NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the finalists for NAFA’s 2020 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXYs), the top honors in the fleet and mobility industry.
The FLEXYs shine a spotlight on those who have significantly impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year. The awards’ nomination process was open to all fleet professionals throughout the United States and Canada, regardless of NAFA Fleet Management Association membership status.
Winners will be announced in March, and will be recognized and take part in a panel presentation on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E) in the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN.
And the 2020 FLEXY finalists are:
Fleet Logistics Group, Europe’s largest independent fleet management company, has continued the reorganization of its senior team with the appointment of Oliver Stockhecke as Chief Sales Officer (CSO).
His appointment follows that of Steffen Schick as the company’s new CEO and Christophe Martinet as Country Head for France in recent weeks.
Stockhecke joins Fleet Logistics from BMW Group and, as a member of the senior executive team, will oversee all international sales and key account management activities, as well as supporting the country organizations in their local efforts. As part of his role, he will also be instrumental in developing Fleet Logistics‘ fleet management value proposition and in helping define its new mobility products and services.
Can a smartphone app help drivers age 50 and older stay safe behind the wheel?
A new innovative pilot study found evidence that it can.
AARP’s Driver Safety program and eDrivingSM teamed up to find out if telematics—data collected through smartphone sensors such as GPS and accelerometer, combined with coaching and eLearning through an app—could help improve safe driving behaviors. The study measured, scored and coached 500 participants on their driving actions over a 12-week period using the Mentor by eDriving app.
Reduce the cost of ownership through a well-written policy
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Fleets are under constant pressure find new ways to cut operating costs and increasingly looking for the latest in technological solutions to find them. But one in five fleets would do well to look first to much older technology: pen and paper.
That’s the view of Donlen Corporation, one of the largest fleet management companies, that points out that non-existent, poorly written or out of date fleet policies can cost a fleet tens of thousands dollars or more every year by leaving holes through which money leaks from a dizzying variety of driver behaviors. Updating your policy every year to reflect changes in the law, technology and new forms of driver behavior that contribute to higher expenses is essential to plugging those leaks and reducing the total cost of vehicle ownership.
By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer
Because marketing is as much art as science, I want to share a post that the Forbes Agency Council recently wrote because it reflects a truism that companies should heed, namely, there are no hard and fast rules for success.
As they say, “there are times in the world of marketing where shirking the trend is not only a better approach, but a more profitable one, as well. Following what others have done before can even be seen as derivative and dull.”
• Send Plain Text Emails – Bernard May, National Positions
Much of the time when it comes to email marketing, people tend to think “the fancier, the better.” While these make look appealing and professional, they often get stuck in spam traps or make their way to the “promotions” folder. Plain text emails may not be as eye-catching but they have a better chance of catching more eyes from the inbox.
Helping fleets save time, money and resources in one easy process that takes less than a week!
By Richard Mallek, Director of Sales
One of the things that most fleet professionals know about remarketing vehicles is that the entire process has a lot of moving parts.
To begin with, you have to consign your vehicle to a remarketing partner, and then wait for it to get recovered. After that, it often meanders through a weeks or months-long process that leaves you sitting ….and waiting …. and wondering ….
“How much will my vehicle sell for?
“How will it affect the total cost of ownership?”
“And – most importantly – when will I finally get paid!”
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly and easily dispose of any vehicle or piece of equipment in one totally risk-free transaction that took less than a week?
And wouldn’t it be even better if you could manage the whole process from any smartphone, tablet or computer on the planet?
By Ed Dubens, CEO/ Founder of eDriving
Speed, efficiency and first-time fixes are high on the list of service fleet concerns, with customer service and satisfaction of critical importance.
A proactive approach to maintenance plays a crucial role in helping service fleets ensure profitability, and sophisticated technologies are an integral component of this operation. Effective safety and risk management strategies if put together with these objectives in mind can help everything else fall into place in one focused approach!
A culture of excellence improves performance
There’s a great deal of evidence relating to the correlation between ‘culture’ and employee performance. For example, Gallup research estimates that actively disengaged workers alone cost the U.S. between $450 billion and $550 billion per year and that a culture of engagement can lead to up to 18 percent higher revenue per employee. Added to that, research reveals that absenteeism is 37 percent higher among disengaged workers (Harvard Business Review).
Workplace culture is the first thing any safety, risk, operations or transport manager should focus on. A culture of excellence, a safety culture, a crash-free culture® – whatever you want to call it – that’s the heart and soul of your company, and without one you’ll struggle to achieve your goals, whether they relate directly to safety or to efficiencies, customer service or financial ambitions.