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Reimbursement vs. Company-Administered Executive Vehicle Program

Although in-house management of an executive fleet is extremely time-consuming, reimbursement is a less cost-effective alternative. I argue that, in general, a company-administered executive vehicle fleet is a better choice than reimbursement. READ MORE

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

As we start a new year, here is my forecast of the top 10 trends that will influence truck fleet management in the coming years. READ MORE

Reimbursement is Unfair to Employees

If employees are your greatest asset, why treat them unfairly with a driver reimbursement program? I have yet to hear of a company that reimburses at a rate that fully compensates drivers for the actual cost of operating a vehicle, especially in this era of escalating fuel prices. READ MORE

Analyzing Depreciation Trends: 2007 vs. 2006

Depreciation continues to be the largest fleet expense; however, fuel, as a percent of total fleet cost is growing (rapidly). Fuel expense is influencing vehicle acquisition strategies, with a direct bearing on future depreciation. READ MORE

The Pros and Cons of Variable Personal-Use Charges

Fuel prices are forecasted to increase again in 2008. Fleets are employing a multitude of strategies to control fuel costs; however, one area often overlooked is personal use. READ MORE

Accident Management Costs Hold Steady

The average fleet claim severity for 2006 was $1,869.87, an increase of $48.81 over 2004. Also experiencing a slight increase in 2006 was the percent of accidents deemed preventable. READ MORE

High Cost of Fuel Increases Operating Costs in 2007

Fleet operating costs have increased, but at a slower pace than 2006. Across all vehicle segments, this increase was directly attributable to increased fuel costs, with a domino effect for other oil-based products such as tires. READ MORE

Driver Ergonomics: The Hidden Fleet Cost

Driver ergonomic problems are a growing concern for truck fleet managers. I recently spoke with Tony Orta, asset management manager – Fleet Services for Sempra Energy Utilities, who cited some of the key ergonomic issues affecting his fleet. READ MORE

The Next Wave: Fleet Management 2.0

Fleet management, for the most part, is not an innovator of new technology; however, it is often an early adopter of new technology as exemplified by the industry’s almost-overnight conversion to Web-based fleet management. READ MORE

Most OTD Times Improve in 2007-MY

Order-to-delivery times improved for most 2007 models due to greater railcar availability with a slowdown in retail sales, greater allocation to commercial fleet orders from cutbacks in daily rental volume, and fewer quality holds. READ MORE

Fleet Managers are Suffering from “E-Mail Stress”

More than a third of all employees – 34 percent – feel stressed by the volume of e-mails they receive and the perceived obligation to respond quickly. Fleet managers are no exception to “e-mail stress.” READ MORE

Fleet Managers are Suffering from “E-Mail Stress”

More than a third of all employees – 34 percent – feel stressed by the volume of e-mails they receive and the perceived obligation to respond quickly. Fleet managers are no exception to “e-mail stress.” READ MORE

Public Sector Fleets:All in a Day’s Work? It's Much More than That

Summer and fall are busy times in the fleet industry. There are many fleet meetings and new-model introductions, which provides me with an opportunity to talk “fleet” with a wide variety of fleet managers. At these meetings, I am always impressed by the caliber of public sector fleet managers and the challenges they face. READ MORE

Are Women Fleet Managers Treated the Same as Men?

I recently conducted a survey of commercial fleet managers asking them to tell me their greatest challenges. One fleet manager, who I have known for a number of years, replied that her biggest challenge was dealing with “the issues of being a female fleet manager.” READ MORE

Avoid Identity Theft Risk During New-Vehicle Pickup

When your driver picks up a new vehicle, how does the delivering dealer know your employee is who they say they are? Typically, the employee receives paperwork from the leasing company (acknowledgement of order), which they bring to the dealership. While at the dealership, the driver is often required to show a driver’s license with photo to verify his or her identity. In some cases, the dealership makes a copy of the driver’s license. This has been done routinely in our industry for many years. READ MORE

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