FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
August 11, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

AFLA: A Winning Formula

In a video this week, Bill Elliott, executive director of AFLA, gives us insight into the elements that make AFLA unique. When we ask fleet professionals to tell us about the value of AFLA to them, the organization’s emphasis on networking always comes up, and past conferences have proven that the mix of networking and educational sessions is a winning formula. This year, AFLA’s Annual Conference will be held September 14-16, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

We’re always keen to publish articles that tell us how fleets can chip away at unnecessary costs and in the monthly column On Accident Management, CEI’s John Wolford gives us some solid tips on how to curb collision repair rental costs.

Enjoy this issue, and be sure to check in at FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates.

Janice Sutton
Executive Editor

INDEX: Find All of the Fleet News and Information You Need on Newly Redesigned FleetManagementWeekly.com

All posts from the newsletter can be found on our newly redesigned web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com,

Browse these categories:

Association News — Find out what’s going on at associations of importance to the fleet community.
Fleet Trends & Issues — Check out articles about current fleet issues and trends
Fleet Safety — Read news about various aspects of fleet safety, including interviews of fleet safety leaders
Fleet Videos — Watch video clips of fleet newsmakers
Interviews — Read Fleet Management Weekly’s interviews with industry leaders.
Telematics — Learn about the latest in fleet telematics news

Read monthly columns: Fleet Marketing, Fleet Asset Management, The Mobile Employee, On Accident Management, The Fleet Customer Experience, Think Global Plan Local, The Fleet CX Toolbox, and Fleet Safety.


VIDEO: Big Changes in the License and Title Arena

Recent changes to license and title highlight the uniqueness around every single transaction, right down to VIN-specific and driver-specific regulations.

VIDEO: Why AFLA is Unique
  What Makes AFLA Different?

There are various elements that make AFLA unique – including its focus on commercial fleet, and the fact that all of its members have an equal say.

VIDEO: Improving Strategy for Global Fleets
  Cost and Strategy for Global Fleets

Being neutral and independent from both finance companies and OEMs gives Fleet Logistics the ability to both reduce costs and improve strategy for global fleets.

The Fleet Spot

Trish Marks Trish Marks Named Regional VP of Business Development at Element Fleet Management

Element Fleet Management announced the appointment of Trish Marks to Regional Vice President of Business Development.

“The expertise Trish offers customers is a testament to her 33 years of service in the fleet industry,” said Gary Anderson, chief business development officer for Element Fleet. “Her breadth and depth of the business provides customers with unparalleled solutions needed for their fleets and their respective businesses.”


gaylord-opryland-resort The Pete Z Memorial Golf Scramble at AFLA

Join AFLA at Gaylord Springs Golf Links for one of the most popular events at the AFLA Annual Conference.

The Pete Z Memorial Golf Scramble provides a great opportunity to network with your colleagues during a casual round of golf. Gaylord Springs is carved from the banks of the meandering Cumberland River, with the Scottish-style layout offering holes bordered by limestone bluffs and wetlands that will make for an exciting challenge!

Register for AFLA 2015

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fleetmatics Fleetmatics Introduces New App Designed for Mobile Workers

Fleetmatics recently launched the Fleetmatics REVEAL Field App, its latest enhancement to the Fleetmatics REVEAL platform. The software application is designed to keep dispatchers, managers and drivers on the same page by delivering important information right to the driver’s mobile device and improving the experience of the mobile worker.


Glen Villano Merchants Fleet Management Forms Strategic Alliance with Alamo Leasing

Merchants Fleet Management announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Texas-based Alamo Leasing, a fleet-leasing company with customers throughout United States, and a dominant presence in the Hospitality, Healthcare, and Oil & Gas business segments.

It is the latest in a series of partnerships and acquisitions over the past seven years aimed at bolstering the company’s strategic plan for controlled growth.


On Accident Management

By John Wolford, CEI associate director of network services and loss recovery

The number of days it takes to repair a vehicle depends on the extent of its damage. What fleets should find unacceptable, however, are needless delays in repairs that wind up costing hundreds of dollars extra or more in rental bills.

They may be small by comparison, but rental costs are a factor in collision repair costs that still matter, and are often bigger than they need to be. In fact, following a few simple systematic practices, some large fleets could save $10,000 a year or more on rental expenses.


Leasing or Reimbursement?

When it comes to leasing company vehicles or reimbursing your employees, there are several variables to consider before making the decision. The option you choose will have an effect on your company’s finances, human resources and image.

Register today to join LeasePlan’s leasing expert, Brian Barber, on Tuesday, August 18, at 2:30 pm EST, as he shares key differences between the options. Knowing all the facts will help you make the right decision for your fleet.


Saving on Insurance: It's Up to You


Getting the best car insurance rates isn’t as simple as keeping your record clean, according to a recent report that says what you pay may have more to do with how well you pay your bills than how well you drive.

After analyzing more than 2 billion price quotes from more than 700 companies nationwide, Consumer Reports concluded that premiums are based more on the companies’ own interpretation of your credit score than accident rates or even drunken driving. For example, single drivers in Florida with a clean record and poor credit paid $1,552 more on average than similar drivers with great credit who had been convicted of driving drunk.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Cops Pretend to be Panhandlers to Crack Down on Distracted Driving


People begging for change are often ignored by California drivers as part of the scenery. But not paying attention to the less fortunate or the road got expensive this month, when cops went undercover as panhandlers to catch distracted drivers.

On July 15 four plainclothes police officers in San Bernardino, CA, stood on highway off-ramps and street corners holding cardboard signs. The signs didn’t ask for donations or tell a sad tale, they let drivers know they were cops looking for distracted driving. The signs read “I am NOT homeless. SB Police looking for seatbelt/cellphone violations.”


Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush

The New York Times

Whether it is fuel savings, safer commutes or freed-up time behind the wheel, motorists have many reasons to embrace self-driving cars. But another group is just as eager to see these vehicles on the road: politicians.

Lawmakers from California, Texas and Virginia are wooing the autonomous-car industry, along with the jobs and tax revenue that come with it. They are financing research centers, building fake suburbs for testing the cars and, perhaps most important, going light on regulation, all in an effort to attract a rapidly growing industry.


Makers Still Focusing on Lighter Materials, Better Engines to Meet CAFE

The Detroit Bureau

Broader use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, and ever more efficient new engines top the list of strategies the auto industry is using to meet 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, according the annual Wards Auto survey of engineers from both automakers and major suppliers.

The study, sponsored by DuPont Automotive, also shows that carmakers and suppliers are taking a hard look at a variety of technologies as the mid-term review deadline looms. Interest in diesel engines, fuel cell and even bio-fuels all increased in this year’s survey.


EV Owners Paying More and Getting Less

The Detroit Bureau

Sales of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles have stumbled in recent months, and industry analysts put much of the blame on low gasoline prices, but other factors may be at work, a new study showing residuals, or trade-in prices, for battery-cars have been falling rapidly.

EV proponents have long used two separate arguments to promote the technology. They emphasize its environmental benefits. But they also focus on the potential cost savings by turning to relatively cheap electricity, rather than gasoline, to move the metal down the road.


The Sustainable Fleet

By Brian Matuszewski, Manager – Global Strategic Consulting, Sustainable Strategies, ARI

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein

Sustainability is a priority to many businesses and organizations these days, with good reason.

Companies are feeling increasing pressure from customers, governments and the general public to enact more sustainable practices. They are also becoming increasingly aware of and interested in their overall environmental footprint. This is driving companies to consider how they can make sustainable changes to their operations. Fleets quickly come under the microscope when this happens because they are such a visible source of greenhouse gases.

Advancements in vehicle technology, communications systems and management programs provide fleet managers with more opportunities than ever before to make improvements, allowing them to optimize fleet performance, reduce emissions, and improve their bottom line. With all that is available, however, a fleet manager can quickly become overwhelmed.


Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Principal, ITA Fleet Communications

More and more fleet providers seem to face a ‘David versus Goliath’ situation when it comes to competing for the hearts and minds of fleet decision-makers.

The fleet news headlines shout that the big are getting bigger and even threatening to swallow more. The other big fleet kahunas are looking to catch the wave of unhappy fleets who feel like Jonah in the whale.

With all this happening, the smaller, vertically-specific service providers seemingly don’t stand a chance. But, among the fleet service providers I serve, being the underdog is an advantage. They are confident competitors with focused expertise that ensures the best value for their customers. So, they are more than happy to be underestimated. Especially from a marketing perspective, digital technologies are leveling the playing field, too.

READ MORE for some ideas smaller companies can take to compete effectively with the big boys with their big marketing spends.

Coming Up: Falling Gas Prices


Gas prices are down, and they are about to fall even further — perhaps to less than $2 a gallon.

“There will be thousands, even tens of thousands of stations below $2 by the time we’re into football season,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, which tracks retail prices for AAA.


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