July 10, 2018

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The Power of Disruptive Leadership

This week, we are delighted to debut CEI President and CEO John Wysseier’s new monthly blog: Disruptive Leadership.

He says, “My objective for this column is to create a dialog, a forum where leaders from all industries gather to share experiences, insights, and wisdom into how to discover and leverage new technologies and problem-solving techniques to shake up their respective industries. I sincerely hope our readers will join in on the discussion in a way that creates a learning community that grows and evolves, that alerts and informs us all within this brave new world.”

We are excited to join the conversation on LinkedIn.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

Thought Leadership

Customer Driven — Engage your organization to create customer loyalty, trust, and superior service

Disruptive Leadership — Master the principles of disruptive leadership

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management

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

Fleet Spectator A 360 view of the fleet industry

Globally Speaking — Perspectives on the multinational fleet

In the Public Interest — Successfully managing the government fleet

On Fleet Driver Management Solutions to improve your fleet’s accident rate and cut costs on collision repairs

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

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

Think, Execute, Win!Leadership tips from NBA Star and motivational speaker Walter Bond


VIDEO: Making Better Decisions for Your Drivers

In an industry that’s full of disruption, CEI is uniquely positioned to help you make better decisions on behalf of your fleet, and – more importantly – your drivers.

VIDEO: Managing Fuel Spend

 The Right Data for Meaningful Solutions About Your Fleet’s Fuel Spend

ClearView from WEX delivers just the right data and analysis to customers to help make meaningful decisions when it comes to their fleet’s fuel spend.

VIDEO: Telematics

 Providing Enterprise Customers with the Building Blocks for Telematics Solutions

Mapbox provides enterprise customers with the building blocks to create tailored telematics solutions.

The Fleet Spot

LeasePlan Joins Global ZEV Challenge to Accelerate Transition to Electric Mobility

LeasePlan announces today that it has become a founding partner of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge, a new global coalition organized by The Climate Group and C40.

The aim of the ZEV Challenge is to bring together states, regions, cities, businesses and NGOs to send a clear signal to the automotive industry of the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs). Partners will also develop and advocate policies and solutions that will spark mass adoption of EVs.


Traffic Tips to Save You Time and Frustration

Detroit Free Press

The quickest, most efficient way to merge for a construction zone probably isn’t what you think it is. The “zipper merge,” in which vehicles run in parallel until one lane physically narrows, is better for traffic flow than when vehicles form a single line early.

Weaving through traffic to get around slower vehicles on the highway actually saves you less time than you think, and you are more likely to add to congestion or be involved in an accident.

Read the article at Detroit Free Press.

Transit and Transit Connect are the Silent Profit Pillars for Ford

The Detroit News

Ford’s full-size Transit is dominating the commercial van market across the world, and the smaller passenger-oriented Transit Connect are generating sales during an off-year when the automaker has few new offerings to compete with the new SUVs and crossovers offered by competitors.

Although Ford has declined to comment on what model might carry the brand’s autonomous business come 2021, experts point to the vans’ affordable and adaptable nature as logical bases to enter the market.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

First Responders Have to Deal with Battery Fires

The Verge

Since electric vehicle batteries can catch fire again after being put out, what do first responders need to do differently when they encounter an EV fire?

The first step is identify the vehicle — not only that it’s an electric vehicle, but also the model so they know where the battery is and how to shut down the vehicle.

Read the article at The Verge.

Disruptive Leadership

By John Wysseier, President and Chief Executive Officer, The CEI Group, Inc.

I’m pleased to introduce a new blog, which is entitled “Disruptive Leadership.”

This theme is prompted by the fact that technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and making sweeping changes to society, markets, and leadership. These changes are creating new competitive and leadership challenges and opportunities every day.

While my perspective reflects my personal and professional experience within the insurance and automotive fleet industry segments, the power of technological advances including but not limited to Big Data, Data Visualization, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Natural Language is like a tidal wave. It can either inundate and drown decision-makers or deliver a treasure trove of newfound actionable intelligence from which to create sustainable competitive advantage.



Fleet Spectator

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

The news is awash with calamitous headlines about the Trump tariffs, not least of which proclaim potentially significant job losses for U.S. autoworkers and price increases on both domestically made vehicles and imports.

But I look at the headlines in view of a long-standing observation that people, in general, overreact to news, both the good and the bad, and particularly to the bad.

Now, I’m not here to say that Trump’s proposed tariff of up to 25 percent on imported cars wouldn’t result in a crushing increase in the cost for the typical buyers of a Mercedes Benz, Toyota or even a sub-compact Hyundai. For its part, the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, whose 12 members include the largest U.S. and foreign OEMs, estimates that the measure would cost American buyers $45 billion a year, which global news service Reuters calculates as an average of $5,800 per imported car sold in the U.S.



Self-Driving Vehicles

The Verge

Over the past ten years, deep learning — a method that uses layered machine-learning algorithms to extract structured information from massive data sets — has driven almost unthinkable progress in AI and the tech industry, causing great optimism from car makers.

However, the dream of a fully autonomous car may be further than we realize. There’s growing concern among AI experts that it may be years, if not decades, before self-driving systems can reliably avoid accidents.

Read the article at The Verge.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Five Essential Features to Consider When Buying a Connected Car

USA Today

The computerized technology that is standard in new vehicles is amazing, with Bluetooth, rear-view cameras and zoned temperature controls featured in 2018 models. There is a vast amount of data collection happening, too.

Connected cars offer even more convenience and features to enhance your driving pleasures. What do you need to consider? Infotainment systems provide hands-free calling, audio playback and many have partnered with Google and Apple and your smartphone can link to these systems via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Read the article at USA Today.

All-Electric Car-Sharing Service Called WE Being Offered by Volkswagen

Digital Trends

Next year in Germany, Volkswagen will launch a new car-sharing service, called WE, exclusively utilizing all-electric vehicles. The service will expand to international markets the following year, with presences in major cities across Europe, North America, and Asia.

“Our vehicle-on-demand fleets will consist entirely of electric cars, and will therefore provide zero-emission, sustainable mobility. That is an intelligent way to relieve the strain on urban areas,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s board member for sales.

Read the article at Digital Trends.

People Who Store Their Car Fobs in Faraday Cages Aren’t Paranoid, Experts Say.

USA Today

Since your car is always waiting for the fob to signal, blocking the electromagnetic field by keeping your car keys in a coffee can – homemade Faraday cage – at night, and wrapping them in aluminum foil during the day is the best way to keep your car safe.

Thieves can buy legitimate devices that amplify the fob signal sitting unprotected in a purse, a pocket, on a counter at home or even just copy the code to access the vehicle.

Read the article at USA Today.

Lyft and Uber Want to Become Full Spectrum Transportation Providers

CNN Money

Uber and Lyft want a role in all of the ways you get from point A to point B, so long as you’re doing it on their platform. The future of ride-sharing is moving beyond cars to include electric scooters, bikes, and even public transit.

Lyft has acquired Motivate, the largest bike-share operator in North America. Uber is launching a “new modalities” unit to lead its expansion into bikes, scooters, and more.

Read the article at CNN Money.

Tariffs and Trade

The Detroit Bureau

Chinese officials declared, the U.S. has launched “the biggest trade war in economic history. It will impact a broad spectrum of industrial sectors, everything from entertainment to agriculture, though automotive manufacturers could be particularly hard-hit.

Ford could be one of the manufacturers hardest hit by the trade war. The automaker has been in an extended slump in China, sales tumbling 38% during the first half of the year.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.


Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

According to Kevin Joyce, CMO and vice president of strategy services with The Pedowitz Group, there’s a significant gap between management’s expectations of Marketing accountability and its ability to quantify its performance.

While 76% of marketing organizations are accountable for, or share accountability for, P&L, only 19% of marketers have comprehensive tracking and reporting practices in place.

Given the roles of traditional marketing that is not surprising.



Volvo Introduces M

The Drive

Volvo is launching M, a new mobility brand focusing on alternatives to car ownership. M will offer dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app.

“Volvo Cars is becoming more than just a car company,” CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “We recognize that urban consumers are rethinking traditional car ownership. M is part of our answer.” The new brand will debut in Sweden and the United States next year.

Read the article at The Drive.

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