February 8, 2023

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This is About You!

Last April, Ted Roberts and I had the pleasure of participating in RTA Fleet’s Fleet Success Summit. Afterwards, Ted said, “I was impressed by how seamlessly RTA’s Four Pillars of Fleet Success were explained and underscored by a carefully chosen group of experienced, accessible fleet leaders — leaders who listened closely to the concerns and challenges of the fleet professionals who were in the room, and then offered actionable insights.”

Registration is still open for the 2023 Fleet Success Summit – Las Vegas – March 21-22. RTA Fleet president Josh Turley says, “The Fleet Success Summit is focused on giving fleet professionals the leadership, business, and technology skills they need to advance their own careers and help their fleets succeed.”

Mike Pitcher, former CEO of LeasePlan USA, spoke at the 2022 Fleet Success Summit and is speaking again this year. If you have not heard Mike speak, he is a master. He’s right: You Are a Leader. You Have Influence!

Have you taken this week’s poll? Vehicle Shortages Today

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Fantastic Educational Opportunities at NAFA I&E

With over 40 conference sessions, CAFM Live and more, NAFA I&E in Baltimore offers a multitude of fantastic educational opportunities.

VIDEO: A Competitive Advantage

  Customer Experience Advantages Can Build Your Business

Some companies do better than others, and it’s often because they keep a keen focus on building excellent Customer Experience.

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  Request for Zoom Video Interviews

We now conduct the majority of our interviews via Zoom, and are looking to speak with a variety industry experts (and we know that many of you are reading!).

Please feel free to suggest yourself, or someone you know. Any and all timely industry topics will be considered, and we look forward to speaking with you!

Email Ted Roberts to learn more: [email protected].


SuperVision eBook: How to Spot Risky Drivers SuperVision eBook: How to Spot Risky Drivers

We know you take safety and risk mitigation very seriously—not only to ensure the safety of your drivers and the driving population, but also for the secure delivery of the cargo you’re transporting.

When assessing the level of risk a driver poses to your fleet, past behavior is often the best predictor of future behavior.

Download this eBook from SuperVision to learn how to proactively identify risky drivers and protect your fleet year-round.

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The Fleet Poll: Vehicle Shortages Today

When it comes to hot trends and burning questions, there’s plenty going on in the world of fleet. That’s why we feature The Fleet Poll, sponsored by our friends at FLD. Please share your take on today’s Hot Fleet Questions with us!

This week’s questions are “Do you think today’s fleet shortages are better or worse than last year?” and “What will the quantity of new vehicle available look like by the end of 2023?”

CLICK HERE to TAKE THE POLL (and to see how other fleet professionals are answering these questions).

Chevin Fleet Solutions Announces New CEO Chevin Fleet Solutions Announces New CEO

Chevin Fleet Solutions, creators of fleet management software FleetWave, announced that company founder Ashley Sowerby is moving to a new role of Executive Chairman, passing on the CEO role to Gary Thompson, current Chevin COO.

Talking of his new role as Executive Chairman, Mr. Sowerby said: “It is important to further empower the Operational Board as they drive the business forward. This change enables me to step back from day-to-day operations whilst continuing to offer support on strategic decisions and product direction.”


FMW Brand Acceleration FMW: New Branding and Marketing Support for Fleet Product and Service Providers

Customized Approach Ensures a Perfect Fit from Tactical Projects to Integrated Strategic Efforts

Whether your business has an internal marketing team, relies on an agency, or calls on multiple specialists, FMW has a new, customized, fleet-specific branding program — FMW Fleet Brand Acceleration – that can meet any marketing and sales generation need or budget.

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A Can’t-Miss Fleet Event

As a fleet professional, your time is valuable. Your day-to-day is crazy as you try to complete work orders, create purchase orders, run reports, and do a hundred other little things to keep your fleet vehicles on the road.

So, when do you have time to work on yourself, and develop your career skills?

The Fleet Success Summit, March 21-22, in Las Vegas, is a new and unique fleet event.

The Fleet Success Summit is focused on the Four Pillars of Fleet Success: Stakeholder Satisfaction, Intentional Culture, Resource Efficiency, and Risk Management.

“That kind of leadership training is something that I’ve never gotten in fleet management in all my career,” says Steve Saltzgiver, Fleet Success Ambassador at RTA Fleet. “We’ve mixed the old with the new.”



Time is Money

By Jim Perkins, Director of Shell Fleet Solutions, U.S.A.

It’s an old adage: time is money. There are few industries where this is more fitting than in the world of fleets, where the tasks required to run an efficient operation can become overwhelming.

With rising costs across the globe, the road to increasing profit margins and building revenues can be a maze of overcomplicated strategies and tactics.

Thankfully, utilizing readily available fleet services can also streamline time management, giving time back to managers and adding more time spent improving fleet operations.



EV Range Analysis

Geotab announced its new electric vehicle (EV) range analysis, examining the impact of speed and temperature, is now available on the Fleet Electrification Knowledge Center.

The interactive analysis, showcased for the first time at Geotab Connect 2023, uses de-identified, aggregated data from 3 million EV trips and 550,000 hours of driving time to better understand the relative range impact of temperature and speed.

“Backed by real-world EV data, the analysis is intended to be used as a resource to help educate users on factors that impact EV range and build awareness of strategies to optimize EV deployment,” said Charlotte Argue, Senior Manager of Fleet Electrification at Geotab.



Police Chief Explains How Tesla Model Y Patrol Car Will Save Them $80,000

photo credit Electrek

The police chief of Somerset in Wisconsin explained in detail why his police department decided to go electric with a Tesla Model Y patrol car and how he expects the single electric vehicle will save the town $80,000.

The Model Y cost the department $60,000, though they had some subsidies and help to acquire it, but more importantly, Joel Trepczyk, Somerset PD Chief, believes Somerset PD will save over $80,000 over 10 years thanks to these benefits to the cost of operation: no oil changes, regenerative braking, battery designed for 500,000 miles, and more.

via Electrek

Could In-Vehicle Payments Be the Next Payments Frontier?

As cars become ever-more sophisticated, consumers will be able to pay using onboard interfaces, saving the time and hassle of having to hold their credit card out of the window or pulling over and getting out their phone. This new frontier is known as ‘in-vehicle payments’.

If the car is running low on fuel, it can order the right amount of fuel at the nearest petrol station and then the driver simply has to confirm the action on the car screen.

Payment cards’ data protection and fraud prevention technologies are far more advanced than car anti-theft systems, so current encryption protocols along with other methods used by payment systems provide a sufficient level of protection for in-vehicle payment data.

via FinTech

US Dept. Of Defense Inches Closer to Tactical Electric Vehicles

The US Department of Defense has been slowly introducing electric vehicles into its non-tactical fleet, and it is getting ready to jump into tactical vehicles, too.

Canoo delivered a Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the U.S. Army in November. NASA also raised the Canoo profile last spring, when it selected the company to provide launchpad transportation for astronauts in its Artemis moon mission.

via CleanTechnica

10 Least Satisfying Cars, According to Consumer Reports

Wouldn’t it be great if you could ask thousands of owners what they think of the new car you’re planning to buy?

Consumer Reports analyzed data from the latest member survey to measure the current state of vehicle owner satisfaction. The owner satisfaction score — based on whether owners say they would definitely buy the same car again if given the choice — measures whether a car has lived up to expectations.

Combined with CR’s ratings on testing and reliability, owner satisfaction ratings give car buyers valuable guidance when they’re shopping for a vehicle.

via Consumer Reports

J.D. Power’s EV Index

Joining its other marquee research study reports, J.D. Power (JDP) has introduced the J.D. Power EV Index, which will reveal U.S. vehicle electrification efforts on a monthly basis.

Making the index more robust and valuable is a comparison each month to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in those same categories.

“Vehicle electrification has industry leaders grappling with billion-dollar decisions, and hyper-detailed data and analytics will help guide their decision making,” said Elizabeth Krear, vice president of electric vehicle practice at J.D. Power.



Crash-Free Culture

By Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder, eDriving

A smartphone-based driver safety and risk management program – are you serious?

The last 4+ years that our digital driver risk management program, Mentor by eDrivingsm, has been live with our customers globally, have been some of the most exciting and terrifying of my entire career.

According to the most recent analysis of Mentor in the Spring of 2022, we can reduce unsafe behaviors by risky drivers by up to 89% over 18 months!

Not bad for a program designed around turning smartphones from the culprit to the cure for risky behaviors.



Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, FMW Brand Acceleration

With advances in customer relationship management tools that incorporate every milestone in the buying cycle, companies can obtain more information about buyers and buying habits than ever before.

Many sales budgets are prepared on the basis of either incremental percentages or a number agreed with the team.

Neither method is as effective as customer-centric budget planning.

For companies that never viewed their business health from a customer-flow perspective before, it is eye-opening compared to the traditional approach.


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