January 20, 2014
Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice Editor: Climate Change Deniers vs. The Planet

We were stag­gered by the impli­ca­tions posed by the United Nations, as cited in a recent arti­cle in the New York Times: “Nations have so dragged their feet in bat­tling cli­mate change that the sit­u­a­tion has grown crit­i­cal and the risk of severe eco­nomic dis­rup­tion is rising…Another 15 years of fail­ure to limit car­bon emis­sions could make the prob­lem vir­tu­ally impos­si­ble to solve with cur­rent tech­nolo­gies, experts found.”

Here’s a ques­tion for the cli­mate change deniers within the US Con­gress who point to the Polar Vor­tex as fur­ther proof of their stance…

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Ortell_Carl FORTUNE: ARI ‘A Great Place to Work’

ARI was named to FORTUNE’s 2014 100 Best Com­pa­nies to Work For® list for the sec­ond year in a row.

“We are so proud to be a part of this pres­ti­gious list for the sec­ond year in a row,” said ARI Pres­i­dent Carl A. Ortell. “With­out ques­tion, our great­est asset is our peo­ple – they are the most impor­tant part of our busi­ness and crit­i­cal to our over­all suc­cess, which is why we con­tin­u­ally strive to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that is sup­port­ive and open, pro­vide work that is inter­est­ing and engag­ing, and offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for growth and development.”

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Katz_Ron Green Fleets Increasingly Adopt Fleet Reporting Tools

Chevin Fleet Solu­tions, which says that use of the exten­sive envi­ron­men­tal report­ing tools avail­able in its fleet man­age­ment soft­ware is spread­ing rapidly, espe­cially among fed­eral, munic­i­pal and large cor­po­rate fleets.

Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Sales Ron Katz said: “More and more orga­ni­za­tions are adopt­ing alter­na­tive fuel tar­gets and inno­v­a­tive trans­porta­tion ini­tia­tives as part of wider envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and vehi­cle oper­a­tions strate­gies in an effort to meet sus­tain­abil­ity goals.”

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Mouw_Todd ROUSH CleanTech Offers Free NTEA Work Truck Show Pass

ROUSH Clean­Tech is offer­ing their friends and part­ners a free pass to the trade show floor at the NTEA Work Truck Show com­ing to Indi­anapo­lis March 4–7.

Read more to down­load your free pass


VIDEO: Global Fleets

Hans Damen, Part­ner at Fleet Vision in Antwerp, Bel­gium, shares his insights into the con­cerns of global fleets — includ­ing hav­ing global report­ing tools, and main­tain­ing effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tions with customers.

VIDEO: What's Expected of Your Vehicles?
  Measurable, Consistent Results for Your Fleet

Why does your fleet exist? What is expected of your vehi­cles? What­ever the answer, Results+ from Wheels was cre­ated to deliver mea­sur­able, con­sis­tent results. Its sim­ple method­ol­ogy is based on lis­ten­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing, report­ing back and deliv­er­ing results.

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  Continuing Transformation: Manufacturers Moving Forward

Michael Stafford, Senior Com­mer­cial Accounts Manger for Audi of Amer­ica talks about how all man­u­fac­tur­ers are con­tin­u­ally mov­ing for­ward with their prod­ucts. Whether it’s tech­nol­ogy, engines, trans­mis­sions, etc. — vehi­cles today are much bet­ter than before.

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The Fleet Spot

Hans Damen A Strong Global Fleet Partner Can Save Big Dollars

Hans Damen is Man­ag­ing Part­ner of FleetVi­sion, a global fleet man­age­ment con­sult­ing firm that serves clients in 31 coun­tries. He and Peter Egan, also a FleetVi­sion part­ner, have worked with NAFA over the past four years to develop the Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy (IFA), the pre­mier indus­try event for fleet pro­fes­sion­als with global fleet responsibilities.

An expert on the cur­rent trends and issues at work in the inter­na­tional fleet mar­ket, Hans offers his insight into how FleetVision’s value propo­si­tion helped its own clients to cope with and sub­se­quently pros­per in the wake of the recent finan­cial cri­sis. He fur­ther demon­strates the value of align­ing with a trusted part­ner when a fleet is oper­at­ing in an unfa­mil­iar environment.

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Scott Madden PHH Arval Names Scott Madden VP of Business Development

PHH Arval announced that Scott Mad­den has been appointed vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness devel­op­ment for Canada’s cen­tral and east­ern regions.

“Scott brings a strong track record of dri­ving growth and build­ing client rela­tion­ships,” said Pat Furgiuele, PHH Arval senior vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, Canada. “His approach aligns with our cus­tomer focus and he will play an impor­tant role in strate­gi­cally grow­ing our North Amer­i­can fleet business.”

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Julie Picard Manheim Appoints Julie Picard General Manager, VP of Manheim Pennsylvania

Julie Picard, mar­ket vice pres­i­dent of Manheim’s Pacific Mar­ket has been named gen­eral man­ager and vice pres­i­dent of Man­heim Pennsylvania.

In her role as gen­eral man­ager and vice pres­i­dent, Picard will be respon­si­ble for all aspects of auc­tion oper­a­tions, both inter­nally with a large diverse work­force and exter­nally with the largest cus­tomer base in the indus­try. In addi­tion, she will spear­head con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vice ini­tia­tives, which are organization-wide val­ues. Man­heim Penn­syl­va­nia oper­ates the largest state-of-the-art recon­di­tion­ing cen­ter and a water con­ser­va­tion cen­ter that reduces its daily water demand by 60 percent.

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Fuel Price Outlook  

It’s get­ting trick­ier to pre­dict the price per bar­rel of oil and its direct cor­re­la­tion to gaso­line and diesel prices – much more so than in the 1970s when OPEC could instantly throw a wrench in the gears.

As for this year, three lead­ing energy agen­cies have reported that pro­duc­tion out­side of OPEC should be increas­ing this year – with much of that com­ing from US shale fields.

Black Book’s Ricky Beggs expects the pat­tern to be sim­i­lar to the past two years for gas prices and its effect on small cars, hybrids, and elec­tric vehicles.

New and used truck sales should con­tinue to be strong this year, but they are affected by fed­eral fuel econ­omy stan­dards. Automak­ers are rolling out more fuel effi­cient trucks such as the new Ford F150 with a lot more light­weight aluminum.

Find out more about what these trends could mean for new and used vehi­cle prices this year.

Webinar Presentation  

GPS Insight will be host­ing a live webi­nar on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 24th, titled “How to Extend Vehi­cle & Asset Life­cy­cles with GPS Tracking.”

All per­son­nel respon­si­ble for fleet man­age­ment are invited to attend this webi­nar to learn how GPS track­ing soft­ware will reduce vehi­cle and asset life­cy­cles. Dur­ing the 30 minute pre­sen­ta­tion, exec­u­tives from GPS Insight will dis­cuss what you can do to stay on top of main­te­nance and con­trol vehi­cle wear and tear. You will also learn how to do it within the award-winning GPS track­ing platform.

All fleet man­age­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives in atten­dance for the dura­tion of the pre­sen­ta­tion will be entered to win 1 of 4 $100 gift cards. The win­ners will be noti­fied after the webinar.

Pre­sen­ters: Phil Eat­man, Regional Sales Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for GPS Insight and Kristin Lis­son, Tech­ni­cal Writer for GPS Insight

When: Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 24th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern

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Fleet Conferences  

Mark Your Cal­en­dar: AFLA 2014 Annual Conference

Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for the 2014 AFLA Con­fer­ence to be held this year in Las Vegas, Sep­tem­ber 7–10. The theme is per­fect for today’s busy fleet professional.

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Fleet Trends & Issues

milesCounty Employees Can Take it or Leave it

The Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice has ruled that county vehi­cles are a tax­able com­mod­ity. Three coun­ties in West Vir­ginia have been audited, and, in some cases fined, for allow­ing employ­ees free use of vehi­cles that are pur­chased, fueled and main­tained by the county government.

Cabell County, WV work­ers will still be able use their assigned vehi­cles out­side of work hours and will pay a tax on the value of the vehi­cle that will likely run between $1,000 to $1,500 annu­ally, and that money will be deducted from an employee’s pay­check grad­u­ally over the course of a year.


Work truck show 2014The Work Truck Show 2014 Debuts Products of the Future

More than 100 com­pa­nies have already shared plans to intro­duce new prod­ucts at The Work Truck Show 2014, North America’s largest work truck event, March 5–7 at the Indi­ana Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Indi­anapo­lis, IN.

“The work truck indus­try is evolv­ing rapidly and we are see­ing a sig­nif­i­cant increase in new prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy intro­duc­tions this year,” says Steve Carey, NTEA exec­u­tive direc­tor. “The abun­dance of new prod­ucts reflects pos­i­tively on the work truck indus­try as our exhibitors and atten­dees look to the future.”


Remarketing Roundup  

Tom Kon­tos Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent & Chief Econ­o­mist ADESA Ana­lyt­i­cal Ser­vices reports that whole­sale used vehi­cle prices returned to their soft­en­ing pat­tern in Decem­ber after a one-month hia­tus. The trend was seen through­out the year except for the begin­ning of 2013 from lin­ger­ing sup­ply short­ages fol­low­ing Super­storm Sandy; later in the year, strong retail used vehi­cle demand played a part.

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European Fleet Market  

Euro­pean fleet man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, Fleet Logis­tics Inter­na­tional, is launch­ing a new supplier-backed ini­tia­tive for the first four months of 2014, tar­get­ing small to medium sized fleets with a highly cost-effective, stand-alone fleet man­age­ment solu­tion to rad­i­cally improve their fleet efficiency.

Fleet Logis­tics Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer, Vinzenz Pflanz says, “We do not believe that there are appro­pri­ate fleet man­age­ment solu­tions gen­er­ally avail­able to meet the needs of small to medium sized fleet oper­a­tors. By using the new Fleet Logis­tics’ prod­uct, the small to medium sized client will have a set of stan­dard­ized poli­cies and tools to cre­ate clear auto­mated process flows, cost trans­parency and pro­fes­sional invoice control.”



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