ARI announced Keith Allen will be retiring from his position as UK Managing Director at the end of 2019 but will continue in an advisory role until the end of 2021.
“We would like to congratulate Keith on a successful career and his leadership in bringing innovative fleet leasing options to our UK business,” said Bob White, president of ARI. “We have all benefitted from his contributions to our organisational achievements and our company culture.”
“This has been a fantastic seven years, and I have enjoyed watching our people grow with the business. ARI truly values its employees as is evident from their culture and values and I look forward to seeing and contributing to the continued success of ARI both on a personal and professional level, said Allen.
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 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 John F. Wysseier, President and CEO, The CEI Group, Inc.
Imagine that you and everybody in your organization has completely accurate, detailed and real-time information about every transaction you conduct with your customers and suppliers as well as all the data collected by the sensors on your machinery and equipment.
Imagine further that it is the same information at every moment that every one of your customers, suppliers and business partners has.
Finally, imagine that the information is both incorruptible and secure from hackers and cybercriminals.
Sound too good to be true? Well, that’s the promise that proponents and early adopters see in a new and burgeoning approach to managing and sharing digital information called blockchain. It’s called “distributed ledger technology,” a data base architecture invented in 2008 to support the creation of so-called unregulated “crypto-currencies” like Bitcoin. The good news is that blockchain is almost infinitely adaptable to transfers of any kind of information, so, no matter what business you’re in, sooner or later it’s coming to you.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
With all the electronics built into and being added to today’s vehicles, it’s often said that cars are computers on wheels, generating and capturing tons of data that fleets are using in all sorts of ways to increase their efficiency, reduce costs and save lives.
The question is: who owns the data — you or the company that built the car?
This isn’t merely a rhetorical question, though, because OEMs have been studying and planning for years how to make money on all that data by selling it. To whom? Well, insurance companies, for one, but not just them. They want to sell it to everybody who wants to use it, and if the OEMs get their way, that means fleets, too.
So, let me ask: how do you feel about paying for your own data?
By Robert Martinez, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department
Vehicle acquisition is one of the most important segments of fleet management.
This critical part of fleet management relies on budgets, future forecasting, mission, mission changes, and many other factors. If you get it right you will be ahead of the game, if not you will be sinking quickly.
Some might ask how hard can it be to spend thousands of dollars, or in some cases millions of dollars, buying nice new vehicles. You could only be a hero buying and giving out new vehicles, right? That is true, however, only if you do it right! What does it take to get it right? Luck, knowledge, money, freedom to make decisions, fully understanding your organization and its future, to name a few.
To reduce the role that luck plays in acquisition, it can help to follow these lessons I’ve learned throughout my career.