With no apologies to Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman who starred in the movie, I present my own (fantasy/real-life) wishes. They reflect reader feedback on associations serving fleets.
Factory leadership and training, thin profits vs. retail, and the sheer systemic “retail orientation” at all marketing levels makes “fleet” a near orphan.
A number of firms have attempted to eliminate their entire fleet department in favor of outsourcing. There are sound reasons why these companies inevitably reinstall a fleet manager.
The old cliché of “the more things change, the more they remain the same” doesn’t fit anymore. The birth was of ingenuity and necessity. Today, it’s efficiency, economics, and increasingly high-tech.
Your test score depends heavily on whether you have set and implemented multi-faceted policies and strategies to reduce fuel costs. Today, it calls for a critical approach, ranging from vehicle selection to modifying driver behavior.
Your key corporate responsibility is your competency to view, analyze, evaluate, and report on industry forces that affect the fleet operation.
My August AF editorial on the perplexing plight of “newbies” caused a stir in the industry. The varied responses present a positive outlook for help.
Will you be Chicken Little (“The sky is falling, the sky is falling”) or the clarion to management so you can prepare for the revolutionary change ahead?
There has been a transition to turning to the fleet management companies (FMCs), and OEMs for direction, counseling, and technical and systems advice. New (and even the more experienced) managers in the company fleet function have new challenges and opportunities.
The annual spring ritual by many of the manufacturers who sell fleet vehicles in numbers presents a variety of rewarding experiences; if you are chosen.
Clint Eastwood is my long-time macho hero (along with John Wayne and Bruce Willis). His historic “Make my day!” statement is kind of a mantra with me. Those three words may also offer a challenge to the nation’s environmentalists, activists, and tree huggers everywhere.
Too many fleet managers entering the industry fall into the “purchasing” and “administrative” trap with their time management. If you dedicate yourself to learning remarketing skills, your savings to the bottom line will bring you fame.
There is a striking disparity among the nation’s keepers of fleets. A study of the demographics and personal profiles provides interesting answers.
Sure, you’re going to get safer, cleaner-running, higher-tech, sleeker looking vehicles with better mpg. But, at what cost? And, will it be in your CFO’s budget?
OEMs and FMCs stress safety factors. Media and associations offer best practices on a regular basis. The question is: Are fleet managers listening?