Wheels, Inc. hosted its 2019 Results+ Fleet Performance Summit from October 24 to 25 in Chicago.
The 7th annual event gathered more than 180 fleet professionals to showcase fleet management success stories, network and share best practices with peers.
“This event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our clients and share how their fleets generate real results for their businesses,” said Suresh Rajapakse, vice president of account management at Wheels. “It’s rewarding to see our clients pick up new strategies and insights from each other.”
“We’re thrilled to see the Summit grow every year,” said Laura Jozwiak, senior vice president of sales and client relations at Wheels. “Today, fleets have unique challenges as the industry is in a stage of constant change with evolving mobility solutions, regulatory factors and safety concerns. Coming together to share ideas, tools and results is beneficial to us all.”
Read more at Wheels News.
Wrench, the mobile vehicle maintenance and repair solution that brings dealer-quality service directly to consumers and fleet customers across the U.S., just announced a $20 million Series C funding round.
The funding will accelerate Wrench’s growth, allowing the company to further spread its service-area footprint to untapped markets.
“Busy consumers need a simple scheduling and vehicle diagnosis system to deliver repair and maintenance services without the hassle of the waiting room,” said Ed Petersen, CEO of Wrench. “With full-time, trusted mechanics and world-class operations supporting both vehicle owners and the staff that serves them.
ARI announced the company has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
ARI is the first and only full-service, global fleet management provider to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by WBENC. ARI is a subsidiary of Holman Enterprises, which was also certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise earlier this year.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Steward C. Holman and father Joseph, who currently serves as Holman Enterprises’ Chairman Emeritus, Mindy Holman joined the family-owned organization in 1986. Today, Mindy leads Holman Enterprises as Chairman of the Board.
Read more from ARI.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
North American fleets that have adopted telematics know both the benefits and challenges of putting them into place.
While the technology has been proven to help increase fuel economy, design more efficient delivery routes and improve fleet safety and driver behavior, it can be difficult for senior management to approve the expense to implement it and to get driver buy-in.
One of the pioneers in taking on those challenges is PepsiCo, the beverage and snack food giant that operates more than 70,000 sedans, trucks, tractors, and other transportation assets in some 200 countries on six continents.
By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group, Inc.
Panic is never a preferred business mode, yet so much has been made of the dire threat of disruption over the last few years that it may seem that’s the emotion the business and trade press have been trying to instill.
That hasn’t been my objective. Instead, what I and most of the keen-eyed observers I’ve been following have been trying to do is to persuade senior executives that they need to appreciate the dramatic ways in which digital technology is changing the face of business, and to deepen their understanding of the ever-expanding array of applications that may be used to undermine or strengthen their competitiveness.
To be sure – and as I’ve cited in recent posts – the pace of change in the business world driven by new technology is accelerating and is being reflected in the speed by which the roster of industry leaders has been changing recently and is forecast to continue.
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
Social cues help us understand if we’re being understood, accepted, rebuffed, or if we’re just being plain annoying to the people around us.
Have you noticed when you’re talking to someone across a table and they lean back in their chair with their arms folded at their chest? Perhaps even with their brows furrowed?
I want you to engage in a little social experiment: sit back in your chair, cross your arms, narrow your eyes, and furrow your brows. How does that feel? It probably doesn’t feel very positive, does it? And it may remind you of a time that your actions caused this behavior in others. I have certainly been in that position before!
Social cues can lead to positive or negative reciprocation.
Becca Rabinowitz, Director of Strategic Business Lines at SpotHero
For decades, personal cars have been mobility’s bread and butter.
But with the rise of attractive alternatives to personal vehicles, car ownership is no longer a necessity for people living in urban areas. And with a new generation fully accustomed to finding services through their smartphones, dozens of shared car providers are looking to fill the new desire for cars-on-demand.
But when you consider how much work goes into maintaining just one car, it makes you wonder how car share fleets are managing the logistics of car ownership—the responsibilities consumers have been quick, and thankful, to relinquish.
Companies like ReachNow, Canvas, and LimePod have felt the weight of these challenges in recent months, making now an important moment to think critically about how fleets can continue to support this growing demand. Before assuming responsibility over thousands of cars at once, fleets will need to master the three core logistical challenges of managing shared cars at scale: storage, payments, and servicing.