Fleets need to be more flexible with the type of vehicles they order in the next couple of new-model year ordering cycles. Here are six vehicle acquisition strategies that can serve as potential work arounds to mitigate some of today's inventory constraints.
October 21, 2021
In this first edition of FleetTakes, we delve into automakers becoming service providers, Free2Move’s big plans for North America, reimbursement’s effect on carbon reduction goals, and refocusing senior management on safety.
October 21, 2021
Over the decades, procurement has become more and more involved in sourcing fleet assets. Initially, procurement started with lower-hanging fruit, primarily company cars, but now it’s going further up the asset chain in sourcing more complex vocational fleet vehicles.
July 20, 2021
Corporate fleets are on the cutting edge of a productivity revolution triggered by increasingly pervasive and sophisticated vehicle connectivity tools being built into vehicles that will transition fleet management from a reactive to proactive profession.
July 16, 2021
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the next real challenge for pan-national fleet managers, direct and indirect procurement managers, and executives to whom fleet ultimately reports, is how to transition the management of their multi-regional corporate fleets to a global platform.
July 13, 2021
The COVID pandemic has created a spike in fraudulent claims targeting vocational trucks by instigating staged accidents, which involves maneuvering an unsuspecting employee driver into an intentional crash in order to make a false insurance claim or to file a lawsuit against the company if it is self-insured.
July 5, 2021
Two universal challenges faced by fleet managers in the 2021 model-year were longer lead times and tight product availability, particularly constrained was van and truck chassis availability. The COVID lockdowns in 2020 and the shutdown of all North American assembly plants from mid-March to mid-May 2020 triggered a domino effect resulting in delays with the new model-year bid process during a period of widespread budget constraints.
June 25, 2021
Today’s used-vehicle market is the best it’s been in the history of fleet management and my anecdotal forecast is for it to remain strong through the balance of 2021 and into calendar-year 2022. As a result of these favorable market conditions, some fleets have begun shortcycling some of fleet vehicles.
June 2, 2021
There are a number of “hidden” costs to offering employees the personal use of a company vehicles. It negatively impacts the resale value of a vehicles. On average, personal use accounts for 15-18% of the overall miles accumulated during a vehicle’s service life. This blog will explore the various other hidden costs of providing personal use.
April 29, 2021
There’s a direct correlation between vehicle weight and fuel economy. Vehicles get better fuel mileage when not loaded with unnecessary weight. An extra 100 lbs. in a vehicle could reduce mpg up to 2 %. One of the chief culprits responsible for accumulating unnecessary weight onboard a vehicle is drivers.
March 29, 2021
Vehicle abuse is an avoidable fleet cost. This abuse is wide-ranging, running the gamut from damage caused from fluid levels being low, missing PM intervals, driving on underinflated tires to extreme situations of jumping curbs or carelessly scraping the sides of parking structures.
March 18, 2021
The 2022 Bolt EUV expands Chevrolet’s EV lineup as a utility-type vehicle with a range of 250 miles on a full charge. It will be sold alongside the 2022 Bolt EV model. The Bolt EUV is approximately six inches longer than the Bolt EV.
March 2, 2021
Multinational corporations are changing the way they source and manage their vocational fleets to better identify true costs and to leverage opportunities to reduce spend and to maximize the operating efficiency of these specialized vehicles.
February 25, 2021
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport Platinum is the most expensive model sold by General Motors. But its brand cachet makes it the ideal pinnacle fleet vehicle to help retain high-value senior execs with a high-value luxury SUV.
February 22, 2021
The pandemic has opened Pandora’s box on working from home – both good and bad. While it has yet to be determined whether this is long-term or short-term trend, it will impact fleet operations.
February 10, 2021