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Unprecedented Supply Constraints Disrupt 2021 OTD

Unprecedented Supply Constraints Disrupt 2021 OTD

There were a slew of OEM‐related ordering, production, and cancellation challenges. Throughout the model-year, there were large shifts in buildout times as well as a number of post‐buildout cancellations of accepted orders.

October 11, 2021

North American Fleets Sound Off on Supply Chain Constraints

North American Fleets Sound Off on Supply Chain Constraints

Automotive Fleet views itself as a facilitator to provide a platform for different voices from the industry to sound-off on today’s challenges. This regular column is designed to encourage discourse for fleet professionals to let their voices be heard to their peers and other industry professionals. Here is what is top of mind for North American  fleet professionals on the issue of inventory constraints and vehicle availability.

July 25, 2021

Chassis Shortages & COVID Infections Impact Upfitter OTD

Chassis Shortages & COVID Infections Impact Upfitter OTD

Upfitters experienced a whipsaw effect of robust fleet orders straining their pre-pandemic production capacity and within the space of a month were struggling with chassis shortages due to the suspension of vehicle production.

September 29, 2020

Fewer Railcar Constraints but Transporter OTD Issues Persist

Fewer Railcar Constraints but Transporter OTD Issues Persist

During the 2020 model-year, the fleet industry did not experience significant railcar-related issues as seen in past model-years. However, fleets did report transportation issues with car haulers and last-mile deliveries to the dealers.

September 29, 2020

OTD Goes From Bad to Worse in MY-2020

OTD Goes From Bad to Worse in MY-2020

During the pre-pandemic period, 2020 OTD became extended due to a GM strike and strong order demand. The onset of the pandemic nearly halted OTD by idling non-essential fleets and closure of all OEM assembly plants.

September 29, 2020

Chassis Shortages and Installation Backlogs Slow Upfitter Order-to-Delivery
Why Railcar Constraints Continue to Impact Order-to-Delivery

Why Railcar Constraints Continue to Impact Order-to-Delivery

In MY-2019, ongoing railcar shortages created huge backlogs of vehicles needing to be shipped. The railcar shortage has been a key factor for fleet delivery delays for the past 20 years. The question is when does it get fixed?

October 9, 2019

Average Fleet Order-to-Delivery Times Worsen in 2019

Average Fleet Order-to-Delivery Times Worsen in 2019

Fleet order-to-delivery times for model-year 2019 increased in comparison to those in MY-2018. Delays were caused by rail constraints, plant downtimes, truck driver shortages, production capacity strains, and early order cutoffs.

September 24, 2019

Ongoing Strong Economy to Bolster 2020-MY Fleet Orders

Ongoing Strong Economy to Bolster 2020-MY Fleet Orders

The majority of fleets report new-vehicle acquisitions will continue to be elevated due to strong business growth, comparable to MY-2019, with most forecasting an increase or continuation of similar order volume in MY-2020.

July 16, 2019

Demand for Trucks and Vans Slow Fleet Deliveries

Demand for Trucks and Vans Slow Fleet Deliveries

Increased fleet orders for trucks and vans created backlogs at upfitter facilities, increasing lead times and missed ship-thrus. A shortage of rail autorack carriers further delayed deliveries. Despite this, order-to-delivery for most units was similar to 2017.

October 2, 2018

15 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery for the Next Model Year
2019-MY Buying Inclinations Driven by Strong Economy

2019-MY Buying Inclinations Driven by Strong Economy

The majority of fleets are reporting that their acquisition strategies are being stimulated by solid organic business growth, with most forecasting an increase or continuation of the same order volume in model-year 2019.

June 26, 2018

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

Milder weather, greater railcar availability, softer retail demand, and fewer quality holds contributed to stable or decreasing order-to-delivery (OTD) times. Most OTD issues involved vehicles shipped from Mexico to the U.S.

October 2, 2017

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

Ten subject-matter experts provide a deep dive analysis of the top factors that influenced 2017 model-year deliveries. The analysis is based on a survey of 137,034 vehicles delivered in MY-2017, representing 103 different models.

October 2, 2017

13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

Key areas for improvement are the development of better forecasting tools and greater collaboration between all logistics partners in the supply chain. Also, more transportation and rail infrastructure investment is needed.

October 21, 2016

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