Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Trucking's Most Respected Business Report hotline 22 HDT • DECEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Quotable "I think anyone who gives you a direct ROI number [on natural gas- powered vehicles] is wrong, because they don't know your application." – Joe Shefchik, Paper Transport, at Green Fleet Conference DuraStar for disasters Navistar has partnered with Terranova GTS to showcase an International DuraStar Multi-Purpose Vehicle — a truck designed to aid in disaster relief efforts with a vehicle-mounted water treat- ment system that can purify 5,000 gallons of drinking water per day. It also includes firefighting capabilities and a mobile medical unit, provid- ing "a critical resource to aid disaster relief efforts around the world." The diverse ways fleets are meeting industry challenges A s part of its annual fleet survey conducted in October, CK Com- mercial Vehicle Research asked its sampling of carriers, "Overall, how is your fleet changing to meet the de- mands of the current economic, regulatory and industry environment? The resulting comments were all over the board, says Chris Kemmer. "We had fleets shrinking, growing, doing more OTR, doing less OTR, speeding up purchases to get new technology, slowing down purchases to digest what they have," and so on, she explains. Despite the efforts of analysts, journalists and others to define industry trends to watch for, it's tough to do, because individually, fleets address "the demands of the current economic, regulatory and industry environment" based on their own busi- ness environment, Kemmer says. However, she does report a few popular themes in the responses: • Adding technology to improve safety, fuel efficiency and retain drivers • More focus on freight such as maximizing loads, lanes and customers that generate the best revenue. • More selective in freight they choose to haul. • Addressing the critical driver shortage • Trying to maintain flexibility CK Commercial Vehicle Research has been surveying fleets for more than a decade. For more information, email chris@ckcvr.com. PHOTO: NAVISTAR Spot Freight: Spot market freight availability re- mained strong in October, continuing a 15-month streak of record demand for truckload services. Volume increased 2% over a year ago, with a 3.7 percent month-over-month seasonal decline. On a year-over-year basis, freight volume and average truck- load rates rose on the spot market for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed freight. 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 ( DEC ) JA N JUNE JULY AU G SEP OCT N OV DEC FEB MAR APR M AY Index: August 1996 = 100 SPOT FREIGHT INDEX (Information provided by DAT Solutions) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Survey Says

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