Phil Samuelson, fleet and capital asset manager of USIC is the first fleet manager to receive the renamed Fleet Manager of the Year award in honor of Automotive Fleet founder Ed Bobit.
Involved in fleet for more than four decades, Gail Watson enjoys the uniqueness of the fleet industry, always looking forward to new developments.
Fleet operating costs increased in 2018, primarily due to higher fuel prices and maintenance costs. Upward pressure on maintenance labor rates and higher commodity prices are impacting the cost of replacement tires.
Higher commodity prices are putting upward pressure on fleet prices for replacement tires. National accounts are no longer as willing to absorb the majority of price increases, which are between 3%-8% on select tire lines.
Despite high build quality, vehicle maintenance costs are trending up due to increased advanced technology content, skilled labor shortages, higher tire prices, and more engines requiring synthetic oils and high-capacity oil pans.
Warranty recovery costs are under greater scrutiny by vehicle manufacturers than they have been in the past, requiring accurate and complete maintenance histories to substantiate compliance with OEM maintenance requirements.
The third annual Fleet Visionary Awards were hosted at the 2018 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference alongside other prestigious fleet awards.
Continuous technological improvements are impacting every aspect of the fleet business. Through these advancements, field work may become safer, more productive, and more affordable.