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Reimbursement vs. Company-Administered Executive Vehicle Program

Although in-house management of an executive fleet is extremely time-consuming, reimbursement is a less cost-effective alternative. I argue that, in general, a company-administered executive vehicle fleet is a better choice than reimbursement. READ MORE

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

As we start a new year, here is my forecast of the top 10 trends that will influence truck fleet management in the coming years. READ MORE

Reimbursement is Unfair to Employees

If employees are your greatest asset, why treat them unfairly with a driver reimbursement program? I have yet to hear of a company that reimburses at a rate that fully compensates drivers for the actual cost of operating a vehicle, especially in this era of escalating fuel prices. READ MORE

Analyzing Depreciation Trends: 2007 vs. 2006

Depreciation continues to be the largest fleet expense; however, fuel, as a percent of total fleet cost is growing (rapidly). Fuel expense is influencing vehicle acquisition strategies, with a direct bearing on future depreciation. READ MORE

The Pros and Cons of Variable Personal-Use Charges

Fuel prices are forecasted to increase again in 2008. Fleets are employing a multitude of strategies to control fuel costs; however, one area often overlooked is personal use. READ MORE

Accident Management Costs Hold Steady

The average fleet claim severity for 2006 was $1,869.87, an increase of $48.81 over 2004. Also experiencing a slight increase in 2006 was the percent of accidents deemed preventable. READ MORE

High Cost of Fuel Increases Operating Costs in 2007

Fleet operating costs have increased, but at a slower pace than 2006. Across all vehicle segments, this increase was directly attributable to increased fuel costs, with a domino effect for other oil-based products such as tires. READ MORE

Driver Ergonomics: The Hidden Fleet Cost

Driver ergonomic problems are a growing concern for truck fleet managers. I recently spoke with Tony Orta, asset management manager – Fleet Services for Sempra Energy Utilities, who cited some of the key ergonomic issues affecting his fleet. READ MORE

The Next Wave: Fleet Management 2.0

Fleet management, for the most part, is not an innovator of new technology; however, it is often an early adopter of new technology as exemplified by the industry’s almost-overnight conversion to Web-based fleet management. READ MORE

Most OTD Times Improve in 2007-MY

Order-to-delivery times improved for most 2007 models due to greater railcar availability with a slowdown in retail sales, greater allocation to commercial fleet orders from cutbacks in daily rental volume, and fewer quality holds. READ MORE

Fleet Managers are Suffering from “E-Mail Stress”

More than a third of all employees – 34 percent – feel stressed by the volume of e-mails they receive and the perceived obligation to respond quickly. Fleet managers are no exception to “e-mail stress.” READ MORE

Fleet Managers are Suffering from “E-Mail Stress”

More than a third of all employees – 34 percent – feel stressed by the volume of e-mails they receive and the perceived obligation to respond quickly. Fleet managers are no exception to “e-mail stress.” READ MORE

Public Sector Fleets:All in a Day’s Work? It's Much More than That

Summer and fall are busy times in the fleet industry. There are many fleet meetings and new-model introductions, which provides me with an opportunity to talk “fleet” with a wide variety of fleet managers. At these meetings, I am always impressed by the caliber of public sector fleet managers and the challenges they face. READ MORE

Are Women Fleet Managers Treated the Same as Men?

I recently conducted a survey of commercial fleet managers asking them to tell me their greatest challenges. One fleet manager, who I have known for a number of years, replied that her biggest challenge was dealing with “the issues of being a female fleet manager.” READ MORE

Avoid Identity Theft Risk During New-Vehicle Pickup

When your driver picks up a new vehicle, how does the delivering dealer know your employee is who they say they are? Typically, the employee receives paperwork from the leasing company (acknowledgement of order), which they bring to the dealership. While at the dealership, the driver is often required to show a driver’s license with photo to verify his or her identity. In some cases, the dealership makes a copy of the driver’s license. This has been done routinely in our industry for many years. READ MORE

Not Covered by DOT? Think Again

Most companies operating vehicles under 10,001 lbs. gross vehicle weight (GVW) believe they are not covered by DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) regulations. However, this may not be the case if vehicles are towing a trailer or equipment. READ MORE

Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Remain Flat for 2006-CY

Maintenance expenses for fleet cars were flat during the 2006 calendar year compared to 2005. The main factors contributing to the stability of fleet maintenance costs in 2006 were longer oil drain intervals, extended tire tread wear, and increased life from ceramic brake pads. READ MORE

Abbott Commits to a ‘Carbon Neutral’ Fleet

Abbott is set to become the first Fortune 500 company to go “carbon neutral” with its entire U.S. fleet of company vehicles. This is a seminal event in the history of fleet management. It is emblematic of a much larger sea change occurring today in fleet management – the proliferation of corporate green initiatives and their influence on vehicle selector decisions. READ MORE

It’s Dangerous Not to Know

Industrywide, one out of three fleets does not order post-employment motor vehicle record (MVR) checks on employee drivers. When asked why, many fleet managers will tell you privately the reason for not doing so is that they would rather not know. The logic is by not knowing they distance themselves from potential negligent entrustment and negligent retention lawsuits. READ MORE

Forecast of Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions for 2008-MY

Increasing fuel efficiency and corporate “green” initiatives will be a much greater factor in selector decisions than prior years, according to surveyed fleet managers. However, for most, CPA monies are the deciding factor. READ MORE

The Catch-22 Paradox of Green Fleet Initiatives

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega-fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. READ MORE

The Catch-22 Paradox of Green Fleet Initiatives

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega-fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. READ MORE

The Cancer of Higher Fuel Prices

Like a cancer, the malignant effects of the high cost of fuel have spread throughout the fleet industry. Many companies have seen fleet fuel expenses double in recent years. Especially hard hit are truck fleets as the cost of diesel has risen at a faster rate than unleaded gas. READ MORE

Fleets Vulnerable to the Latest Crime Trend: Catalytic Converter Theft

Thieves are targeting fleet vehicles parked overnight in secluded parking lots. Their target? Catalytic converters. The theft of catalytic converters is a growing crime trend happening throughout the country. READ MORE

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