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Automotive Fleet views itself as a facilitator to provide a platform for different voices from the industry to sound-off on today’s challenges. This regular column is designed to encourage discourse for fleet professionals to let their voices be heard to their peers and other industry professionals. Here is what is top of mind for fleet professionals today:

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How Working from Home will Impact Fleet

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. As more jobs involving company drivers become permanently remote, it may result in less travel that will cause reassessment of optimal fleet size. 

How to Evolve Your Fleet Strategy for the Remainder of 2020

The half-way point of the year has arrived, but for many fleet professionals it may feel like it has been longer than a mere six months. While states begin to reopen and fleets feel out the “new normal,” it’s like we are entering a new age rather than the second half of the calendar year.

Automakers Swift on Safety, But Barriers Remain

Automakers are rolling out safety advances three times faster than they did in the mid-1990s, making vehicles more crashworthy, but it can still take decades for the technologies to reach the nation's broader fleet. 

Managing Fleet with a Long-Term Perspective

If you implement fleet programs that contribute to the achievement of overall company-wide goals, you will get the attention (and praise) of senior management. You must view vehicle acquisition, replacement planning, funding alternatives, and sourcing alliances with manufacturers and suppliers as high-level strategic corporate decisions. Without long-term planning, it is impossible to have a well-managed fleet.

Effective Communication Enhances Fleet Image

Increasing professionalism is helping drive fleet management out of the “dirty garage” stereotype. Effective communication with public officials, citizens, supervisors, and customers can further improve the image of fleet operations.

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