April 28, 2014
Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice A Leap Forward for Fleet Sustainability

If you didn’t get a chance to read the entire report from a United Nations panel warn­ing of dire con­se­quences if gov­ern­ments do not step up their efforts to tem­per the pace of cli­mate change, this arti­cle from The New York Times gives some insight into what is hap­pen­ing now and what could lie ahead.

With that sober­ing news in mind, we were exul­tant to hear that NAFA and CALSTART are team­ing to develop a “Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram.” Con­sid­er­ing the enor­mous impact fleets can make in this arena, we applaud this impor­tant step.

And speak­ing of impor­tance, let’s hear it for Florida Power & Light, for whom NAFA pres­i­dent Claude Mas­ters is Fleet Ser­vices Man­ager. On April 2nd, FPL was pre­sented with the EPA’s Clean Air Excel­lence Award for 2014. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Drive Sus­tain­abil­ity,

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Editor

Masters_Claude Florida Power & Light Wins Prestigious EPA Award

On April 2, Florida Power & Light Com­pany (FPL) accepted the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Clean Air Excel­lence Award for 2014, which hon­ors inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties, the envi­ron­ment, and the econ­omy. NAFA Pres­i­dent and FPL Fleet Ser­vices Man­ager Claude Mas­ters, CAFM, and In-Home Tech­nolo­gies and Elec­tric Vehi­cles Direc­tor Brian Han­ra­han accepted the award on FPL’s behalf dur­ing the cer­e­monies held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The EPA rec­og­nized FPL’s deploy­ment of fuel-efficient vehi­cle tech­nol­ogy; an impor­tant part of the utility’s over­all efforts to pro­vide elec­tric ser­vice to its 4.7 mil­lion cus­tomers through­out Florida.



VIDEO: NAFA's Int'l Fleet Academy

This year’s NAFA Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy — from July 14–16 in Orlando — will spot­light Global Fleet Pro­cure­ment, with a vari­ety of expert insights on import­ing and export­ing. Don’t miss it!

VIDEO: Vehicle Lifecycle Management Made Easy
  Managing the Entire Lifecycle of a Vehicle

‘Miles,’ an ERP sys­tem from Sofico, cov­ers the entire life­cy­cle for the leas­ing of a vehi­cle: from selec­tion and con­fig­u­ra­tion all the way through remar­ket­ing — and all the processes in between — in a fully-integrated system.

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VIDEO: Deep Fleet Industry Knowledge
  Deep Fleet Industry Knowledge at Mercury Associates

One of the most key dif­fer­en­tia­tors at Mer­cury Asso­ciates is that nearly every­one on their staff has been a Fleet Man­ager at one point or another … and that deep indus­try knowl­edge can make all the difference.

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The Fleet Spot

Croze_Kathi_CEI CEI’s Kathi Croze to Present at Police Fleet Conference

CEI will be pre­sent­ing case stud­ies of how gov­ern­ment and law enforce­ment vehi­cle fleets have saved time and money by out­sourc­ing their acci­dent man­age­ment activ­i­ties at the Police Fleet Expo-West 2014 show in Kansas City, MO, April 29 through May 2.

Rep­re­sent­ing CEI at the event will be Kathi Croze, national man­ager for gov­ern­ment fleet sales.

“Two of the main rea­sons gov­ern­ment fleets use CEI for col­li­sion repair ser­vices are that their repair cycle time is greatly reduced and the data we col­lect and return to them is in an eas­ily man­age­able for­mat,” said Ms. Croze.


Adam Laura MetroGistics Adds Adam Laura as Director of Strategic Accounts

Met­r­o­Gis­tics, a full-service vehi­cle trans­porta­tion com­pany, has announced the hir­ing of Adam Laura as direc­tor of strate­gic accounts. In this role, Adam will be respon­si­ble for main­tain­ing rela­tion­ships with key cus­tomer accounts as well as devel­op­ing and grow­ing Met­r­o­Gis­tics’ cus­tomer portfolio.


Joseph McKillips Joseph McKillips of Abbott Named New Chairperson of NETS

The Net­work of Employ­ers for Traf­fic Safety (NETS) has elected Joseph McKil­lips, Sr. Man­ager, Com­mer­cial Pro­gram Sup­port, Global Envi­ron­ment, Health, and Safety for Abbott, as NETS Board Chair­per­son for 2014 and 2015. McKil­lips replaces San­dra Lee, Direc­tor World­wide Fleet Safety for John­son & John­son, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful two-year term. McKil­lips has been a mem­ber of the NETS Board of Direc­tors since 2008.


Driver Safety  

CEI will demon­strate the new traf­fic safety cam­era vio­la­tion capa­bil­ity of its Dri­ver­Care™ online fleet safety and risk man­age­ment sys­tem at the insur­ance industry’s largest trade show in Den­ver, CO, April 27 – April 30.

The new func­tion­al­ity was devel­oped and oper­ates in coop­er­a­tion with Amer­i­can Traf­fic Solu­tions (ATS) Fleet Ser­vices, a lead­ing provider of road fleet toll and vio­la­tion man­age­ment solu­tions. Its capa­bil­i­ties include:

• Auto­mat­i­cally iden­ti­fy­ing and noti­fy­ing fleet dri­vers who receive traf­fic safety cam­era vio­la­tions, includ­ing those for speed­ing, run­ning red lights, fail­ing to pay tolls, ille­gal park­ing and ille­gally pass­ing school buses.


Fleet Sustainability  

NAFA is devel­op­ing a Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram, which aims to increase effi­ciency, while reduc­ing emis­sions and fuel use. Devel­oped in con­junc­tion with CALSTART, the NAFA Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram is one of its kind. With its devel­op­ment NAFA intends to pio­neer a move­ment in the fleet com­mu­nity which empha­sizes the eco­nomic and envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and over­all impor­tance of sustainability.



Fleet Trends & Issues

reduce-labor-costs1Identify Drivers Who Pad Hours with GPS Tracking

One of the ben­e­fits of GPS fleet track­ing soft­ware is that it can help iden­tify dri­vers that pad hours or make unneeded stops through­out the day. It may not always seem like a big deal if dri­vers make an extra stop here and there, but when it hap­pens con­sis­tently, it can take a hit to your bot­tom line. It’s your right to know if dri­vers are work­ing when they say they are and if they are wast­ing com­pany fuel per­form­ing per­sonal errands.


donlen-logoDonlen Names Top Auction Award Winners

Donlen recently announced recip­i­ents of its annual Top Auc­tion Awards. Each year, Donlen rec­og­nizes top auto­mo­bile auc­tion part­ners that work closely with Donlen in its remar­ket­ing program.

“The part­ner­ship we form with auc­tion part­ners is a vital com­po­nent of our remar­ket­ing pro­gram and its suc­cess,” said Dan Pow­ers, Donlen Direc­tor of Vehi­cle Remar­ket­ing. “By con­sis­tently meet­ing, and in many cases exceed­ing our per­for­mance goals, this year’s auc­tion part­ners have demon­strated their com­mit­ment to our cus­tomers and to Donlen’s world-class remar­ket­ing program.”

READ MORE and See Who the Win­ners Were

ge-fleet-logoTen GE Capital Fleet Services Employees Earn Fleet Management Certifications

GE Cap­i­tal Fleet Ser­vices recently announced that ten of its staff mem­bers earned indi­vid­ual cer­ti­fi­ca­tion under NAFA’s Cer­ti­fied Auto­mo­tive Fleet Man­ager (CAFM) and Cer­ti­fied Auto­mo­tive Fleet Spe­cial­ist (CAFS) programs.

“Our cus­tomers are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of our employ­ees’ fleet man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” said Ken John­son, man­ag­ing direc­tor, Strate­gic Con­sult­ing and Fleet Man­age­ment Solu­tions at GE Cap­i­tal Fleet Ser­vices. “These rig­or­ous pro­grams set a high stan­dard of excel­lence, con­sis­tent with the level of fleet man­age­ment exper­tise our cus­tomers expect from us. We are very proud of the hard work and effort these indi­vid­u­als put into achiev­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which will allow them to fur­ther enhance our best-in-class ser­vice, oper­a­tions and support.”

READ MORE — and find out who was certified.

chevin-hqChevin Fleet Solutions Expands with New Offices in Belgium

Chevin Fleet Solu­tions is expand­ing its oper­a­tions by open­ing new expanded offices in Bel­gium. Fol­low­ing Chevin’s rapid growth in the pan-European mar­ket­place, these new offices will allow Chevin Fleet Solu­tions to more effec­tively sup­port its grow­ing client list of fleet oper­a­tors across Europe. In related news, Chevin also added two new addi­tional staff mem­bers in sup­port and project management.


Get Smart!  

Keep­ing up to date with the fast-changing land­scape of inter­na­tional fleet man­age­ment is a key dri­ver of suc­cess for the fleet pro­fes­sional tasked with global responsibilities.

NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion, prov­ing again and again that it offers the gold stan­dard in fleet edu­ca­tion, is pre­sent­ing its 4th Annual Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy this July in Orlando. At NAFA’s recent Insti­tute & Expo in Min­neapo­lis we talked with Peter Egan, part­ner at FleetVi­sion and a co-sponsor with NAFA for the Academy’s devel­op­ment, about the gen­e­sis of the Acad­emy and the value propo­si­tion for the expe­ri­enced global fleet man­ager as well as the man­ager newly charged with man­ag­ing a fleet out­side of North America.


On-Schedule Deliveries  

Con­sumers expect that prod­uct and ser­vice deliv­er­ies at their homes will be matched to their sched­ules, and a company’s abil­ity to make its sup­ply and ser­vice chains more dynamic will mean the dif­fer­ence between thriv­ing and being left behind. To meet this new stan­dard, Tel­o­gis intro­duces Tel­o­gis Appoint­ment as an exten­sion of its com­pre­hen­sive, cloud-based loca­tion intel­li­gence soft­ware plat­form and the lat­est addi­tion to the Tel­o­gis Route Plan­ning Suite.

Tel­o­gis Appoint­ment improves cus­tomer ser­vice by allow­ing con­sumers to choose deliv­ery win­dows that are most con­ve­nient for them while also being most cost effec­tive for the deliv­erer. It also helps ship­ping com­pa­nies reduce turn times by match­ing deliv­ery times to cus­tomers’ open times to receive goods, and push­ing ETAs to the receiv­ing par­ties via text or email – all in real time.


Driving the Global Fleet  

WEX Inc. recently announced that George Hogan has been appointed senior vice pres­i­dent, international.

Hogan joined WEX in 2007, and served as chief infor­ma­tion offi­cer and senior vice pres­i­dent. In 2012, he assumed respon­si­bil­ity of WEX Fleet One, and most recently served as gen­eral man­ager of fleet over-the-road and part­ner chan­nels. George’s inter­na­tional expe­ri­ence includes over­see­ing IT in Aus­tralia and New Zealand for WEX, and pre­vi­ously man­ag­ing global teams while employed at Visa.

David Maxsimic has decided to step down as pres­i­dent, inter­na­tional effec­tive June 1. Dur­ing the last 16 years, he has played an inte­gral role in exe­cut­ing WEX’s long-term growth strat­egy, expand­ing both the domes­tic fleet busi­ness and lead­ing our inter­na­tional expan­sion efforts.


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