July 9, 2019

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Sharing Your Love of Fleet

During July, if you are a NAFA member and refer another fleet professional who joins NAFA – fleet’s largest membership organization – you can earn a $50 reward that you can designate to the NAFA Foundation. The new member you refer will also get a significant bonus – $100 off their membership dues. Learn more HERE.

Hanging Up on Distraction

This Thursday at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific, eDriving is hosting a free webinar called Hanging up on Distraction: Techniques for Changing Driver Behavior. Learn more and sign up HERE.

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Ted Roberts

VIDEO: How CEI Saves Clients an Average of 12% on Repair Claims

With a quality control team that includes licensed appraisers, plus some innovative technology, CEI is able to save customers an average of 12% on repair claims.

VIDEO: The Power of Networking

 Advice for Fleet Newcomers: Networking Leads to Success

For those new to the fleet world, there are a lot of great networking opportunities in this industry that can lead to success. One way to do that: join your local NAFA chapter.

Marketing to Fleet Professionals

 Fleet Marketers – Are you ramping down your fleet marketing efforts for summer?

We most definitely are not! In fact, we find FMW’s readers are just as engaged as ever in the summer season.

We watch all of our readership and engagement metrics very closely at FMW. And, in the past couple of years, we’ve noticed something that truly surprised us: with the exception of a week or two in August, our readership actually ticks UP by a percentage point or two in the summertime!

CLICK to learn more about how you can effectively reach FMW’s audience of 18,000+ fleet professionals this summer.

The Fleet Spot

Share Your Love of Fleet and NAFA this Summer!

NAFA Fleet Management Association created a unique way for fleet professionals to share their love of fleet – while supporting the good works of the non-profit NAFA Foundation.

During July, if you are a NAFA member and refer another fleet professional who joins NAFA – fleet’s largest membership organization – you can earn a $50 reward that you can designate to the NAFA Foundation. The new member that’s referred will also get a significant bonus – $100 off their membership dues.

That donation will help the NAFA Foundation execute its mission: strategically advancing the vehicle fleet/mobility management profession through research, education, partnerships, and scholarships – all related to innovative and emerging transportation business practices and workforce development trends.


Free Webinar: Hanging up on Distraction: Techniques for Changing Driver Behavior

Distracted driving has become one of the most significant dangers on the road today, and it’s also one of the biggest problems facing fleet and risk managers.

To help fleets tackle this issue, eDriving is hosting a new webinar Hanging up on Distraction: Techniques for Changing Driver Behavior. In this free webinar, eDriving’s Brain Scientist Advisor Dr. Paul Atchley will help you explore the science behind your drivers’ phone addiction and discuss the true extent of how this risky behavior impacts driver performance, other road users, and your organization’s reputation and bottom line.

Thusday, Jul 11, 2019 — 11:00 AM PDT (7:00 PM BST)


Element-Arval Global Alliance: Richard Middleton Named VP, Global Business Development

The Element-Arval Global Alliance announced today that Richard Middleton has joined their global team as Vice President, Global Business Development.

This role is critical in supporting multi-national accounts between Europe and Element’s sales teams in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Richard works under the responsibility of Alessandro Pigazzi, Arval International Business Office Director, in charge of the management of the Element-Arval Global Alliance from an Arval perspective.


WEX Brings Mobile Fuel Payments to Shell Fleet Customers

Thousands of Shell-branded stations now accept WEX Fleet DriverDash mobile payments

WEX Inc., a leading payments innovator, has announced WEX Fleet DriverDash is now available to fleet drivers at Shell-branded locations across the country.

DriverDash, the next generation in mobile fuel payments and the first mobile payment platform from WEX, enables drivers to authorize a fuel transaction from inside their vehicles.


Disruptive Leadership

Businesses that grow comfortable with their own solutions are often blind-sided by new solutions they never imagined, which were hidden in plain sight

By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group

Last month, I wrote that for an organization to embrace disruptive innovation for long-term survival, it takes leadership — not just from the CEO, but from the entire C-suite of senior executives. Today, I want to consider another essential ingredient: a Chief Disruption Officer or CDO.

I want to start by pointing out that there is some ambiguity about this title.  For some, CDO stands for Chief Digital Officer, more of a
technology-focused position, while for others, the Chief Disruption Officer is a position that combines equal measures of expertise in sales, marketing, operations and strategy in addition to a grasp of digital technology.  Yet, others bridge this divide by adding another D, and calling the position Chief Digital and Disruption Officer, or CDDO.



Fleet Spectator

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

In the battle to avert climate change, vehicles powered only by electricity — EVs — are being heralded around the world as the ultimate transportation solution for a“zero emissions” future.

While it’s true that EVs generate no CO2 at the tailpipe, a closer look that includes embedded emissions suggests that, at
least in the near term, hybrids – vehicles that combine a fossil fuel powertrain with one powered by electricity – may, in fact, be the better alternative. 

Why? In a nutshell, because in the US EVs offer, at best, a small extra environmental benefit beyond that offered by hybrids, and getting that marginal extra environmental benefit comes at a significantly higher acquisition cost.



Asset Management

Identify inefficiencies, set performance standards and measure success

By Lynne White, Chevin Fleet

On a regular basis, fleet managers need to address a range of responsibilities such as vehicles and equipment, maintenance operations, drivers, fuel, and safety.

The ability to collate and analyze quality, relevant data can lead to better asset and operations management. Such data can also help drive an informed approach to identifying inefficiencies and create opportunities to set performance standards and accurately measure success.

What data do I need?
The key to efficiently and effectively utilizing data begins with two key steps:


Fleet Trends & Issues

Study Reveals The 14 Most Deadly Car Models

Money Talks News

Fatalities are almost twice as likely to occur in car crashes if you are traveling in a subcompact or sports car.

Data analyzed from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System and iSeeCar’s.com’s data for cars from the model years 2013-2017, found that fourteen models were found to be at least twice as likely as the average car to be involved in a fatal accident. Mitsubishi Mirage topped the list.

Read the article at Money Talks News.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths Rise Despite New Vehicle Safety Features

USA Today

While cars have been getting safer for occupants, they remain potentially deadly for those outside the vehicle.

The number of bicyclists killed last year shot up 10% and pedestrian deaths rose 4%.

Experts have pointed to distracted driving and the growing popularity of SUVs, which can be more deadly than cars because they smash directly into victims, instead of pushing them up onto the hood or windshield.

A few automakers rolled out pedestrian and bicycle detection as part of their automatic braking systems, but most haven’t.

Read the article at USA Today.

Toyota to Begin Testing Improved Solar Roof on the Prius

The Verge

Toyota will start testing a new solar roof for the Prius that it says can add as much as 44.5 km of range to the plug-in hybrid a day.

The solar cells, which are being manufactured by Sharp, are just 0.03mm thick, but deliver around 860 watts of power, and can even charge the car while it’s being driven.

Testing is due to start on public roads later this month, but there’s no word on when it might make it into a commercial vehicle.

Read the article at The Verge.

VW and Ford Expanding Partnership to Share EV and Self-Driving Tech

The Drive

Volkswagen and Ford may be teaming up to trade electric vehicle and autonomous driving tech.

VW can share its modular MEB platform, while Ford can offer some of its driverless vehicle findings.

Currently, Volkswagen’s I.D. Crozz Concept-based electric crossover and Ford’s first electric product, the “Mustang-inspired” Mach E performance crossover are poised to launch late 2020.

Read the article at The Drive.

Mobility and Company Cars

International Fleet World

Interest in mobility solutions is increasing but few businesses would be willing to give up their company cars and use a mobility solution instead.

That’s according to new research from Arval that finds the company car looks set to remain the core transport method for the foreseeable future.

The research, part of the 2019 edition of Arval Mobility Observatory which saw some 3,930 fleets surveyed, saw fleets asked whether they would fully or in part give up their vehicle for a range of alternatives; just 7% of fleets said they would probably or certainly opt instead for car sharing, 9% for ride sharing, 8% for a mobility budget, 11% for a private lease vehicle and 7% for mid-term rental.

Read the article at International Fleet World


Electric Vehicles

BBC News

The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK, issued a report calling on the government to devise a strategy allowing people to have a good standard of living without needing a car.

The report warns that electrifying cars will not address traffic jams, urban sprawl and wasted space for parking. Walking, cycling, public transport and vehicle-sharing should be made available wherever possible.

Read the article at BBC News.


Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

With the significant amount of inbound and outbound tactics available to marketers today and the rapidly evolving state of marketing best practices, you fully understand your business’ need for ROI-driven solutions to implement a successful Inbound marketing program.

Your website, content development and marketing, social-media efforts, and email-marketing campaigns — all of your digital presence — work together to become an effective lead generation and qualification source.

To develop the best inbound marketing program effectively, consider taking the following three-phased approach:


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SuperVision is a fleet driver management solution for MVR & license monitoring, fleet management, fleet safety oversight and driver performance and retention.

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NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

WEX fuel cards and fleet management solutions give you powerful tools to reduce spending — for any business, any fleet, any size.

Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.

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