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Average Fleet Order-to-Delivery Times Worsen in 2019

Average Fleet Order-to-Delivery Times Worsen in 2019

Fleet order-to-delivery times for model-year 2019 increased in comparison to those in MY-2018. Delays were caused by rail constraints, plant downtimes, truck driver shortages, production capacity strains, and early order cutoffs.

September 24, 2019

Demand for Trucks and Vans Slow Fleet Deliveries

Demand for Trucks and Vans Slow Fleet Deliveries

Increased fleet orders for trucks and vans created backlogs at upfitter facilities, increasing lead times and missed ship-thrus. A shortage of rail autorack carriers further delayed deliveries. Despite this, order-to-delivery for most units was similar to 2017.

October 2, 2018

Donlen Rebranding Reflects the Changing Market

Donlen Rebranding Reflects the Changing Market

Donlen’s future product roadmap is focused on the serving the changing fleet market. It is designed to prepare its fleet clients for trends such as Mobility as a Service, autonomous vehicles, and the movement to a “sharing economy.”

February 1, 2018

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

Milder weather, greater railcar availability, softer retail demand, and fewer quality holds contributed to stable or decreasing order-to-delivery (OTD) times. Most OTD issues involved vehicles shipped from Mexico to the U.S.

October 2, 2017

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference hosted fleet managers and stakeholders with multinational responsibilities from June 6 to 8 in Miami, Fla.

September 1, 2017

13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

Key areas for improvement are the development of better forecasting tools and greater collaboration between all logistics partners in the supply chain. Also, more transportation and rail infrastructure investment is needed.

October 21, 2016

Donlen Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Donlen Celebrates 50th Anniversary

From humble beginnings in 1965, Donlen’s vehicle portfolio grew rapidly from 5,000 vehicles in 1970 to 144,000 in 2011 when it was acquired by Hertz. As Donlen marks its 50th anniversary, how will it evolve in the future?

November 20, 2015

Strong Truck, Van Sales Constrain Rail to Delay OTD

Strong Truck, Van Sales Constrain Rail to Delay OTD

Increased demand for trucks and high-roof vans slowed rail shipments due to the limited number of rail cars for these larger vehicles. Delayed rail shipments complicated workflow for stretched upfitters.

October 8, 2015

The History of Computers in Fleet Management

The History of Computers in Fleet Management

Fleet has been an early adopter of new technology, starting with card reader equipment in the 1950s, use of mainframes in the 1960s, “dumb” terminals of the 1970s, PCs in the 1980s, and now a multitude of Web-enabled services.

January 4, 2013

One Year Later: Rappeport Discusses Donlen-Hertz Merger

One Year Later: Rappeport Discusses Donlen-Hertz Merger

Automotive Fleet checks in with Donlen CEO Gary Rappeport a year after the company’s sale to Hertz Global Holdings. One key takeaway was the discovery that the companies have much in common and are leveraging these synergies.

October 5, 2012

Hertz to Acquire Donlen: An Interview With CEO Gary Rapperport

Hertz to Acquire Donlen: An Interview With CEO Gary Rapperport

With record revenues and profits and nearly a half-century as a family-run business, Donlen Corporation agreed to sell to Hertz Global Holdings. Donlen will operate independently as a separate, wholly owned entity of The Hertz Corporation.

September 9, 2011

Operating Costs Remain Flat in Calendar-Year 2010

Stable fuel prices were the primary reason fleet costs remained flat. Also, national accounts did not increase prices for oil changes and replacement tires. Maintenance costs were up for fleets that extended vehicle cycling.

November 12, 2010

Hard & Soft Cost Impacts of Extended Vehicle Cycling

Hard & Soft Cost Impacts of Extended Vehicle Cycling

Lengthening vehicle replacement cycles significantly affects such bottom-line important issues as fleet maintenance budgets, fuel economy, resale values, safety and ergonomics issues, company image, and driver morale.

June 4, 2010

Fleet Applications Emerge for Mobile Communication Devices

Fleet Applications Emerge for Mobile Communication Devices

Applications for mobile communication devices to perform fleet-related tasks will become increasingly prevalent in the near future. These emerging applications will help enhance driver productivity and communication.

May 28, 2010

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