September 15, 2014


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Janice Sutton A Winning AFLA Conference!

We thought the AFLA 2014 Con­fer­ence held last week in Las Vegas was superb! The gala din­ner on Tues­day night was a very spe­cial event, and per­haps espe­cially so for Gage Wag­oner of Phillips Elec­tron­ics who was named Fleet Man­ager of the Year and Ingrid Joris of Inger­soll Rand who was hon­ored with the Fleet Exec­u­tive of the Year award. AFLA next graced their ven­er­a­ble Fleet Hall of Fame with four new inductees: Patsy Brown­son, Stephen Levine, Brian McVeigh, and Bob Ward. Kudos to these win­ners and to the entire AFLA lead­er­ship team!

We fea­ture a new colum­nist this week, Randy Shadley, CAFM. Hardly new to the indus­try (and to many of you), Randy mod­estly calls him­self a “well-rounded and well-seasoned” fleet pro­fes­sional. He is also an expert on fleet safety and this week talks about lia­bil­ity and per­sonal use, cit­ing a spe­cific case with a sur­pris­ing out­come that has ram­i­fi­ca­tions for vir­tu­ally all fleets. Read his col­umn in Fleet Safety.

Hurry: Reg­is­ter for NAFA’s Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy by Sep­tem­ber 30th and take advan­tage of early-bird pric­ing! You don’t want to miss this con­fer­ence if your job respon­si­bil­i­ties have expanded out­side of North Amer­ica!

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Editor

zipcar-mazda San Francisco Considers Car Sharing to Replace Fleet Vehicles

A San Fran­cisco city super­vi­sor has pro­posed car shar­ing for city work­ers as a cost-savings mea­sure and way to replace under­uti­lized fleet vehicles.

Under the pro­posal, which was intro­duced last week, pas­sen­ger vehi­cles and light-duty trucks in the city’s fleet would be replaced over the next 13 years and replaced with con­tracts with pri­vate car-sharing com­pa­nies such as Zip­car or City Car­Share. The pro­posal would not apply to fire trucks, police cars, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works main­te­nance vehi­cles or other spe­cial­ized equipment.



VIDEO: Aligning Fleet with Corporate Strategy

One of today’s fre­quent fleet chal­lenges is align­ing with your organization’s over­all cor­po­rate strat­egy — around issues like sus­tain­abil­ity, ser­vice, and pro­duc­tiv­ity — and clearly show­ing that your fleet is mak­ing sub­stan­tial contributions.

VIDEO: Training That Works
  The Evolution of Excellent Driver Training

Dri­ver train­ing from ADTS evolved out of dri­ver train­ing for police offi­cers in the Philadel­phia area, and has grown to over 300 loca­tions per year that are taught by 100 dif­fer­ent uniquely qual­i­fied instructors.

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VIDEO: Focusing on Customer Success
  Element Fleet Management: Transition, Then Transform

There’s a lot of excite­ment now at Ele­ment Fleet Man­age­ment — they’re tak­ing a ‘tran­si­tion, then trans­form’ approach as they focus on suc­cess­fully migrat­ing cus­tomers onto the legacy PHH plat­form, with a host of new oppor­tu­ni­ties to extend some already-dynamic prod­ucts and services.

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The Fleet Spot

SmartDrive ProSight Specialty Insurance Offers Virtually Free Integrated Video Safety Package to Fleet Customers

The New Jersey-based insurer hopes this new pro­gram will slash claims, improve safety and reduce costs for its cus­tomers. Fleet Man­age­ment Weekly inter­viewed ProSight’s Trans­porta­tion Exec­u­tive, Jeremy Zot­t­neck, and Smart­Drive Sys­tems’ CEO, Steve Mit­gang, to learn the details.


Kevin McEwan Bishop Fleet Optimization Congratulates Australasian Fleet Manager of the Year

Bishop Fleet Opti­miza­tion con­grat­u­lates Kevin McE­wan, Trans­port Man­ager for the Mel­bourne Health Ser­vice, who was named Aus­tralasian Fleet Man­ager of the Year on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 11th, at the AfMA 2014 Fleet Awards held in Mel­bourne, Australia.

McE­wan man­ages a large, dynamic vehi­cle fleet for Mel­bourne Health and two other nearby health orga­ni­za­tions across more than 30 sites and health­care facil­i­ties dis­persed through­out the area. Vehi­cle avail­abil­ity is para­mount because of the crit­i­cal duty of the fleet vehi­cles to facil­i­tate the deliv­ery of health ser­vices in the com­mu­nity. McE­wan was able to improve ser­vices to clients in an envi­ron­ment of dimin­ish­ing funds and an aging fleet.

READ MORE to learn how McE­wan worked with Bishop Fleet Opti­miza­tion (BFO) to mea­sure actual vehi­cle usage and imple­ment strate­gies to improve uti­liza­tion, reduce vehi­cle num­bers while still meet­ing 100% of vehi­cle demand.

AltCar Expo NAFA to Detail Sustainable Fleet Standard Program At 2014 AltCar Expo And Conference

On Sep­tem­ber 19, NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion will anchor a full day of ses­sions at the 2014 Alt­Car Expo and Con­fer­ence in Santa Mon­ica, CA, fea­tur­ing instruc­tion and case stud­ies in fuel man­age­ment, a CAFM Boot Camp ses­sion devoted to the fuel man­age­ment fleet dis­ci­pline, and an in-depth look at NAFA’s Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram which is set to launch in 2015. This dive into the sub­jects of fuels and resources rep­re­sents a nat­ural part­ner­ship between NAFA’s com­mit­ment to fleet sus­tain­abil­ity and the Alt­Car Expo and Conference.


Fleet Safety  
Randy Shadley

By Randy Shadley, CAFM, ProFleet Solu­tions, LLC

Ques­tion: What do Yogurt, Yoga, and Your lia­bil­ity have in common?

Answer: They are all related to a Cal­i­for­nia Court of Appeal rul­ing (Moradi v Marsh USA), where the insur­ance com­pany, Marsh USA, Inc., was found to be liable for dam­ages when one of its employ­ees — who reg­u­larly used her per­sonal vehi­cle for com­pany busi­ness — was involved in a crash after work on per­sonal time, while headed for frozen yogurt on the way to a yoga class in her per­sonal car.

You read that right: per­sonal car, per­sonal time, per­sonal errands after work, employer respon­si­ble for dam­ages. Not for dam­ages to the employee’s car, mind you, but dam­ages to the third party.


Fleet Financing  
Bob Sandler

Bob San­dler, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cus­tomer Expe­ri­ence and Enter­prise Con­sult­ing, Ele­ment Fleet Management

Inter­est rates have been low over the past few years. In fact, they have stayed low for so long that experts mon­i­tor­ing the state of the econ­omy are pre­dict­ing an impend­ing increase in inter­est rates over the next few years. This has caused finance depart­ments to won­der if they should con­vert their assets to fixed inter­est rates in order to mit­i­gate the risk of poten­tial increases.

READ MORE to learn four things to con­sider when mak­ing a deci­sion regard­ing fleet financ­ing and the move to fixed inter­est rates.

Fleet Vehicle Tracking  

If your dri­vers take home com­pany vehi­cles, do you mon­i­tor their per­sonal use dur­ing non-working hours? If not, it could be cost­ing your busi­ness seri­ous money. Uti­liz­ing a GPS track­ing solu­tion, like GPS Insight, to track how dri­vers are using com­pany vehi­cles when they are not on the clock will pre­vent increased oper­a­tional costs, fuel con­sump­tion, and other expenses for your fleet.


Fleet Trends & Issues

A-B-truckBudweiser Puts Its Diesel Trucks Out To Pasture

Anheuser-Busch’s goal is to reduce emis­sions and fuel costs, while doing some­thing green(ish) and has announced that it is going to replace all 66 of the heavy duty trucks at its Hous­ton brew­ery, with 66 new trucks, that instead run on com­pressed nat­ural gas.

The trucks in its exist­ing fleet are not old or falling apart — they are tough, reli­able diesel-powered work­horses that pull 53-foot trail­ers loaded with 50,000 pounds of beer. Each truck rolls vir­tu­ally around the clock — putting in an aver­age of 140,000 miles in a sin­gle year haul­ing beer to whole­salers. They move sev­en­teen mil­lion bar­rels of beer each year.

READ MORE about this decision

driverless carDo Self-Driving Cars Spell Doom for Auto Insurers?

The self-driving car seems like a ter­ri­ble driver’s dream: no steer­ing wheel to con­trol, no trou­ble par­al­lel park­ing, no con­cerns about hav­ing a cou­ple of beers on the way home from work. But the removal of fal­li­ble human dri­vers might cre­ate havoc for auto insurers.

Human error accounts for 90 per­cent of road acci­dents, accord­ing to the Inter­na­tional Orga­ni­za­tion for Road Acci­dent Pre­ven­tion, and our col­lec­tive fail­ure rate helps the auto insur­ance indus­try rake in a cool $157 bil­lion in pre­mi­ums each year. So if self-driving cars elim­i­nate all those dri­ver mis­takes, the busi­ness of insur­ing vehi­cles will nec­es­sar­ily change as well.

READ MORE about likely changes

NeilWintonCould New Technology, Changing Attitudes, Devastate Auto Industry?

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy has shaken the book busi­ness to its foun­da­tions, not to men­tion news­pa­pers, and auto­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers might be the next indus­try ripe for attack.

When the global auto­mo­tive indus­try gath­ers in Paris next month for the bien­nial car show, you will hear the usual sooth­ing claims about how healthy the indus­try now is, and how it’s poised for long-term healthy growth. The trou­ble is there are some sin­is­ter issues fes­ter­ing away behind the scenes which might ambush a com­pla­cent industry.


azugaAzuga Fleet Launches the Industry’s First-Ever Gamification and Rewards Platform

Recently-launched Azuga Fleet Mobile is the first-of-its-kind gam­i­fi­ca­tion and dri­ver rewards pro­gram. This new inter­ac­tive appli­ca­tion, avail­able on iOS and Android, gives dri­vers the abil­ity to track dri­ver scores and com­pete to earn rewards from top brands such as Ama­zon, Wal­mart and Burger King. The solu­tion is designed to cre­ate a trans­par­ent and real-time appli­ca­tion for the dri­ver and their fleet man­ager — wherein the dri­ver will be able to track per­for­mance through­out the day and the fleet man­ager will then have capa­bil­ity to give rewards for improved dri­ving behav­iors, which ulti­mately will increase safety, decrease costs and increase dri­ver retention.


Global Fleet Management  

NAFA’s Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy (IFA) is tak­ing place Novem­ber 5–7 at Rosen Shin­gle Creek in Orlando, FL. It is designed specif­i­cally to meet the needs of those who man­age fleets out­side of the United States and Canada, and 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.

READ MORE to learn about just a few of the dynamic edu­ca­tional ses­sions offered at NAFA’s Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy: Global Pol­icy Struc­ture and Gov­er­nance; Global Fund­ing Dif­fer­ences Using Finance Leases, Oper­at­ing Leases, and Cap­i­tal Allo­ca­tion Strate­gies; and Imple­ment­ing a Global Sus­tain­able Drive Chain.

The Autonomous Vehicle  

As more and more automak­ers are slowly reveal­ing their autonomous dri­ving tech­nolo­gies and vehicle-to-vehicle com­mu­ni­ca­tion capa­bil­i­ties, the ques­tion of pri­vacy and just how much per­sonal data motorists will have to give up is becom­ing a concern.

Though the cars and high­ways of the future will likely make our day-to-day com­mutes more con­ve­nient, the big ques­tion is at what cost?


Fleet 'Rightsourcing'  

“Review­ing the cur­rent sup­plier mar­ket for fleet man­age­ment ser­vice providers in Europe, there is not the one-size-fits-all solu­tion,” says Tobias Kern, senior con­sul­tant at Brussels-based global fleet con­sul­tancy, FleetVi­sion, who has recently rolled out its right­sourc­ing fleet man­age­ment pro­gram on behalf of an inter­na­tional fleet client.

This client had an off­shore solu­tion in place, where an inter­nal fleet man­age­ment team was cen­trally man­ag­ing all oper­a­tional fleet processes. The back­ground to the ten­der process was to assess alter­na­tive fleet man­age­ment con­cepts with the key focus on estab­lish­ing the most ben­e­fi­cial solu­tion in terms of ser­vice qual­ity for the dri­vers, inter­nal costs, and strate­gic sup­port for cen­tral fleet responsibilities.


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