is analyzed through identifying the annual dollars the reporting fleets spend on vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 30-page report gives a close look at the activity that drives equipment replacement and parts purchases such as vehicle age, typical trade cycles, miles driven per year and preventive maintenance intervals.
  • Small fleets averaged a Class 8 truck age of 5 years while large fleets reported an average of 2.7 years.
  • Class 8 miles driven is expected to increase in 2016 by 2.2% compared with 2015 and Class 8 ton miles is forecasted to increase by 1.1%.

“Fleets revealed that the primary reason for outsourcing maintenance was a lack of technical knowledge to complete the work at the fleet level and the report also found that more than half of outsourced maintenance was performed by original equipment dealers.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/news/story/2016/09/report-small-fleets-keep-trucks-nearly-twice-as-long-as-large-fleets.aspx

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