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The Future of Fleet is Growth Through Change

The Future of Fleet is Growth Through Change

David Madrigal, executive vice president for Element Fleet Management, spoke with Automotive Fleet to discuss the fleet industry's current challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and what the future may hold post-COVID.

October 17, 2021

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

Element's Two-Year Transformation Strategy

Element's Two-Year Transformation Strategy

In Q4 2018, Element CEO Jay Forbes launched a three-phase transformation strategy to increase client-centricity by simplifying processes, eliminating redundancies, and automating manual work to enhance consistency of service.

May 23, 2019

CEI Group's Formula for Success

CEI Group's Formula for Success

Wayne and Claudia Smolda, the co-founders of The CEI Group, retired last November. While reaching the end of a 35-year journey, they reflect that it was the journey itself that matters the most to them. Here is the story of their journey

January 31, 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

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

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

Ten subject-matter experts provide a deep dive analysis of the top factors that influenced 2017 model-year deliveries. The analysis is based on a survey of 137,034 vehicles delivered in MY-2017, representing 103 different models.

October 2, 2017

Interview: Why Element Purchased The CEI Group
Introducing Xcelerate: Element's New Fleet Management System

Introducing Xcelerate: Element's New Fleet Management System

With fleet data volume expected to increase 50-fold in the near future, Element has built an all-new technology platform based on Cassandra, a highly scalable, high-performance distributed database with advanced analytics.

February 6, 2017

Future of Element Detailed at Fleet Roundtable
Element Discusses GE Capital Integration, Industry Changes

Element Discusses GE Capital Integration, Industry Changes

In a wide-ranging interview, the leadership of Element Fleet Management provide an update on the integration of the fleet business of GE Capital and offer insight on current industry trends and their vision of the future of fleet.

October 25, 2016

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

Interview with Kristi Webb on Element's Split into Two Companies
Stable Commodity Prices Keep Replacement Tire Costs Flat
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

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