Productivity top focus for US fleets

Maximising productivity is the primary concern for truck fleet managers in North America, according to a new survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services. 44 per cent of all managers interviewed said increasing productivity would be their main objective at the moment. 

Highlighting fleet managers’ increased focus on keeping operating expenses in check, additional concerns include meeting cost savings goals (24 per cent) and understanding the impact of new vehicle technologies, such as alternative fuel vehicles (20 per cent).

When fleet managers were asked to name the single most important area of focus in maximising fleet productivity, 29 percent cited specifying the right truck for the job. Similarly, 22 per cent said specifying the right truck was the most important service their fleet management company could provide. The next most important areas were tracking downtime and reducing total cost of ownership (both 18 per cent).

“Unexpected downtime can result in lost time and money, and cause unnecessary difficulties for fleet managers and drivers alike,” said Ken Gillies, manager of truck purchasing and engineering for GE Capital Fleet Services. 

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