March 10, 2014
Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice Economic Trends and Industry Legends

There are leg­endary fig­ures in the fleet indus­try and we were proud to have spent a good part of a day recently with one such gen­tle­man, Jim Chris­tiano, founder of fleet relo­ca­tion com­pany PARS. The com­pany is cel­e­brat­ing its 15th anniver­sary this year and we were intrigued to hear how this for­mer Buick fleet direc­tor built the company…with the help of a ded­i­cated staff, includ­ing his daugh­ter, Lori Ras­mussen, now CEO of the com­pany. You will find our inter­view with Jim in The Fleet Spot.

Fleet Man­age­ment Weekly attended NTEAThe Work Truck Show last week in Indi­anapo­lis. We were daz­zled by the equip­ment, ser­vices and vehi­cles on dis­play and were heart­ened to hear how con­fi­dent folks from this sec­tor of our busi­ness felt about the upward trend in our economy.

Jan­ice Sutton

driver training Driver Behavior Webinar – Register Now!

Dri­ver Train­ing for Fleets Webinar

March 25, 2014
3:00 — 4:00pm EST

This Ann Arbor Clean Cities webi­nar will focus on dri­ver train­ing for fleets. Speak­ers will dis­cuss the ben­e­fits of dri­ver train­ing, tech­nolo­gies for imple­ment­ing dri­ver train­ing, and their expe­ri­ence using dri­ver train­ing tech­nolo­gies and tech­niques. Pre­sen­ters: Laura Palombi (Clean Energy Coali­tion) and Paul Okunewitch (Green­Road)

Reg­is­ter Now!

If you have addi­tional ques­tions about the event email Mark at

aaa Free Webinar : Building Your Light-Duty Natural Gas Fleet

March 26, 2014
10:00 AM » 11:00 AM (PST) / 1:00 PM » 2:00 PM (EST)

As busi­nesses look for ways to save on fuel costs, many are con­sid­er­ing mov­ing their light duty fleets to nat­ural gas. In light of this trend, you are invited to join West­port for a webi­nar on build­ing a light duty nat­ural gas fleet.



VIDEO: Emphasis on Education at NAFA I&E

This year’s NAFA I&E in Min­neapo­lis fea­tures a cur­ricu­lum of more than 65 classes specif­i­cally devel­oped for Fleet Man­agers — with timely top­ics includ­ing Tech­nol­ogy, Cost Sav­ings, Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment, and Green Initiatives.

VIDEO: Changing Depreciations
  Setting Vehicle Depreciations Realistically

Don’t set depre­ci­a­tions on the great results you’ve seen for the past few years, set them real­is­ti­cally for what we’re likely to see in 2016, 2017.

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VIDEO: Fleet Leadership Today
Edwards_Carolyn_LeasePlan USA
  Women in Fleet Management

Some­times women’s voices aren’t heard or they hes­i­tate to con­tribute when work­ing in a room full of men. Women expe­ri­enced in fleet man­age­ment have a lot to share.

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The Fleet Spot

Jim Christiano PARS: Celebrating 15 Years of Service to Fleets

Jim Chris­tiano founded PARS (Pro­fes­sional Auto­mo­tive Relo­ca­tion Ser­vices) 15 years ago, and built the busi­ness on the foun­da­tion of excel­lent ser­vice, tai­lored to the cus­tomers’ unique needs. Now, Christiano’s daugh­ter, Lori Ras­mussen, heads up the enter­prise, and the prin­ci­ples he estab­lished 15 years ago are very much in evi­dence today.


John Bush John Bush Joins PARS as Southeast Regional Sales Manager

John Bush has joined PARS, Pro­fes­sional Auto­mo­tive Relo­ca­tion Ser­vices, Inc., as South­east Regional Sales Manager.

John will sup­port com­pa­nies and any orga­ni­za­tion requir­ing vehi­cle trans­porta­tion and logis­tics ser­vices in the states of Geor­gia, Florida, Alabama, Mis­sis­sippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ten­nessee South Car­olina and North Carolina.


Phil Russo Phil Russo Named NAFA CEO

Phillip E. Russo, CAE, has assumed the role of Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer at NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion, tran­si­tion­ing from his for­mer posi­tion of Exec­u­tive Director.

“For sev­eral years, NAFA has had a very aggres­sive strate­gic plan that called for the cre­ation of many new pro­grams, as well as the expan­sion of exist­ing pro­grams, within the Asso­ci­a­tion,” explained NAFA Pres­i­dent Claude Mas­ters, CAFM. “In Jan­u­ary, NAFA announced the addi­tion and realign­ment of staffing resources to meet the Association’s needs. Now, another piece of the puz­zle is in place for NAFA, as Phil assumes duties as Chief Exec­u­tive Officer.”


Accident Management  

Case stud­ies show­ing how truck fleets have saved time and money by out­sourc­ing their acci­dent man­age­ment activ­i­ties will be the focal point of The CEI Group’s mes­sage this week at ATA’s Tech­nol­ogy & Main­te­nance Coun­cil Exhibition.

CEI will be one of the exhibitors at 2014 Annual Meet­ing & Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­ogy Exhi­bi­tion, hosted by the Amer­i­can Truck­ing Association’s Tech­nol­ogy and Main­te­nance Coun­cil (TMC). The gath­er­ing will be held at the Music City Cen­ter in Nashville, Ten­nessee March 10 –13.


Fleet Telematics Solutions  

New Part­ner­ship to Lever­age OnStar Unveiled at The Work Truck Show

Tel­o­gis, Inc. scored a coup last week by win­ning a part­ner­ship with Gen­eral Motors to pro­vide fleet cus­tomers Tel­o­gis’ telem­at­ics soft­ware plat­form. As GM’s part­ner of choice, Tel­o­gis will use pro­pri­etary GM data from the carmaker’s OnStar sys­tem in the Tel­o­gis loca­tion intel­li­gence plat­form. Fleets will be able to receive infor­ma­tion about speed, vehi­cle loca­tion, odome­ter read­ings, fuel con­sump­tion, and main­te­nance requirements.

Ed Peper, vice pres­i­dent, GM Fleet and Com­mer­cial, said, “This is the next step in expand­ing our con­nected vehi­cle ser­vice offer­ing to help fleets oper­ate more effi­ciently and iden­tify cost savings.”



Fleet Trends & Issues

ARI logo from videoARI Announces Auction of the Year Winners

ARI is pleased to announce the win­ners of the 2013 ARI Regional Auc­tions of the Year award.

Each year, ARI rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing vehi­cle auc­tions in seven regions across the United States. Auc­tions are cho­sen based on their sta­tis­ti­cal per­for­mance and supe­rior cus­tomer ser­vice in their han­dling of vehi­cles for ARI clients.


fleet-tracking-software-report-labelsGPS Fleet Tracking: Easier to Use Than You Might Think

With the wide­spread adop­tion of GPS track­ing soft­ware among fleet-based busi­nesses, it’s increas­ingly impor­tant that these solu­tions be user-friendly. Some of the top tier GPS track­ing providers spend count­less hours devel­op­ing and test­ing lay­outs to make their plat­form as sim­ple to use a pos­si­ble. Train­ing both your­self and your team is a sim­ple task even if you don’t con­sider your­self tech-savvy. How­ever, not all GPS fleet track­ing solu­tions are geared towards ease of use, so make sure to choose a solu­tion that is focused on a pos­i­tive user expe­ri­ence. READ MORE

ford super dutyNew 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty — More Than Great Trucks

The New 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty strength­ens the heavy-duty pickup truck mar­ket with engine and chas­sis upgrades for 2015 that together deliver best-in-class horse­power, torque and tow­ing capacity.

“Our chas­sis peo­ple work in uni­son with our pow­er­train peo­ple to develop more than a great truck, it’s a machine engi­neered for work,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group mar­ket­ing man­ager. “We’re the only man­u­fac­turer that devel­ops and builds our own pow­er­trains in this class and when you com­bine that with a chas­sis that’s purpose-built for best-in-class power and torque, you can feel the result in the way it dri­ves, espe­cially when tow­ing big loads.”


Bob GlosePlugging In to EV Repairs

CEI, an acci­dent and risk man­age­ment com­pany for com­mer­cial, truck and gov­ern­ment fleets, han­dled its first all-electric acci­dent claim in May 2011, accord­ing to Robert Glose, CEI’s direc­tor of oper­a­tions. As of the end of Feb­ru­ary this year, he said the num­ber exceeded 1,100.

“If the elec­tri­cal sys­tem isn’t involved, a repair on an all-electric vehi­cle can be just like on any other fleet vehi­cle,” Mr. Glose remarked. “But when the elec­tri­cal sys­tem is involved, it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter, both in terms of expense and repair time.”


Alternative Clean Transportation  

UPS has one of the largest pri­vate alter­na­tive fuel fleets in the nation with more than 3,150 alter­na­tive fuel and advanced tech­nol­ogy vehi­cles. This includes all-electric, hybrid elec­tric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, bio­methane, and light-weight fuel-saving com­pos­ite body vehicles.

“The UPS alter­na­tive fuel strat­egy is to invest in the most envi­ron­men­tally friendly and eco­nom­i­cal energy sources,” said David Abney, UPS chief oper­at­ing offi­cer.

UPS  plans to pur­chase 1,000 propane pack­age deliv­ery trucks and install an ini­tial 50 fuel­ing sta­tions at UPS loca­tions. The invest­ment in propane vehi­cles and infra­struc­ture is approx­i­mately $70 million.


Work Trucks  

Ford sets a new stan­dard in medium-duty com­mer­cial work trucks with the all-new Ford F-650/F-750 – the tough­est, great value and work-ready Ford medium-duty trucks ever.

The new F-650/F-750 joins America’s broad­est com­mer­cial vehi­cle lineup, deliv­er­ing an impres­sive com­bi­na­tion of commercial-grade qual­ity, capa­bil­ity and con­ve­nience that now includes segment-exclusive Ford gaso­line and diesel engines, out­stand­ing per­for­mance at an afford­able price, and com­fort­able and mod­ern interiors.


ALG Residual Value Awards  

With used-car val­ues begin­ning to drop for the first time in years — on aver­age falling by 3.5 per­cent in Octo­ber, the largest such dip in two years accord­ing to the National Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion in McLean, Va., pick­ing a new vehi­cle that holds onto its value stead­fastly is par­tic­u­larly crucial.

Gen­er­ally, the more costly the vehi­cle, the more impor­tant dif­fer­ences in pro­jected resale val­ues become, sim­ply because there’s more money at stake. Last year the aver­age new car was pre­dicted to retain about 38.2 per­cent of its orig­i­nal value after five years, mean­ing that a $50,000 model will only be worth nearly $19,100 at trade-in time. Pick a com­pa­ra­ble model that’s esti­mated to hold 5 per­cent more of its value than aver­age and it will return an extra $2,650.


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