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Automotive Fleet – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Eric Gandarilla
Meet the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

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

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10 Telematics Trends in 2018 and Beyond
By Staff

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

Features

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Editorials

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

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.

Fleet Incentives

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Will Need to Reinvent Itself as a New Vision of Fleet Management Emerges

By Mike Antich
Over the past several decades, the purchasing managers of yesteryear reinvented themselves into procurement professionals whose function is now viewed as a strategic asset that provides a competitive advantage to a corporation. Can fleet management, likewise, elevate its perceived value to a corporation, especially in the eyes of its senior management? I say yes, and the timing is right to do so.

Deciphering the DNA of Award-Winning Fleet Professionals

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown
The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

By Stephane Babcock

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown

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Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

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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