It has a clean comfortable cab and a well designed, separate cargo box. It's features include:
The First Class Expediter can accommodate wider, heavier loads that pay higher rates yet would pay drivers rates comparable to vans. Gross margins up to 100% are possible. Your light trucks can produce higher gross margins than larger trucks. Inefficient vans often require carriers to substitute a large straight truck to transport shipments at a very low gross margin (or a loss) in order to service a good customer. The First Class Expediter can help save your large straights for better paying loads.
Consider the insurance/ legal liabilities of placing cargo in the same compartment as a driver. Cargo is:
A van is not a safe, comfortable environment for a driver. You do not expose larger trucks to the same risks. It may be discriminatory that a van driver's safety is less important. The First Class Expediter's clean, quiet and comfortable cab will reduce driver fatigue and 4 wheel drive will improve safety and operations. The cargo box insulation reduces rain, wind and outside noise in truck stops and rest areas. Better sleep equates to better safety!
Drivers overwhelmingly prefer pickup trucks (largest selling vehicles in U.S.) to vans. Carriers will be able to recruit better drivers if they can drive better light trucks. It will be easier to recruit teams if they have the space and conveniences of the First Class Expediter.
If vans are not 10,000 GVW, you are giving away critical payload capacity. Carriers would not recruit a tractor trailer that plated at only 72,000 lbs GVW and gave up 8,000 lbs. of payload! Why recruit a light truck that is not 10,000 GVW? Light trucks can not afford to give up nearly 1,000 lbs. of payload!
Drivers may be able to park a First Class Expediter where they live or in places that do not allow "commercial vehicles" like plain white vans or sprinters. This is a huge advantage in faster response time and may get carriers more loads. The First Class Expediter cargo box has standard dimensions that do not vary with the truck type. The First Class Expediter has unlimited points for attaching straps, chains or load bars and can allow any size or shaped cargo to be strongly secured. Four wheel drive allows drivers to pick up shipments in inclement weather when other vehicles may be out of service. They can then proceed to the destination as conditions permit.
Vans have no storage space for a driver's personal "stuff". Stuff includes: sleeping bag, cot or mattress, pillow, cooler, food, clothes, tools, straps, chains, etc. Teams have twice as much.
Stuff is stored in the cargo area where it gets dirty and limits capacity. Stuff is visible every time a customer loads/unloads a van...looks like a rummage sale on wheels! If it is a full load, driver must place all their stuff on the ground (sidewalk sale) then pile it on top or around the customer's freight or jam it in the very limited seating area. Nice impression! Is this the image you wish to present to your customers?
Wouldn't you rather go FIRST CLASS!
Vans have been used in expediting for more than 30 years because they were available and appeared to be a simple solution requiring no research. However, If insurance carriers and legal advisers were aware of the obvious risks to liability and safety, the decision to use vans may not be acceptable.
Pickup trucks have not been widely used by carriers due to a lack of a uniform standard. Variations in truck sizes, caps/covers and colors may not be acceptable to the carrier or its customers. The pickup truck will serve as a cab & chassis to support the unique, patented cargo box used in the First Class Expediter. The First Class Expediter's box is as functional when parked as it is efficient under load. It is well insulated and ventilated with plenty of storage. The box serves as a camper and gives the driver(s) a more comfortable space in which to sleep or hang out until their next dispatch.