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Localization of trucking giving rise to daycabs, smaller engines

Jul 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM CST

As more carriers regionalize their delivery patterns, many companies have had to re-evaluate their need of large sleeper tractors.

In some cases, the flexibility offered by a big sleeper makes a lot of sense but to some customers, the efficiency gains from smaller lighter trucks is hard to ignore.

“… we’ve seen a more pronounced shift entirely away from any size of sleeper to daycabs over the last five years or so,” says Scott Perry, vice president of supply management and global product management at Ryder. “We’ve seen development of more regional-based delivery operations where a driver can work a shift and then go home. This is more a function of driver lifestyle quality and the ability to recruit and retain drivers versus operations where sleepers and multi-day dispatches were previously the norm.”

Kevin Koester, Ford’s medium duty truck and Super Duty fleet brand manager, says Ford has targeted those same fleets with F-650 and F-750 Super Duty models.