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Category : Opinions

Interview: Richard Chamberlain, UK country manager for Fiat Professional

1 week ago / 0 comments

Conversions top the list of priorities at Fiat Professional, Richard Chamberlain tells Dan Gilkes.

Q&A: Jim Sumner of Isotrak

2 months ago / 0 comments

Jim Sumner, executive chairman, Isotrak, speaks to Natalie Middleton about the post-acquisition integration of VeriLocation and the two firms’ ongoing product development plans.

Interview: Ricky McFarland, Mercedes-Benz Vans

5 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans’ head of fleet Ricky McFarland talks Dan Gilkes through some of the company’s plans for the future.

How the home delivery revolution is raising everyone’s game

7 months ago / 0 comments

The huge rise in demand for home delivery, often called ‘the last mile delivery’, continues to test the capabilities of retailers and logistics businesses alike. Tony English, CEO of Isotrak, analyses the market.

Renault Trucks looks to master LCV sales

7 months ago / 0 comments

Renault Trucks is providing a service as much as a vehicle, head of LCV Grahame Neagus tells Dan Gilkes.

Fuel-saving strategies for van fleets

7 months ago / 0 comments

Martin Devine, managing director at Fueltek, explains how fleets could save money by buying fuel in bulk and closely monitoring use.

Crafter drives van conversion focus

9 months ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is planning growth in van conversions, specialist sales manager Nick Axtell tells Dan Gilkes.

A guide to funding the conversions of your LCVs

9 months ago / 0 comments

Simon Simmons, supplier relationship manager, Alphabet GB Limited, looks at the key considerations for fleets exploring funding options for LCV conversions.

Euro 6 and the future of the fleet industry

2 years ago / 0 comments

The last few months have seen some hesitation from the UK’s commercial vehicle industry to discuss EU regulations, particularly when it concerns one of the most seismic shifts to hit the sector in years. … Read More »

The trouble with old vans: Bad first impressions

2 years ago / 0 comments

On a fundamental level, a vehicle is advertising collateral for a business. In the same way a salesman’s attire reflects his approach to work and business, a van’s appearance indicates to current and prospective … Read More »

Why making Big Data manageable is essential for fleets

2 years ago / 0 comments

Connectivity is totally changing the way in which fleets operate. Real-time visibility on the likes of assets and remote equipment, wireless engine software revisions, instantaneous customer-service feedback, dynamic routing and scheduling is having a … Read More »

Commercial vehicle drivers not appropriately equipped for busy Christmas period

2 years ago / 0 comments

With Christmas looming just around the corner, the logistics industry is braced to deliver as the nation embarks on its festive shopping spree. Truck and commercial vehicle drivers know all too well that this … Read More »

Using field service management solutions to support mobile workers

2 years ago / 0 comments

Today, a field service operation is characterised by the running of multiple technologies, from GPS and vehicle-tracking systems to telematics, fleet management and workforce management solutions. Each of these technologies generates vast amounts of … Read More »

Safer Lorry Scheme is not enough to stop accidents

2 years ago / 0 comments

While the introduction of the Safer Lorry Scheme is extremely welcome and will no doubt have a positive impact on all road users across the capital, this alone is not enough to cut incidents … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

2 years ago / 0 comments

The value of keeping it personal In the business world, it is vital to ensure the tone you are using is relevant for the person you’re engaging with. Key to this is making sure … Read More »

Market Trends: the latest Glass’s commercial vehicle overview‏

2 years ago / 0 comments

REGISTRATIONS Following the trend set over recent months, commercial vehicle registrations again grew strongly in July. Figures released by the SMMT confirmed that there was growth of 16.4% for LCVs with a whopping 41.5% … Read More »

Bumpy road ahead for used CV market

2 years ago / 0 comments

Although very sensitive to economic downturns, the market for used commercial vehicles has repeatedly demonstrated itself to be up to the challenges heaped upon it by the Great British economy. Over successive recessions, which … Read More »

Star Treatment

2 years ago / 0 comments

With over 200 vans available to test drive, both on and off the road, this year’s Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live welcomed more than 2,000 visitors over a two week period. It provided a chance … Read More »

How simple operational changes can drive efficiency

2 years ago / 0 comments

A Supreme Court judgement back in April ruled that the UK Government must draw up new plans to reduce NOx emissions by the end of 2015. Transport is the biggest single contributor in the … Read More »

Ford fires up Transit service

2 years ago / 0 comments

Ford has now opened 105 specialist Transit Centres across the UK designed to give enhanced levels of service to its van customers, covering the entire model range from Fiesta van to Transit 2-tonne. “If … Read More »

Shoreham offers top tips for local authorities selling used ex-utility vehicles

2 years ago / 0 comments

The south coast auctioneers have recently seen a wave of ex-utility vehicles leave auctions for nearly three times their reserve price, regardless of age, generating huge interest from an ever-growing buyer base. According to … Read More »

Hertz van expansion

3 years ago / 0 comments

How would you describe your van supersites? “Vans are available from all of our 155 UK car rental outlets, but Hertz now has 20 van supersites specifically set up to work with LCV business … Read More »

Mercedes Vans go pro

3 years ago / 0 comments

The new Mercedes-Benz Vito range will be launched at the CV Show on 14 April. Managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK, Steve Bridge, told us what customers will be offered from launch. … Read More »

What does the whole life of your vehicle really cost you?

3 years ago / 0 comments

Research shows that over 80% of businesses and customers do not truly understand the whole life cost of their vehicles, and the financial impact of making the wrong decision can be significant. For this … Read More »

Keeping your employees on the road

3 years ago / 0 comments

When an employee is out on the road, they become something of an unknown risk factor. From the vehicle they drive to their behaviour behind the wheel, if they are on company time, you … Read More »

Changing van market demand to put pressure on manufacturers

3 years ago / 0 comments

LCV registrations are at their highest point since pre-recession and this is putting significant pressure on manufacturers, with some facing challenges in order to meet this increase in demand. The fact that manufacturers are planning three, … Read More »

Fiat Professional gears up for 2015

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fiat Professional is celebrating record UK sales of almost 15,000 vans in 2014 and looking forward to further growth this year. With the latest version of Ducato now up to speed and a revised … Read More »

Strength in numbers

3 years ago / 0 comments

Almost every van manufacturer will have benefitted from the UK’s rising LCV market in 2014, though Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ registrations were particularly strong. The company sold more than 41,200 vans to the end of … Read More »

Field Service trends in 2015

3 years ago / 0 comments

1. Robust and Flexible Platforms Technology is moving quickly, and companies are looking to solution providers to deliver platforms globally as the foundation for innovation. Providers have to be ready to add, extend and … Read More »

Viva Vivaro!

3 years ago / 0 comments

  VFW: What is Vauxhall’s position in the fleet LCV market at present? RC: ‘Total sales are up 3.16% to the end of October and all of our model lines are performing ahead of … Read More »