August 25, 2014


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice NAFA IFA: A Game Changing Experience

The NAFA Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy (IFA) slated for Novem­ber 5–7, 2014 in Orlando lifts the art of man­ag­ing an inter­na­tional fleet to a higher plane. Experts from around the globe will share their real-world expe­ri­ences to teach the fleet pro­fes­sional how to most effi­ciently and cost-effectively guide their global fleet to excellence.

This is what NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE, said fol­low­ing last year’s IFA, “We deliv­ered a game-changing expe­ri­ence. The key to our suc­cess was in design­ing the event around fleet man­agers. Our con­cept was sim­ple: gather many of the bright­est minds in global fleet man­age­ment and let them tell their own sto­ries; what went right, what went wrong, what to antic­i­pate, and what to avoid. The fleet man­agers in atten­dance told me they came expect­ing to learn, but they left with more than just knowl­edge. They left with real-life solu­tions, ideas that really work, and con­tacts that will prove invalu­able. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than learn­ing from col­leagues in your indus­try that you trust!”

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Editor

Globe_ NAFA International Academy Global Fleet Professionals Build Skills at NAFA’s International Fleet Academy

For a lim­ited time, atten­dees who reg­is­ter before Sep­tem­ber 30 can take advan­tage of early-bird pricing.

NAFA’s Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy (IFA) is the lens that pro­vides fleet pro­fes­sion­als with global duties both the micro and macro snap­shot they need to take informed and proac­tive actions. The fourth annual Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy will take place Novem­ber 5–7 at Rosen Shin­gle Creek in Orlando, Florida. This 3-day con­fer­ence was designed specif­i­cally to meet the needs of those who man­age fleets out­side of the United States and Canada.

NAFA’s Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy offers fleet pro­fes­sion­als the tools to gain under­stand­ing, and the oppor­tu­nity to dis­cuss the prob­lems and chal­lenges they’re fac­ing with some of the bright­est minds in global fleet management.



VIDEO: Meeting Demand for Global Education

The NAFA Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy team has cre­ated con­tent that pro­vides deci­sively help­ful infor­ma­tion who want to learn more about the inter­na­tional fleet landscape.

VIDEO: Benefits of the CAFM Program
  Tools and Skills to Manage Effectively

From mon­i­tor­ing life­cy­cle cost analy­sis to under­stand­ing vehi­cle equiv­a­lency sta­tus and more, NAFA’s CAFM pro­gram can pro­vide you with the tools and skills you need to man­age your fleet effectively.

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VIDEO: Great Fleet Education
  You Can Learn a Lot from Your NAFA Peers

Get­ting involved with your peers at NAFA is one of the eas­i­est, most fun, and most inter­est­ing ways for you to learn to do a con­tin­u­ally bet­ter job.

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The Fleet Spot

Women in Fleet Management Guerilla Mentoring for Women at AFLA Conference

The Auto­mo­tive Fleet & Leas­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (AFLA) is once again excited to have Women in Fleet Man­age­ment (WIFM) kick off its Annual Con­fer­ence. The WIFM sess­sion is open to all con­fer­ence reg­is­trants and this year will fea­ture Kathy Kor­man Frey facil­i­tat­ing an edu­ca­tional ses­sion on her sys­tem of Guerilla Men­tor­ing. Make sure to come early and catch this great ses­sion on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 7th start­ing at 4:30 PM.


telematics_update222 Fleet Telematics Solutions at Connected Fleets USA 2014

Con­nected Fleets USA 2014 Con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 21–22 — Atlanta) pre­vi­ously known as Telem­at­ics for Fleet Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence will tackle how fleet man­age­ment solu­tion are inte­grat­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to harass greater asset vis­i­bil­ity and fleet opti­miza­tion. Learn from hand-picked speak­ers from com­pa­nies such as: Donlen, Volvo Trucks, Daim­ler, LA Metro, Michi­gan DOT and Microsoft to drive growth in the matur­ing Amer­i­can market.

READ MORE about the conference.

NCSFA new logo 2011 NCSFA State Fleet Managers Workshop

Octo­ber 7 — 9, 2014
Burling­ton, Vermont

Free Reg­is­tra­tion for Fleet Managers!

Attend the 2nd annual NCSFA State Fleet Manager’s Work­shop, designed exclu­sively for Gov­ern­ment Fleet Man­age­ment Pro­fes­sion­als to be held in beau­ti­ful Burling­ton, Ver­mont on Lake Champlain.

The NCSFA and the State of Ver­mont are co-hosting this three day inten­sive work­shop.  Pre­sen­ters will be state fleet pro­fes­sion­als shar­ing their best prac­tices and pro­gram information.

Work­shop Brochure, Agenda and Reg­is­tra­tion Details

DSWW 2014 NETS: Driving Your Safety Culture Home

The Net­work of Employ­ers for Traf­fic Safety (NETS) is call­ing on lead­ers of com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions to adopt ele­ments of road safety for all employees—not just busi­ness dri­vers— as a core com­po­nent of the organization’s safety cul­ture. NETS has launched a free com­pre­hen­sive online tool kit to help ini­ti­ate or strengthen employee safety pro­grams by includ­ing road safety.

The 2014 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) tool kit, themed “Dri­ving your safety cul­ture home,” builds the case for exec­u­tive lead­er­ship to adopt safe dri­ving as a part of the cor­po­rate safety cul­ture and pro­vides low-cost steps to engage employ­ees with a start­ing point focused on seat belts and mobile device use while driving.


Fleet Technology  

NHTSA’s pre­lim­i­nary esti­mates of safety ben­e­fits of V2V tech­nol­ogy show that just two safety appli­ca­tions — Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Inter­sec­tion Move­ment Assist (IMA) – could pre­vent up to 592,000 crashes and 1,083 lives could be saved per year.

By Mike Sheldrick, Senior Editor

Let’s give the gov­ern­ment credit where it’s due: 30 years ago, the Fed­eral High­way Admin­is­tra­tion (FHWA) began pro­grams designed to apply elec­tronic and soft­ware sys­tems to the trans­porta­tion sys­tem. Those pro­grams were first envi­sioned when the reign­ing tech­nol­ogy was not far removed from punched cards and room-sized mainframes.

The goal was to move more peo­ple more safely and more effi­ciently over the exist­ing high­way sys­tem. Even then, it was clear that the golden era of high­way build­ing, if not over, soon would be, espe­cially in urban areas. Only now, thirty years later, are some of the more advanced ideas floated back then being realized.


Taxing Questions  

If you want to get a spe­cial incen­tive for dri­ving a hybrid, you’re a few years too late; but a tax credit applies to nearly every elec­tric car and plug-in hybrid on the mar­ket and it can, in some cases, effec­tively reduce your cost for such a model to that of an ordi­nary gaso­line vehi­cle (or even less).

The widely men­tioned $7,500 tax credit is arguably con­fus­ing from the start. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment gives infor­ma­tion on it from a ‘Tax Incen­tives Resource Cen­ter,’ but it isn’t treated as an incen­tive or rebate to con­sumers, so you don’t get it at the time of pur­chase. It’s not a tax deduc­tion (a reduc­tion in tax­able income) either. With a tax credit, you reduce the amount of income tax you owe.

READ MORE to learn what you need to know.

Fleet Driver Safety  

The safest places to drive in the nation are the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Mass­a­chu­setts, but West Vir­ginia, South Car­olina, North Dakota and Wyoming are among the worst states.

Those are the results of a new report that found that while road safety in the United States has improved sub­stan­tially in the last decade — road fatal­i­ties across the nation are down about 23 per­cent since 2005 – fatal­ity rates vary greatly by region.

READ MORE about the report results

Fleet Trends & Issues

Ken LatzkoCEI’s Ken Latzko: Microtargeted Messaging Can Help Fleets Drive Safety Compliance

Short, high-quality videos that address cur­rent, fleet-specific dri­ving safety issues and that are acces­si­ble from mobile devices can help achieve greater dri­ver com­pli­ance with fleet safety poli­cies. That’s the mes­sage Ken Latzko, south­east regional sales man­ager for the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) told mem­bers of the Car­oli­nas Chap­ter of the NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion who met in Greens­boro, North Car­olina last week.

Just as con­sumer mar­ket­ing firms and polit­i­cal cam­paigns have learned to “micro­tar­get” their mes­sages to spe­cific audi­ences with con­tent they find imme­di­ately rel­e­vant, “fleets need to go beyond the clas­sic approach to safety,” which goes only so far in achiev­ing results, Mr. Latzko said. “The goal of micro­tar­get­ing is to achieve com­pli­ance by assur­ing that your safe dri­ving mes­sage resonates.”


inc5000GPS Insight Ranked on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List, for Fifth Consecutive Year

Inc. mag­a­zine ranked GPS Insight num­ber 3,133 with three-year sales growth of 113% on its eighth annual Inc. 5000, an exclu­sive rank­ing of the nation’s fastest-growing pri­vate com­pa­nies. The list rep­re­sents a com­pre­hen­sive look at the most impor­tant seg­ment of the econ­omy — America’s inde­pen­dent entre­pre­neurs. This is the fifth con­sec­u­tive year that the GPS fleet track­ing com­pany has made the list, plac­ing GPS Insight on the Inc 5000 Honor Roll.


recall imageWas a Recalled Car Fixed? Answer Is Now a Click Away

A new online search tool allows con­sumers to type in a vehi­cle iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, or VIN, to check on whether recall repairs have been com­pleted on a spe­cific car, truck or motorcycle.

This is the first time con­sumers will be able to use a VIN on the National High­way Traf­fic Safety Administration’s web­site to deter­mine whether a recall issue has been addressed on a par­tic­u­lar car. The ser­vice will also be avail­able on N.H.T.S.A.‘s Safer car app for iOS and Android devices.

READ MORE about this free search tool

Social Media Customer Loyalty5 Car Brands That Customers Don’t Buy Twice

In today’s auto mar­ket, com­pe­ti­tion is stiff. Every car seems built to last, which makes it dif­fi­cult for automak­ers to tout reli­a­bil­ity as their sole sell­ing point. Con­sumers can shop nearly any brand, con­fi­dent that they’ll drive home in some­thing that will hold up for years. That’s led to the demise of brand loy­alty — espe­cially among younger buyers.

But brand loy­alty hasn’t com­pletely died out. Exper­ian Auto­mo­tive showed us that some brands do pretty well on that front, while USA Today com­piled data from Kel­ley Blue Book to reveal that some automak­ers are doing…less well.

What car brands have trou­ble get­ting repeat cus­tomers? Which five inspire the least brand loy­alty? READ MORE

Accident Management  

Four out of five (84%) peo­ple think more dri­vers should be trained in the skills needed to deal with the after­math of a road traf­fic col­li­sion, accord­ing to a new sur­vey from the Insti­tute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Dri­ver First Assist (DFA).

The major­ity of peo­ple, 79%, said that they would stop and help if they arrived at a road traf­fic col­li­sion (RTC) before the emer­gency ser­vices, and 44% have done so already, with a fur­ther 10% say­ing they would if they had received the cor­rect training.

READ MORE about the survey

Fraud Prevention  

Gas sta­tions are among the eas­i­est places for crooks to use stolen credit cards. Pumps are usu­ally unat­tended, so all the thieves have to do is swipe your plas­tic to fill up their tanks.

Now Visa is rolling out soft­ware to detect whether it’s you or some­one pre­tend­ing to be you fill­ing up on fuel. Roughly 25,000 gas sta­tions have already signed on, with Chevron, an early test case, report­ing a 23 per­cent drop in fraud at the pump.

READ ON to learn how it works.

In the Driver's Seat  

One of summer’s great­est joys is the reduced vol­ume of free­way traf­fic dur­ing morn­ing and evening rush hours.

With Labor Day loom­ing, the con­ges­tion will amp up and for at least some of us, so will tem­pers. From exas­per­a­tion to frus­tra­tion to full-blown road rage, emo­tions run high behind the wheel.

We’re ter­ri­to­r­ial, we’re stressed out and we’re in no mood for dither­ing and delays.

Accord­ing to the 2014 Auto­Van­tage “In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Sur­vey,” dri­vers actu­ally report expe­ri­enc­ing fewer unsafe motor­ing maneu­vers com­pared to the responses in the road­side assis­tance firm’s 2009 sur­vey on the same topic.

READ MORE about the findings

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