FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
January 6, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Wishing You a Happy, Successful New Year!

This industry keeps changing by leaps and bounds, and here at FMW we’re working furiously to provide the right content to help you do your job better. Today we feature a video from Gregg Darish of Motus on whether Fleet, Reimbursement or both are the best solution, as well as a report from Phil Russo on NAFA’s efforts to define and standardize Fleet Sustainability.

We’ve also got an interview with Donlen’s Tom Callahan where he talks about the importance of ‘The Best and Greatest Ideas,’ and a timely column from Ed Pierce on putting your best foot forward with Content Marketing, plus a whole lot more. (And speaking of Content Marketing, we’ve got some great opportunities with FMW — hit me up for details.)

Ted Roberts

COO & Chief Content Officer

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Read monthly columns: Fleet Marketing, Fleet Asset Management, The Mobile Employee, On Accident Management, The Fleet Customer Experience, and Fleet Safety.


VIDEO: Fleet, Reimbursement, or a Combination of Both?

For some companies, fleet vehicles make more sense; for others, reimbursement is the right answer. But there are also companies where the right answer is a combination of both. A company called Motus guides their clients to the right decision in these situations.

VIDEO: High Expectations for Driveaway
  The Driveaway Business Has Evolved

Clients today ask for much, much more from the driveaway business. Whether it’s maintenance work, having a vehicle cleaned, or license and title work, it’s all about creating a perfect customer service experience — so that the vehicle is ready for the end user.

Click here to watch video
VIDEO: Defining Fleet Sustainability
  Fleets Can Measure Progress Toward Sustainability

NAFA has been been working with 40 different fleets across the U.S. and Canada to build a standardized measurement tool to define fleet sustainability — and the ultimate goal is that the outcome will positively impact the future of the entire planet!

Click here to read more

The Fleet Spot

NAFA2015 Join the Industry’s Largest Gathering of Fleet Professionals this Spring

NAFA’s Annual Institute & Expo is the fleet management industry’s largest event. Designed around your needs, I&E provides a convenient and valuable opportunity for both new and veteran fleet managers to get the tools they need to be successful and increase their networking power.

When you choose to join us in Orlando, April 14-17 you will have the opportunity to:
Network with thousands of fleet professionals
Experience the latest services and productson the I&E Expo Floor
Receive cutting-edge training and education
Improve your employer’s bottom line
Attend special events, hear from prominent keynote speakers and more!

It’s all about what fits YOUR needs and budget!

Fleet managers can choose between 4 day, 2 day, or 1 day passes.

Plus! Early Bird pricing is available until February 20, 2015. Register early and save!

Register Now!

fmcsa 2 Hours Of Service Regulations Temporarily Suspended For 2015

On December 17, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it was suspending enforcement of certain sections of the Agency’s Hours of Service (HOS) rules as required by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, enacted December 16, 2014.

Specifically, FMCSA suspended the requirements regarding the restart of a driver’s 60- or 70-hour limit that drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1, 2013.


fleet-management-winter Why Fleet Tracking Is So Important During Winter Months

The winter weather has arrived for several states around the country, which means dangerous driving conditions for fleets. It can be a challenge to ensure both driver and public safety during this time of the year. Fleet tracking software, like GPS Insight, will keep your fleet safe during the icy and hazardous season.


afla logo Registration is open for the 2015 AFLA Conference in Nashville

Mark your calendars for the most innovative fleet industry meeting you will see all year! Registration is now open for the 2015 AFLA Annual Conference to be held September 14-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of the conference “The Future is Now: Transformational Ideas Shaping Our Industry,” showcases AFLA’s focus on key issues facing the fleet industry.


Make sure to check out the conference schedule, as the format has changed slightly from previous years. More information will be added to the schedule as it becomes available, so stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming months!

Book your room!

The Gaylord Opryland Resort offers guests all the excitement and energy of the Music City under one spectacular roof. AFLA has negotiated a special rate for attendees of $179/night.  Book your room today!

Fleet Marketing

Happy New Year! Along with all of those personal improvement resolutions you’ve made, here are some professional resolves to consider for improving your company’s fleet-related content marketing efforts in 2015:

- Get the year started right with a content marketing strategy. Content marketing is designed to overcome the trend of web-enabled prospects conducting their discovery stage online before even reaching out to your company. Today, that information-gathering process happens throughout the buying process and even post-sale.

Marketers cannot afford to be passive; you must have a comprehensive approach to reach and engage prospects throughout the buying cycle in order to win a deal and to keep customers.

READ MORE to learn how to design a comprehensive content marketing strategy that works!

Fleet Asset Management

By Keith Trumbull

For those of us in the fleet industry, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends to ensure we’re making profitable decisions. For example, in 2014 we saw more fleet managers interested in telematics, as well as an uptick in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for warehouse and assembly fulfillment. Last year, we worked with many fleet managers focused on understanding the total cost of asset ownership and lifecycle management.

Whether you’ve been working with material handling equipment, you’re getting started as we enter the New Year, or you plan to take on asset management in the future, you may find our short list of 2015 predictions helpful.


The Best and Greatest Ideas

We always welcome the opportunity to interview Donlen president Tom Callahan; he is indefatigably passionate about the company and the fleet industry. Here, he updates us on Donlen’s focus over the past year and also gives us some insight into what the best managed fleets have in common.

His advice to suppliers on working with Procurement: “Don’t be in a situation where your customer asks, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ You want to be thought of as the supplier that is still coming with the best and the greatest ideas.”


Fleet Trends & Issues

Top Ten Cars of 2014

Narrowing the list of the year’s best automobiles is a tough business. With carmakers cranking out updated models on quicker cycles, and into increasingly diverse and competitive segments, drivers have a growing list of great options.

This 10-best list for 2014 is a testament to that cutthroat competition, with winners from every major car-making country — Germany, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. — and across a wide spectrum of segments and price ranges.

READ MORE to find out who the winners are.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Announced Safest Cars for 2015

Car recalls and exploding airbags may have dominated news coverage in recent months, but vehicle safety is quickly gaining ground, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which announced its list of 2015 safety awards last week.

A total of 71 models earned the institute’s two top awards — Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick — up from 39 this time last year, giving consumers more choices for vehicles with excellent crash protection despite tougher requirements for safety, according to the group, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.


Study: Half of Teen Crash Deaths Were in Old Cars

A new study finds nearly half of drivers ages 15 to 17 who died in car crashes from 2008 to 2012 had cars that were at least 11 years old, and nearly a third drove small cars.

The study, authored by two Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers, chronicled the government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from 2008 to 2012.

READ MORE to get the details.

Your Smartphone Could Soon Replace Your Car Keys

The Detroit Bureau

A small Toronto technology start-up could unlock some major changes in tomorrow’s cars, trucks and crossovers.

Keyfree Technologies plans to introduce what it is billing as the “world’s first digital car key solution” during a preview at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show. Unlike traditional, metal car keys, or more modern wireless keyfobs, the company’s system would use a digital smartphone app to control a vehicle’s doors and ignition.


More Money for Diesel

American motorists have a particularly good reason to celebrate the New Year, unleaded regular gasoline averaging barely $2.40 a gallon across the country, according to federal data, as low as the price has been in more than half a decade.

But not everyone is sharing in the good news. The relatively small number of motorists – along with the nation’s truckers — who depend on diesel are paying an average of $3.28 a gallon, according to the most recent survey by the Energy Information Administration.


Driving High

How much pot can a person smoke and then drive safely? It’s a question more and more states are grappling with as the legalization of marijuana becomes more widespread.

Those states are not alone as nearly half of Americans express similar concerns and report feeling that drug-impaired drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.


Year of the Recall

For the automotive industry, 2014 was the year of the recall.

During harsh Congressional hearings, the world learned more about the inner workings of the ignition switches of cars and trucks than ever before as GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, was forced to explain a flawed corporate culture that the company thought it had left behind.

General Motors’ recall led all automakers to reassess their safety processes, and the industry is on track to easily surpass 1999, when automakers recalled a record 55.6 million cars and trucks.

But there were other big stories in the automotive industry in 2014 as well.


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