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2019-MY Buying Inclinations Driven by Strong Economy

2019-MY Buying Inclinations Driven by Strong Economy

The majority of fleets are reporting that their acquisition strategies are being stimulated by solid organic business growth, with most forecasting an increase or continuation of the same order volume in model-year 2019.

June 26, 2018

How Fleets Can Avoid Staged Accidents

How Fleets Can Avoid Staged Accidents

Blog: Vocational trucks are susceptible to being targeted for staged accidents, which involves maneuvering an unsuspecting employee driver into an intentional crash in order to make a false insurance claim or to file a lawsuit against the driver’s employer.

June 14, 2018

EV100 Global Initiative to Accelerate Transition to EVs

EV100 Global Initiative to Accelerate Transition to EVs

Globally, over half of all registered vehicles are owned by businesses. Driving electric vehicle utilization among businesses can play a large role in accelerating the adoption rate of electric vehicles for everyone worldwide.

April 25, 2018

DTE Energy Names Director of Southeast Michigan Gas Operations
Toyota's Depew on Fleet Sales in 2018

Toyota's Depew on Fleet Sales in 2018

Fleet represents 10% of all Toyota sales. In MY-2018, two new Toyota models debuted, the all-new Camry and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Also, Toyota Safety Sense became standard in nearly all Toyotas in MY-2018.

January 1, 2018

Fuel Card Fraud Is on the Increase

Fuel Card Fraud Is on the Increase

Since 2016, there has been an ongoing uptick in fuel card fraud. In light of this, it is important for companies to develop a fraud prevention strategy addressing misuse, slippage, and outright fraud.

October 31, 2017

What Fleet Managers Can Learn From a Navy SEAL

If you think being a fleet manager is stressful, try being a Navy SEAL. Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, best known for claiming to have shot Osama bin Laden, recently wrote a new book entitled, “The Operator.”

July 5, 2017

Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future -- Maybe Longer

Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

June 21, 2017

Snapshot of Fleet Manager Concerns and Pain Points

Summer is a busy time in fleet. There’s an abundance of next-model-year OEM fleet meetings, new-model intros, and industry conferences, which offer ample opportunities to “talk fleet” with the movers and shakers of our industry. If you want to know what's happening in the fleet market, you need to talk with fleet managers -- lots of them.

June 18, 2017

Fleet Operating Costs Remain Stable for Fourth Consecutive Year

Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

May 22, 2017

Lessons Learned From Great Fleet Managers

There is a difference between a well-managed fleet and a best-in-class fleet. A “best-in-class fleet” is one that represents the top-tier performance level in its specific industry segment.

May 15, 2017

Exceptions Are the Fatal Flaw to Fleet Policy

Any time you make an exception to fleet policy in resolving a driver-related problem, you may potentially create a new problem that will come back to haunt you in the future.

May 4, 2017

Real-World Advice on How to Excel on a Fleet Sourcing Team

To be successful on a sourcing team, you need to be open-minded about exploring all available service channels and partners. However, open-minded doesn’t mean being open-headed. You must listen and entertain new ideas, but also temper such a practice and attitude with pragmatism and knowledge.

April 8, 2017

Tech Advances Will Put Downward Pressure on Overall Fleet Size

In the long run, technology will exert inexorable downward pressure on overall fleet size and will eliminate altogether the need for some fleet vehicles. Despite this, fleet management will survive, albeit in a smaller capacity, and, most likely, in a completely different form than what we know today.

March 29, 2017