August 7, 2018

Follow us

Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Disruptive Battlefronts

We are excited to feature John Wysseier’s second blog in his Disruptive Leadership series: The Internet of Things: One of Today’s Disruptive Battlefronts. He warns: “Like all battlefronts, it presents both opportunities and challenges for virtually every industry, and only those who win the battle to integrate with it successfully are likely to survive and thrive.”

We are pleased to introduce our new UK-based editor Andrew Boada. Name sound familiar? He is the talented son of FMW’s executive editor Mark Boada. In his debut piece, he asks: Do Tesla’s Troubles Mean There’s No Future for BEVs?

A great read for the week: Nathaniel Rich’s comprehensive, yet sometimes agonizing article from The New York Times: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. “Why did we do this to ourselves,” he asks.

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: A Voracious Appetite for Data

Element Fleet offers dashboards with geospatial visualization – making it easier for fleet managers to find the the relevant and meaningful data that they need.

VIDEO: Fleets and Mobility

 CEI is Uniquely Positioned for Mobility Management

When it comes to mobility management, CEI is uniquely positioned to consolidate, decipher and leverage data regarding total spend, risk and more.

VIDEO: October in Orlando

 Fishing, Kayaking, Golfing and Networking at AFLA in Orlando

Excitement is building for the AFLA conference in Orlando in early October. This year’s networking opportunities include fishing, kayaking and networking, and the event promises to be a lot of fun!

The Fleet Spot

AFLA Announces New Board Leaders

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) announced today that six corporate fleet veterans were elected to serve on their board of directors. Laura Jozwiak, from Wheels, will be serving as AFLA’s secretary, setting her up to be AFLA’s president in 2020.

Martin Kiel from Volkswagen was newly elected as the director of manufacturers and Mike Antich from Bobit Business Media was elected as the new director of strategy. Erin Gilchrist from Safelite Autoglass has been re-elected to serve as the director of fleet, Kristopher Bush from LeasePlan USA was re-elected as the director of fleet management companies position and Sherry Calkins from Geotab has been re-elected to the director at large position.


ARI Announces Agreement with Ford to Provide Seamless Telematics Solution

Data integration service delivers enhanced visibility for fleets through the ARI insights platform

ARI® today announced a new data integration service with Ford Commercial Solutions that will provide a seamless telematics solution for fleet customers. The agreement combines Ford Commercial Solutions’ Data Services product with ARI insights®, ARI’s proprietary fleet management portal, to deliver real-time visibility into the precise operating conditions of fleet vehicles.


Marathon Again Taps WEX to Operate Its Customer Card Program

WEX has renewed and expanded its agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to operate its commercial fuel card program.

“Partners continue to re-sign with WEX because we are constantly delivering new technology, enhancing service solutions and executing go-to-market strategies that uniquely grow each partner’s business in a way that bolsters their brands and meets their objectives,” WEX Senior Vice President Jay Collins said. “Marathon has seen the value that their fleet card program brings in not only extending Marathon’s brand values, but also in helping to grow their stations’ businesses.”


A Call to Action: Four Key Steps Toward Successful Marketing Communication

With so many options and so much information out there, how can you know what is working for your business, and what isn’t? How can you create a marketing strategy that will work today?

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

In our hyper-technological world, communication methods change at an incredibly rapid pace.
There are always new technologies and new ways for people to interact with others.

This is also true when it comes to marketing methods and the tools that are available for marketing.


Disruptive Leadership

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

Perhaps as dramatic an invention as the printing press, the internet has engendered revolutionary changes in the way people work, shop, learn, communicate, receive and share information.

For some industries – like newspapers and retailing — it’s been a disruptive force that threatens the extinction of enterprises that rely on traditional technologies.

The key to this generational trend is that the internet connects people to each other, faster, with more abundant information than ever before. But, like a new life form that evolves rapidly, the internet has morphed to connect more than people to each other, but people to devices and even devices to other devices.

It’s called the Internet of Things – IoT for short — and it’s become one of the latest new battlefronts for business. Like all battlefronts, it presents both opportunities and challenges for virtually every industry, and only those who win the battle to integrate with it successfully are likely to survive and thrive.



Globally Speaking


This week, the Trump administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which, if finalized, would cast aside the commitment made by President Bush and President Obama to increase fuel economy and reduce pollution. In doing so, the administration is on a path that could needlessly upend a settled regulatory framework that has brought together disparate interests, delivered predictability to automakers, improved cars, and reduced pollution.

As such, the proposed new rules run counter to what Ford, General Motors, and others across the industry have consistently advocated. In fact, industry and the state of California appear largely aligned on how to proceed in resetting fuel-efficiency standards, and the only missing player is the Trump administration, despite the president’s prior direction to his team to negotiate.

Read the article at Brookings


Fuel Efficiency

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

Over the past year, battery electric vehicle (BEV) manufacturer Tesla has recorded losses of $2.7 billion, as much money in the past 12 months as the total it lost over the previous five years.

The losses, combined with massive quality control and delivery issues, have begun attracting quite a bit of media attention and have caused a number of increasingly vocal analysts to predict that the electric car manufacturer’s days may be numbered.

So, what’s behind Tesla’s troubles? Do they have broader significance for BEV technology in general? And if Tesla’s troubles ultimately prove fatal, would the company’s demise spell the end for the BEV?

In fact, a review of what’s been happening at Tesla reveals that their troubles are the result of mistakes the company has made and the timing of its strategy.


Fleet Trends & Issues

General Motors is Taking no Chances With Risks to Cybersecurity

Detroit Free Press

In order to protect consumer’s data and driver safety, General Motors will bring researchers, some of whom are professional computer hackers, to Detroit to offer them a bounty or cash payment for each “bug” they uncover in any of GM vehicles’ computer systems

“We’ll show them the products, programs and systems for which we plan to establish these bug bounties. Then we’ll put them in a comfortable environment, ply them with pizza and Red Bull or whatever they might need … and turn them loose,” GM’s President Dan Ammann said in a speech at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit at Cobo Center in Detroit on Friday.

Read the article at Detroit Free Press.

A Hurdle For Self-Driving Cars – Intuition

The Detroit News

Self-driving cars being tested today are being “taught” millions of potential situations of how traffic works and what can go wrong, and their systems are able to search these possibilities very quickly.

Some experts believe that people react primarily on responses to feelings, not by thinking through every move. That includes driving. Driving a car is complicated, and some are questioning when artificial intelligence might fully be up to the task of taking over completely.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

Teen Drivers Learn Bad Habits From Parents

Chicago Tribune

A new national study by Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance found that while parents are asking their teens not to text and drive, parents are texting them and expecting a response.

The main reasons teens use their phones while behind the wheel are to respond to (47 percent) or contact their parents (44 percent), the study said.

The study also found that 37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is almost at the same rate of teens at 38 percent. Additionally, the study also found that parents admit to speeding, driving while tired and even taking selfies behind the wheel at similar or higher rates than teenagers.

Read the article at Chicago Tribune.

Some of Our Favorite, Best-Selling Vehicles Are Getting Safer

Detroit Free Press

After resisting safety regulations for a couple of generations, automakers have learned that being perceived as a safety leader is good for business.

Advanced driver assistance systems like collision alert and autonomous emergency braking are increasingly common in affordable, high-volume cars and SUVs at the heart of the market.

Read the article at Detroit Free Press.

Trouble with ADAS?

The Detroit Bureau

Federal safety investigators raced to the scene of a crash involving a Tesla Model S sedan last January after the vehicle slammed into the back of a firetruck stopped on a California highway, regulators wanting to know why that happened despite the vehicle using the carmaker’s advanced driver assistance system specifically designed to prevent such a crash.

“ADAS” systems are being introduced on a wide range of vehicles and, according to industry experts, could substantially reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on U.S. roads. But a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises serious concerns about the technology.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau


Stopping Imposter Syndrome

The Muse

Imposter syndrome occurs when we feel like a fraud—when we feel that our successes are undeserved.

Chances are that at some point in your career you have felt imposter syndrome. The bad news: It’s not likely you’ll ever be able to fully rid yourself of it. But the good news: There are ways to combat it! You can train yourself to quickly identify it, manage it, and live to rise again.

If you don’t have an accomplishments box, start now. Take a look at everything you’ve achieved, and reflect on all the hard work you’ve put in to get to where you are now. Embrace the fact that you got yourself to where you are. You’ve earned your spot—your accomplishments are proof of that.

Read the article at The Muse.


Walking Wasted

The Washington Post

Whether they’re emptying out of bars, going home from football watch parties or trying to get across the highway, drunk walkers are dying on the roads in alarming numbers nationwide.

A third of pedestrians killed in crashes in 2016 were over the legal alcohol limit for drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s nearly 2,000 people — up more than 300 since 2014.

Read the article at The Washington Post

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 79 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

Index to FleetManagementWeekly.com 
Fleet Management Weekly Newsletter Archive
Access to back issues of the FMW newsletter.
Fleet Telematics
How telematics is rapidly changing the fleet management landscape.
Fleet Videos
Video clips of industry leaders speaking on a variety of engaging hot topics in fleet.
Fleet Safety
News and practices to help you bring your drivers home safely, every day.
Contact Us
Fleet Trends & Issues
A wide scope of topical news for today’s fleet professionals.
Fleet Sustainability
Focusing on the challenges and solutions inherent to building and managing today’s sustainable fleets.
Media Kit