By Mike Reinlein
According to the 2019 Travel Trends and Expectations Survey by WEX and Mastercard, the line between business and leisure travel continues to blur.
The survey, which polled over 1,500 U.S. travelers, shows that more than half (55%) of respondents who traveled for business in the past year extend their trips to include personal time.
While these trends create opportunities for employers to attract new talent, they also create challenges for corporate travel departments. With combined business and personal travel, managing expenses and reimbursements can get complicated.
By Christopher Lyon, Director of Fleet Relations, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry
Fleet professionals are tasked with providing safe, reliable and compliant vehicles for their organization.
In many cases, fleet professionals that design these work trucks only have indirect control and/or input on how these vehicles are used after being placed in service. One of the biggest concerns is understanding the consequences of operating overloaded vehicles.
This includes drivability issues, reliability and maintenance concerns, and the regulatory impacts and liability risks associated with operating overloaded vehicles.
Merchants Fleet has launched its Innovation Department and hired Lisa Bonacci as its Director of Innovation.
The Innovation Department is dedicated to providing resources to further develop the skills, behaviors, and processes needed to continue to drive the best possible client experience and be an active partner in their success. The new department, led by Bonacci, expands the company’s resources dedicated to driving innovation in the fleet management space.
In her role, Bonacci will oversee and support a wide range of efforts taking place at Merchants Fleet to collect and nurture ideas, test and prototype technology and services, establish norms of collaboration, and give groups the tools for creative problem-solving.
New York Post
New York City Mayor De Blasio signed an order Thursday to trim the city’s vehicle fleet over the next two years — but the cut of 1,000 would barely put a dent in the 5,304 he has added since his election.
“We’re going to tell everyone, use fewer vehicles, use fewer cars when you can — we’re going to start with the public fleet. Today’s announcement is all about we’re really making sense of how many vehicles we need and not having a single vehicle more,” said De Blasio.
Read the article at New York Post.
By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer
While brand marketers for consumer companies exploit the new web-created opportunities to capture buyers’ attention, B2B marketers have had good reason to wait.
The general consensus is that digital marketing comprises corporate website and repetitive corporate messaging placed in banner advertising and in social media posts, tweets, and photos.
As a marketing manager for a provider of B2B products or services, you know that the first question your executives will ask is “Where’s the value?” Are you really going to explain marketing value based on LinkedIn “Connections,” Facebook “likes,” or Twitter “followers,”? Not likely! It’s hard enough explaining the value of traditional advertising measures like cost-per-thousand, impressions, awareness and perceptions.
By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large
Thinking of converting your entire fleet to zero-emission, all-electric Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)?
If so, according to the Canadian telematics company Geotab, the process has three distinct phases, each of which is marked by a distinct set of management considerations and optimized by using data fleets can best obtain from a fleet-wide telematics system.
That was the message fleet professionals heard from Steffano Peduzzi, Geotab’s European director of engineering at the Great British Fleet Event in London earlier this year, where fleet electrification was a major topic of discussion.
By Paul Atchley, PhD, eDriving’s Brain Scientist Advisor
Imagine one day that you, the fleet safety manager, receive a report about your drivers that reveals that about 1 in 10 of your drivers is addicted to a substance that, when used, significantly impairs their ability to drive safely.
And further imagine the report also tells you that almost all of the remaining drivers are probably not “addicted” in the clinical sense, but they are highly compelled to take the same substance while driving and admit they keep the substance in their vehicles and also admit to occasional use.
This is that report. For a little more than a decade since the release of the iPhone, Silicon Valley has been finding ways to increase the degree to which the “phones” and apps are able to grab and hold the attention of their owners. Some very bright people do careful work to enhance the psychological compulsion to use our smart devices constantly.