Weighing Your Options through Fleet Upgrades

You have a job to do, and so do your vehicles. And when it’s time to work, you need to be able to trust those vehicles to keep your drivers on the road and be an effective part of your workforce.

One easy way to put trust in your fleet is by having the right vehicle for each job in the first place. Sounds simple, but as your business evolves you may find yourself with outdated vehicles that no longer align with job responsibilities. When was the last time you really took stock of your vehicles?

Let’s take a real-world look into how a misalignment between vehicle specifications and job responsibilities can get expensive.

Exhausted by Fleet Costs

We recently observed an escalating trend in operating costs for one of our clients specializing in hospitality management. Their 1,200 vehicle fleet of cutaway, cargo and step vans was experiencing increased wear and a consequent increase in maintenance spend.

We visited three of the client’s locations to study how their vans were being utilized, and understand the root cause of the problem. The ARI team studied details that often get overlooked on a regular working day, including:

  • The amount of payload each vehicle was transporting
  • How employees were distributing cargo loads within the vehicle
  • The types of vehicles being used for each job

We were able to see that a percentage of their fleet vehicles were being used improperly, shortening their usable lifespan. At the same time, a number of vehicles were being underutilized.

Balancing the Scales

Our mission was clear – to keep the fleet size the same, choose the right chassis for the job, and design upfitting specifications to create better weight distribution. We presented the client with several options for consideration.

After reviewing ARI’s recommendations, the client decided to move forward with a two-prong approach:

  1. Replacing the current walk-in vans with a heavier GVW specification and ordering more than 150 new units
  2. Revising cutaway van specifications to include new interior folding shelving, and applying this new design to approximately 20 units

While the size of the new vehicles didn’t shift dramatically, the new weight and shelving options improved the weight distribution within each vehicle and across the entire fleet.

Although upgrading to walk-in vans with a higher GVW involved a higher acquisition cost, the increased capacity means that the vehicles will no longer suffer from damage and resulting downtime caused by overloading.

Take the Load Off

With the weight issues resolved, ARI’s client is excited to move into the future together. We’re working on a collaboration now that will evaluate fuel options to further enhance their new and improved fleet, making them more efficient and adding even  more value for the long run.

It’s easier than you think to build results into your fleet. It doesn’t take long to realize that the cycle improves with time. Start by reading our whitepaper on managing the supply chain process.

Vous avez un travail à faire, tout comme vos véhicules. Et quand il est temps de travailler, vous devez pouvoir être en mesure de faire confiance à ces véhicules pour garder vos conducteurs sur la route et être une partie efficace de votre main-d’œuvre.

Un moyen simple d’avoir confiance en votre parc est d’avoir, en premier lieu, le bon véhicule pour chaque tâche. Cela semble simple, mais à mesure que votre compagnie évolue, vous risquez de vous retrouver avec des véhicules désuets ne correspondant plus aux responsabilités du travail. À quand remonte la dernière fois que vous avez vraiment fait l’inventaire de vos véhicules?

Examinons dans le monde réel comment un désalignement entre les spécifications du véhicule et les responsabilités du travail à effectuer peut devenir dispendieux.

Épuisé par les coûts du parc

Nous avons récemment observé une tendance à la hausse des coûts d’exploitation pour l’un de nos clients spécialisés dans la gestion du domaine hôtelier. Leur parc de 1 200 véhicules comprenant des fourgonnettes tronquées, des fourgons utilitaires et des fourgonnettes surélevées subissaient une usure accrue et une augmentation conséquente des dépenses d’entretien.

Nous avons visité trois des emplacements du client pour étudier l’utilisation de leurs fourgonnettes et comprendre la cause première du problème. L’équipe d’ARI a étudié des détails souvent négligés lors d’une journée de travail normale, notamment:

  • La quantité de charge utile transportée par chaque véhicule
  • Comment les employés distribuaient la cargaison dans le véhicule
  • Les types de véhicules utilisés pour chaque travail

Nous avons constaté qu’un pourcentage de leur parc de véhicules était utilisé de manière inappropriée, raccourcissant leur durée de vie utile. Dans le même temps, un certain nombre de véhicules étaient sous-utilisés.You have a job to do, and so do your vehicles. And when it’s time to work, you need to be able to trust those vehicles to keep your drivers on the road and be an effective part of your workforce.

One easy way to put trust in your fleet is by having the right vehicle for each job in the first place. Sounds simple, but as your business evolves you may find yourself with outdated vehicles that no longer align with job responsibilities. When was the last time you really took stock of your vehicles?

Let’s take a real-world look into how a misalignment between vehicle specifications and job responsibilities can get expensive.

Exhausted by Fleet Costs

We recently observed an escalating trend in operating costs for one of our clients specializing in hospitality management. Their 1,200 vehicle fleet of cutaway, cargo and step vans was experiencing increased wear and a consequent increase in maintenance spend.

We visited three of the client’s locations to study how their vans were being utilized, and understand the root cause of the problem. The ARI team studied details that often get overlooked on a regular working day, including:

  • The amount of payload each vehicle was transporting
  • How employees were distributing cargo loads within the vehicle
  • The types of vehicles being used for each job

We were able to see that a percentage of their fleet vehicles were being used improperly, shortening their usable lifespan. At the same time, a number of vehicles were being underutilized.

Équilibrer les échelles

Notre mission était claire: garder la taille du parc inchangée, choisir le bon châssis pour le travail et concevoir des spécifications d’aménagement permettant une meilleure répartition du poids. Nous avons présenté au client plusieurs options à considérer.

Après avoir examiné les recommandations d’ARI, le client a décidé d’aller de l’avant avec une approche à deux volets:

  1. Remplacer les fourgonnettes surélevées actuelles par des véhicules ayant un PBV plus lourd et commander plus de 150 nouvelles unités.
  2. Réviser les spécifications des fourgonnettes tronquées pour y inclure de nouvelles étagères pliantes et installer cette nouvelle configuration dans environ 20 unités.

Bien que la taille des nouveaux véhicules n’ait pas beaucoup changé, les nouvelles options de poids et d’étagères ont amélioré la répartition du poids au sein de chaque véhicule et pour l’ensemble du parc.Balancing the Scales

Our mission was clear – to keep the fleet size the same, choose the right chassis for the job, and design upfitting specifications to create better weight distribution. We presented the client with several options for consideration.

After reviewing ARI’s recommendations, the client decided to move forward with a two-prong approach:

  1. Replacing the current walk-in vans with a heavier GVW specification and ordering more than 150 new units
  2. Revising cutaway van specifications to include new interior folding shelving, and applying this new design to approximately 20 units

While the size of the new vehicles didn’t shift dramatically, the new weight and shelving options improved the weight distribution within each vehicle and across the entire fleet.

Bien que le surclassement des fourgonnettes surélevées vers un PBV supérieur ait entraîné un coût d’acquisition plus élevé, l’augmentation de la capacité signifie que les dommages aux véhicules causés par la surcharge et les temps d’arrêt qui y sont reliés seront de beaucoup réduits.

Alléger la charge

Avec les problèmes de poids résolus, le client d’ARI est enthousiaste à l’idée d’avancer vers l’avenir ensemble. Nous travaillons actuellement sur une collaboration qui permettra d’évaluer les options de carburant, afin d’améliorer davantage leur nouveau parc amélioré, de le rendre plus efficace et d’ajouter encore plus de valeur à long terme.

Il est plus facile que vous le pensez d’obtenir des résultats dans votre parc. Il ne faut pas longtemps pour réaliser que le cycle s’améliore avec le temps. Commencez par lire notre livre blanc sur le processus de gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement.Although upgrading to walk-in vans with a higher GVW involved a higher acquisition cost, the increased capacity means that the vehicles will no longer suffer from damage and resulting downtime caused by overloading.

Take the Load Off

With the weight issues resolved, ARI’s client is excited to move into the future together. We’re working on a collaboration now that will evaluate fuel options to further enhance their new and improved fleet, making them more efficient and adding even more value for the long run.

It’s easier than you think to build results into your fleet. It doesn’t take long to realize that the cycle improves with time. Start by reading our whitepaper on managing the supply chain process.