January 6, 2014
Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice Letter from the Editor — Happy 2014!

We believe that 2014 is going to be an excit­ing year in Fleet, filled with many oppor­tu­ni­ties for us all to enhance our careers and add even more value to our orga­ni­za­tions. We sum­ma­rize 2014’s Top Fleet Con­fer­ences in Sem­i­nars & Con­fer­ences. The gold stan­dard in fleet edu­ca­tion, NAFA shows up sev­eral times on our […]

pitcher_mike_100w_4_20_2009-10_18_am.jpg LeasePlan Honored with Supplier Excellence Awards

John­son Con­trols rec­og­nized Lease­Plan at its annual Build­ing Effi­ciency Sup­plier Excel­lence Recog­ni­tion Event held in Mil­wau­kee. Awards were given in the cat­e­gories of Excel­lence in Exe­cu­tion and Lead­er­ship. Lease­Plan was rec­og­nized with the Lead­er­ship award for their con­tri­bu­tion to cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. In a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony, Lease­Plan received the Global Sup­plier Excel­lence Award in Cus­tomer Satisfaction […]

ford_pickup_cng22 PHH Teams with VNG for CNG Fueling Solutions

PHH Arval has expanded its alter­na­tive fuel capa­bil­i­ties through an agree­ment with VNG.CO, a cre­ator of a com­pressed nat­ural gas (CNG) fuel­ing net­work. The agree­ment will sup­port PHH fleets inte­grat­ing light-duty nat­ural gas vehi­cles (NGVs) into their oper­a­tions. Across the nation fleet oper­a­tors can take advan­tage of NGVs to save up to 40 per­cent on […]

David Teater ‘Safety First’ Column Debuts In NAFA’s FLEETSolutions Magazine

As part of an on-going effort to keep safety issues on the fore­front of fleet man­age­ment, NAFA is proud to announce the debut of “Safety First” – a new col­umn pro­vided by the National Safety Coun­cil (NSC) – that will run in each issue of FLEET­So­lu­tions mag­a­zine.  The first col­umn, which takes a look at […]


VIDEO: Phil Russo on This Year's NAFA I&E

Min­neapo­lis may be chilly in the win­ter, but it’s heat­ing up for NAFA’s 2014 I&E at the Min­neapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter — from April 8 through 11. NAFA Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phil Russo talks about some of hot top­ics on this year’s agenda, includ­ing cost cut­ting ideas, dri­ver and vehi­cle safety, tech­nol­ogy and pro­fes­sional development.

Smart Consulting
  The Voice of the Fleet Customer

An expe­ri­enced fleet man­ager works with Amer­i­Fleet on focus groups to help the com­pany build its brand as best in class.

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Remarketing Today
  Normal Depreciation Rates Returning

His­tor­i­cal data is great to have for loans — but com­bin­ing that data with fore­casted future val­ues or resid­u­als is even more powerful.

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The Fleet Spot

Kate Vigneau Kate Vigneau: Fleet Education is Her Passion

Kate Vigneau is NAFA’s Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Strate­gist as well as head of her own busi­ness, KMVS Fleet+ Con­sult­ing. We talked with her about the upcom­ing edu­ca­tional events is NAFA is offer­ing and were espe­cially keen to hear about the new Mas­ters Sem­i­nar for more expe­ri­enced fleet pro­fes­sion­als. Talk­ing about the edu­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum at April’s NAFA I&E, Kate says, “The goal is for every sin­gle per­son to leave there think­ing that they just saw some­thing new, learned some­thing, or heard some­thing they have never heard before.”

Tim McHugh Tim McHugh Named Senior VP, North American Supply Chain at ARI

Tim McHugh – who was serv­ing as ARI’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Sup­ply Chain and Com­pli­ance just prior to this appoint­ment – will now be respon­si­ble for over­see­ing vehi­cle acqui­si­tion, remar­ket­ing and com­pli­ance ser­vices for all of North Amer­ica. A 24-year employee of ARI, he has demon­strated lead­er­ship, exper­tise and vision through all of the different […]

Alison Vanderhoof Alison Vanderhoof Joins WEX as SVP, General Manager for Emerging Markets

Ali­son Van­der­hoof has joined WEX as senior vice pres­i­dent, gen­eral man­ager for emerg­ing mar­kets. Van­der­hoof will over­see the busi­ness per­for­mance of WEX’s travel, health­care and employee ben­e­fits busi­nesses glob­ally. “Ali­son brings more than 15 years of expe­ri­ence man­ag­ing cor­po­rate strat­egy, part­ner­ships and cross-functional teams at high growth busi­nesses, and she is well suited to oversee […]

Seminars & Conferences  

Plan­ning your cal­en­dar for 2014? We’ve pulled together the top fleet con­fer­ences for this year to help you decide where to spend your edu­ca­tion dol­lars.  These meet­ings and expo­si­tions can broaden your per­spec­tive, offer proven solu­tions to sim­i­lar prob­lems faced by other fleet man­agers, reveal new and excit­ing tech­nol­ogy offer­ings, and keep you up-to-date on […]

Fleet Challenges in 2014  

Auto­mo­tive fleets are expe­ri­enc­ing just the begin­ning of an accel­er­at­ing trend toward higher repair costs, greater risk of unsafe repairs, and more lia­bil­ity from vic­tims of fleet accidents.

Mr. Smolda cites sev­eral fac­tors for what he said is “the begin­ning of a technology-driven increase in the cost of auto­mo­tive acci­dent repairs.” READ MORE

Association News & Views  

For decades, fleet man­agers watched events like the Acad­emy Awards and wished they had an indus­try award of their own; one that rec­og­nized the most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments, inno­v­a­tive ideas, and best prac­tices of their col­leagues.  In 2013, that award was finally real­ized when NAFA intro­duced the Fleet Excel­lence Awards (FLEXY).  Open to every­one in fleet […]

Fleet Trends & Issues

safety_rearview_camera22Long Delayed Rear View Camera Rules Sent to the White House – Again

The White House Office and Man­age­ment and Bud­get has received the lat­est ver­sion of the rules man­dat­ing back-up cam­eras from NHTSA.  It was the fifth time the rules have been delayed, and a clear vic­tory for automak­ers that have fought the man­date, say­ing it is too expen­sive. READ MORE

Ford F150The New Ford Aluminum F-150 to Improve MPG

Ford has vowed to improve fuel econ­omy and is replac­ing about 1,000 pounds of steel with 600 pounds of alu­minum in the F-150 to do so. The truck will be able to get about 30 miles per gal­lon, up from the 17 to 19 mpg of cur­rent mod­els, some experts believe. READ MORE

gps-insight-graphicImprove Productivity with GPS Tracking

Is improv­ing fleet pro­duc­tiv­ity a key goal for 2014? If yes, it may be time to inves­ti­gate how The GPS Insight Fleet Track­ing Solu­tion can help.

The highly intu­itive award-winning inter­face lets you quickly find the loca­tion and direc­tion of each and every one of your vehi­cles- that means you will have com­plete insight into all fleet activity.

Addi­tion­ally, GPS Insight gives you with the power to use the most effi­cient routes for the most effec­tive dis­patch­ing. In the case of bad weather, traf­fic, or other unfore­seen issues, you can remotely reroute a sin­gle dri­ver, or your entire fleet. Yes, you will be able to reroute your entire fleet with­out ever pick­ing up the phone or radio­ing drivers.



Remarketing Roundup  

While whole­sale and auc­tion prices remain extremely soft for most used-car seg­ments, the retail prices are firm­ing up – at least in Decem­ber. Ver­sus Decem­ber ‘12, Fran­chised Dealer used prices (exclud­ing taxes, fees, inter­est rates, etc.) are up 2.8 per­cent and 1.3 per­cent ver­sus Novem­ber. That still is far behind the year’s high­est prices in March, April and May. READ MORE

Global Moves & Promotions  

Mark Bryan – who was serv­ing as ARI’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Global Oper­a­tions just prior to this new posi­tion – will now be respon­si­ble for all of ARI’s Euro­pean busi­nesses, includ­ing oper­a­tions in the UK, Ger­many, Bel­gium, France and Spain. He has also served as Vice Pres­i­dent of Euro­pean Inte­gra­tion and Act­ing Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of […]


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