FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
August 2, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Fall is Around the Corner

We’re still enjoying the beauty of summer, and we hope that you can say the same. Of course, Fall isn’t really all that far away – and those leaves will be falling soon enough.

As FMW plans for Fall (and for 2017) we’re scheming up more new content that is completely geared toward helping fleet professionals do their jobs better, and more efficiently. If you’re a reader, we would love to hear any ideas you may have around content that FMW might provide – just send me an email.

Of course, if you’re a fleet service provider looking to reach fleet professionals, then please consider our Content Marketing & Advertising options. We’re gentler on your fleet marketing budget than the other guys, and we will work with you to tailor just the right program. You can get more information here, and don’t hesitate to email me directly.

We are looking forward to seeing you at AFLA in San Diego! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Ted Roberts
President & Chief Content Officer

Thought Leadership

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

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management.

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

Safety & Risk — Impactful driver safety and risk management tools and techniques.

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.

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– We look at harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

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

TCO Trends – Expert View — A global look at fleet total cost of ownership trends.


VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz Can Be a Great Choice for Fleets

Not only is Mercedes-Benz frequently as price-competitive as any other make when it comes to total cost of ownership, adding their vehicles to your fleet selector is a powerful way to gain and retain top talent.

VIDEO: Driverless Vehicles
  Autonomous Vehicles Won’t Happen Automatically

There will be many steps to get to a fully driverless car, and there will be a variety of great opportunities along the way.

VIDEO: The One Second Advantage
  Safety Tip: Driving in Extreme Heat

Are your vehicles properly prepared for summer driving? This one second safety tip from Driving Dynamics can help reduce the risk of breakdowns caused by extreme heat.

The Fleet Spot

webinar image NAFA Webinar: Reduce Costs, Decrease Downtime, and Extend Asset Life with Onsite Oil Analysis

Get ready for NAFA’s next webinar in the 2016 series, Reduce Costs, Decrease Downtime, And Extend Asset Life With Onsite Oil Analysis, which will take place August 17. NAFA webinars are free for NAFA members!

Onsite oil analysis can help you quickly assess equipment health and can save companies time and money compared to waiting for outside lab reports. Spectro Scientific’s MicroLab® is a fully automated onsite oil analyzer with an embedded expert system that translates data into specific maintenance actions. Companies can develop effective asset management and maintenance programs.


element-square Element Boosts Truck and Equipment Team, Promotes Long-Time Employees

Element Financial Corporation today announced the expansion of its Fleet Management Truck and Equipment team: Don Davis, regional vice president, Southwest, Truck Sales; Jeff Holtshopple, regional vice president, West, Truck Sales; Larry Galasso, regional vice president, Northeast, Truck Sales; and Don Bailey, residual value manager.

“The expanded Element Fleet Truck and Equipment team puts together a group of talented industry veterans who will continue delivering and empowering extraordinary results for our clients,” said Mike Quimby, general manager, Truck and Equipment.


Telogis coach Using a Little Friendly Competition to Improve Driver Behavior and Protect Your Bottom Line

Harnessing the power of gamification to achieve greater safety, productivity and compliance

Today’s fleets all have a powerful tool at their disposal – and it’s one of the most basic tools we all carry with us: mobile apps that run on our mobile phones and tablets. New applications tied into existing fleet management and work order management solutions such as Telogis Coach can significantly improve how mobile workers perform their day-to-day jobs – and it can all be unlocked through the mobile device they’re already using.


Susan Lund WIFM: Ignite Your Selling Potential at AFLA 2016 Conference

Regardless of your role, selling is one of the most important skills you can develop.

The AFLA 2016 Annual Conference kicks off on Sunday, September 18th, with a Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) session: Ignite Your Selling Potential.

During this session, attendees will learn seven simple accelerators to gain buy-in and drive results, how to realize and ignite your selling potential and how to avoid the hazards to transform activity in productivity.

Learn more about the AFLA 2016 Conference.

Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

By leveraging the power of your critical constituencies – customers, employees, strategic partners, a company can exponentially expand the number of voices delivering a message.

As most marketers know, it’s exciting to launch a new social media effort. Building followers, likes and connections from ground zero is rewarding. However, what happens when the novelty wears off and your vast network of contacts tires of posts, blogs and tweets?

Having a community of advocates who are just as excited about your company and vision as you are provides a full spectrum of transmission frequencies instead of just one, helping spread the word about what you’re doing to many more people than you could reach on your own.


Auto Safety Technology

The Hill

The federal government is taking a number of steps to promote auto-safety technology in the U.S., but there is one area that may be getting overlooked: its own fleet of vehicles.

Regulators are working to expand the prevalence of collision-avoidance systems and other semi-autonomous features in cars, which have been praised for their ability to save lives, reduce traffic and improve fuel use.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to release guidance for states on self-driving vehicles later this summer.


Global Fleet Management

By Janice Sutton

In this wide-ranging interview, we asked Stuart Donnelly, International Sales Director at Fleet Logistics International, to bring us up to date on the company and tell us what he is seeing in today’s global fleet arena.

Independent of banks, leasing companies or manufacturers, and operating in 47 countries and managing nearly 200,000 vehicles, Fleet Logistics is Europe’s largest fleet management company.

The company has experienced significant growth in the past five years, partly because of some strategic acquisitions.

And they are on the move; last year, Fleet Logistics opened an Asia-Pacific hub in Singapore, and has most recently begun operations in Sao Paolo.

When we interviewed Stuart in Birmingham, England, the UK Brexit vote was a just few weeks away. Since this historic vote we followed up with him to get his thoughts on the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Hint: he is very optimistic!


Fleet Trends & Issues

Chainsaw Trumps Knife in Road-Rage One-Upmanship

USA Today

A chainsaw-wielding landscaper held off a driver with a knife during a road-rage incident reported to police here.

The victim told police that she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of her, and the driver got out and started yelling at her. “The suspect was inside his car and got a knife out,” according to the police report. “He then got out of the car and started yelling at her while waving the knife.”


Wyoming Most Expensive State to Own a Vehicle

The Detroit Bureau

So often, car buyers are shopping for a payment. However, they often forget that the monthly outlay for a vehicle is so much more than paying on the note: insurance, gas, maintenance all add up in a hurry, and where you live can double some of those numbers, according to a new study.

The most expensive place and the cheapest place to own a car are pretty surprising: Wyoming and Hawaii. Wyoming topped insurance.com’s list of priciest places to own a vehicle.


Charging Pads Let Electric Car Owners Cut the Cord

The Detroit News

Electric-vehicle charging cords could soon go the way of the cassette tape, floppy disk and landline telephone.

Suppliers like Qualcomm Inc. and a handful of after-market companies offer wireless charging that requires no cords or physical contact. Some automakers are beginning to implement it on their fleets, although it will likely first be available mostly on high-end luxury makes.


Ford, MIT Project Uses LiDAR, Cameras, to Measure Pedestrian Traffic and Predict Demand for New, On-Demand Electric Shuttles


Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are collaborating on a new research project that measures how pedestrians move in urban areas to improve certain public transportation services, such as ride-hailing and point-to-point shuttles services.

The project will introduce a fleet of on-demand electric vehicle shuttles that operate on both city roads and campus walkways on the university’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus.

The vehicles use LiDAR sensors and cameras to measure pedestrian flow, which ultimately helps predict demand for the shuttles. This, in turn, helps researchers and drivers route shuttles toward areas with the highest demand to better accommodate riders.


Get Off the Phone


When you are driving, how often do you see other drivers checking their phones while behind the wheel? And, be honest, how often do you do it yourself?

The problem has gotten so big that highways across the country now regularly warn drivers “Don’t text and drive.” And 46 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning texting and driving

But the issue isn’t just talking and texting anymore. Drivers are on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Maps, Spotify, YouTube and now “Pokemon Go,” the video game that has captured the world’s attention and has become the latest concern for distracted-driving advocates.


Autonomy and Liability

There’s no doubt that the future looks bright for autonomous vehicles; projections for its commercial deployment vary wildly, from a few years, to not in our lifetime.

While most of the focus is on the technology that enables autonomy, too little attention has been paid to other aspects of driving and our highway system, such as insurance and regulation, and even the willingness of drivers to surrender agency — the ability to control outcome — even if the autonomous system can do better in most instances.


Red Light Cameras


Red light camera programs in 79 large U.S. cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014, researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have found.

Shutting down such programs costs lives, with the rate of fatal red-light-running crashes shooting up 30 percent in cities that have turned off cameras.

“We know we have a problem: people dying at signalized intersections because of people running red lights,” IIHS President Adrian Lund said as he presented the new research at a red-light-camera forum hosted by the Institute. “We know red light cameras are part of the solution.”


Fleet Management Resources
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.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.
Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
Since 1965, Donlen has been the fleet management industry’s leading provider of comprehensive, integrated financing and asset management solutions — and that spirit of innovation continues today.
PARS' mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.
Driven fleet professionals. Driving results.
Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.
Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 76 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

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