Even though truck drivers are essential to U.S. economic stability and growth, they are commonly an under-appreciated group that doesn’t get the respect they deserve. Think what would happen if truck drivers decided not to show up for work. Grocery shelves would be empty, raw materials wouldn’t be supplied to manufacturers, new products wouldn’t be developed, gas stations would have no fuel, and hospitals would be lacking the medical supplies and pharmaceuticals needed to treat patients. These are just a few of the “doomsday” scenarios that would become a reality. Nothing moves without truck drivers. Practically everything we use or consume at some point is transported on a truck.
To get an idea of the importance of having a backup generator for your business, think about what could happen if an unexpected power outage occurred. You would not be able to access data, complete sales, manufacture products, connect with customers, ensure employee and customer safety, and could be forced to shut down your business until power was restored. This can add to the loss of revenue, excessive downtime, loss of customers, corrupt/lost data, property damage, and a damaged reputation — none of which any business can afford.
To keep airport facilities running smoothly, efficiently, and safely, ground support crew and ground support equipment (GSE) must be firing on all cylinders 24/7/365. If not, there’s an imminent risk that ground-handling services performed on an aircraft at the terminal gate may not be performed promptly or, worse, not conducted safely.
Rising fuel and maintenance/repair costs are always a hot topic for fleet owners and managers. But what’s typically not as top of mind is the rising cost of fleet vehicle insurance premiums over the last couple of years. With premiums steadily rising and, in some cases, even doubling, owners and managers need to be thinking more about insurance and how to keep premium costs under control.
With solar energy becoming more affordable and accessible than ever before, businesses across the U.S. are increasingly investing in solar as a reliable, clean, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly power source. From Fortune 500 companies to small/midsize businesses, on-site commercial solar installations are booming. These panels can be installed on rooftops, in parking lots, or ground-mounted.
With e-commerce increasingly becoming a more significant percentage of U.S. retail sales, last mile delivery fleets have never been busier. E-commerce is projected to grow to 19.2% of all U.S. retail sales by 2024, and the North American last mile delivery market is projected to grow by $58.91 billion between 2021 and 2025. To meet the demand and be competitive, fleet managers must ensure their last mile delivery fleets run at top-notch efficiency.
The truck driver shortage is one of the biggest challenges the U.S. trucking industry currently faces. Looking ahead to the future, it’s going to get even more challenging. According to the American Trucking Association, the April 2021 shortage of 63,000 will climb well over 100,000 by 2022 and close to 180,000 by 2026.
For airport administrators, there’s no question that procuring, managing, and monitoring fuel for ground vehicles and facilities can be a real challenge to balance. What is also undisputed is that fuel is one of the most significant expenses for airport facilities. Controlling fuel costs by improving fuel efficiency and reducing waste should be a top priority.
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With lowering fuel and maintenance costs, compliance with government regulations, and reducing carbon footprint being top priorities for businesses that operate fleets, it’s no wonder that fleet managers are increasingly turning to green fuels to power their fleet vehicles. A 2020 fleet purchasing survey indicated that interest in green fuels is on the rise after remaining relatively flat for the last several years.
With fuel being a top expense for fleets, determining the most cost-effective purchasing method to fuel your vehicles and equipment requires careful consideration. While there’s no common “one method fills all”, what is common among all fleets is the need to manage the price of fuel and offset the risk of fuel price volatility. Choosing the method that best matches your specific requirements can help you tackle this need head-on.