By Scarlett Liriano Cepin, iGeneration Youth
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is one of the largest police forces in the United States. But its Fortwo smart car is one of the smallest police cars on the road.
“When I first wanted to get smart cars, the quote was, ‘The vehicles look wimpy,’ but sometimes wimpy is good,” said Deputy Commissioner Robert Martinez of the New York Police Department’s Support Services Bureau. “They’re approachable, and they’re a friendly-looking vehicle.”
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Following the acquisition of TomTom Telematics by Bridgestone on April 1, 2019, Bridgestone has announced that TomTom Telematics’ company name will become Webfleet Solutions as of October 1, 2019.
Commenting on this announcement was CEO and President of Bridgestone EMEA, Paolo Ferrari: “When we acquired Webfleet Solutions at the beginning of the year, we created a fleet solutions powerhouse. Together we have every capability to lead in what is an incredibly exciting, fast-growing, and innovative area of mobility.
“We have the ambition, the infrastructure and resources, the data and insights, and we have the people and their unrivalled knowledge. As the new worlds of connected and autonomous mobility rapidly become a reality, together Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions will ensure that our customers can enjoy every benefit of this new era.”
By Shannon McNamara, Marketing Manager — Fleet, SuperVision
One of the best ways to combat the driver shortage is by working to retain drivers. While money is important, a fleet culture that values and respects drivers may be even more crucial.
One of the most important ways fleets can overcome the perennial driver shortage is to find ways to retain the drivers they have.
Fleets across the country are instituting a wide variety of programs to hang on to what has become its most precious commodity — drivers — including better pay.
Innovation Leader, a fast-growing media and events company focused on helping the world’s largest companies build competitive advantage, recently awarded Merchants Fleet with a 2019 Impact Award.
The award recognized Merchants Fleet’s INNOV8 program, which offers training and resources to help employees innovate solutions by thinking and acting differently.
The Impact Awards honor companies that have achieved extraordinary outcomes related to their corporate innovation programs.
By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer
For many companies, the Fall signals the start of another budgeting process that comprises a two-part challenge:
1. Reviewing the success of this year’s marketing tactics and overall achievement of goals at both the tactical and strategic levels,
2. Developing next year’s plan and appropriate budget by gathering pertinent facts from inside and outside the company — forthcoming promotional opportunities, (e.g., new products, strategic messaging), and external forces (e.g., the economy, the competitive landscape, and changing user needs)
It’s All about ROI
By Ed Dubens, CEO / Founder of eDriving
Of course, the effective management of driver risk requires a “formal” structured approach, but there is also plenty of room for informality!
It is the “informal” elements that can make the difference between creating a sustainable crash-free culture® or something than fizzles very quickly!
Policies, standards, management systems, best practice guides, training, eLearning, license checking, telematics, benchmarking and analytics are all critical components to any successful driver risk management strategy, but how much more effective can you be if your plan is supported by regular, informal messaging to your drivers from across the organization?
NAFA Lobbies for Rollbacks and Four Other Fleet-Related Issues
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
President Trump’s tariffs, launched last year to protect American industry and punish China for unfair trade practices, are now hurting fleets and jeopardizing road safety.
That was the word last week at NAFA’s DC Fly-By, its annual meeting of its Government Affairs Committee. Twelve members of the committee spent two days in the Washington D.C. area to hear presentations by executives from industry and auto industry trade associations, Congressional staffers, and a representative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technologies.
After a series of presentations, organized by Pat O’Connor, NAFA’s U.S. legislative counsel, and NAFA Board member Maria Neve, the committee peeled off on Friday to lobby the offices of 15 key of members of Congress on five fleet-related issues on which NAFA has taken an official position. These include: