March 8, 2023

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Mobile Car Services Come to You

This week we have an interview with Scot Wingo, CEO of Spiffy, the mobile auto service provider that offers a variety of hand car washing, advanced detailing, oil change, tire install and repair, brakes, and many other preventative maintenance services. Spiffy is making big strides in the fleet world, and it’s easy to see why. READ MORE.

Vans for Rent, Right Now

Kingbee can supplement your fleet by 10-20%, so you don’t miss out on revenue while you plan for a more long-term solution. LEARN MORE.

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Ted Roberts

VIDEO: Vehicle Crashes and the Bottom Line

There are a variety of ways that vehicle crashes impact the companies’ bottom lines that fleet managers need to take into account as they do what they can to minimize the damage.

VIDEO: ‘Together Let’s Go Far’

  Together Let’s Go Far

Wheels’ leaders share their insights into the meaning behind their new tagline, ‘Together Let’s Go Far’: dreaming big, powering their clients’ potential and defining their success through clients’ success.

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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].


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NETS Annual Strength IN Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana October 11-12, 2023

Registration and More Details Coming Soon!

NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers.


A Call to Action: Are You Ready for the July 1st Replacement of The Old Google Analytics? A Call to Action: Are You Ready for the July 1st Replacement of The Old Google Analytics?

By Ed Pierce, FMW Brand Acceleration

Google’s Universal Analytics will be replaced by Google Analytics 4 (GA4) on July 1, 2023. As a result, fleet marketing professionals should familiarize themselves with the new platform as soon as possible.

GA4’s enhanced ability to view user data across all devices gives it a richer data set to build machine-learning models. These models allow marketers to predict the actions of their customers.

Tracking what a customer does today is the best prognosticator of the next action to be taken. as it paints a better picture of their next action than who they are. GA4 can help companies predict customer actions across channels.


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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Mobile Auto Service

Fleet Management Weekly recently had the opportunity to speak with Scot Wingo, CEO of Spiffy, the mobile auto service provider that offers a variety of hand car washing, advanced detailing, oil change, tire install and repair, brakes, and many other preventative maintenance services.

Spiffy is a modern automotive services company. We are applying the technology and convenience of e-commerce to car care. We come to you, so we’re mobile first. We’re digital, so we interact with our customers in a more digital way. Requests can be made through an app or a fleet portal.

Spiffy works with a variety of fleets. We work with passenger vehicle fleets, rental car companies, delivery fleets, such as the Amazon DSP folks. We work with corporate fleets and municipal fleets.



Vans for Rent, Right Now

By Kingbee Rentals

Long-term rentals give you the freedom to return your vehicles when they are no longer needed. The right rental company can supplement your fleet by 10-20%, so you don’t miss out on revenue while you plan for a more long-term solution.

Flexible rental contracts keep your fleet running. Work-ready rentals give you the capacity to carry on business as usual while sidestepping the total cost of ownership with vans that are wrapped with your company’s branding and upfitted with shelves and racks.

When flexibility and speed are a priority, or when vehicles are simply not available, Kingbee provides a work-ready van rental solution. We upfit, wrap, and deliver work ready vans to any jobsite and we have hundreds available right now.



Highly Rated EVs

By Dave Bean, FMW Associate Editor

Now that virtually all OEMs have battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on their rosters, those who bought EVs are allowing classic elements such as styling and quality to influence their level of satisfaction with their purchase, according to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study.

“The electric vehicle landscape is changing quickly, and newer models are bringing in more mainstream, first-time EV buyers,” said Brent Gruber, executive director of the EV practice at J.D. Power.

In its first year of eligibility, premium EV model Rivian R1T recorded the highest level of owner satisfaction in the study. The MINI Cooper Electric won top ranking in the mass market segment.



AFLA Learning Webinar: Diversity In Fleet

Registration is open for the AFLA Learning Webinar: Diversity In Fleet – Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 2:00 PM CT

Enhance your perspective and garner fresh ideas from esteemed panelists navigating diversity initiatives in fleet.

What are some first steps you can do to support DEI initiatives? How can you make your fleet spaces more welcoming? These questions and more will be covered live on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 2:00 PM CT.

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Ford Establishes Latitude AI to Develop Future Automated Driving Technology

Latitude AI – a Ford subsidiary – is developing new automated driving technology with an initial focus on a hands-free, eyes-off driver assist system for next-generation Ford vehicles

“We see automated driving technology as an opportunity to redefine the relationship between people and their vehicles,” said Doug Field, chief advanced product development and technology officer, Ford Motor Company. “Customers using BlueCruise are already experiencing the benefits of hands-off driving.”

via Ford Media

Aging State Vehicle Fleet Fuels Tens of Millions in New Money Requests by Agencies

With more than 260,000 square miles of ground to cover in Texas, agencies say using state vehicles is typically cheaper, safer and more reliable than rentals or mileage reimbursements for employees — particularly those whose jobs include on-site inspections, working in remote places and conducting statewide investigations.

Many state-owned vehicles are aging past the standards for replacement. Early budget drafts signal that lawmakers are considering funding some $237.6 million in requests for new ones. The average age of the nearly 34,000 vehicles in the state-owned fleet belonging to 100 agencies, colleges and universities is about 10 years, according to the Texas comptroller’s office.

via Texas Tribune

New Projection: U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Rise Yet Again in First Half of 2022

Drivers in the United States struck and killed 3,434 people in the first half of 2022 – up 5%, or 168 more deaths, from the same period the year before, according to a new analysis from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Why are more people walking dying on U.S. roads?

A combination of factors, including a surge in dangerous driving that began at the start of the pandemic and has not lessened; larger, heavier vehicles that are more likely to seriously injure or kill people on foot in the event of a crash; roads designed to prioritize fast-moving traffic over slower speeds that are safer for pedestrians; and inadequate infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting in many parts of the country.

via GHSA

IIHS Crash Tests

By Dave Bean, FMW Associate Editor

According to a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study, operating a vehicle that does well in its driver-side small overlap front crash test decreases your chance of becoming a road fatality statistic.

A driver behind the wheel of a poorly rated vehicle is 12 percent more likely to die in a front end collision than a driver whose vehicle rated ‘good’.

“The numbers confirm that strong performance in the Institute’s small overlap front crash test translates into big reductions in fatality risk,” said Eric Teoh, director of statistical services at IIHS and one of the study’s authors.



Crash-Free Culture

By Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder, eDriving

While many businesses focus on organization-wide training and safety programs, there’s another tool that’s quickly gaining recognition for its ability to “drive” success: COACHING.

Coaching is the “glue” that helps support and sustain lasting behavior change when implemented as part of a holistic driver risk management program.

By providing personalized support and ongoing guidance, coaching can help managers and their drivers identify and address risky driving behaviors, improving safety and reducing the risk of collisions and injuries and their associated costs.



Women in Fleet Management

Fleet Management Weekly had the recent opportunity to speak with Holly Vollant, Equipment Direct & Buy Direct Business Development Manager at Holman.

Holly has held various account management positions through her 14-year auto auction and remarketing career. Here, she shares her thoughts on the keys to building a career in the fleet industry and personal growth.

This is part of the Fleet Management Weekly series of Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) profiles.


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