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Bentley Truck Services in the Transport Topics News

Transport Topics News – great source for commercial truck news

Recently, Joe Campbell at our South Philadelphia location was quoted in an article on the website. Great information about the commercial trucking industries September sales increase and great news for the commercial trucking industry.

Here’s the article along with a link to the website. The article was written by staff reporter, Seth Clevenger.

“Medium-duty truck sales jumped 20.5% in September from a year earlier, reported, as improving confidence in the economy continued to support higher demand for new trucks.

Retail sales of Classes 3-7 trucks in the United States totaled 37,508 last month, up from 31,107 in the same month a year ago, according to Ward’s data.

“We’ve got decent economic growth, and that’s bolstering confidence among the small business owners who happen to need a truck to support their business,” said Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research Co.

At the same time, buyers still are playing catch-up after delaying replacement purchases during the recession and recovery, Tam said.

“It’s been such a long, slow climb that I think we still have pent-up demand in the medium-duty space that we’re beginning to see actually get relieved,” he said.

Through the first three quarters of 2014, buyers have purchased 327,320 Classes 3-7 trucks, up 6.5% from the same timeframe last year.

Bentley Truck Services, a medium-duty truck dealer with locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, has seen consistent demand this year, said Joe Campbell, director of sales and marketing.

“A couple years ago, everyone was a reluctant buyer,” he said, but now, fewer customers are buying in response to a truck breaking down and more are moving forward with proactive, planned purchases.

“Today, the buyers seem confident that their businesses are doing […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Truck Sales|Comments Off on Bentley Truck Services in the Transport Topics News

Driver Retention Concerns in the Trucking Industry

Driver Retention is the Sixth Biggest Concern for the Trucking Industry

Turnover can cost a company $5,000 per driver. Learn how to keep your good drivers from leaving.

If driver shortage is the #3 concern on the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) survey of trucking executives, it logically follows that driver retention would also be a major issue. And that’s even more so with the added burden of the new HOS rules.

If you’ve managed to find and hire those good drivers, how do you keep them, especially in an industry where turnover is so high? An American Trucking Association (ATA) report issued in December estimated that turnover can cost a company $5,000 per driver. Multiply your current driver pool by $5,000 and you can see what this could cost you and why it’s so important to keep your good drivers. What keeps drivers from leaving?

Although no one can downplay the importance of good pay, when you look at the best companies to work for in all industries in the U.S., those companies that have extremely low turnover, money is often not the deciding factor. More often, it’s a combination of things that lead to a satisfying (or unsatisfying) work environment, including pay, benefits, work/life balance, open communications, professional development, and more. In May of last year, published an article detailing nine ways companies can find and keep their drivers. Eight of these ideas specifically deal with retention.

Pay smarter – If you can’t afford across-the-board increases, tie bonuses and increases to better fuel mileage, on-time delivery, good inspection results, minimal hard-braking incidents, and more. Some companies offer a minimum guaranteed number of miles/week.
Get driver input – Everybody wants respect and everybody would like to be listened to. […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry|Comments Off on Driver Retention Concerns in the Trucking Industry

Alternative Fuel Tool for Fleet Owners

Alternative Fuel Article
Feds Develop Alt-Fuel Analytical Tool

Fleet Magazine recently posted an interesting article about the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool.

Several federal environmental agencies have developed an online calculator for fleet managers that helps estimate gasoline usage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and the cost of ownership of vehicles.

The Argonne National Laboratory and Clean Cities have released the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) tool, which uses simple spreadsheet inputs. The AFLEET tool provides three calculation methods.

First, the Simple Payback Calculator estimates a simple payback of the purchase of a new alternative-fuel vehicle compared to a conventional counterpart. The calculator factors in acquisition and annual operating costs, as well as average annual petroleum use, greenhouse gases, and air pollutant emissions.

The tool also offers the Total Cost of Ownership Calculator, which estimates the net present value of operating and fixed costs over the years of planned ownership of a new vehicle, as well as lifetime petroleum use, greenhouse gases, and air pollutant emissions.

Lastly, the Fleet Energy and Emissions Footprint Calculator estimates the annual petroleum use, greenhouse gases, and air pollutant emissions of existing and new vehicles, taking into consideration that older vehicles typically have higher air pollutant emission rates than newer ones.

The tool uses data from Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model to generate well-to-wheels petroleum use and greenhouse emission coefficients for key fuel production pathways and vehicle types.

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator and certification data are used to estimate tailpipe air pollutant emissions. Various sources are used to provide default cost data, including the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards.

The AFLEET tool’s spreadsheet and […]

By |November 9th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Alternative Fuel Tool for Fleet Owners