The AFLA 2020 Corporate Fleet Conference is transitioning to a truly “NextGen” conference this fall as they shift to a virtual format.
The Conference Task Force is currently working to outline this dynamic educational and networking format while enhancing the unique AFLA experience which brings us together each year. Please watch for more information on AFLA NextGen, including speaker announcements, updated registration rates, full program schedule, exciting new sponsorship opportunities and more in the coming weeks at afla.org.
AFLA looks forward to connecting with you virtually this October 5-7th.
Alpharetta, Ga. (June 3, 2020) – LeasePlan USA, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility services, today launched a partnership with leading automotive mobile maintenance and repair services provider, YourMechanic.
In alliance with YourMechanic’s network of over 700 certified technicians across over 2,500 cities nationwide, LeasePlan now provides contact-free vehicle maintenance services for cars and light-duty vehicles.
In adding a mobile option to their maintenance and repair management offering, LeasePlan provides customers the opportunity to schedule contact-free service on-site at the driver’s home or office location. Using LeasePlan’s new solution, powered by YourMechanic, customers can tap into more than 600 automotive repair services for a safe and convenient experience.
The health and wellness of conference attendees is of utmost priority. Therefore, given the current pandemic situation, NETS annual conference this year will be a virtual event during the week of October 12th.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon regarding exact dates, conference registration, speaker line-up, virtual Sponsor exhibits, and more!
NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers. Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles, ~80% passenger vehicles, that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.
Year-over-year fleet sales continued its remarkable decline compared to the prior year as the combined rental, commercial and government purchases of new vehicles were down 83.2% in May.
Total fleet volume in May was 52,203, down significantly from 311,202 in May 2019. Rental units led the drop with a 91.3% decrease year over year in May. The dismal May result follows drops in both March (down 34%) and April (down 77%).
It’s not all bad news for the industry, though. As Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Cox Automotive notes, “Reduced fleet business is not necessarily an awful trend, as automakers need to be replenishing dealer lots to help deliver more profitable retail business. If there is ever a good time for bad fleet, it’s now.”
Read the article at Cox Automotive.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Rocky Buoy shies away from taking personal credit. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that San Luis Obispo County, California’s 1,080-unit fleet — the one he’s been managing for the last 11 years — tied for first place in this year’s 100 Best Fleets award program.
“I champion for my customers and my employees, but don’t say I am a champion, please don’t use that word,” he instructed me in a one-hour telephone interview. But what he is comfortable saying is that he believes that his team-oriented leadership style has made a difference.
“No one takes a job and says to himself, ‘I want to fail.’ No, he wants to succeed and wants to do a better job. So, if someone in my department is underperforming, it’s my fault or the supervisor’s fault, we’re not doing something right. Either we’re not letting him know that his mistakes are expensive, or he doesn’t have the right training or we’re not recognizing that something else is wrong. But he wants to do a better job. Never forget that your guys want to do their job.”
By Jeremy Young, Director of Sales at Motus
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the day-to-day lives of the mobile workforce, as shelter in place orders have forced mobile workers to stay home.
As a result, companies utilizing fleet programs are finding themselves left with a high volume of fixed-cost assets that are currently sitting idle. Employers are searching for ways to curb overall spending while these company-provided vehicles go unused and continue to accumulate monthly corporate expenses regardless of usage.
While a fleet program may have best suited a business less than three months ago, decision makers are now looking for alternative programs to help them navigate this time of uncertainty in a way that’s best for the organization and its team.
By Ted Lee, Head of Business Development and Innovation, Magellan GPS
The fleet trucking industry is at the crossroads of a dilemma.
Professional truck drivers from the baby boomer generation are retiring, leaving the fleet industry to face a severe shortage of qualified drivers. As many as 25 percent of today’s drivers will retire over the next three-to-five years.
But it’s not just their behind-the-wheel experience the industry will be losing; it will also be at risk of losing their route-knowledge, key information that often goes unrecorded, such as knowing which roads are hazardous and how to get around unexpected obstacles.
It’s a brain drain the industry can ill afford, especially as it hopes to recruit new drivers to meet rising demand.