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The fate of Kodak and Blockbuster are evidence that no matter how popular or beloved your brand, its survival depends on your ability to innovate. From CEO and TED-talk veteran Lisa Bodell, you’ll learn how to survive by strategically challenging the status quo and building change from the middle out. Objectively analyze your entire business to identify external threats as well as internal weaknesses—and solve for them. By killing your own company, you’ll teach teams how to better pivot, deal with wildcards, and proactively embrace change.
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Wednesday, August 19 — 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern — (Sponsored by Agile)
Seattle’s Sound Transit reduced their fleet by 115 vehicles saving millions of dollars in cost avoidance while right-sizing their fleet.
In this webinar, hear their story directly from the manager of their non-revenue fleet, and learn how they manage vehicles in 6 different geographical locations from a single office, automated manual processes, boosted utilization rates, and track usage automatically.
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The NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner’s approach
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Editor’s Note: In this time of looming cuts in government budgets, prompted by the COVID-19 recession, public sector fleet managers may be wondering how to keep their technicians, administrators and managers motivated without meaningful pay increases and opportunities for overtime.
Nine years ago, Robert Martinez, then a manager within the New York Police Department’s fleet, presented a paper on that subject to fellow students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s program for senior executives in state and local government.
Today, Martinez, who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the City University of New York and a master’s degree in executive management from New York University, is the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for support services, which includes responsibility for the department’s entire 10,000-vehicle fleet and more. In these edited excerpts from his 2011 paper, Martinez presents the management principles he continues to stand by and to which he credits much of the success of his 900-member organization.
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By Ed Smith, President, Agile Fleet
Did you know that 80% of fleet managers expect budget reductions next year?
Fleets hit hard financially by the COVID-19 crisis may now be required to make changes that will reduce costs, increase social distancing and sanitation, and improve efficiency. The good news is that it may not be as difficult as you may think. Things like right-sizing, eliminating underused vehicles from the fleet, and sharing vehicles in a self-service motor pool (that can be operated remotely!) can all significantly reduce costs.
Did you know that the carrying cost of one passenger vehicle is between $3,500-$8,000 annually? If you can eliminate just 5 underused vehicles out of your fleet for example, you can save between $17,000 and $40,000 a year.
One of the best ways to reduce costs and (improve social distancing) is by implementing a shared vehicle fleet with a self-service motor pool system. Sharing vehicles, rather than allowing people to use assigned vehicles, not only reduces costs but offers many benefits to your employees.
Since the global COVID-19 pandemic emerged, fleet-based businesses have faced a number of logistical, operational and monetary challenges. If your business is presently slow, that won’t always be the case.
Before things get busy again, owners and managers may want to consider making the most of this downtime to help build a strong foundation for the future. Now is the ideal time for fleet owners to constructively take stock of existing processes and establish new procedures to help strengthen their business to emerge stronger in the post-COVID-19 world:
- Get laser-focused on cost control through engine diagnostics, service records tracking, monitoring fuel usage and wear and tear.
- Make the most of analytics and reporting these days to monitor critical business aspects. Capitalize on the available time to do trend analysis, API integration or review critical reports.
- Improve customer experience by closely monitoring customer feedback with the help of technology. Use this time to reach out and act upon specific concerns.
In this free ebrief, you will find out ways to help transform today’s current downtime into your future uptime. Click to Download.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
If the city of Orlando, Florida, meets its goal of relying on nothing but renewable energy by 2050, David Dunn will have had a lot to do with it.
Since 2006, Dunn has worked for the city, first in its facilities management department and since 2011 with the added responsibility for fleet operations as manager of Orlando’s fleet and facilities management division. As such, he’s been in a unique position to leverage the assets of the division to make dramatic reductions in the city’s carbon footprint and saving the city millions of dollars in what it spends on electricity and fuel.
Its mandate is for every one of the city’s fleet of some 2,600 on road cars, trucks and buses, and 1,400 other vehicles to be powered by alternative fuels by 2030. It may seem like a tall order, but the fleet is nearly there, and Dunn speaks with the assurance of someone who’s been the executive in charge of a fleet that’s won a place in the 100 Best Fleets in North America every year since 2012.