Work Truck Solutions, an online platform that enables commercial inventory searches by body type and chassis, for both truck buyers and industry supply chain stakeholders, announced its new office location in Troy, MI.
"The level of support that the OEMs have provided to help expand our services to their dealers, and the support that we are receiving from the industry at large, told us that our presence in the motor city is an important commitment to support our planned growth," reported Work Truck Solutions CEO Kathryn Schifferle. "We are not only expanding our network of dealers, we are integrating supply chain stakeholders, primarily body manufacturers and distributors, into our inventory and data network. By aggregating their data, we will be able to supply everyone with a clear picture of the market channel, and be able to create solutions to challenges inherent in this fragmented industry."
Since 2015 Work Truck Solutions said its network grew from 77 dealers to well over 500 dealers. In 2016 it added 'locator' buttons onto key body manufacturer and distributor websites to help truck buyers locate dealers' in-stock upfits (trucks and vans modified with vocational bodies and equipment). This includes vehicles from Class 1 through 8.
Here's how it works: A buyer goes to their dealer's website and clicks on the "Work Truck" button. A visual carousel of body and chassis styles appears, and their second click takes the buyer to complete specs on the truck or van needed for their specific vocation. The buyer can then call or request online for that very truck. If the buyer knows the brand of body they want, they can go to that locator button to search for one on a local dealer's lot.
Meanwhile, the dealers and body manufacturers have access to monthly analytics reports that show which chassis styles and body types were clicked, giving everyone a better feel for what customers need, and perhaps more importantly, which trucks to keep on lot, avoiding the potential 4 to 6 month delay if ordered.