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February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Vehicle Logistics Leader Aspires to be Georgia’s First Female Lt. Gov.

Amico

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Sarah Riggs Amico plans to take her boardroom strategy to Georgia’s Gold Dome and deliver the results that other politicians have merely promised.

Tags: Georgia, Elected Leaders, Jack Cooper Logistics

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

6 Questions for Mercedes-Benz Vans USA

Photo of the third-generation European Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

By Paul Clinton

Robert Veit, vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, is leading a growth initiative in North America that includes the launch of the third-generation Sprinter.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Q&A

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Chevrolet Benefits from Reorg of GM South American Operation

Graph developed by Armie Bautista.

By Mike Antich

GM’s reorganization of its South America regional structure in 2010 by creating three business units, GM Andina, GM Mercosur, and GM Central, have contributed to the growth of the Chevrolet brand as a regional market leader.

Tags: Chevrolet, Reorganization, General Motors, Global

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The State of the Commercial Fleet Market in Peru

The mining industry in Peru is a major buyer of fleet vehicles. Mining is the dominant sector of the economy accounting for 60% of the country’s exports. Pictured is Las Bambas copper mine in Apurimac, Peru. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

By Mike Antich

Imported Chinese brand vehicles are increasing their market share in the small business fleet market in Peru since most models are priced well below the average market price. This has put downward pressure on used-car prices.

Tags: Peru, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Commodity Prices & Exchange Rates Impact Fleet Market in Chile

The Chevrolet Silverado is available in Chile with five available versions. Photo: GM.

By Mike Antich

Fleet vehicles represent approximately 20-25% of annual new-vehicle sales in Chile. Top buyers of fleet vehicles are in the telecommunications and mining industries, along with political subdivisions, police departments, and military.

Tags: Chile, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Market in Brazil on the Road to a Long Recovery

The General Motors Gravataí facility, officially known as Complexo Industrial Automotivo de Gravataí (CIAG, for short, or Automotive Industrial Complex of Gravatai, in English). Photo: GM.

By Mike Antich

The strongest vocational segments operating commercial fleet vehicles are pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and food corporations. But the majority of fleets in Brazil are smaller, with the average fleet size around 100 units.

Tags: Brazil, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Record Fleet Sales in New Zealand for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Sales of the Holden Colorado in New Zealand were way above its 2016 sales. Photo via Holden.

By Mike Antich

Commercial vehicle registrations in calendar-year 2017 were up 16.9% over 2016. Similarly, total retail sales in CY-2017 were the strongest in the history of auto sales in New Zealand, driven by strong demand for SUVs and pickups.

Tags: New Zealand, Holden, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Middle East Fleet Market: A Tale of Three Regions

One large fleet customer in Iraq is the Ministry of Interior (MOI), which has acquired the Chevrolet Tahoe to meet its fleet applications. Photo: GM.

By Mike Antich

The economies of the Middle East are coping with lower oil prices and the resulting austerity measures. The downturn impacted many small and medium enterprises, along with multinational corporations serving the oil industry.

Tags: Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Telematics Evolution Pushes Forward for Fleets

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/nullplus.

By Andy Lundin

The future of telematics usage in commercial fleets looks brighter than ever. With the continued interest of technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the ideas behind a connected-car network, telematics systems are only going to continue to grow in relevance.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, E-commerce, Autonomous Technology, ELDs

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

PARS Logistics App Provides Real-Time Innovation

Photo courtesy of PARS

By Daryl Lubinsky

PARS mobile driver app allows fleet managers and fleet management companies to see real-time order updates from the minute a vehicle is picked up or delivered.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, PARS, Mobile Apps, Logistics

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet LeasePlan USA’s Carolyn Edwards

Edwards

By Lauren Fletcher

With 26 years in fleet, Edwards is motivated by growth and change she sees happening within the fleet industry and the evolving role of today's fleet manager.

Tags: Women in Fleet, LeasePlan, Fleet Management Companies

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Donlen Rebranding Reflects the Changing Market

Photo of Callahan courtesy of Donlen.

By Mike Antich

Donlen’s future product roadmap is focused on the serving the changing fleet market. It is designed to prepare its fleet clients for trends such as Mobility as a Service, autonomous vehicles, and the movement to a “sharing economy.”

Tags: Telematics, Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Mobility Service, Q&A

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Mike Albert Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Mike Albert Fleet Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of fleet management solutions and operates on a national basis with vehicles on lease in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada. Photo: Mike Albert Fleet Solutions

By Mike Antich

Mike Albert Fleet Solutions is a full-service fleet management company offering open- and closed-end leases, purchase-leaseback options, and a comprehensive suite of fleet management solutions.

Tags: Anniversaries, Fleet Management Companies, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Telematics Impacts Fleet Fuel Management

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/aabejon.

By Andy Lundin

While technology, such as telematics, will help fleet managers monitor fuel management, other upcoming technological advancements may sway the way fuel management as a whole is managed in the future.

Tags: Telematics, Fuel Management, Fuel Costs, Fraud, Payment Cards

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Technology's Essential Role in Fleet Safety's Future

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/Chesky_W.

By Eric Gandarilla

As accident rates in the U.S. continue to climb, technology must evolve to ensure the safety of the drivers on the road. Both in-vehicle and fleet technology is continuing to find ways to do just that.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Safety, Risk Management, Drivers

January 2018, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Top Trends in Executive Fleet Management

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/martin-dm.

By Andy Lundin

While the way fleets define and perceive executive fleet management has changed in recent years, companies still lean heavily on preexisting methods in executive fleet management as a way to recruit and retain top talent.

Tags: Executive Vehicles, Donlen, ARI, General Mills, Merchants Fleet Management, Luxury Vehicles, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Car Allowances

January 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Toyota's Depew on Fleet Sales in 2018

Photo of Depew courtesy of Toyota.

By Mike Antich

Fleet represents 10% of all Toyota sales. In MY-2018, two new Toyota models debuted, the all-new Camry and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Also, Toyota Safety Sense became standard in nearly all Toyotas in MY-2018.

Tags: Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, Toyota, Fleet Sales, Q&A, Headquarters, Toyota Safety Sense

January 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet Ford’s Michele Bartlett

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

By Lauren Fletcher

A dynamic industry and the people she gets to work with every day are just two reasons why Bartlett has spent 28 years with Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Women in Fleet, Ford, Automotive Executives

January 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Merchants New CEO Talks Mobility, Growth Strategy

Prior being named CEO of Merchants Fleet Management, Keegan provided stratgegic guidance to the company about its long-term growth strategy. Photo courtesy of Merchants Fleet Management.

By Mike Antich

Brendan P. Keegan brings a unique perspective as CEO, based on having served as a client, board advisor, and business partner. As a client, he gained firsthand experience of Merchants service capabilities, as a board advisor he provided strategic guidance, and as a business partner he learned the inner-workings of the company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Merchants Fleet Management, Mobility, Fleet Executives, Q&A

January 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Depreciation Aided By Hurricanes

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/3alexd.

By Eric Gandarilla

Typical seasonal highs and lows were disrupted this year due to a run of natural disasters destroying hundreds of thousands of vehicles and causing a surge in replacement activity. Overall fleet depreciation improved this year.

Tags: Depreciation, Remarketing, Manheim, Black Book, ARI, Element Fleet Management, Tax Refund

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2017 Fleet Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

By Andy Lundin

The Silverado is available fleet specific-packages, including the Work Truck Convenience Package, the LT Fleet Convenience Package, and the LT Fleet Plus Package.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Fleet Truck of the Year, General Motors, Awards, Large Pickups

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Enterprise Fleet Management's Retired President Looks Back on Growth

(L to R) Don Ross, Carolyn Kindle Betz, Bob Schurwan, Steve Bloom, Pam Nicholson, and Christine Taylor celebrate the opening of the former Fleet Operations facility in 2004. Photo: Enterprise Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Steve Bloom, retired president of Enterprise Fleet Management, reflects on the key milestones that contributed to the growth of the business that now includes more than 50 fully staffed offices across the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: AFLA Conference, Enterprise Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Retirement, Fleet Hall of Fame, Q&A

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

CEI's New CEO on Leadership Change

(L-R) Wayne Smolda, chairman of the board for The CEI Group, introduces John Wysseier as the new president & CEO, with Claudia Smolda, chief of staff. Photo: CEI

By Mike Antich

CEI sees the fleet industry entering a transformative era fueled by OEMs, fleet management companies, and suppliers focusing on technology-driven innovation to drive better results for customers.

Tags: Accident Management, CEI Group, Promotions, Safety, Q&A, C-Suite

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Enterprise Fleet Management Discusses Strategic Goals

“What excites me the most about the fleet industry is there are so many opportunities for growth. There are so many vehicles out there that are still unmanaged from a fleet-management perspective,” said Brice Adamson of Enterprise Fleet Management. Photo: Enterprise Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Senior VP Brice Adamson now leads Enterprise Fleet Management, which has a portfolio of more than 470,000 vehicles and a network of more than 50 fully staffed local offices in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Enterprise Fleet Management, Q&A, Ride Hailing, Fleet Management Companies, Car Rental

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

10 Telematics Trends in 2018 and Beyond

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/Hayri Er.

By Staff

As telematics continues to evolve and expand, fleet managers, business owners, and drivers are benefiting from new benefits and functionality.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Telematics, ELDs, Drivers, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Safety

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Telematics Helps Reduce Collisions and Claims

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/Visual_Capture.

By Staff

Fleet managers are using telematics to provide driver-specific training, minimize the frequency and severity of collisions and claims, and improve their overall safety scores.

Tags: Telematics, Drivers, Games, Safety, Accident Management

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Far Can Predictive Analytics Take Us?

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/1971yes.

By Staff

Predictive analytics is a fleet-management tool that uses data collected by telematics systems to identify the early-warning signs that could lead to collisions and breakdowns.

Tags: Telematics, Predictive Analytics, Driver Behavior, Accident Management

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The ELD Mandate: Your Fleet Checklist

Illustration courtesy of GettyImages.com/Askold Romanov.

By Staff

The federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has entered the implementation phase. Learn what you need to know to meet the deadline and the role telematics can play in automating ELD compliance.

Tags: Telematics, ELDs, Safety, Drivers, Compliance

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet the 2017 Fleet Visionaries

Fleet Visionary recipients accepting accepting their awards at the AFLA 2017 conference. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

By Andy Lundin

The second annual Fleet Visionary Awards were hosted at the 2017 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference alongside other prestigious fleet awards.

Tags: Awards, Fleet Visionary Award, AFLA Conference

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Preventive Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

By Mike Antich

Continued stability in crude oil prices, along with longer oil drain intervals, are helping to offset the higher cost of synthetic motor oils that are now required by more automotive OEMs.

Tags: Operating Costs, Preventive Maintenance, Diesel Engines, Maintenance Costs, Oil Change, Synthetic Oil

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Higher Commodity Prices Put Upward Pressure on Tire Costs

By Mike Antich

For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, primarily with higher prices for commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive, tires.

Tags: Operating Costs, Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Truck Tires, Tires and Wheels

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Stable Fuel Spend Keeps Lid on Overall Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

The stability of fuel pricing has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping operating costs flat in calendar-year 2017. Since fuel makes up the largest portion of fleet operating costs, it has helped keep a lid on overall fleet spend.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Prices, Forecast

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

By Mike Antich

Fleet operating costs remained stable in CY-2017, primarily due to the lower volatility of fuel prices. But, there is upward pressure on maintenance labor rates and higher commodity prices that will impact the cost of replacement tires.

Tags: Operating Costs, Light-Duty Trucks, Fuel Management, Fleet Management Companies, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Cars

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editorial

Fleet Managers, Rising to the Challenge of Change

Dan Frank (left), Sherb Brown (far right), and Michael Bieger (center right ) pose and congratulate Fleet Manager of the Year Award recipient John Dmochowsky.

By Dan Frank

In an industry that is fully embracing the evolving wave of new technology and seeing more and more aspects of it becoming digital, the human touch provided by professional fleet managers is that much more important.

Tags: AFLA, Fleet Manager of the Year, Mondelez

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Meet the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Dmochowsky joins a list of distinguished fleet managers that have been chosen by an industry panel made up of past winners, FMC and OEM executives, and the media. Photo by Eric Gandarilla

By Eric Gandarilla

Dmochowsky is the senior global fleet manager for Mondeléz International. He oversees a global fleet of over 10,000 vehicles operating in numerous countries.

Tags: AFLA, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year, Mondelez

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maintenance Costs Remain Flat Despite Rising Labor Rates

By Mike Antich

Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, with the primary factor being increased overall vehicle quality. Other repair costs adjusted for inflation, were, on average, consistent with those in CY-2016.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Repair Costs

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

ARI, Royal Mail Bolster Fleet Productivity with Alliance

ARI and Royal Mail formed a strategic cooperation agreement in April with the primary goal of providing around the clock maintenance management services for cars, vans and trucks. Photo: ARI

By Andy Lundin

The postal service company and ARI formed a strategic alliance to assist fleets in the United Kingdom with maximizing compliance and minimizing downtime via the services that the organizations have to offer.

Tags: ARI, Fleet Management Companies, Global, United Kingdom

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

In-Vehicle Entertainment Proliferates for Fleet Drivers

Screenshot of AppLink courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, use an array of tools and perks, such as in-vehicle infotainment that can keep drivers entertained from Point A to Point B, to increase driver retention, as long as the drivers avoid distraction.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, Ford, Audiobooks.com, Drivers, SiriusXM, Safety, Driving Dynamics

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maven Makes Shared Mobility Possible

Maven is a car-sharing program offered by General Motors in partnership with a number of mobility service providers. Though targeted to young urban dwellers, the service could prove useful to fleets seeking to reduce their inventory or give drivers more transportation options. Photo courtesy of GM.

By Tariq Kamal

Launched by General Motors in January 2016, Maven is a car-sharing service that is spreading across North America and offering technology and terms that could prove irresistible to mobile fleets.

Tags: General Motors, Maven, Maven Gig, Carsharing

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State of the Middle East Commercial Fleet Market

Graphic of the Middle East courtesy of Getty Images.

By Mike Antich

All countries in the Middle East have been impacted by lower oil prices and the institution of austerity programs. Countering these economic headwinds are major infrastructure investments geared to stimulate national economies.

Tags: Global, State of Fleet Market Report, Saudi Arabia

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Strong Commercial Sales Drive Australian Fleet Market

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

By Mike Antich

Fleet sales are tracking at a record pace in 2017 reflecting the strength of the Australian economy and improved mining sector. SUV sales are hot with both consumers and fleets as OEMs introduce more new models into the market.

Tags: Australia, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

State of the Chinese Commercial Fleet Market

Chart courtesy of GM.

By Mike Antich

The new-vehicle market has been up and down for the 2017 calendar-year, but demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles continues to remain strong. The sales forecast is that the growth rate for 2017 will be lower than prior years.

Tags: China, General Motors, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Condition Reports: Retaining Value for Off-Lease Vehicles

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Bassem Girgis

Fleet managers should consider seven areas of a vehicle, when maximizing resale value. Condition reports generated by third-party inspectors can help spell out a vehicle's true condition.

Tags: Remarketing, Flexco, Condition Reports, Wheels Inc.

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

By Mike Antich

Milder weather, greater railcar availability, softer retail demand, and fewer quality holds contributed to stable or decreasing order-to-delivery (OTD) times. Most OTD issues involved vehicles shipped from Mexico to the U.S.

Tags: Emkay, Union Leasing, Donlen, ARI, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Order to Delivery, Element Fleet Management, Wheels Inc.

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Prevent Vehicle Theft and Break-Ins

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Andy Lundin

Fleet managers should factor in how often vehicle or cargo thefts occur in their operations before investing in additional security equipment for their vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Safety, Vehicle Security

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

Photo courtesy of getty images.

By Mike Antich

Ten subject-matter experts provide a deep dive analysis of the top factors that influenced 2017 model-year deliveries. The analysis is based on a survey of 137,034 vehicles delivered in MY-2017, representing 103 different models.

Tags: Union Leasing, ARI, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Element Fleet Management, Wheels Inc., Order to Delivery

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

Photo by Andy Lundin.

By Mike Antich

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference hosted fleet managers and stakeholders with multinational responsibilities from June 6 to 8 in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Donlen, Global, LeasePlan, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Fleets Tightening Personal-Use Policies

Graphic courtesy of getty images.

By Andy Lundin

Average personal-use charges have remained flat in 2017, but certain trends have revealed other telling details about the status of personal use.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, Taxes

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Driving Dynamics Making Strides for Fleet Safety

Liggio

By Andy Lundin

The fleet safety and risk management company recently changed ownership and made a new acquisition in the pursuit of creating sweeping services.

Tags: Risk Management, Driving Dynamics, Element Fleet Management, Safety, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Improve Driver Ergonomics for Fleets

Graphic courtesy of Getty Images.

By Andy Lundin

The way drivers sit in their vehicles and assessing upfits for fleet utilization can help fleets determine ways to improve the physical well-being of its drivers.

Tags: Ergonomics, Upfitting, Safety, Drivers

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