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January 19, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Fleet Smarts!

The next few months will bring us a wealth of timely fleet-smart educational and networking events. NAFA’s webinar ‘Ensuring Fleet & Driver Safety’ takes place Wednesday, the 27th of January. AFLA has a Regional Forum slated for Thursday, February 25th in Tampa with a variety of cogent topics, and The International Fleet Meeting for the global fleet manager is Thursday, March 2nd in Geneva. The CEI Group gives us a ‘Save the Date’ notice for their 2016 Global Fleet Driver Management Workshop to be held March 9-11th in Philadelphia.

NAFA I&E will be in Austin this year – April 19-22, where, by the way, FLEXY Awards will be bestowed upon an honored group of fleet professionals. If you know someone who should be considered for this esteemed award, you have until this Friday, January 22nd, to nominate that special person!

Janice Sutton
Executive Editor

Thought Leadership

Fleet Marketing – Guiding principles for fleet providers to improve marketing and increase sales.

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices around managing material handling equipment.

On Accident Management Learn ways to save money on your fleet’s collision repair costs.

The Fleet Customer Experience – Identifying the practices that define the best customer experience.

Think Global. Plan Local. – Navigating the management of the world-class fleet.

The Fleet CX Toolbox – Solid steps to implementing and improving fleet customer experience.

The Sustainable Fleet – Strategic approaches to bring about a smarter, cleaner fleet.

Talent Management – Smart guidelines to help you manage the talent in your workplace.

All posts from the newsletter reside on our web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com


VIDEO: The Importance of Partnerships

Element Fleet recognizes that partners and vendors are a huge part of their value proposition – and that they can be instrumental in the creation of game-changing new products and services.

VIDEO: Tailored to Your Needs
  Highly Personalized Vehicle Transport

PARS offers highly personalized vehicle transport services, always tailoring their business to your needs – not the other way around.

VIDEO: Used Vehicle Values
  December 2015 Used Vehicle Industry Update

Here’s the Decem­ber report from Jonathan Banks, exec­u­tive ana­lyst for NADA Used Car Guide.

The Fleet Spot

training Driving Dynamics Offers New Light-Truck & Trailer Safety Training Course

Driving Dynamics Inc. announced today that classes are now being scheduled for the company’s new behind-the-wheel light truck and trailer course. This employer-dedicated course is designed for individuals whose job requirements include hauling a trailer—even if based on the equipment, a commercial driver’s license is not required.

“Operating articulated vehicles represent increased risks for drivers and greater regulatory scrutiny that requires specialized handling, documentation, equipment, and safety measures. The DOT safety components included in this course provide essential, proven safety procedures that all drivers should be aware of and able to implement,” said Art Liggio Driving Dynamics’ President.


cei-workshop-image Global Fleet Driver Management Workshop 2016

Save the Date: March 9-11, 2016

Topic: The Keys to Implementing a Global Fleet Safety Program

Companies with multi-national fleets know that a global fleet safety program is the best assurance of lower accident costs, less risk of negligent entrustment liability, and fewer high-risk drivers. They also know the many obstacles in implementing a program. This year’s Global Fleet Driver Management Workshop brings together top safety experts to explain how any company can successfully implement a global fleet safety program.

Learn more about the Global Fleet Driver Management Workshop

nafa-logo NAFA Webinar: Ensuring Fleet & Driver Safety

How to utilize technology to help businesses adhere to regulations and protect employees

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 12:00pm EST — Duration: 1 hour

Instructors: Todd Ewing, Director of Product Marketing; and Jim Kronenberger, Director of Major Accounts; Fleetmatics

Implementing safety programs can be seamless with the use of fleet management technology, which ensures a smooth rollout and an overall healthier organization.


afla-logo Leadership Safety Coaching at AFLA Regional Forum

Join AFLA in Tampa, FL on Thursday, February 25, 2016 for the third annual AFLA Regional Forum, Register Today!

This year’s forum has a great schedule of speakers including, Art Liggio, President of Driving Dynamics Inc., who will present Leadership Safety Coaching. In this session, Art Liggio will break down the barriers of communication between a supervisor and team member on vital safety issues which directly put the driver at risk.


Fleet Asset Management

By Mike Quimby, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Element Fleet Management

It’s no secret that trucks are high-cost assets and it’s crucial to maximize their value to your company.

Operating a cost-effective and efficient fleet requires insight into the total cost of ownership. For example, a good maintenance-tracking program is required to identify maintenance and downtime. When it comes to trucks and total cost of ownership (TCO), the following are key factors to consider:

Get the most out of your trucks
Every truck in your fleet should be maximized. Review acquisition-optimum truck specifications for operational and secondary market risk requirements. It’s also important to identify the vital key performance indicators for measurement, including cost per mile (CPM), miles per gallon (MPG), uptime and downtime. Be sure to identify and match the expense with utilization of the asset.


The Fleet Customer Experience

By Jeofrey Bean

Make it easy for people to learn about your business and real customers to advocate for it.

People using social media have made customer experience more important than ever. People can share the experiences they have with your company before, during and after they become customers. Ultimately you want people using social media advocating for your company with the social media they choose.

In the past, people made shopping decisions based on trusted friends’ recommendations. Now, those recommendations have gone digital, encompass more people, and are crucial for the success of most businesses.

But social media options keep evolving. How are customers exchanging information about companies like yours?


Dangerous Vehicles


In America, Volkswagen AG sold nearly 600,000 diesel cars with cheater software, and the company is facing the full brunt of the law. In Europe, the company sold some 8.5 million of cars that emit cancer-causing gases in much higher concentrations than already lax EU laws allow, and there is little more than finger-wagging.

In America, Volkswagen’s cheater-diesels could have caused some 100 earlier deaths, the New York Times figures. In diesel-saturated Europe, the emissions are estimated to cost more than 100,000 lives per year, but the matter is swept under the carpet.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Reports Detail Thousands of Failures in Self-Driving Cars


On the same night President Obama pressed the need to build a “21st century transportation system” in his final State of the Union speech, a new report released by one of the companies leading that charge showed serious potholes remain ahead.

Self-driving cars are one of the most promising technologies in that vision. One day, they could help reduce traffic fatalities, improve mobility and ease congestion.


IBM Study Says Consumers Want Different Car Ownership Options


In an automotive consumer study presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, IBM found that consumers expect to use cars differently and don’t necessarily want to own one in the traditional sense – especially when the car has “self-enabling” technologies. Meanwhile, Ford has taken the lead in creating an alternative ownership model.

The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) developed its A New Relationship – People and Cars report, based on the study. According to the report, consumers have a high level of interest in “self-enabling cars,” defined as cars that can learn, heal, drive, and even socialize.


Gas Might Soon be Cheaper Than Bottled Water in the U.K., What Does That Mean?

New York Daily News

British media is buzzing about a recent report that petroleum (that’s gas in Brit-speak) could soon be cheaper than bottled water as a result of plummeting fuel prices worldwide.

Crude oil prices at $30 a barrel, the lowest since 2004, and average gasoline and diesel prices are 1.025 pounds per liter and 1.032 pounds per liter, respectively, dropping below 1 pound per liter (a little more than a quarter of a gallon) in some areas for the first time since 2009. So to say gas is pretty cheap by U.K. standards would be an understatement.


Honda and GM to Build Joint Fuel Cell Plant

Motor Trend

It’s no secret that introducing a new technology is a costly endeavor, and that’s why Honda Motor Co. and General Motors have decided to join forces to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells. Though the two automakers have been working together on this technology since 2013, the decision to jointly manufacture fuel cells is more recent.


New Technology, Fast

The Car Connection

If you’re one of the many folks who’s criticized federal agencies for being behind the times on auto issues, we’ve got good news. The feds have heard you, and they’ve got a three-point plan to bring themselves — and automakers — up speed. For a while, it seemed as if there wasn’t much love for the auto industry or the agencies that regulated it.

In the wake of the Great Recession, car sales hit the skids, and automakers were criticized for not being nimble enough to adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace. Some companies declared bankruptcy, like General Motors and Chrysler (now Fiat Chrysler, thanks to its restructuring). Others shed brands, as Ford did.


On Accident Management

By Wayne Smolda, President and CEO of The CEI Group, Inc.

The most disturbing news for fleets to come out of 2015 was the projection that traffic fatalities for last year were going to increase by the greatest rate we’ve seen in many years, a warning that fleet accident costs – including repair and other “hidden” expenses – could do the same next year.

Even without higher accident rates, fleets face an increase in the cost of accident repairs, given the continuing growth in the number of safety systems appearing in new vehicles and in the use of non-traditional materials, like aluminum, plastics and high-strength steel, all of which are costlier to repair.


Autonomous Vehicles


After talking in his last State of the Union address this week about investing in the country’s transportation system, Obama and his Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a 10-year, $4 billion plan to fund pilot projects that would accelerate the adoption of self-driving autonomous vehicles.

Such programs, if funded in the fiscal year 2017 federal budget, will test connected vehicle systems in “designated corridors” around the country and work toward a multi-state regulatory framework that covers the industry.


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AFLA – Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association
Providing the advanced forum for corporate fleet professionals to network with industry leaders.
The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.
PARS' mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.
Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
LeasePlan is the world's leading high-touch service provider for vehicle leasing and fleet management.
Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 76 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.
Driven fleet professionals. Driving results.
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NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

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