A variety of factors converged to exert upward pressure on preventive maintenance costs, such as longer vehicle service lives due to limited product availability, the ongoing transition to synthetic oils, and higher labor rates to attract scarce technicians.
November 1, 2021
Part and labor prices have increased 4-8%, while part and labor availability have decreased. Due to difficulties sourcing replacement vehicles, fleets are keeping units in service longer. This caused repair spend to increase in 2021.
November 1, 2021
Supply chain constraints make it difficult to get replacement vehicles leading to extended cycling of those currently in service. This is pushing the envelope of warranty coverage that is exacerbated by a shortage of replacement parts.
October 27, 2021
Many tire OEMs have increased prices in CY-2021, ranging from 3-10% depending on type of tire and size. Higher commodity prices and increased ocean freight rates are being passed on to end users as OE profit margins compress.
October 26, 2021
Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 61.He has the distinction, to date, of being longest reining fleet manager in the history of Mazda North American Operations.
April 3, 2021
The robust economy is creating record numbers of new jobs and a subsequent labor shortage that is being exacerbated by the large wave of Baby Boomer retirements, but some see uncertainty of future market conditions.
December 11, 2019
Jeff Allspaugh, director of North American fleet and travel operations at Genus PLC left the company on March 3. Succeeding Allspaugh is Ben Braydon.
March 5, 2018
Joshua Chamuler was named director of transportation at ThriftBooks, which is based in Seattle, Wash., and is the largest online seller of used books in the world.
February 28, 2018