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August 1, 2017

Retired Fleet Veteran Foresees Shrinking Fleets

After more than 50 years in the industry, George Argueta is retiring. He predicts a decline in the size of sales fleets and of fleet departments’ influence.

June 5, 2017

The Origin and History of Global Fleet Management

Up until the late 1990s, no corporation had a global, or even regional, fleet management reporting structure, with the possible exception of Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies. At the start of the 21st Century, managers with global fleet responsibilities began to proliferate.

August 5, 2016

Little-Known Story on What Motivated GE’s Entry into the Fleet Market

As we all know, General Electric (GE) has exited the fleet management industry after a three-decade presence, which started in 1984 when GE Credit Corp. purchased Kerr Leasing, a small family-owned leasing company in Englewood, Colo. What is not well known is why GE entered the fleet management industry in the first place. Here is the prologue or “back story” that was the catalyst to GE’s entry into the fleet business.

March 1, 2016

Fleet Maintenance Tire Costs Remain Flat

The current tire cost stability may be short lived. The forecast is for a 2- to 3-percent cost increase in CY-2016 driven by unique tire sizes, run-flats, and limited replacement tire availability for certain vehicles.

December 11, 2015

Holman Automotive Celebrates More Than 90 Years in Business

After more than 90 years in business, Holman Automotive also celebrates 67 years in fleet by founding ARI in 1948. Being a privately-held, family-owned business is one key to its success as well as its focus on its people and customers.

September 10, 2015

Ford Highlights How F-Series Shaped America

Ford recently highlighted how the F-Series has been a part of the U.S. workplace for nearly a century.

November 26, 2014

Ruminating About the Medium-Duty Truck Market

As we approach the start of a new calendar-year, it is inevitable that we take a look at where we’ve been and where we are going. I'll start by examining the evolution of the medium-duty truck market over the past 45 years and then identify the key trends that will influence product design in future model-years.

January 9, 2014

Wheels Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

In 1939, Wheels became the first automobile leasing and management company in the U.S. when it leased 75 vehicles to a pharmaceutical company. The company now counts nearly 300,000 vehicles on the road in North America, and more than 1 million vehicles in 41 countries around the world.

November 21, 2013

ARI Celebrates 65 Years in the Fleet Management Industry

ARI has marked 65 years in the fleet management industry. The company, which was founded in 1948 by Steward Holman, has become a global fleet management and services provider.

July 2, 2013

2013 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees

Twenty-eight qualified candidates are vying for one of five spots in this year’s Fleet Hall of Fame award.

April 29, 2013

June 29, 2007: A Seminal Day in the History of Fleet

Significant dates in the history of fleet management, which ushered the start of profound change in the industry, include: Oct. 16, 1973 - The first OPEC oil embargo, which completely altered the types of vehicles driven by fleets and August 12, 1981 - IBM’s launch of its first desktop computer, which expanded computerization beyond the IT department to the desktop of every fleet manager. In future years, a new milestone date will be recognized - June 29, 2007.

April 2, 2013

Consolidation of the Fleet Leasing Industry: 1986-Present

Automotive Fleet chronicles the acquisitions and mergers of the major fleet leasing and management companies over the years.

January 4, 2013

The Start of Fleet Dealers

Fleet vehicles have always needed to get quickly from “point A” to “point B,” and a handful of pioneers made some significant changes to how it was all handled.

January 4, 2013

The 'Greatest Generation' of Fleet Managers

Fleet wouldn’t be what — or where — it is today without the pioneers who had the persistence to see it through.

January 4, 2013

100-Plus Most Important Events in Fleet

As John F. Kennedy once said, “History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

January 4, 2013

History of Fleet Leasing

Open-end (or finance) leasing was developed in 1951. Fleets wanted to lease units with off-balance sheet reporting. In 1981, the landmark Swift Dodge vs. IRS court decision legitimized the use of open-end TRAC leases.

January 4, 2013

Long Chevrolet: A Founding Fleet Dealer

In the late 1960s, Don Fenton helped Long Chevrolet build its dealer fleet business. Just a decade later, the dealership was selling 20,000 Chevrolets through the fleet department — and outselling the retail business by 100 percent. Many of today’s industry pros got their start at Long Chevrolet.

January 4, 2013

The History of Computers in Fleet Management

Fleet has been an early adopter of new technology, starting with card reader equipment in the 1950s, use of mainframes in the 1960s, “dumb” terminals of the 1970s, PCs in the 1980s, and now a multitude of Web-enabled services.

January 4, 2013

Safety and Accident Management Gains Traction

The end of the 20th century saw safety and accident management programs gain traction.

January 4, 2013

Upfitting: Fleet Management’s First Specialty

From its very beginning, the upfitting industry has been helping vocational truck fleets get the job done — their way.

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