We are excited about the robust resurgence of the NAFA Foundation. One of its missions is to promote education and research projects, and this week we publish an excerpt of the Foundation’s compelling white paper: Creating a More Productive Relationship Between Procurement and Fleet. With a great many fleet managers working closely with Procurement, the release of this paper could not be more timely.
The Trump administration is roiling the auto industry with heavy tariffs and a rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. Critical of Trump’s pullout from the Paris Accord, California Governor Jerry Brown says that the fallout is “far more serious than anyone is saying.” Kudos to our fleet industry for remaining steadfastly committed to improving sustainability.
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Fundraising Initiative for Fleet Education Hits $26,000 in Just 10 Days
The NAFA Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization formed in 1976 to support the vehicle fleet industry, reached a milestone by raising more than $26,000 in just 10 days – headlined by Element Fleet Management’s $15,000 kick-off pledge.
"We are inspired by what the NAFA Foundation is going to focus on in 2018," said Mary Sticha, CAFM®, Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence for Element. "We are particularly interested in the mobility study it has committed to. We feel this is something Element must invest in as it’s a critical component to the future of our industry."
Buying or leasing a car are the traditional options for car ownership, but now app-based subscriptions—think car sharing that’s paid by the month, not the hour—are vying for consumers who fall between Uber addicts and car owners.
Car sharing is projected to grow globally from 5.8 million users in 2015 to 35 million by 2021.
“This takes a painful process—buying, financing, and maintaining a car—and turns it into a frictionless experience,” says T. J. Rylander, a VC at Next47. It’s the on-demand way: all the utility of ownership, none of the hassle.
Read the article at Wired.
The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today that Luann Dunkerley, its Northeast regional manager and a veteran of the trucking industry, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). She assumes the position after serving on the Board of Governors of the NPTC Institute, the organization’s continuing education and research arm, since 2012.
“This appointment is recognition of Luann’s deep knowledge of the trucking industry’s needs and priorities, and her contributions to the NPTC over the years,” said John Wysseier, CEI’s chief executive officer. “She is a valued asset to both CEI’s trucking customers and to the industry at large, and we are proud of her record of service.”
There's no shortage of investment, from both tech and automobile companies in developing self-driving cars, but even the best ideas can get only so far without a business model.
Unlike Alphabet's Waymo, ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, and Tesla, incumbent automakers may be slower to innovate and change but have decades of experience, and know how to play nice with regulators.
Read the article at Bloomberg.