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BMW Growth Strategy to Increase Fleet Market Share

BMW Growth Strategy to Increase Fleet Market Share

This strategy includes a new fleet ordering system for FMCs, an expanded lineup of electrified vehicles, simplified processes to allow dealers to better serve fleet customers, and the launch of a new dealer program geared to small business fleets.

October 21, 2020

OTD Goes From Bad to Worse in MY-2020

OTD Goes From Bad to Worse in MY-2020

During the pre-pandemic period, 2020 OTD became extended due to a GM strike and strong order demand. The onset of the pandemic nearly halted OTD by idling non-essential fleets and closure of all OEM assembly plants.

September 29, 2020

Chassis Shortages & COVID Infections Impact Upfitter OTD

Chassis Shortages & COVID Infections Impact Upfitter OTD

Upfitters experienced a whipsaw effect of robust fleet orders straining their pre-pandemic production capacity and within the space of a month were struggling with chassis shortages due to the suspension of vehicle production.

September 29, 2020

Fewer Railcar Constraints but Transporter OTD Issues Persist

Fewer Railcar Constraints but Transporter OTD Issues Persist

During the 2020 model-year, the fleet industry did not experience significant railcar-related issues as seen in past model-years. However, fleets did report transportation issues with car haulers and last-mile deliveries to the dealers.

September 29, 2020

Blog: Fleet Managers Must Partner with Field Operations to Meet P&L Objectives

Blog: Fleet Managers Must Partner with Field Operations to Meet P&L Objectives

Managers of individual P&L (profit & losses) centers within an organization continue to have a tremendous influence over the way fleet policy is executed within their area of control. Fleet managers must partner with these stakeholders and give them latitude to influence fleet decisions to maximize the opportunity to achieve P&L objectives.

September 28, 2020

COVID-19 Disruption: Fleet’s Greatest Challenge Ever

COVID-19 Disruption: Fleet’s Greatest Challenge Ever

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has the dubious distinction of being the greatest-ever disruption of fleet. Other past disruptions include two OPEC oil embargoes in the 1970s, the attacks of 9/11, and the credit crisis of 2008-2009.

September 23, 2020

The Evolution of Fleet Data into a Macro-Business Intelligence Tool

The Evolution of Fleet Data into a Macro-Business Intelligence Tool

The proliferation of connected vehicle technology has created the capability to use vehicle-generated data in non-fleet-related business activities. Today, real-time telematics data is gaining a growing recognition as a valuable business intelligence (BI) tool for entities outside of fleet management to collect, integrate, and analyze business information.

September 14, 2020

Blog: Improving Truck Ergonomics Enhances Operator Productivity & Safety
Are Vocational Fleets Futureproof?

Are Vocational Fleets Futureproof?

One of the largest vocational fleet segments between the late 1940s and early 1960s was milk home-delivery fleets. It took 15 years for the milk home-delivery fleet segment to cycle from its peak to its near demise.

August 6, 2020

The Evolving Challenges in Fleet Safety Management

The Evolving Challenges in Fleet Safety Management

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing fleet safety protocols as revealed in my recent survey of commercial fleet managers that identified the top safety challenges currently facing their fleets.

July 20, 2020

The 2020 Nissan Frontier Features an All-New Powertrain

The 2020 Nissan Frontier Features an All-New Powertrain

The 2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab is a mid-sized truck with off-road capabilities for fleets working in remote locations. This year it debuts with an all-new 3.8L V-6 and an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission.

July 13, 2020

Nissan Titan Pro-4X Meets Needs for Remote Fleet Usage

Nissan Titan Pro-4X Meets Needs for Remote Fleet Usage

The 2020 Titan is available in a choice of 4X2 of 4X4 drive configurations. The 4X4 Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab provides work crews operating in remote locations with the capability to meet the most rugged fleet applications.

July 13, 2020

Unpopular Flat-Rate Compensation Contributes to Shortage of Repair Techs
End-User Input Key to All Successful Upfits

End-User Input Key to All Successful Upfits

The cornerstone to spec’ing a productive and safe upfit is for the fleet manager to fully understand the application. This involves talking with the end-users who will actually be using the equipment These are the people who know the equipment needed to perform their jobs safely, effectively, and efficiently.

July 2, 2020

Most Commercial Fleet Orders for 2021 Models to be at Pre-Pandemic Levels