August 15, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT — Online
Instructor: Ed Pierce, Communications Director, The CEI Group, Inc.
Multinational companies are under increasing pressure to match their North American fleet safety efforts worldwide, even in countries with much different driving landscapes. CEI’s Ed Pierce, Director of Communications, will explain the need for culturally-considered risk assessments and training, as well as data collection, integrity, and reporting. He will also illuminate the need for consultative services, single source data management, and consistent driver communications.
The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) announced a new AFLA Mini-MBA program in partnership with Bentley University, a highly renowned business school in the Boston area with a strong track record in executive education.
According to Bill Elliott, AFLA’s Executive Director, “This program will provide high-potential fleet professionals an opportunity to be immersed in an educational experience designed to enhance career skills while also forming lasting bonds with classmates and instructors.”
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.
Transportation Services Co. has formed a partnership with Mercury Associates, Inc., the largest dedicated fleet management consultancy in North America that provides independent, technical assistance and advice to public and private organizations by leveraging technology, real-time fleet operating data, and analytics to identify opportunities to reduce fleet costs and improve fleet performance.
“As Transportation Services Co. expands its comprehensive suite of fleet management services to its rapidly growing customer base, we look forward to collaborating with them to enhance their efforts,” stated Paul Lauria, President of Mercury.
Read the press release.
By Bernie Kavanagh
Imagine waking up one day to no fuel, damaged roads, and unknown damage to your fleet.
It’s the ultimate nightmare for a business with any exposure at all to mobility.
With the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season June 1, managers of fleets and transportation systems across the United States return to the annual game of unpredictable risk through Nov. 30, the official end of the season.
Historically, the most damaging tropical storms and hurricanes have occurred in August and September. But officials who manage fleets, fueling systems and transportation networks should be implementing best practices now in order to avoid a doomsday scenario later.
So, who really trained that applicant you will be entrusting to safely operate your company vehicle?
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Fleet operators are perplexed. In the past few years sizable investments have been made in equipping vehicles with the newest safety technologies, implementing telematics, perhaps trying predictive analytics, increasing the frequency of MVR runs and adding other types of technology sophisticated, magic-button solutions. However, crash rates and traffic fatalities are increasing.
Consider this. The latest estimate is that last year traffic crashes cost employers approximately $67 billion. Five years ago this amount was nearly $57 billion [Note: on-the-job crashes represent about 44 percent of these costs]. That is a $10 billion swing in the past five years. It is the same five years during which fleet operators began taking advantage of all the available safety technologies.
With the extra dollars invested in these technological advancements, shouldn’t the numbers be improving for fleet operators who have done an impressive job focusing on safety using these resources?
International Fleet World
LeasePlan’s Berno Kleinherenbrink says there’s a new trend that’s seeing fleets move from paying for availability to paying for use
The ability to keep staff moving on a local, regional or national level can be a challenge. Dave Moss looks at how more flexible vehicle procurement options are helping to ease the pain.
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – or buy ‘em’”. That appears to be the approach taken by the major daily rental operators when faced with the potential threat posed by the leading car-sharing companies.
According to recent data from Frost and Sullivan’s global Automotive and Transportation practice, leasing is currently the most popular way of financing company cars in 26 European markets, with an estimated 13.3 million units on lease in 2017. Operational or full-service leasing accounts for 18.5% of fleet vehicles in use, and finance leasing another 9.9% – with the EU ‘big five’ countries alone accounting for two-thirds of the European (EU26) leasing market.
Read the full article in International Fleet World