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Vincentric Adds Maintenance Costs to Data Stream

Vincentric has begun offering more in-depth maintenance data as part of its automotive cost-of-ownership database covering more than 45,000 vehicles, the Bingham Farms, Mich.-based data provider has announced.

SmartDrive, Geotab Announce New Telematics Partnership

SmartDrive and Geotab said a primary goal of their new relationship is helping to simplify the on-board technology footprint, giving fleets freedom to choose solutions that fit their business and their budget, and dramatically lowering the total cost of ownership.

Diesel Vans Beat Gasoline Models in Total Ownership Cost

Diesel-powered cargo vans are providing fleet buyers with a lower total cost of ownership than gasoline models, while many diesel-powered trucks aren't recouping the higher acquisition cost, according to a Vincentric analysis.

Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Ind. City Debates In-House Refuse Collection

Officials at the City of Lake Station, Ind., recently voted to keep refuse collection in house rather than outsource it. The aging fleet needs to be replaced, which may require a rate increase.

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Extending truck replacement cycling parameters beyond stated fleet policy is typically a short-term tactic used by senior management to solve a budgetary constraint; however, there are long-term fleet consequences to this strategy.