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Spec'ing Box Truck Bodies to Maximize Productivity

November 2008, by Sean Lyden - Also by this author


Depending on a truck's application, the basic plywood option is the lowest-cost box interior design. The 3/8-inch plywood protects the aluminum sidewalls.

As a fleet manager, you’re continually looking for ideas to cut vehicle operational costs and boost crew efficiency. Managing trucks with box truck bodies is one area to uncover potential cost savings and increase productivity when it comes to body specs.

Think about it. Could a 2-foot longer box make a difference in getting more deliveries done in fewer trips — significantly lowering transportation costs while gaining revenue per day?

What if a fleet manager spec’d a lower box height (in relation to the top of the cab) to reduce wind drag? What difference would that make in fuel economy savings?

Or, what about cargo access? Would adding a side door make a difference of saving perhaps 5-10 minutes per stop, allowing your crew to get more jobs done in less time?

How should you spec box trucks to realize maximum cost savings and crew productivity in your fleet? Here are 10 points to consider.

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