The mobile workforce continues to grow a little more each day, as home delivery services become ever more commonplace and new upstarts re-imagine the parameters of the traditional office. No longer must the 9 to 5 grind be restricted to a permanent address. From food service to medical care, cargo vans offer incredible opportunities for creative businesses seeking efficient and affordable worker mobility. Among them, lower operating costs, easier collaboration, and the unique ability to quite literally go wherever the customers are.
According to WorkTruck Magazine, “Since the early-2000s introduction of the ‘Euro-style’ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sparked a renaissance in the van segment,” giving vocational truck fleets and small business owners immensely more options when it comes to “selecting their next workhorse.” In fact, stats from the Automotive Fleet Research Department show that U.S. van sales increased by 45% between 2015 and 2016. And during that same time, sales of Euro-style compact vans outpaced their body-on-frame counterparts across North America for the first time.
But as these portable work spaces take on new markets, demands rise for interior protection and advanced storage solutions. Challenges like road noise, temperature control, shifting cargo, and worker safety all need to be addressed with a keen eye on maintaining productivity and employee morale. Because really, what good is an office on-the-go, if it’s loud, uncomfortable, and a veritable goldmine of OSHA violations?
Penda Protects Your Investment
That’s why companies like Penda are working with both OEMs and the aftermarket to provide innovative solutions for businesses exploring cargo van upfits. Whether one roving office or an entire fleet of service vehicles, Penda’s expertise in advanced thermoplastics is up to the challenge. The company is a global leader in the segment, with a 40-year reputation and numerous award-winning products under its belt. “Whatever your application, today’s thermoformed plastics are full of possibilities,” says Penda.
The company’s VanGuard Wall Liners offer maximum protection for a variety of applications, all matched to OE specifications for a perfect fit. Constructed of heavy-duty polyethylene, the panels can stand up to dings, dents, scratches, and spills. They’re easy to install and simple to customize, attaching to walls and doors using existing mounting locations and arriving pre-drilled for shelving. Additionally, Penda wall liners come insulated, creating both a thermal and sound-deadening barrier that makes the space more stable for cargo—and more comfortable for workers. Plus, the liners are antimicrobial to deter mold growth, as well as fiber-free to maintain air quality. (Which is more than we can say for a lot of permanent offices we’ve worked in…)
“It gets better,” says the company. “Removable wall panel fasteners allow for running wiring or future customizing. No matter the future configurations, these panels won’t be destroyed, making them totally re-useable and more economical.”
Penda also offers floor liners in a skid-resistant bedliner with a lip to contain spills. Like the wall liners, they’re easy to install and remove for cleaning and reassembly, as well as customize with a variety of shelving units. All liners come in a soft gray that keeps the cargo area from getting too dark and maintains a sharp, professional finish.
Wheel Well Liners
But Penda knows that for a mobile workforce to be successful, it needs more than just storage-friendly interior protection. It needs exterior safeguarding as well. In recent years, the company launched its own line of wheel well liners, for heavy duty damage prevention with an OE-grade finish. Protecting from flying road debris and weather build-up, Penda’s wheel well liners also provide slight sound dampening and a polished look. Installation is fast and easy, requiring no drilling, and the fit is perfectly matched to original vehicle specifications.
Penda also knows that despite the advantages of cargo vans, some fleets just can’t perform without a truck in the lineup. While sacrifices are often made on fuel economy, cargo access, and upfit costs, pickups absolutely have a place in many mobile work sites. That’s why Penda applies the same precision engineering to its truck-specific thermoplastics, offering bed liners, tonneau covers, storage boxes, and undercarriage protection. The company also provides a range of solutions for heavy duty applications, such as cab components in semi trucks.
Whether it’s a contracting business operating from a Ford F-150 or a quirky clothing store from a Mercedes Sprinter, productivity is on the move these days. And in an age of constant connectivity and instant updates, customers want their goods and services accessible—and they want them yesterday. Penda’s quality accessories help level the playing field by giving owners and operators more control over their businesses’ efficiencies, keeping cargo protected, customers happy, and workers safe.