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In Memoriam: GM Fleet Manager Bill Purschke

William F. "Bill" Purschke, the retired East regional manager for General Motors fleet sales, passed away on May 18 at his home in Baiting Hollow on Long Island, New York. He was 85.

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Evolution of the Fleet Dealer

The responsibilities for fleet dealers has transformed through the years. Changes in the automotive and fleet industries have impacted the fleet dealer in many ways and the role has had to adapt to stay afloat.

Mike Albert Fleet Solutions Through the Years

Starting as a used-car dealer, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions is a full-service fleet management company offering open- and closed-end leases, purchase-leaseback options, and a comprehensive suite of fleet management solutions. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions.

Retired Fleet Veteran Foresees Shrinking Fleets

After more than 50 years in the industry, George Argueta is retiring. He predicts a decline in the size of sales fleets and of fleet departments’ influence.

The Origin and History of Global Fleet Management

Up until the late 1990s, no corporation had a global, or even regional, fleet management reporting structure, with the possible exception of Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies. At the start of the 21st Century, managers with global fleet responsibilities began to proliferate.

Work Truck Commemorates 10th Anniversary

From the push to “go green” to new-vehicle launches to mergers and acquisitions, the past decade has been covered in full by the No. 1 vocational truck magazine.

Little-Known Story on What Motivated GE’s Entry into the Fleet Market

As we all know, General Electric (GE) has exited the fleet management industry after a three-decade presence, which started in 1984 when GE Credit Corp. purchased Kerr Leasing, a small family-owned leasing company in Englewood, Colo. What is not well known is why GE entered the fleet management industry in the first place. Here is the prologue or “back story” that was the catalyst to GE’s entry into the fleet business.

Fleet Maintenance Tire Costs Remain Flat

The current tire cost stability may be short lived. The forecast is for a 2- to 3-percent cost increase in CY-2016 driven by unique tire sizes, run-flats, and limited replacement tire availability for certain vehicles.

Time Capsule: 1920 International Model H

As this photo shows, work trucks in the early part of the 20th century emphasized functionality over comfort, leaving drivers such as the one shown here literally out in the cold.

Time Capsule: 1916 International Model MA with Curtain Side Body

The International brand stretches back more than a century and from its earliest days was a part of the fabric of American workaday life.