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Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Many tire OEMs have increased prices in CY-2021, ranging from 3-10% depending on type of tire and size. Higher commodity prices and increased ocean freight rates are being passed on to end users as OE profit margins compress.

October 26, 2021

10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

Standardized delivery timelines stipulated in an SLA can create unrealistic expectations. Also, the relationship can become transactional in nature, with a risk of damaging the relationship if there are penalties for missed metrics.

January 20, 2017

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements.

August 19, 2016

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

The No. 1 consideration when spec’ing a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine displacement, transmission, size of tires, and frame type. You determine the payload by determining the fleet application.

August 15, 2016

18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

Strong demand from retail and fleet customers helped fuel truck and van sales in 2015. While good news for OEMs, this increased production volume resulted in order-to-delivery (OTD) delays. Experts offer suggestions on how to improve OTD.

November 20, 2015

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

September 18, 2015

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

A “dream team” of 18 fleet truck experts was assembled to discuss ways to optimize the upfitting process. In part 1 of our two-part series, these subject-matter experts reveal how to avoid common upfitting mistakes. It all starts with proper planning.

September 8, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Key trends in auxiliary equipment specifications focus on driver productivity and idle reduction using telematics, safety enhancements with crash avoidance sensors, and maximizing space using multi-function equipment.

May 26, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

May 26, 2015

Ram ProMaster City is Upfitter Friendly, Business Ready

Ram ProMaster City is Upfitter Friendly, Business Ready

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is based on the Fiat Doblo, a two-time International Van of the Year winner with more than 1.3 million units sold. Built on a 122.4-inch wheelbase, it is available in cargo and wagon versions.

March 3, 2015

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