At the beginning of a new year, it’s customary to look forward and imagine the future. In keeping with that tradition, let’s fast-forward five years into the future to look at the challenges and opportunities that managers will face with their 2020 fleets. Resisting the temptation to go with a sci-fi approach that predicts levitating route trucks and teleported deliveries, we’ll take a more realistic approach to see how existing technologies might help beverage fleets address key issues.
Even though the North American energy boom recently has pushed crude oil prices downward, there’s no guarantee that this won’t reverse. Total fuel cost and the volatility of pricing will continue to be a major issue for fleet managers.