By Jason S. Hicks, CAFM
It’s a Sunday afternoon and the snow starts falling. Then the wind starts howling, and then the power goes out. It’s a blizzard that’s going to paralyze your region for days.
As fleet managers, we know that someday we may be required to operate and manage our fleet during a blizzard, hurricane, earthquake or any of a number of different kinds of disasters. And while you may well have developed a plan to keep your fleet running, it’s important to ask yourself: just how well-prepared are you?
Have you fully thought through all that could go wrong to disrupt your fleet and how you would address each kind of challenge so you can help your government organization deliver the emergency services your citizenry will depend upon?
To answer those questions, you need to know what a sound and complete emergency plan looks like and needs to cover.
After the Uber crash and the death of a Tesla driver using Autopilot, the self-driving promoters defend their technology with the same set of facts - every year, 40,000 people die on American roads - robot drivers, who don’t get tired, distracted, or drunk, would dramatically reduce that number.
Putting a serious dent in road death numbers would take decades, since robots could have to gradually replace more than a billion vehicles worldwide.
“If the goal is specific, targeted, and it resonates with your customers or important stakeholders, then they buy into it,” says Stephanos Zenios at Stanford’s Center for Entrepreneurial studies, who teaches successful launch techniques at a “Startup Garage” MBA course. “It has to solve a real problem that someone has, and which is a pain for them.”
Read the article at Wired.
NAFA’s 2018 I&E wrapped last Friday, but the message that the industry is undergoing a paradigm shift from fleet to mobility management will long resonate.
In NAFA Urges Fleet Managers to Take the Lead in Mobility Management, NAFA President Bryan Flansburg says, “And who will control the mobility spend in your organization? Someone will need to, and who is in a better position than you?” Indeed!
Martha Garcia-Perry, VP of Growth Initiatives & Integration at MetroGistics/AmeriFleet, writes on the wealth of opportunities that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will offer fleets and fleet managers. She says, "There’s a learning curve, too, but those who are bold enough to lead the way should reap substantial rewards."
Carpe diem, drive the change!
Editor in Chief
Congratulations to the FLEXY winners announced during the special opening night awards ceremony on April 24 at NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo in Anaheim, California!
Outstanding Achievements in Public Service Fleet Management
• Robert Gordon, Director of Fleet Management, DeKalb County Fleet Management
Outstanding Achievements in Corporate Fleet Management
• Adam Orth, CAFM, Fleet Services Manager, General Mills Inc.
Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability Accomplishment
• Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC
Excellence in Corporate Sustainability Accomplishment
• Safelite AutoGlass
Excellence in Public Fleet Safety
• Charles Grab, UCONN Transportation and Fleet Services
Excellence in Corporate Safety
• Joe Suarez, Director, Florida Power & Light Company
Excellence in Fleet Leadership
• Steven Schoen, Director, Mobility Services Americas, Siemens
Regular Member of the Year
• Gary Lentsch, CAFM, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Eugene, Oregon
Associate Member of the Year
• Marianne Stewart, CAFM, Auto Driveaway
British Antarctic Survey selects Geotab telematics to increase safety of researchers on Antarctic ice shelves
London, UK – April 24, 2018 Geotab today announced that it is the first leading global telematics provider to be present in all seven continents. Selected by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to support its diverse fleet of vehicles in Antarctica, Geotab’s telematics solution will be used to automatically report location and to help improve driver safety.
BAS researchers track changes in critical Antarctic glaciers in order to better understand future sea level rise. An essential part of the research logistics is the large fleet of vehicles, including snowmobiles, which BAS relies on to help carry out scientific programmes across the harsh and constantly changing conditions of the Antarctic. To ensure the fleet remains reliable and succeeds in supporting vital environmental research operations in temperatures that can drop to minus forty degrees celsius, Geotab GO devices have been deployed across a number of BAS vehicles.
Clients of LeasePlan USA will be able to take control of their fleet’s mileage reimbursement costs through a new partnership with MileIQ, a Microsoft-owned company.
Under the service agreement, LeasePlan clients will be able to leverage a new solution for employees who drive their personal vehicles for business purposes.
Through the MileIQ app, drivers will be able to quickly and easily:
Company veterans tapped to lead the fleet and automotive services group's plans for growth
ARI® and its parent company Holman Enterprises announced a series of executive appointments today designed to strengthen the company’s position as an integrated provider of B2B automotive and fleet related services. Company veteran Bob White has been named as President of ARI. He will be supported by a newly named team of ARI executive vice presidents.
Over a near 30 year career at ARI, White has held a number of progressive leadership positions including Vice President of Operations, and most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He will now be responsible for all ARI operations globally, including the US, Canada, Germany, the UK, and Mexico.
Higher fuel prices and tire costs contributed to a marked increase in the total cost of car and truck fleets in 2017, according to the third annual Element Fleet Management (TSX: EFN) Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Index.
The Element TCO Index is a study that looks at major cost categories affecting businesses with car and truck fleets. It’s designed to help fleet, mobility and business managers understand how the changing economy impacts annual fleet ownership costs. The Index is published annually each spring, providing metrics from the previous year.