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Automotive Fleet – Issue

April 2017

Cover Story By Andy Lundin
As Fleet Manager Salaries Rise, So Does the Workload

Some of the issues that fleet managers found challenging for their operations included a heavy workload, an abundance of telematics data, and aging vehicles.

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Features

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com Driver Behavior Improves, ARI's Driver Scorecard Shows

By Eric Gandarilla

The second annual Driver Scorecard Benchmarking Survey, with data provided by ARI, followed up on the results from the inaugural benchmark. This year, ARI provided data from 80,000 vehicles.

Photo of the Mike Albert Fleet Solutions team engaging in a meeting courtesy of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions. Mike Albert Fleet's New President Looks Ahead

By Mike Antich

Alongside the appointment of Jeffrey Hart as Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new president, Marty Betagole — daughter of the company’s former CEO — has assumed the role of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new CEO.

Logos courtesy of GM Fleet and Spireon. GM Offers Third Factory Telematics Option

By Chris Brown

This partnership, along with a factory solution from Telogis and GM’s Commercial Link, allows GM fleet customers to select a telematics system similar to choosing vehicle options.

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com The Importance of Banning Phone Use in Your Fleet

By Andy Lundin

Despite varying state laws, fleet drivers should consider the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. Drivers who use a cellphone while driving are just as likely to crash as someone with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%.

Photo courtesy of Ford. Ford Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

By Mike Antich

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

Pictured left to right are AFLA Executive Director Bill Elliott, AFLA President Michael Bieger, AfMA Executive Director Mace Hartley, and AFLA Global Committee Chair Mike Antich. First-Ever Global Fleet Networking Consortium

By Tariq Kamal

The first-ever Global Fleet Networking Consortium brings together five global fleet associations with a cooperative agreement that enables each association to benefit from collaborative activities.

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich
Procurement studies reveal that 20% or more of total corporate spend is for purchases that could have been acquired at a lower cost. A key contributor to this inefficient spend is rogue spending, which is defined as not following corporate procurement policies when acquiring goods or services, such as making unauthorized purchases or buying from higher priced non-preferred suppliers.

Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X

By Paul Clinton
GMC has been rolling out variants of their trucks that have been slightly enhanced for off-road driving. What started with the Canyon and Sierra 1500 now comes to the GMC 2500 platform with the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X.

2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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In Memoriam: Coach's Insights

Ed Bobit
Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
A lot has changed in the past 10-15 years, so we can only imagine this momentum will continue into the next decade-plus. How will this change impact the fleet manager of tomorrow?

Managing a Car vs. Work Truck Fleet

By Ed Bobit

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