Dmochowsky is the senior global fleet manager for Mondeléz International. He oversees a global fleet of over 10,000 vehicles operating in numerous countries.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second annual Fleet Visionary Awards were hosted at the 2017 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference alongside other prestigious fleet awards.