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Q. How is mobile having an impact on fleet management systems?

A. Fleet management was historically built on the foundation of data. The more data you had, and the more you could combine various data sources, the easier it was to gain insight into how your fleet is operating, allowing you to make better decisions. Fleet management continued to evolve beyond just seeing the data, but now needing to make decisions on the data and take action. Over the years, as more companies are forced to do more with less, we’ve seen the rise of the “mobile office.” Fleet managers need to not only receive data in a digestible format today, they need the ability to make changes to their account, in real time, in the field. So mobile utilization has taken off in the last several years, and is accelerating. You could say, in the fleet industry in particular, that mobile is everything. This means developers need to deliver products that are mobile friendly. This trend will only continue in the coming years and we’re seeing that reflected in our product roadmap strategy as well as in the feedback we’re hearing from our customers. When fleet owners and operators look to boost efficiency, is price top of mind, or is control? Fleets are looking for the most cost-effective, frictionless way to manage their fleets. Sure, price typically is top of mind, but factors such as convenience and controls also need to be factored in. Fleets today want companies to tell them what they don’t know, what they haven’t thought about yet. Anyone can look at the posted price and make a decision, but was that site off route? Does the card program and the site provide controls to ensure company policies are being followed? Will I get data that allows me to determine better options for fueling? These kinds of questions are directly being answered in some of the analytical and trending analysis tools WEX provides its customers. Both our ClearView and Carrier TrendSource tools allow customers to access data such as, gaining insight into fuel purchasing analysis, knowing how their volumes are trending based on peer performance, route optimization, and much more. Plus, the evolution of mobile applications, geared towards the driver are making it easier for companies to put a policy in place and for the driver to adhere to it.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Bernie Kanavagh from WEX

Senior Vice President and General Manager

A 27-year fleet professional, Bernie Kavanagh currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet at WEX Inc. He joined the company in 1996 and his career has been a steady progression of increased sales and marketing responsibility. Kavanagh serves on industry related boards and is a frequent speaker at payment industry conferences focusing on fuel trends and technology in the payment space. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and is an active member of NAFA, AFLA, NCSFA and AALA. Prior to joining WEX, Kavanagh held a number of roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Fleet Management.

A 27-year fleet professional, Bernie Kavanagh currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet at WEX Inc. He joined the company in 1996 and his career has been a steady progression of increased sales and marketing responsibility. Kavanagh serves on industry related boards and is a frequent speaker at payment industry conferences focusing on fuel trends and technology in the payment space. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and is an active member of NAFA, AFLA, NCSFA and AALA. Prior to joining WEX, Kavanagh held a number of roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Fleet Management.

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